Academics are the primary emphasis at Inman. The core curriculum focuses on math, science, social studies and language arts with the goal of academic excellence and personal character development. This curriculum is enhanced by instruction in art, drama, band, orchestra, chorus, Spanish, French, physical education, health and more. Inman's gifted and remedial programs offer strong tutorial support, and the school is praised for its excellent after-school programs. Contributing to Inman's success are strong administrative leadership, dedicated teachers, active parents and neighborhood and corporate volunteers.
Inman Middle School began life as an elementary school in 1924, named for Samuel Martin Inman, an Atlanta civic leader who was passionate about education, philanthropy, and good citizenship. Inman was a successful cotton merchant from Dandridge, Tennessee, who lived from 1843 to 1915. The nearby Inman Park neighborhood, a Victorian suburb developed in the late 1880s and 1890s, is also named for Samuel Inman. The school has been enlarged many times over the years, and in 1978, Inman was converted into a middle school. Samuel Inman donated much of his time and money to educational endeavors. His legacy lives on at Inman Middle School today as Inman stands out as one of the top-ranked middle schools in the state.
Located in the heart of the historic Virginia-Highland neighborhood, Inman Middle School has a strong record of graduating academically prepared students with their eyes toward high school and beyond. Inman's location combines the feel of a close-knit neighborhood with easy access to the cultural, business and political leaders of the state. It's not uncommon for Governors, Congressmen, corporate leaders and nationally recognized performing artists to visit Inman to join forces with the exceptional staff, students and parents of the Inman community. The 760 sixth, seventh and eighth graders at Inman come predominantly from neighborhoods in the heart of Atlanta. Students at Inman are guided at every level to meet new challenges, and the diverse student body and staff work to achieve new levels of understanding and inclusion. Inman prides itself in being an in-town school that mirrors society in a spirit of cooperation and shared vision, where children can learn, play and grow together while soaring to success.
A spectacular $14 million expansion and renovation of Inman was completed in August 2004. The project included the addition of 34,000 square feet, carefully crafted to meld the school's historic traditions and a state-of-the-art facility. Promethean Boards and a 1:2 computer to student ratio are just the tip of Inman's technology iceberg.