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Causes: Education, Primary & Elementary Schools

Mission: The mission of atlanta girls school (ags) is to provide a challenging college-preparatory program in a learning environment designed to foster the full potential of each student and to enable her to become a vital contributor to our complex global society. Ags prepares the next generation of leaders by meeting a critical need for girl-centered education. The unique curriculum, including programs such as steam (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), the education for the development of leadership and service program, and internship and global travel programs, provides opportunities for girls to find and develop their strengths. This, combined with expert teaching and a diverse student body, prepares students for success and builds a community of alumnae leaders who have matriculated at top-ranking universities including yale university, the university of notre dame, colgate university and the college of william & mary.

Programs: Ags is committed to providing an excellent girls education to a student body that reflects the socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and religious diversity of atlanta. To this end, ags faculty deliver research-driven, girl-centered curricula to four boarding students from china and students from 48 zip codes across metro-atlanta. Forty-three percent of our students are girls of color, and 32% of families receive financial aid. Over two-thirds of ags teachers hold advanced degrees, and the school offers extensive professional development opportunities to enable highly qualified staff to maintain and enrich their specialized, girl-centered teaching methods based on the latest research. With an average class size of 13 students, faculty deeply invest in helping each student succeed and attain her full potential. Leading programs: the steam (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) strand curriculum works across disciplines to fully engage a student's strengths and increase achievement, while utilizing design-thinking to drive technology and curriculum development. The steam strand enables students to implement the scientific method observe, question, research, predict, experiment, analyze, explain to develop problem solving, graphical analysis, technology, and experimental design skills. The education for the development of leadership and service program sets ags apart from its peer institutions by focusing on the critical role of service in the life of a responsible, global citizen. Students at every grade level undertake projects in philanthropy, public service, wellness, and environmental stewardship. To gain real-world experience, sophomores and juniors conduct internships of at least 70 hours. Most recently girls conducted, on average, 93 hours of work and service through their internships and provided more than 4,860 hours cumulatively at organizations such as piedmont hospital, spaceworks, children's hospital of atlanta, and center for the visually impaired. Other students spent their internships studying neuroscience at emory university, participating in app design and robotics at georgia techs design lab, and learning about environmental protection and sustainability at integrated environmental services and nexus fuels. In selecting internships, girls are encouraged to explore their personal and career goals. These internships provide ags girls with invaluable real world experiences, create academic and professional resources, and form a long-lasting understanding of the impact of the girls work in the world. The global travel program requires upper school students to participate in at least one international trip. Ags is the only school in atlanta to have such a requirement. The global travel program offers students a myriad of global experiences ranging from exchange programs, to internships, to spring break educational trips. Students may study the intricate ecology of belize or literature and european history in england. Students can attend school at st. Hildas school in queensland, australia or schloss neubeuern in neubeuern, germany. Students can also participate in community service internships like the one offered at a girls camp in india. Students who travel to kenya participate in a two-week, elementary school teaching internship.

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