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Mumbai, India 05/23/19

American School Of Bombay

School Website

https://www.asbindia.org/


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?

High School

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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)?

Diplomat

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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?

In our experience, it seems that the school functions more as a business catering to the high society in Bombay. We found there to be very little focus on academics.

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

As an American you feel very much out of place here.

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Administration & School Procedures:

1. 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?

Multiple mandatory and costly trips

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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?

Below average

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2. 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?

IB is available, depending on the subjects you can get a great teacher or not.

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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?

I would not have chosen to come here had I known how the school is run. The local families are elite with access to a lot of money and in our experience, with different priorities when it comes to schooling. The school expects parents to donate on a regular basis (yearly galas; expensive coffees and brunches) and pay for costly mandatory trips for which we received no accountability for how the money was actually spent.

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2. Please describe some of your child's/children's highlights and challenges during their time at this school.

Our children reported that most high school social outings involved drinking and drugs - either kids participated or were outcast.

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Mumbai, India 01/13/19

American School Of Bombay

School Website

http://www.asbindia.org/


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?

10-12th grade, 2016-2018

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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)?

Diplomat

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

This is pretty much the only option, there are German, French and British schools but too far.

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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?

The school has a great business office and they are excellent with marketing and communication.

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

Excellent welcome for new students

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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?

Weekly newsletter conveys all communication

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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?

Laptops required. Yearly mandatory trip which we have to pay out of pocket, this is only for US Diplomats as the school covers the trip but our Govt does not allow us to accept and we have to pay $800 out of pocket. Other field trips, which are not mandatory but hard to say no to as everyone goes.

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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?

2 counsellors on staff however last year both were away due to job change and maternity and the school had someone else filling in, who was not as knowledgable.

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

Yes, free of charge

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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?

The IT dept is not so good, on various occasions the lack the expertise to support.

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5. What are the technology requirements for students? Do they need their own laptops/ipads? How is technology integrated into the classroom and homework?

Laptops required

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

Yes gym and a swimming pool. Recently, the air quality has been terrible and being outdoors is not worth it though.

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

Good ratio.

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8. 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?

IB available. However, there are many that are just doing the High School Diploma

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9. 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?

The IB program is tough and not very well organized or coordinated between the teachers, in my opinion, which results in all the time-consuming work being piled on in the last year.

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

Yes

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

Excellent Art, Music and drama programme.

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

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?

The school is primarily an Indian school with an international IB programme. They market themselves as an American school and statistics will show a high number of Americans but in reality they are all NRI's who are culturally local and, in our experience, often not very welcoming towards expat kids. The school culture is primarily Indian.

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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.

In our experience, we found drinking, drugs and smoking to be very common in the upper grades. Most families in this school are extremely wealthy and have a very different lifestyle compared to a typical American family.

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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?

No I would not. As mentioned the school is run like a business.

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2. Please describe some of your child's/children's highlights and challenges during their time at this school.

The teachers are good but the student body is not as diverse as a typical International school and it's hard for expat children to integrate.

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3. Please tell us anything else you think prospective parents and students should know about this school. Thanks for your contribution!

Keep in mind that statistics showing a large American student body can be misleading.

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Mumbai, India 05/11/17

American School of Bombay (ASB)

School Website

http://asbindia.org


Background Information:

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

I am a parent of children attending this school.

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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?

During the 2016-2017 year, I had children in the elementary, middle, and high schools.

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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)?

U.S. Consulate

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

Yes, there are a number of options in Mumbai for expat children. We chose ASB because it is affiliated with the U.S. Consulate, and most children of U.S. Consulate employees attend this school.

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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?

Excellent. ASB has a fantastic admissions team, a line-up of volunteer "Parent Ambassadors" from every grade, and an excellent PTA. ASB has orientation for students and parents; it is a very welcoming community.

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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?

ASB is very organized in communication -- weekly updates from each level are sent out every Friday via email and Google Doc. Teachers email parents on a regular basis.

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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?

Yes, fees for uniforms, buses, and occasional field trips.

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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?

Very good counseling resources at each level, with two counselors specifically at the high school level who are familiar with USA/UK/EU/Korea/Japan university admissions.

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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?

Excellent libraries at all levels -- lots of reading options for every grade. Students can take books home.

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

Phenomenal tech teams and resources.

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5. What are the technology requirements for students? Do they need their own laptops/ipads? How is technology integrated into the classroom and homework?

Every student from Grade 4 and up needs his own laptop. Excellent technology integration -- ASB is a leader among international schools on this front.

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

1-14.

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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?

ASB is an IB school; no AP courses offered. The IB Diploma is an option but not required for 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?

Yes, excellent curriculum which can be adapted for the needs of a child. For example, middle school math is broken down into leveled groups, so whether you child excels or needs additional support, they can generally accommodate.

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

Yes. Just fine at the elementary and middle school levels. Grade 9 and 10 are also fine. Grades 11 and 12 are tough due to the IB program.

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

Excellent music and drama departments. ASB has a black box theatre, its own sound/recording studio

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

Yes, absolutely.

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

There are some services available for advanced students in middle and high school.

