Tijuana, Mexico Real School Experiences

Personal Experiences from Tijuana, Mexico

Tijuana, Mexico 05/31/11

British American School

School Website

http://britishamericani.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?

3

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

2009-2010

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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, They were one of the only schools to bend admissions cap to accept my son midyear.

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

C

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Administration & School Procedures:

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

PreK - 6 school, 100% mexican population that teaches some subjects in English.

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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:

Locals: A, Expat: C-

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

F, Third grade had no scheduled conferences, no progress reports, and would not always return emails or phone calls.

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

F

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

B

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6. Maintenance of appropriately high standards for all students:

D

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7. Homework assigned (quality, quantity):

C-, lots of pretty activities (build a volcano) with little writen expliantion.

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8. Administration-parent communication:

D, I was very welcome to have meetings with the adminstartion and they were well versed in the school and classroom issues but they never returned emails or phone calls.

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9. Teacher-student communication:

B, My son never complained about not understanding the classroom teacher.Electives were taught in Spanish and relied on peers to translate instructions to English.

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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 was very easy for my son and no accelerated materials were avalible.

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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. They have no ability to provde special needs or differenetiate for language learners.

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

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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?

The school offered a music class although I can not speak to what type of credentials they music teacher had.

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

the school had a strong program to teach English to Spanish speakers but did not have any way to help the other side.

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

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17. What activities do you feel are missing?

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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?

No.

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20. 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?

F, non-existent

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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?

C

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

D

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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?

C

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

B

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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?

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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

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

No.PE, computers, and Spanish were all taught by teachers that had no English ability.

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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.My son was in GT in school before and after this one but no services were provided here.

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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, the school had soccer, basketball, chess, homework club and others.

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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?

No

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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! My son was excluded from a majority of social interactions because of his language skill and reported occational teasing.

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Overall Impressions:

1. What is the greatest strength of this school?

Location.

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2. Greatest challenge?

It provided no motifications for a student from outside of Mexico.

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3. Would you choose this school again? Why?

No, in fact we switched schools at the end of the year.

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