yes, very dishonest. yes, the staff obviously posts here as parents. It is the only way they could get decent ratings here. some even have kids there, and that presents a whole different problem with them placing themselves and their own first. over paid administration, teachers that should not be ... teachers, you name it, and they ask for money a lot. Its very evident certain people get privileged treatment at this school.
My son has attended ISM for four years, while it may not be a good fit for everyone; it has been a great fit for us. The international perspective that the children are challenged with is not found in public schools. What Public school do you know of that a child can Surf as part of the curriculum (6th grade) or contact the United Arab Emeritus regarding a desalination project (5th grade)? Family Share is what is requested, it is not required. But in my opinion how could you not contribute. This is not a school that you are forced to attend. I appreciate the International School of Monterey. It is helping my son love learning. You can t put a price on that
This school has problems. The positive reviews here seem to contain the same language (bull) that they use to promote the school. I agree that it sounds like staff are puting these good reviews here dishonestly. Some of the teachers should just be let go. They change spanish class over and over so the kids can't learn. P.E. is a complete failure. The staff even asked for volunteers for a "staff appreciation" event they expected to be thrown for them. The administration is horrible. The 1 thing they do know how to do well is ask for money over and over, and then they spend it on ridiculous purchases.
Had great hopes for this school but it was a HUGE disappointment academically. In four years, we had ONE pretty good teacher. Math and Spanish were a disaster. Parents very engaged but teachers are mostly below what you would find in a good regular public school. You are required to pay an annual 'gift' for their special programs and services but frankly they deliver less than a public school. Do your child a favor and don't buy the hype. An unhappy parent.
My daughter is a student at ISM and she and I could not be happier. We both love the friendly caring community of parents and staff at ISM. This is my daughter's second year at the school and the change I have seen in her is amazing. She now looks forward to school and comes home excited about what she has learned. She talks about what she has learned, how much she likes her teachers, and what they are going to do next as a class. She has made some really good friends at this school and the school did a great job making her feel accepted as a new kid last year. Having classes like Spanish and PE as well as an stimulating curriculum is such a luxury compared to other schools in the area. The school is a safe, caring, environment and we could not be happier.
My children attend the International School of Monterey and we love it. Mainly because of the ISM community of families and the great staff. It's a group of parents, kids and teachers that really care and have a multicultural approach to teaching and view of the world. Do I think its perfect - no, but it is the best thing that has happened to our children's education and the one thing as a parent that I feel confident we are doing right. It's a tough job to raise kids and make sure they are educated in a way that makes them prepared to be successful in this diverse world we live in. The International School of Monterey is well run and my boys are thrilled to go to school every morning. I am a very happy ISM parent.
A strong ethos of engagement on the part of the parents, a distinctly global worldview on the part of the teachers, and a warm, accepting culture among the students drew us to ISM nine years ago. Several administrators and many teachers later, we remain very happy with the school and feel honored to be part of the ISM community. Several stand-out teachers have deeply impacted our children--academically, socially, and, importantly, helping them become confident and caring critical thinkers, willing to share their opinions. Group projects, though sometimes a logistical nightmare for parents, have given my kids team work skills. The PE classes have given them confidence in their bodies. And classmates have become close friends. I can't rate ISM vis a vis other schools, but I can say that we remain happy and active ISM parents, happy to entrust our children each weekday to the teachers, administrators, and students.
Our kids are in their 3rd year at ISM as 4th and 2nd graders. We are grateful to have a school with a unique, whole-child, inquiry based curriculum and be a part of a warm and diverse community that is ISM. The high level of commitment on the part of the Teachers, Staff, and Parents makes ISM a great school for our kids to grow and learn in. I consider it to be academically rigorous but fulfilling at the same time. Students are challenged by an interdisciplinary curriculum that weaves content areas together and connects concepts (e.g., Spanish with Visual Arts and Math with Language Arts). We are thrilled to be a part of one of the best schools on the Monterey Peninsula!
Extremely dishonest, cold, uncaring staff. Some of the most ridiculous, slow-witted teachers are employed there. Yes, there are good ones. Funny, somebody pointed out how the staff is dishonestly posting on here with all 5 star ratings and that you can tell, and now 3 ratings within a week of staff "orientation" this month claiming 4 stars? Think someone told them? :D I'd suggest paying more attention to the kids and stop standing around chatting while children get hurt. This is not a job to just "coast" and do nothing like some of the staff act. They do seem to focus more on the school's reputation than the actual kids. The lack of care and disregard for the huge responsibility of guiding our children is a bit much for me. I also noticed that boys have it much harder at this school than the girls which reflects an irresponsibility on the part of the staff.
