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Real School Reports are an invaluable source of unofficial information from real expats like you. If you are an expat we urge you to submit your own report about a school that you are familiar with.

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Are you the parent of a child(ren) attending this school? A teacher at the school? Or both?


What grade or grades do/did your children attend at the school? During what year(s) did they attend the school?


What was your reason for living in the city where the school is located (e.g., government, military, corporate, NGO, retired)?


Are other schools available to expatriates in this city? Why did you choose this particular school?


Are the admissions and placement procedures clearly stated to prospective families, either on the school website or through other means of communication?


How would you rate the school's support and welcome/integration of new students and their families, and why?


How is the overall communication between teachers and parents, and the administration and parents? How is communication facilitated?


What personal or academic counseling resources are available at this school? Is there a dedicated college counselor at the school? Is he/she familiar with universities worldwide?


Aside from school fees, are there required expenses such as uniforms, laptops/tablets, musical instruments, or field trips that parents are expected to cover? What are the approximate costs?


Is there before and/or after-school daycare available? What are the costs?


Does the school have a library? How large is it? How updated are the books? Can students borrow books to read at home?


What are the technology requirements for students? Do they need their own laptops/ipads? How is technology integrated into the classroom and homework?


How are information technology resources at the school. Are they up-to-date? Is there a computer lab?


Describe the physical education resources at the school. Is there a gym? A swimming pool? Are there playing fields or tennis courts available?


What is the approximate teacher-to-student ratio in the grades that your child attended?


Are Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses available in upper grades? If this is an IB school, is the full diploma required of all students?


Are students generally challenged appropriately by the curriculum? Please describe any particular strengths or weaknesses in this area.


Is the amount and type of homework generally appropriate for the age and grade of the students?


What fine arts electives are available (music, drama, visual arts)?


Are the teachers at the school required to speak English as a first language--or at least fluently?


What services are available for gifted/advanced students at the school? Please describe your experience with these services, if applicable.


What services are available for students with learning disabilities at this school? Please describe your experience with these services, if applicable.


What services are available for students with physical disabilities at this school? Please describe your experience with these services, if applicable.


What services are provided for speakers of English as a second language at this school? Please describe your experience with these services, if applicable.


What extra-curricular activities (including sports) are available at this school? Have your children participated in these activities? What activities do you feel are missing at the school?


Do expatriate students socialize with local students at the school? Are both groups successfully integrated into the school culture?


Are there are any problems with exclusionary behavior, cliques, or bullying at this school? Please describe any problems your children may have experienced in this area.


What letter grade (ranging from A, excellent, to F, fail) would you assign to this school based on your overall experience? Would you choose it again?


Please tell us anything else you think prospective parents and students should know about this school. Thanks for your contribution!