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New Delhi, India 12/05/19

American Embassy School

School Website

https://aes.ac.in


Background Information:

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

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?

Middle school and high school, 2018-(2021)

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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)?

US Embassy

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

There are a few others- British, French, German, and many Indian "international" schools, but AES is the primary school for most Americans/expats/diplomats and the one that had the programs my kids wanted.

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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?

I would say 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?

The PSA is quite good at welcoming new parents, and there's a very good student-run orientation for new kids. However, they use a lot of acronyms which can be confusing for new parents and on the whole, admin seem to think people have been there for years and they don't explain things very clearly. They just expect you know where/what things are.

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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?

Only in the middle school I have ever had ANY communication from a teacher. In our 1.5 year in the HS, zero communication from teachers (I guess that's good? It's just different from our past schools). Only occasional emails from the HS admin regarding events/testing, etc. Zero communication from the HS "college" counselors. Depending on who you get as your counselor (by last name), be prepared to do the college stuff yourself with your kid.

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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?

School seems to have enough instruments for kids to use (don't think there is a rental involved). Several kids who are serious about music have their own personal instruments, but the school has a very good band and orchestra program. No uniform fees, except for the tournament shirts the teams buy. If your kid is makes the tournament team for MS/HS, you will pay for any travel they need to do as they compete against other schools in India and the Middle East.

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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?

All the HS counselors are "college" counselors, but they see kids from grades 9-12. In our experience, they are not great but I'm really not sure if that's because they feel like they deal with unreasonable parents or they are just bad at their jobs. As we prepare to navigate the college admissions process with our oldest, neither of us is filled with confidence they know what they are doing, or that they can provide the guidance necessary.

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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?

MS/HS has a very nice library, often filled with kids before/during/after school. They have plugs for laptops and several private study rooms. Parents can also use the library and check out books.

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

School provided kids in MS with an iPad, and HS with a MacBook air. They use them for everything.

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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?

There is a gym, pool, a couple of fields, tennis courts, and an outdoor basketball court. It's a very nice campus.

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

Small classes- biggest class was 20, smallest is 8. It depends on the course, but most classes are on the small side.

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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, they offer some AP (and AP US History is one of the approved US history courses for American students to graduate), and the full IB diploma in 11/12. Students can opt to do the full IB, take some IB/AP, or none at all. Most kids do the full IB or a mix.

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7. 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?

10th science is struggling, because in our experience, the teachers are just... bad. We believe the admin is aware but nothing has changed so far.

Middle school is perhaps the BEST middle school either of my kids have ever attended, though there's the question every year of "does 8th grade adequately prepare kids for 9th?" The answer is mixed on that- kids get slammed with the amount of homework/study required in 9th, after not having much of anything in 8th. Again, admin is aware but nothing seems to change.

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

In 8th grade, no. They should probably try to ramp it up slowly so the kids understand how different 9th grade is. Otherwise, yes, homework assignments are appropriate.

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

They have a good music/choir program, good drama, visual arts program.

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

AES is trying to be more inclusive for mild/moderate learning disabilities.

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

They have a really good ESL program, as AES has around 30% Koreans who arrive knowing zero English.

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12. 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 activities for all ages- after school clubs, activities, sports (swim, volleyball, baseball/softball, basketball, badminton, tennis, table tennis, Speech & Debate, MUN, Academic Games, Mathletes, soccer/football, probably a few more I'm forgetting).

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Social & Emotional Well-Being:

1. What is the climate for LGBT+ kids at this school? Are there resources they can draw upon? Does there appear to be any exclusionary behavior?

There is an active LGBT+ club for kids at school, and they are well supported and accepted.

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2. What is the climate for children with special needs? Is there a general attitude of inclusion for children with special needs?

There are very few, but the ones that are there have mild/moderate special needs and are included.

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

Indians need to have left India for a specified period of time or have another passport available, so there are few Native Indians (most are British/American by birth).

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4. 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.

Nope. Safe school, minimal student issues. Probably some of the nicest kids mine have ever met.

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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?

B+. And yes, because it's really the only option here if your primary language is English. It's also the largest of the foreign schools in Delhi, so many students start at the British/French/German, then they come to AES. Would I chose to come to Delhi again? No, but it's not been a bad place for the kids to go to school.

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

Major challenges my kids have experienced: a few unqualified HS teachers teaching subjects they shouldn't be

Highlights: making new friends, playing sports here, being challenged academically (that might be a highlight for me!). School is safe and welcoming, and my kids like it, which is important.

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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!

It's not the best school we've ever attended, but certainly not the worst. The school has been proactive in mitigating the air pollution inside the school, and they do their best to manage it. They are in the process of hiring a new Director, who will hopefully change a few things that need tweaking at this school, to make it deserve the reputation it has worldwide.

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New Delhi, India 10/23/18

American Embassy School New Delhi

School Website

http://aes.ac.in


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?

High School- presently attending

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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)?

Diplomatic posting

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

British School, German School, French School...chose AES based on reputation and English language curriculum.

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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?

Well enough...

