Sadly this school used to have high academic standards but the new administration advocates teaching to the slowest learners -- a problem if you have a bright child or high academic expectations. Many parents complain that the school's new administrator does not listen to or address their concerns and that they do not feel welcome on campus. Perhaps this is cultural -- the teachers, newly imported from France -- expect parents to behave as parents apparently do in France: to drop their kids off at the gate, leave the teaching to the professionals and stay out of the way. American children may have difficulty thriving in a classroom where teachers consider name-calling and humiliation appropriate teaching techniques. Expect very low student attrition rates and high teacher turnover.
Unfortunately, leadership is lacking at this school and the teaching that our children have received has been very uneven. Personal experience with some teaching staff was unproductive and at times unpleasant. A small school like this doesn't afford one much choice when teachers aren't meeting your childrens' education needs. The principal does little to weed out those teachers and heed the legitimate concerns of the parents; in fact, the general attitude of the school administration is unresponsive, unyielding and often belligerent and intimidating to those who offer constructive criticism.
Amazing school - Great activities - quality program...simply marvelous!
The bicultural curriculum means the children get the least of both worlds. The cycle system is never implemented. Teachers come and go, staff changes are common. Administration never communicates transparently. The head of the school refuses to accept any accountability.
Simply can not imagine a better situation for my 8 and 6 year old daughters. The elementary experience is par excellence.
Very good for academic children, for whom the format is designed. Simple. Lovely campus with good sports.
We found the school to be extremely rigid (zero room for creativity), the teachers not nurturing (at times insensitive and mean and completely inconsistent with discipline) and the communication at the school (btwn admin/families) to be terrible. New principal seems sincere/good. However, the school has a lot of problems that I think would require many teachers and admin to be fired and new teachers to be hired to improve. I would never recommend the school to anyone.
Great school for a traditional european education, and cultural experience. There is a closeness which all families feel toward the school - students are more like a family and grow up together because the families are pretty tight and they are all focused on thier child feeling comfortable in an international community. Options are endless and parents are very critical. The downside is that there is sponsorship by the French Government, which puts restrictions on parent association and teacher/parent relations as well as after school activities. What this means, is that for a private school, there are limits as to what you can do for the school and what the teachers can do for the school. The up side is that the cost is reasonable and you get a fine education.
The quality of teachers at this school is erratic at best. Some of the teachers are highly qualified and passionate about their profession. Others are underqualified on paper (lacking degrees and proper credentials) and in practice (they lack the desire to teach and mold young minds in a nurturing environment). The administration is comprised of the founder's children, they are complacent and non-responsive. The cycle system promised on the school's website is never implemented and they keep gifted children back to maintain a rather dissappointing status quo.
This school is dissapointing. The school does not deliver what it promises on any level. The bicultural curriculum delivers the least of each. The much touted cycle system is never implemented. Instead gifted students flounder while waiting for their less advanced peers to catch up. This can take years! The administration is non-responsive. Many of the teachers are underqualified, many do have credentials or degrees. Parental involvement is wholly unwelcomed.
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