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

Minimal services available at the school but I have heard of some occupational and speech therapists in the city.

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14. What services are provided for speakers of English as a second language at this school? Please describe your experience with these services, if applicable.

Good, especially for elementary student. They also have ESL programs for parents.

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15. 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?

Lots of sports available: soccer, basketball, swimming, volleyball, badminton. My son has loved the high school basketball experience--excellent coaches and great opportunities for competitions with other schools in Mumbai and around the region.

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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?

Over 50 nationalities are represented at ASB -- lots of integration.

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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.

I have heard of incidences of bullying but the administration takes is seriously.

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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- overall

We would go here again in a heartbeat, and would recommend it to anyone -- especially to anyone with middle and high school students. It's an amazing school! Although life in Mumbai (and in India in general) can be tough, the school makes it all worth it.

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Mumbai, India 12/09/14

American School of Bombay

School Website

http://www.asbindia.org


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?

3rd, 4th and 6th.

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

2013-2014.

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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)?

Government.

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

Pretty much the only choice we were told.

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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?

Difficult admission procedures. See above note on new families.

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

I believe once you arrive, they are good at welcoming new students and families however the admission process was quite the headache because we had a special needs child and they were very strict on the start date of school and inflexible. The government is very unpredictable and this school made us jump through many hoops and made our PCS very stressful when it shouldn't have been.

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Administration & School Procedures:

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

We came to ASB when our youngest was in 2nd grade and our middle child was in 3rd and our oldest in 5th. Now they are in 3rd, 4th and 6th. The ES is great. The MS, however, is not. See below regarding climate for students with special needs.

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2. 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:

Overall, I give it a B.

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

In ES it was good. It could have been a little better in 5th grade but it was okay. In MS- it is very lacking. We have a child with special needs and communication between parent and teacher is key and it isn't there.

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4. 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?

Required laptops from 4th grade on, PE uniforms.

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

The ES school has an excellent special needs program for children with special needs and learning difficulties to include ADHD and others. However, the MS is lacking. I do not recommend ASB if you have a child with special needs or learning difficulty. They only have 1 teacher and an assistant. The fabulous speech pathologist works between the ES, MS and HS. The teachers do not communicate with parents regularly even when asked to do so. It is not a good environment for Special Needs students or students with learning difficulties despite what they say to parents. Unless you can support your child on your own, do not choose ASB MS for a special needs child.

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

The ES has many great after-school activities. The MS offers Homework club and sports.

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7. Homework assigned (quality, quantity):

5th and 6th grade had a lot of homework. 3rd, and 4th grade homework was adequate for the age.

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8. Teacher-student communication:

I think the teacher-student communication is lacking as well especially for a child with special needs. It is isn't always clear to him what is required of him. Just today he said the teacher spoke to him "in a angry voice".

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

Academic Support, Speech Therapy, Homework Club.

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

No.

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

Pretty soon we may have to start paying for extracurricular activities during school breaks. For some time this has been part of the school tuition. This is very important to note in thinking about coming to Mumbai period because there is very little to do with children. The activities the school provides during summer break, winter break, fall break, spring break are amazing and part of the tuition.

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

Yes.

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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?

They have a new counselor who has been pretty hands off with the family. I am not sure how involved he has been. My son never talks about him.

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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?

Small library commons and online library in ES. Library in MS/HS.

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

Very much IT school wide. From 4th grade on, you have to bring your own computer to school.

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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?

They have soccer, basketball, volleyball, swimming, badminton, and all types of sports available to students. Sufficient PE program with swimming every week.

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

1:20.

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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?

ES -IB curriculum.

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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)?

Art, choir, musical drama, and theater productions. They pride themselves in their IT department.

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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 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?

They have intersession during school break times.

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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?

Sometimes.

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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.

Yes.

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Overall Impressions:

1. What is the greatest strength of this school?

IT.

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2. Greatest challenge?

Special Needs Assistance.

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3. Would you choose this school again? Why?

Only for Elementary School

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Mumbai, India 02/28/14

American School of Bombay

School Website

http://www.asbindia.org/


Background Information:

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

I am a 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?

One completed 4 years at the high school. The second completed 11th and 12th grade.

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

2010-2014.

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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)?

Government.

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

International student body. U.S. curriculum. State Department "supported" school where the vast majority of the U.S. consulate community send their children.

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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?

A: The admissions process and placement procedures are completely transparent. Subjects in the HS are taught in concordance so if a student needs to move, for example, to a higher or lower math class, this can be done without disruption to his course schedule.

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

A: The school works to transition new families to the school prior to their arrival throught its ambassador program. Incoming families are linked with current families who become a point of contact for questions about the school itself as well as for living in Mumbai. The school is a friendly and welcoming environment where new students are quickly integrated. The average stay at the school is under 3 years. Because of the fluidity of the community, all are aware of the necessity to support newcomers.

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Administration & School Procedures:

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

The high school (HS) is a welcoming place as a community of peers as well as teachers. The individual subject classes and grades bond quickly due to their smaller size and consistent curriculum (all students, regardless of IB diploma, IB certificate or ASB diploma tracks, are in the same classes), and the WWW trips are done in the fall, each with a cross-grade cohort of HS students, help the HS to quickly form supportive bonds. A new program of "houses" engaged in friendly competition further builds HS "spirit" and connectedness.

