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Equity & Inclusion

Our Vision

Through the International Baccalaureate curriculum - the education, experiences, and exploration - Equity and Inclusion (E&I) at Atlanta International School empowers all to recognize and value diversity, be ethical, act with honor and integrity and, above all, show concern and care for others. This work constantly evolves and requires us to be honest about who we have been and who we strive to be, as the courageous leaders we want to be and the courageous leaders we seek to develop.

Collaborating across cultures and languages is just a way of life at AIS.

Our Work

Equity and Inclusion is at the heart of the AIS mission. Everyone in our community should be equally treated with worth and dignity.  As a community, if we can ensure that everyone is safe and protected, everyone grows.
 
This is ongoing work and we’re determined to meet this daily challenge. As we continue this journey, the work of our E&I team spans the whole school.

A diverse, equitable, intentionally inclusive community is at the core of who we are. Our founders wanted a different type of private school in Atlanta - founded on principles of inclusion and internationalism.

We are committed to these values and they are central to our mission of developing courageous leaders who shape the world for the better.

We aspire to create a school climate and culture where every member of our community is genuinely seen, heard, treated fairly and protected. 

We will continually take action to ensure this environment in our school, for all the races, nationalities and cultures we are honored to welcome.

Intentional Inclusivity

We are proud that our school sits in the heart of Atlanta - the home of the US Civil Rights movement. AIS is a diverse school community - where half of our families are from here in the US and and half are international families - from all around the world. Over 60% of our students identify as people of color.

This community of culture and perspective, while making E&I work complex, is a fundamental and wonderful part of who we are.

Land Acknowledgment

Atlanta International School honors the land cultivated by the Muscogee (Creek) Indigenous People and, after the development of Atlanta, the thriving Black community of Macedonia Park. As we continue learning and building upon the richness and history of this space, we welcome people of all lands, cultures and languages. 

Programs & Resources

Our students, faculty, and staff participate annually in:

  • Intercultural Competency Workshops
  • People of Color Conference
  • Student Diversity Leadership Conference
  • White Privilege Conference
  • Anti-Defamation League Workshops
  • Learning for Justice

In addition this work is supported by the AIS Board of Trustees DEI Committee.

Guided Initiatives

  • Equity & Inclusion Workshops for New Faculty & Staff
  • Student Affinity Groups
  • Faculty Affinity-based Groups
  • Community Cultural Commemoration & Celebration Events
  • Civil Conversation Dinners
  • Parent Organization Programs