Hamilton, Bermuda Real School Experiences

Personal Experiences from Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda 01/31/11

Saltus Grammar School

School Website

http://www.saltus.bm


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?

US k, 2, 3,4, 5

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3. During what years were you affiliated with this school?

2009-10-11

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

US Consulate

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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?

not really

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

just so so; not that welcoming to the parents; it is kind of sink or swim.Everyone is very nice once you get to know them, but you have to make the effort

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Administration & School Procedures:

1. For the following attributes, down to the next blank box, grade your experience at the school on a scale of A to F with comments:

A- we loved the school- the teachers were wonderful; experienced, dedicated and interested in our kids; the local kids were a bit clique-y but there are a lot of expats are so generally it was easy to make friends

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2. Describe the general climate of the grade level that you teach or your child attends:

it is a very welcoming school- but very large- four classes in each grade

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3. 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:<br><br>Overall fair and equitable treatment of all students and families:

generally our kids found it easy to fit in- the same as they would have found it in their school in the states

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

very good

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5. Services for gifted students who need academic challenge and students with learning difficulties:

my son needed extra help for reading and spelling and got it; I can't say for anything more complicated than that

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6. Availability and variety of after-school activities for various ages:

very good

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7. Maintenance of appropriately high standards for all students:

very high standards; the same if not higher than our school in north Arlington

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8. Homework assigned (quality, quantity):

about 20-30 minutes a night plus reading in 3-4th grade

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9. Administration-parent communication:

very good

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10. Teacher-student communication:

very good

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11. Academics, answer the following questions "yes" or "no" with an explanation if appropriate:<br><br>Are there any classes or subjects where students are not appropriately challenged?

no

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12. Does your child receive any special-needs assistance or instruction at this school? If yes, what types? Who provides services and where:

yes; computer aided help in school for spelling/phonics

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13. Do you believe the special-needs assistance is appropriate and fills your needs? Explain:

yes

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14. Does the gifted and talented program meet the needs of students? Please explain:

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15. Does the school offer a wide variety of elective or non-core classes such as art, music, and drama?

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16. Please describe any classes or programs that you believe are missing:

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17. Are there academic requirements such as trips or other activities that cost money in addition to school fees?

yes- just small field trips all less than $10

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18. What activities do you feel are missing?

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19. Have your children participated in the activities offered? If no, please indicate why:

yes

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20. Does the school provide appropriate assistance to new students?

yes

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21. Please describe any problem areas or challenges in social interaction at the school:

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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?

na

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

yes

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

very strong; sports are emphasized for boys; not the best for girls

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

20:1

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6. 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?

yes - in the senior school

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

yes

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

music, art and drama programs

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

yes

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10. What services are available for gifted/advanced students at the school? Please describe your experience with these services, if applicable.

no

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11. What extra-curricular activities (including sports) are available at this school? Have your children participated in these activities? What activities do you feel are missing at the school?

yes

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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

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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 is the greatest strength of this school?

academics

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2. Greatest challenge?

75% boys

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3. Would you choose this school again? Why?

yes, definitely; great academics and sports program; my kids love it

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