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2. 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:

A: Every student is looked at as an individual and given opportunities for diferentiated learning, from those requiring support to those who are high achieving. No single constituent at the school is treated differently from the others.

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

A: Teachers are readily accessible via email and for appointments. Parent-teacher conferences take place 2 times/year and are well attended by families. Teachers are able to spend sufficient amount of time with parents and students during these conferences.

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

B: The Student Support Team in conjunction with course teachers and the HS counselor and school psychiatrist identify students who need academic challenge as well as those who need additional support. The IB curriculum is rigorous so the majority of students at the school are sufficiently challenged by the program; however, those students who can be further challenged are provided with support/opportunity in a variety of forms. The website provides detailed information: http://www.asbindia.org/page.cfm?p=19 and in the Student Support Services Parent Handbook: https://sites.google.com/a/asbindia.org/student-support-services-parent-handbook/

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

A+: The co-curricular program is quite extensive across the entire school. Programs also occur during school breaks and summer vacation.

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6. Maintenance of appropriately high standards for all students:

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7. Homework assigned (quality, quantity):

A: Amount and quality are appropriate for the IB program. Teachers are also available before and after school as well as during lunch breaks to assist with assignments as needed.

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8. Administration-parent communication:

A: The school has a format for news to go out weekly to parents discussing both short- and long-term calender items. The administration is very willing to meet with parents to discuss students on an individual basis.

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9. Teacher-student communication:

A: Teacher-student communication is robust using social media, blogs and email. We have found the teachers across all HS grades to be very communicative.

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

Art, Music and drama are part of the core courses. Elective course options are increasing because of the school's willingness to access online sources. My daughter has been able to do special coursework that allowed her to assist in teaching and conducting the 6th-grade band. This year, she has been able to focus on music theory outside the IB curriculum.

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

PE throughout the HS years (including 11th and 12th grade).

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

YES.

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

YES.

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

YES.

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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?

B: There is a full-time HS counselor who works in concordance with the student support services team as well as the IB coordinator. The counselor is heavily involved in college application process/letters of recommendation and provides support to students and their families.

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

A: BYOD program is school-wide in the HS and middle school and is very well resourced with tech support on both the elementary school and senior school campuses.

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

B: The physical education program has 2 components in both 9th and 10th grades: physical education and health. I would prefer PE to be available through 12th grade.

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

A+

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5. 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?

AP courses are not taught at the school. It follows the IB curriculum. Core courses are available and a host of online courses are available from American Sign Language to computer programing.

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

YES.

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

B: Visual arts has 3 courses: visual art elective, art history, and IB visual arts.

Drama courses: Drama, IB Theatre.

Music: Choir, Concert Band, Wind ensemble, IB music (Jazz band meets after school throughout the year).

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

YES.

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9. 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?

Expectation of for all students to achieve at their individual optimal level which is realized through the fantastic teaching staff at the school.

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2. Greatest challenge?

Meeting the needs of a diverse school population even though it isn't particularly large in number.

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3. Would you choose this school again? Why?

The administration activly recruits excellent teachers and then provides fantastic opportunities for teacher development. The quality of teaching is directly reflected in the achievement of all the students at the school and the success rate they have in the IB curriculum, especially when the school has open enrollment and all students are strongly encouraged to complete the IB diploma program. This environment coupled with the community spirit and welcoming attitudes of the school administration, students and parents, makes ASB a unique place to be. The school mission is embraced enthusiastically.

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Mumbai, India 05/29/11

Deutsch Schule Bombay (DSB) ENGLISH curriculum

School Website

http://www.dsbindia.com


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?

1st grade, pre-school

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

2011-present

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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)?

Government provided housing, Bandra

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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?

A

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

A

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Administration & School Procedures:

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

small classes (approx 14 kids per class). Sharing, cooperative atmosphere. Very family friendly and familiar. Teachers extremely approachable via email and in person.

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2. 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:

Seems like A, but there are very few local families

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

A

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

C

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

A

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6. Maintenance of appropriately high standards for all students:

A

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7. Homework assigned (quality, quantity):

A

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8. Administration-parent communication:

A

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9. Teacher-student communication:

A

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

n/a. not available at school but they do have a place to which they can refer kids

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

n/a

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

n/a

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

yes

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

non

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

no. occasional field trips

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17. What activities do you feel are missing?

none

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

yes

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

yes

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

none

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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?

A

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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?

B

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

B

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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?

A

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

A

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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?

A

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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)?

B (no music, but lots of art, dance, etc, activities)

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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 (only in 1st grade)

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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?

small size, great sense of community

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2. Greatest challenge?

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3. Would you choose this school again? Why?

Absolutely yes. most of the literature in Mumbai directs expats to the American School of Bombay, which is rapidly becoming majority non-resident Indians (ethnic Indians) and is losing its expat feel. DSB is smaller, very responsive, academically challenging (in the English language, British curriculum section), and much less expensive. We are thrilled here and will stay for the rest of our time here.

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