Dhaka - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?

I have only ever heard glowing praise of the schools here. They seem of such high quality that people try to extend their tours so their kids can stay at the school longer. If you have school-aged children this will probably be the best reason to come here. - Jul 2023

The local school has a very good reputation. - Dec 2021

The American school (AISD) is absolutely phenomenal. If you can afford it, send your kids there. The second most popular choice is the French School, especially for kids younger than six. They have a new principal, Karim, who is lovely and really trying to improve the school. Other schools, Grace, Aurora, are supposedly okay, but I don't have direct experience with them. - Sep 2021

There are several good ones, but I never interacted with them. - Jun 2019

International schools here are excellent quality and the kids seem to really like them. - Jul 2018

The American School is very good, but children are no longer allowed at post, so it really doesn't matter. - Apr 2017

Most Embassy children attend AISD, but I don't have personal experience with the school. - Jun 2016

The American International School is supposed to be pretty good. - May 2016

There are several international schools. All seem to be good with AISD likely the best. - Jun 2015

The American International School of Dhaka (AISD) is terrible for elementary school children- I'll add a detailed real school report. - Mar 2015

Almost everyone in our community attends AISD, I don't think there are better choices. No experience on quality. - Sep 2014

The American International School was so bad that we switched our child to the British International School. It was ok at best. Disappointing in all. - Aug 2014

AIS/D is where most kids go. There's also a French school, and a Christian school I think? - Jul 2014

People come to Dhaka for the schools, especially for the good high school program at the American School (AISD). There are also British and French schools, and a handful of other international schools. People with kids at the U.S. Embassy are very happy with AISD. - Aug 2013

No personal experience with them (well, I sometimes use the gym and pool at the American School), but I hear good things from parents. - Apr 2013

There is an AIS (American Intl School). We have only been in the pre-K program but are pleased with it. We have heard good things from K-12 families. Nice campus, huge diversity. Also French and Grace school have many expats. - Aug 2011

American International School Dhaka (AIS/D) is regarded as the best school in Dhaka. I would agree to that. Some parents seem to think it is so much more. I think it is comparable to a public school in the states, nothing more. - Jun 2011

The American school (AISD) seems highly regarded by parents, and offers good after hours recreational classes for adults. - Feb 2011

There are Grace School, Green Herald, and American International School Dhaka (AISD). Most embassy kids go to AISD. The high school has an IB program. The are lots of extracurricular activities for high school and less options for middle school. The school uses Macs over PCs. - Jan 2011

The American international school has a great reputation but one that outstrips reality in our experience so far. The administration is often not responsive to parent input and criticism. There is rumored to me significant drug and alcohol problem at high school level. Quality of math and science teaching often seems sub-par. Insufficient after school activities for children even though their cost is supposed to be covered through tuition. A school year that starts too early (August 7th or so) and which has a too-long Christmas break (nearly one month).Both of these--the early start and the long Christmas break--are to accomadate the teachers apparently (there is a regional international school conference in early fall which requires that school be out of session for a week in October). Skipping the fall break and cutting back Christmas break to a week (or 2 maximum) would allow school to start begining of September or at least late August. August is also one of the most oppressiely hot months. - Jan 2011

American International School/Dhaka (AISD), has an excellent reputation, and most people seemed happy with it, although I had no children attending the school myself. The extracurricular facilities are nice, with a pool, gym, and a tennis court coming soon. US Embassy staff, including those without kids, can gain access to these facilities for a nominal annual fee. - Oct 2010

AISD is the most popular choice, and the teachers there are great. My children love AISD. It is gigantic, with a giant soccer field and a pool. Academically it is great. This is one the main reasons families bid and/or extend their tour here. - Apr 2010

I don't have personal experience, but from all I've heard, the American International School of Dhaka (which almost all embassy families use) is quite good through the high school level. It is a major draw for families at this post. - Oct 2009

The school is excellent. The teachers are good; curriculum is good; facilities are excellent. It seems better in the elementary school than in the high school. - Aug 2009

Don't have kids. We hear that the American School is great through middle school, but there are many unhappy high school parents. - Mar 2009

American International School/Dhaka. I worked two years as the high school secretary. Good school. - Nov 2008

Caution - if you have a child with special needs. Caution - if you have a child in high school. - Oct 2008

Great! They are top notch in both elementary and middle school. I don't know about high school. - Mar 2008

From what i understand, the academics are great but the social scene can be dodgey - especially in the high school. - Feb 2008

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