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Guadalajara



For the following attributes, down to the next blank box, grade your experience at the school on a scale of A (excellent) to F (unacceptable/terrible) and provide comments:

Overall fair and equitable treatment of all students and families:


B (Clearly there are families who have a great deal of pull at this school. There is a tiny proportion of expat families so it's important to understand that this is, culturally, a Mexican school of privileged children and the administration is most concerned with those local families and their support. The consulate pulls no weight and the Overseas School representative from the department is not interested in advocating and would never consider pulling the department grant from this school. So, if you understand what you are getting into and realize this is not an international school, you can be happy here. Don't think for a minute it is like traditional international schools where there is a large body of students from around the world.) - Feb 5, 2016
A - Feb 3, 2016
F. There is no program to help assimilate the expat children. There is a strange climate of all the Mexican children who know each other since Kindergarten and the expat kids who either find other expat kids or walk around by themselves. - May 15, 2014
A. We have had no problems at all in this area. - May 13, 2014
B+ The information from the room mothers is only in Spanish, some meetings are held only in Spanish and the Parent Association meetings are only in Spanish, which makes communication more challenging. Having said that, I attend meetings with my limited Spanish and people are always willing to help if I don't understand. I get a lot of support from the moms in the Parent Association. I think showing up and getting involved made me like the school better and made me feel more a part of the community. It is not super warm and friendly from the get-go. - May 8, 2014
D- the wealthy locals run the school, make the decisions and use their money to influence. - Apr 26, 2014