Area Education

Pre-K thru 12th Grade

Over 900,000 students are served by Metro Atlanta's 36 public school systems that include over 1,200 elementary, middle and high schools. The area is also home to approximately 400 private schools and several elite college preparatory private schools such as The Westminster School, Woodward Academy, Pace Academy, The Walker School and the Atlanta International School. These schools are nationally ranked in academics, athletics and the arts. Several schools also provide programing in International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP).

Universities & Colleges

Metro Atlanta has a concentration of colleges and universities matched by few U.S. metropolitan areas. It lands in the top tier across more than 20 measures of higher education. Atlanta area colleges and universities offer an unusual mix of missions and campus settings from downtown campuses, to tree-lined quads, from internationally renowned research institutions to small liberal arts colleges, from comprehensive universities to specialized schools of art, theology, technology and medicine.

This translates to a highly educated population and a better talent pool. Academic options also increase quality of life for parents seeking higher education for their children and adults who would like to pursue advanced degrees. Further, campuses across the region bring arts and entertainment, commerce, research and community service to their neighborhoods.

Some of the areas notable top institutions include:

International Schools

Ecole Internationale d'Atlanta

The Atlanta International School (AIS), established in 1985, is one of the few schools in the United States offering the International Baccalaureate program for grades K-12. The student body of more than 1,100 is 50% American and 50% international; faculty and staff are similarly diverse.

More than 80 nationalities, speaking more than 50 languages, are represented in the AIS community. There are currently 62 French nationals attending AIS. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools, AdvancEd (formerly SACS) and IB programs by the International Baccalaureate Organization. The Class of 2012 consisted of 72 students.

A dual-language primary school curriculum is offered in English-French, English-German and English-Spanish. Language instruction is offered at beginner through native speaker levels in the secondary school. After completing the Primary Years Program (3K - grade 5) and the Middle Years Program (grades 6-10), all students enter the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), a rigorous, world-renowned, two-year program for grades 11 and 12. The IBDP includes college-level instruction, extracurricular and community service requirements, an extended essay and internationally standardized examinations.

With 100% participation of 11th and 12th graders enrolled in the IBDP, AIS is one of only a few schools that can claim full participation in the IBDP. In addition to paving the way for entrance to the finest universities, AIS prepares students to excel in higher education and beyond.

Recent AIS graduates have gone on to attend some of the world's most prestigious institutions including: Sciences Po, Paris Descartes, Oxford, Erasmus, University of Seville, McGill, Columbia, Yale, MIT, University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern.