Stuttgart - School Report Question and Answers

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

We receive loads of emails, but they are not helpful or pertain to issues we really need to know. The communication is the worst I have seen in 9 international schools. My son struggled in math and I had no awareness that he was failing until I contacted the math teacher. In grade 10, he received multiple angry emails regarding his personal project, yet no support when he asked for it. He was significantly behind in the PP, as he was not at the school when the process started. Teachers assumed he knew what to do. Frequently, he was told to just look online. I found the administration to not be supportive of parents and while my emails are answered, it sometimes took 10 days or more. - Jan 2021

Bizarre. The administration seems to be a black hole, and their communication seem opaque and difficult to understand. Teachers can be fairly good, although they don't flag problems until late. Our daughter's 6th Spanish teacher did not clue us in until several months had gone by that our daughter was struggling. By then, she was sitting in the back of the room, disconnected. We addressed it, but I would suggest checking your child's Veracross every week or two to see if assignments are being turned in or if there are other signs of concern. There are parent teacher conferences twice a year, but they felt very rushed for us. The upper school principal is very hard to make an appointment with. She once cancelled an appointment on me as I walked into the building and it took some lobbying to get it rescheduled. We also felt that the principal did not accommodate my student's individual needs even though we had counselor recommendations. - Sep 2020

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