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What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?
QSI has really come down in overall quality, teachers for the most part are great, however the senior administration is unresponsive, with leadership unable to connect to the parent community. The school does not value parent input and acts as if they are a monopoly provider here, and is unresponsive to the customer, in my opinion.
There are however some good options, particularly for up to about age 13 - ESCA is really emerging as a great school and community. HOPE is pretty good as well, and their religious push is not excessive. - Sep 21, 2017
I've had little experience with ESCA and all the teachers there seem very nice. - Jan 16, 2015
The two major international schools are QSI Bishkek and Hope Academy. We couldn't afford either school and had to homeschool but if I had a choice, I'd choose QSIB over Hope for academics. Both schools are willing to work with homeschoolers who want to do some electives there. The people at both schools are very nice. There are several other international schools here that are good too but I don't think very many Western expats use them yet. - May 13, 2014
There is a QSI School which follows the US curriculum. It's small and the academic level is just about acceptable until age 13, after which the classes become tiny. Another US-model school is the Hope Academy, which has a strong missionary influence. There is a new European School, founded in 2011, which hopes to make a mark. - Dec 17, 2011