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

The PSA is very proactive and welcoming of new and returning families, they host a lot of activities to promote community cohesiveness and set a positive tone for family involvement. The Tiger's Den is a hub of activity open to parents and older students. Some parents are there all day, every day...

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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?

Hard to say...there is an effort to send out weekly electronic newsletters, but some information is repetitive and dated, or does not appear in a timely manner. There are many community activities for which large fees are charged- tickets will be on sale on campus during the day (inconvenient for working parents) and prices will skyrocket if purchased at the door- a recent Diwali event charged $30 USD at the door. It is unclear what certain events are/ their purpose and the school appears to operate under the assumption that everyone has been there for years- very little in the way of event description.

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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?

There is an optional laptop insurance fee (money well spent IMHO) and travel fees for MESAC and IASAS events- typically airfare as students lodge with host families.

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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?

This school seems primarily dedicated to college admissions (at least at the HS level) and the few events I have attended ramp up parental anxiety.
I feel like not enough attention is paid to students' social/emotional well being at these events.

In our experience, academic/college counseling is luck of the draw- there are three HS counselors. The school appears geared toward getting kids into top schools, but will also discourage kids from "shooting high", which seems counterintuitive. It also seems that families with special needs kids are left to their own devices - the school provides little in the way of learning support and families with kids with more than mild learning or behavioral issues are not served well in my opinion. Other international schools in the region are making great strides in this arena, AES does not appear to do so.

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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?

I have only visited the HS/MS library which appears adequate. Parents can avail themselves of a vast digital library- the staff will install an app on your device.

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

School provides MacBooks to HS students. Most assignments are done through online portals.

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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?

Nice physical facilities, the campus has some geographical constraints and is compact but appears well equipped.

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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?

The school is IB and it seems like half of the 11th and 12th grade students pursue the full IB diploma. AP classes are also available. From what I hear, there is a lot of flexibility.

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6. 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 curriculum seems challenging, especially the IB diploma program.

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

For IB students, there are several hours of homework and time management responsibilities to juggle...I am a fan of structure and hard work, so it seems good.

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

Yes, everyone seems to speak English fluently.

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

Very few at the HS level.

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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?

The sports program seems robust and well developed, there are service clubs and academic clubs...there are lots of options for students.

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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?

This does not appear to be a problem- we have not noticed any problems with integration.

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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 solid B. Based of its "glowing reputation", we were expecting something a little more fine tuned.

AES is a good school, not the best we have come across...as noted, there appears to be a lot of unevenness and lack of preparation. For instance, some events are scheduled to conflict with other major events, parent teacher conferences at the HS level are difficult to schedule especially for working parents and you get about 8 minutes with the teachers. While welcoming to new families, there seems to be a lack of attentiveness to detail (use of acronyms for meeting rooms, a general befuddlement when parents show up for an event...I was once sent to 3 different parts of campus to find a particular meeting).

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

New Delhi is a challenging yet fascinating city, India is culturally rich and AES is a good school. I do think there are many people (families and staff) who have been here "forever", so some of the vibrancy and cultural diversity often seen at international schools is missing. We are happy with our choice to come to India and AES and the experience is "good enough".

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New Delhi, India 05/30/11

American Embassy School

School Website

http://aes.ac.in/


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?

Middle school and high school

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

2009-2011

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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)?

Govt

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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?

F:We could not get the admissions office to answer our repeated emails. Poor record keeping - kept losing our files.

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

Good.Pro-active PSA, welcome coffee events.HS counselors were uneven for us, "checked out". A: Great 9th grade counselor, helped ease transition.Need to speak up to get attention for learning disabilities.School caters to high achievers.

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Administration & School Procedures:

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

B: Positive, gifted teachers. Increasing focus on arts. Middle school administration is excellent. High school administration is struggling. Uneven IB program, large and growing drug problem in HS.

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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:

C: My students report favoritism of local, Indian students over ex-pats, especially vs. Americans . Extends to grades and evaluations. Especially in Indian studies and arts program.

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

C:Depends on the teachers.Middle school teachers tried hard to keep open communications. HS - we saw a decline in communication with parents except for the 2x year PT meetings (speed dating with your kid's teacher)

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

D-: Poor on either end of the scale.No T&G program and limited support for LDs.No testing available locally.School failed to notify when student was below grade (getting an F).

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

OK and getting better.Great service learning opportunities in HS - a real plus for IB students needing CAS hours.Increasing sports options for B: MS, including allowing some MS students play on HS JV teams.Physical facilities limit many after school sports.Constant construction keeps ball field off limits.

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6. Maintenance of appropriately high standards for all students:

B: Middle school is transparent and even handed.Our experience in HS - local Indian students get more opportunities to perform at public events, are favored in Indian studies class.

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7. Homework assigned (quality, quantity):

B:Re balance of HS homework over two years, including finals, has helped.

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8. Administration-parent communication:

F: Were not notified when child received failing grade, not notified when child was absent.

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9. Teacher-student communication:

C: Depends on the teacher.

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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?

Yes: languages - foreign language program needs an overhaul.IB students are failing the IB tests.

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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:

Yes - basic accommodation in standardize testing/classroom environment.