This school may not be for everyone, but it s been perfect for our family. As a part of the ISM Community for the past 8 years, we ve never once regretted the decision to enroll in the lottery. My child has thrived in the inquiry-based academic environment and has been rewarded with teachers who are interesting, challenging, and supportive. Any issues we ve had were resolved with a mutually respectful dialogue. Teacher turnover can be disruptive, but the influx of new ideas and talent can have a very positive impact on student learning as well. The curriculum has changed, streamlined, and strengthened over recent years with the adoption of the IB profile. Being an active part of the Community makes a difference in the overall experience-- I make it my duty to get to know my child s teachers personally, offer resource and volunteer support (I work full time, but choose to volunteer, a lot), provide program feedback to administration when requested, and financially contribute to allow the continuation of special programs (arts, ). ISM has a wonderful core of parent-guardian volunteers that contribute an enormous amount of energy in support of the students, teachers, and school.
My child has been at ISM since kinder (now in middle school). I have been happy, and so has she. Some good features: committed teachers and a curriculum that focuses on writing skills and research rather than worksheets and memorization. There are committed parent volunteers. The lower grades go on many field trips because parents drive and the school isn't compelled to pay for buses. There is a focus on group projects so kids learn to work together and make sophisticated presentations, which is useful for their future. But, that group project focus can be tiring for parents, who need to arrange for the kids to get together on weekends to prepare. There is quite a bit of teacher turnover. Some leave to teach in international schools elsewhere. That fact does mean that the school has lost some good teachers, but has gained others. Teacher quality varies, but in the past couple of years, the school has coordinated its curriculum across the grade levels to meet the International school standards worldwide. This means all teachers have a unified focus, which evens out the instructional quality. Art, music, PE and Spanish classes thanks to parent contributions.
The campus is in great need of a facelift but aside from that it is a wonderful school with wonderful teachers and staff! We feel very lucky and proud to be a part of it!
After reading all these comments. ISM looks like okay school. I mean I go to ISM as well and I am in 6th grade but I am kind of scared of the teachers next year especially the l.a or s.s classes. This is an okay school so far but I am getting second thoughts. You.have to donate t Student
The school offers a good community of involved parents, diversity, kindness and tolerance. The extra enrichment programs, projects and field trips are wonderful. The math program is lacking and there is not enough time spent on good instruction. It is clearly apparent on the low state test results compared to other Schools. The same applies for writing and grammar. The Spanish program is lacking. it is a "joke" and is sub standard. The teacher does not appear to have the skills. They hire many inexperienced teachers who come and go resulting in a lack of consistency for the students and noisy disruptive classes. There are some "good" experienced teachers on staff so if you are lucky your child may have one of these teachers. The new principal is not effective and is not interested in listening to the parents. She does not want to find solutions to improve the quality of instruction for all students and for all types of learners. The inquiry based learning environment does not meet the needs of many of the children. The Special Ed children are not getting the support which makes the teachers job difficult.
Teacher's don't listen to student conflict and when confronted by a parent seem to take it out on the student. Principal doesn't listen AT ALL. Kids behavior at the school is terrible. I think the lottery system is a joke. If you are a big donor your kid will get in and the staff will not discipline that child. They will get a way with misbehavior etc. Not fair to the children who want to learn. Teacher's talk down to the kids. They don't seem to be happy. Don't BE FOOLED.
Staff is very dishonest and also lazy resulting in poor supervision and inappropriate staff behavior
It's true! The staff seems to be on here posting as parents and lying. I was reading some of the high reviews here and they all use the same language that the staff tries to use to make themselves sound like an authority. I also have a problem with the staff's dishonesty. Reputation is this school's priority and not education. They seem to be looking out for themselves and not the children. The parent/teacher relations remind me of high school social organizations focused on popularity instead of what is right and best for the children.
ISM may not be an academic powerhouse, but the flexible curriculum is a definite plus in these days of state-testing hysteria. The school sponsors many educational field trips and activities in the community, and these also are hugely beneficial to its student body. I also like the fact that the school is a K-8 and the students are required to wear uniforms. The one negative is the high rate of staff turnover. It's unfortunately true that many of the teachers only stay a year or two--either they are canned or choose to move on.
No school in this district can be rated at 5 stars - the existing 5 star ratings here only reflect the severe dishonesty of the administration and staff posting as parents. Read between the lines. ISM makes a lot of promises, but responsibility for their failures is always put back on the parents and community. The school is very sexist and does not support international beliefs as they claim.
We moved here a few years ago because my husband got stationed in Monterey and we have two kids enrolled at the school. Considering the surrounding schools in the area, ISM is bar far one of the best. HOWEVER ..it seems that the quality of education has been diminishing over the years. The administrators are more concerned with parent happiness than quality education. This is probably because of the growing number of pushy parents we have at the school. The teachers come and go every year and don t be fooled .hardly ANY of them are international teachers. This year we are losing 1 kindergarten teacher, 2 second grade teachers, possibly a third grade teacher, 1 fourth grade teacher, 1 fifth grade teacher, and a Spanish teacher. This isn t including the large number of middle school teachers that left as well. I can t speak for the working environment the teachers have but it seems to me that happy teachers stick around. With ample amounts of teachers leaving every year, these kids strive for consistency.
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