Tegucigalpa, Honduras Report of what it's like to live there - 03/01/17

Personal Experiences from Tegucigalpa, Honduras

School Name: Del Campo

Tegucigalpa, Honduras 03/01/17

Background Information:

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

parent

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

K

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

government

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

looking for a school that did not have bullying, small with a good community yet was mature enough to assist children who needed more personalized learning

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Admissions & Welcome:

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

yes

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

adequate - we started a few weeks after the school year had begun

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Administration & School Procedures:

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

good. email or text

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2. 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?

uniform

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Academics & Resources:

1. 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?

yes I believe so

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

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

yes

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

yes

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

good newer playgrounds

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

class was larger than I would have liked in K, but teacher had an assistant and managed the children very well

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7. 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?

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8. Are students generally challenged appropriately by the curriculum? Please describe any particular strengths or weaknesses in this area. Do you have any thoughts how the curriculum is applied and implemented at this school?

I believe so

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

yes, there was homework in K - practicing handwriting and vocab

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

All

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

yes

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

there is a school within the school with specialized learning opportunities. I heard very good things

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Social & Emotional Well-Being:

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

yes! The kids at the school were so friendly and welcoming. My child made many good friends and learned a lot of Spanish!

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2. 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.

No!

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Overall Impressions:

1. 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?

A. We still think about the teachers we had there and what a good experience it was for our child.

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