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

No - the school desperately needs a HS wellness counselor. 2011 parent survey showed that HALF the HS parents were concerned about the drug problem on campus.

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

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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 in art and drama, no in music.The music program is geared to classical and individual performances/training.

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

Drug counseling/wellness.

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

Yes - some HS sports activities in other countries - depends on the sport.

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17. What activities do you feel are missing?

More MS sports, better music options (beyond choir and band).

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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?

Uneven - you need to ask - the services are there but the admissions office won't point you in the right direction.

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

The school is increasingly built on the expectations of wealthy, local Indian families. Anti-Americanism has popped up recently in some of the public art and performances, although is not wide-spread.

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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?

F: Lost a great MS counselor and have not yet rebuilt staff -- friendly but ineffective.HS has zero family support, poor college enrollment support and career advising.HS counselors want to avoid risk of engaging too much with students - so tend to push off problem solving.Hard to know if they are aware of drug problem in HS.

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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?

A: still old fashioned in Middle School, but with re-design of HS should be better access to reference material and online sources

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

B: OK - HS is considering requiring laptops.

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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?

B: So-so.Emphasis on dance for a very few, general PE is general.

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

A: 1:18

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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?

F: An all IB HS school.Even if students want to take AP tests on their own, HS teachers are not supportive.

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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: Improving as funding improves.HS drama facilities are impressive.Music electives vary widely from girls choir to ad hoc "coffee house" day 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 - but the facilities are often closed off due to construction and priority is for classroom space over playing fields or courts.

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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, but off-campus drug/alcohol abuse is a growing problem. Local availability of illegal substances is easy and cheap.

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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?

The teachers, the teachers, the teachers.

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2. Greatest challenge?

Drugs in the HS.

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3. Would you choose this school again? Why?

No - the HS Administration is closing its eyes to the growing social issues(anti-ex pat/pro-India) and substance abuse problems.

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New Delhi, India 01/29/11

American Embassy School

School Website

http://www.aes.ac.in


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?

Middle school and elementary school

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

2009-2011

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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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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?

B; my middle school child had to take a placement test, but for an unknown reason.It didn't make any difference as to the class placement, and no one explained why it was necessary.

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

B+This is a strength of AES.The school hosts welcome coffees and does a lot to help new students adjust.

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Administration & School Procedures:

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

The school itself is a beautiful campus.The teachers are very nice and welcoming.

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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:

B - Most students are treated equitably; however, parents of nonresident Indians tend to run much about the school because they remain here from year to year.

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

D;Teachers send electronic newsletters; however, they do not communicate.When one has a concern, they do not listen.Many parents have been very upset about the no homework policy of the elementary school, but the teachers and principal refuse to listen to the concerns.

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

D- There is no gifted program.My children were in the gifted and honors programs at both state-side and international schools.We were disappointed there was no such program here.

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

C:After school activities for the elementary are pricey and difficult to get in.It costs $60 every quarter for my child to be involved in after school sports.

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6. Maintenance of appropriately high standards for all students:

F:With particular emphasis on the elementary school, the standards are not high.My 5th grade student does 2nd grade classwork.We have been forced to hire a tutor.

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7. Homework assigned (quality, quantity):

F:There is no homework in the elementary school, but my middle school student has 3-4 hours every night.The disconnect between the two causes great amounts of stress for 6th grade students.

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8. Administration-parent communication:

D; Very similar to teacher communication.I also addressed a concern with the middle school principal, but she never answered my email.

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9. Teacher-student communication:

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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?

Yes, math in the elementary school.The math curriculum is way too easy and fails to teach basic multiplication and division.

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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:

No.

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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:

Math

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

Yes, although other international schools build these costs into the tuition, AES charges the parents.We just paid $225 for a 5th grade class trip.

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17. What activities do you feel are missing?

martial arts

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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:

Instructional assistants are routinely rude to the children.

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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?

D; One of the middle school counselors is terrific, but the counselor for the 8th grade is not.This counselor told me that she had never spoken to my child personally, but then proceeded to criticize my child and list her concerns.

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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?

A;the library is well stocked, and open on Saturdays.

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

D:There is computer instruction for the elementary once per week.Nothing for the middle school or high 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?

B:The PE program is varied.Teachers are supportive and evaluate children on many variables.

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

A:Good, approximately 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?

D:There are IB courses in the high school.There is nothing in the middle or elementary schools.

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

No, there is no homework for the elementary grades.

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

C-There is an average number of these programs; however, most of the roles tend to go to children of faculty members.The past 3 years that we have been here, all of the major rolls in the elementary, middle and high school plays have went to children of teachers.

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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, it is not available.

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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, but other international school which we've attended have had much more but cost much less.

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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.

Yes there is some bullying.My elementary child was bullied all last year.Despite conferences with the teacher, counselor and principal, the situation was never resolved.

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Overall Impressions:

1. What is the greatest strength of this school?

Its reputation.

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2. Greatest challenge?

The disconnect between the elementary and middle school curriculums.

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3. Would you choose this school again? Why?

No, this school has not met my children's needs.

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