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As a parent of 5 children, I truly believe in the school of choice and that you should not be forced to attend the school in your neighborhood. My experience at IAS as a parent started in 2014-2015 with my 2nd oldest son starting in 4th grade. Then my youngest son started in 2015 in Kindergarten and my youngest child started in 2017 as a KK scholar. The education provided at IAS was great for the most part. Two of my three children had great experiences with all of their teachers. My youngest son’s experience was not as great due to changes in teachers during his KK, 2nd, and 4th grades. Nevertheless, I do not regret sending my children to IAS. I can say that when all of my children left IAS, they were either on level or ahead of their peers at the new school. What I love most about IAS is the family environment. The love from the staff and teachers is felt from the morning carpool to the classroom. The teachers and staff received my children like they were their own. I felt safe and my children felt safe at IAS. Each of them had teachers who cared about teaching, which showed how they interacted with the scholars. The teachers took the time to pour into my children. When my 2nd youngest was struggling in math, Ms. Robinson, had tutoring sessions and stayed in constant communication with me and his dad. She really cared about my son learning his math concepts. She was always encouraging. Another teacher, Mrs. C. Harris, provided multiple tutoring opportunities even though she taught Kindergarten. The love that the staff has for the students at IAS is real and that’s exactly what I needed while at IAS. The only challenge I had at IAS was the Spanish curriculum. I believe that my youngest two children should have been able to have a conversation or speak with more fluency since they had taken Spanish since kindergarten. I hope they will consider immersion to allow those students more opportunities when they leave IAS after taking Spanish for at least I am not one who is big on reviews because everyone has different expectations and experiences. Sometimes schools are more than what’s on paper and IAS is one of those schools. I would not exchange my experiences for anything.

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