About

ATS – Alpharetta Tamil School.

Welcome to ATS – Alpharetta Tamil School. ATS is a language teaching school to teach Tamil language and to promote Tamil culture. ATS is following International Tamil Academy(ITA) syllabus.

The school is accredited by “Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC)”. 

Forsyth County School System (FCCS) recognizes the school and has agreed to provide “one high school credit” for students graduating from ATS.

Purpose
To teach Tamil language and to promote Tamil culture.

Mission
To provide Tamil education in a very professional setting and in a positive environment. In addition to teaching Tamil language, our mission is to provide opportunities to learn and participate events related to the rich Tamil culture and arts.

Goals

  • Teaching Tamil language to children, youth, and adults in a school setting.
  • Making the students to read, write and converse in Tamil at the intermediate proficiency level.
  • Providing an opportunity to experience the culture and traditions of Tamil.
  • Creating a pathway to earn an academic language credit for learning Tamil.
  • Enable children to speak fluently in Tamil.
  • Help children to read and write well in Tamil.
  • Ensure that our Tamil language and Tamil culture pass on to successive generations.
  • Learn Tamil culture along with the language.

School Admin Team:

This the list of people in the School’s Administration Team.

Teachers And Class Rooms

Please see this page for the list of teachers and class rooms for the current academic year.

School History:

ATS was started as a Chinmaya mission of Alpharetta’s Language enrichment program in 2002. Ms.Sundari Kumar and Ms.Radhika Valmiki coordinated with Balvihar and started the Tamil language class as one of Balvihar’s enrichment program at Kids R Kids in year 2002-2003. There were only 5 kids when they started this program. Ms.Narmadha and Mr.Kuppusamy joined this program little later and helped to enrich this program.

This program was using both Singapore and Tamil Nadu syllabus till 2008 academic year. In year 2009 GATS took the initial step of bringing the Tamil schools in Atlanta together under International Tamil Academy and ATS branch became one of the GATS-ITA affiliated school.

To Ensure that our Tamil language and Tamil culture pass on to successive generations,
GATS-ITA Tamil schools celebrates the following festivals.

  • Deepavali
  • Children’s day
  • Pongal
  • Christmas
  • Tamil New Year
  • Annual Day – All performances are based on Tamil – Dance, Song, Skit, Play, recital, etc

History:

Year Number of Students Number of Volunteers Location
2002-2003 5 2
Ms.Sundari Kumar
Ms.Radhika Valmiki
Kids R Kids
3455 Webb Bridge Rd,
Alpharetta, GA 30005.
2003-2004 5 2
Ms.Sundari Kumar
Ms.Radhika Valmiki
-same as above-
2004-2005 20 2
Ms.Sundari Kumar
Ms.Radhika Valmiki
-same as above-
2005-2006 23 3
Ms.Sundari Kumar
Ms.Narmadha
Mr.Kuppusamy
-same as above-
2006-2007 13 3
Ms.Sundari Kumar
Ms.Narmadha
Mr.Kuppusamy
-same as above-
2007-2008 28 6 volunteers
Ms.Nandhini Thiru,
Ms.Mangala Srinivasan,
Ms.Aras Kannu,
Ms.Sundari Kumar,
Ms.Geetha Velappan,
Ms.Chitra Sundaram
South Forsyth Middle School,
4670 Windermere Pkwy,
Cumming GA 30041.
2008-2009 41 11 volunteers
Ms.Geetha Velappan,
Ms.Sujatha,
Ms.Aparna Baskar,
Mr.Shiva,
Ms.Nandhini Thiru,
Ms.Chithra Sundaram,
Mr.Aras Kannu,
Ms.Narmada Jegannathan,
Ms.Mangala Iyer,
Mr.Raja Venugopal,
Ms.Sundari Kumar
-same as above-
2009-2010 100 26 -same as above-
2010-2011 170 40 -same as above-
2011-2012 209 50 Piney Grove Middle School,
8135 Majors Rd,
Cumming GA 30041.
2012-2013 309 80 -same as above-
2013-2014 415 100+ -same as above-
2014-2015 503 100+ -same as above-
2015-2016 605 100+ -same as above-
2016-2017 710 100+ -same as above-
2017-2018 820 100+ -same as above-
2018-2019 900 200+ -same as above-

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