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Kampala, Uganda 11/04/19

Kampala International School of Uganda

School Website

http://www.kisu.com/


Background Information:

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

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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?

Year 11-DP2. In American schools the sophmore to senior.

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

government

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

yes, there are a few other options. We chose KISU because it mentioned a few things on the website that interested us, they kept answering my inquiries (ISU quit answering them), and upon arrival and tour, we were told everything we wanted to hear.

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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, mostly.

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

At first I found them very welcoming.

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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?

They communicate via email or other computer/cell phone based manners. Considering how bad internet was our first 2 years it made it very hard to keep up. Messages for meetings or money would come up with a two day notice. Things have gotten slightly better but not much.

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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?

Uniforms, musical instrument rental, field trips + visas on occasion. I don't recall all of the prices but most recently we needed to come up with US$800, not Ugandan shillings, about 1 week notice for a trip. They said they sent an email when I told them we were out of country with little to no internet and that email never arrived.

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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?

There is a reasonably new counselour at the school as of last year. I do not know what she knows about other worldwide universities but the school did a college "roundup" of sorts.

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

Yes, it is a decent sized by (my son describes) "an American public school has a bigger library". Some books may be available to check out but he has been told books weren't for his class so he could not borrow them

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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?

You do need a laptop and a few things might be available with tuition. in DP1 we paid for a Chromebook. Almost everything is on the computer at the level my son is at. All homework assignments, grade reports, researching, and contact with teachers. The general comment back from the school when we were struggling with internet working (often out for a week at a time) was that that was our problem. That being said, we are 3 years in and finally have good internet.

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

There is a lab. The computers are older and very slow.

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

There is a gym, a large field, and a swimming pool. We were told he'd be in the pool at least once weekly.

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

That changes a lot per grade, per semester, per year with the kids coming and going and turn over of teachers, even during the school year.

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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?

it is an IB school but the IB diploma is not required.

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

I understand that each teacher is allowed to teach in their own manner which may mean that some kids do not learn well in that environment. I do know, however, that in some upper levels English classes xerox copies of books are given instead of real book. Sometimes that pages are in the wrong order, sometimes incomplete.

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

I believe so.

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

I don't know of any students over 8th grade taking music but I am not positive. Theatre is only up to year 11 (sophmore) although we were told he could take it until he graduated. Visual arts is available but my son came to me today to tell me his teacher has gone on strike for lack of being paid for 2 months so I don't know if it will continue or not.

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

Uncertain but i believe they all do.

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

From all i've heard there is nothing.

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

Unknown, but there are ramps but no elevators on campus.

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14. 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?

futball (soccer), basketball, and swimming as far as i know. Other activities change three times a year and have included various types of dance, cooking, art, music, sewing, drama (not seniors/DP2)

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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?

Uganda is NOT a LGBTQ friendly country at all.

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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.

There are cliques but they aren't exclusionary and my son has witnessed nothing he would call bullying.

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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?

D-F
i believe that a large part of education is up to the student applying themselves but considering the things we have dealt with or seen I would say unless your older child is a strong straight A, self-starter type of student, I would not apply here. Having spoken with parents from the other popular school, I would not have placed Uganda on our bidlist at all.

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

My son came into the school unprepared since I asked for summer homework and a reading list and we were told there was none. Then on the first day of school they tested on a book from the previous year. We were told my son could study cooking, business, theatre, and art until he graduated. By December of his first year they made him drop cooking since it began the year before, which we had not been told, and business. He was made to drop theatre after the first year because there was none for the older students. Several teachers left during the school year with no notice and students were taught the wrong book in one English course. He also was dropped from IB diploma to IB certificate because he had to drop Spanish due to the teacher having problems with all the male students because she preferred females students (she said so in class; the administration was aware of this but left my son and the other boys to deal with this on their own which resulted in poorer grades). My son's saving grace has been a small handful group of good friends, most of whom have already left, and one good art teacher who also has moved on. His new art teacher is currently on strike. The headmaster has been patient with some of our concerns.

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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!

There are some kind and patient people working at KISU but if I knew then what I know now, I would not have placed my son here.

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Kampala, Uganda 09/10/18

Kampala Community International Preschool (KCIP)

School Website

http://kcipreschool.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?

Starting in 2018, our kids were in toddler group (3yrs old). Now in new school term they are in pre-kindergarten (4-5yrs old) and playgroup (18=month old).

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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)?

Work - US government

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

Plenty of schools are available, especially at preschool age. This school is truly play-based, however. At these young ages, I wanted my kids to socialize and have fun and get used to a school environment but without flash cards or long circle times; rather lots of play and exploration and teacher attention. KCIP provides all that.

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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, partially through website but school Director and admin staff are extremely responsive via email.

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

Extremely good. The school puts a lot of focus on helping new kids integrate and feel comfortable. The school accepts little tiny toddlers up to pre-k, so the welcome/integration is both for new kids to Kampala but also little ones who have never before been in a school environment. The teachers and school involve the parents and the families a lot, communicate a LOT at the start about how things are going, and really help more than I've seen before for parents to feel comfortable that the kids are doing well. And, of course, they really help the kids to actually do well and settle in quickly.

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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?

Very strong. The school admin and teachers are very committed to engaging parents and having good communication. They are still testing out new things, like sending weekly reports that describe what the kids are doing and learning that week, etc. But in general they are open and happy to meet whenever needed and make strong efforts to engage families.

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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?

No fees other than standard term fees. Website has costs.

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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?

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

Yes, both. And there are after-school 'clubs.' Website gives fees.

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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. They have a nice library with a large variety of books. The toddler through pre-k classes borrow books as a weekly activity to take home.

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

No - it's a preschool.

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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?

None. It's a preschool.

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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?

No gym. No courts. It's a preschool, so there's a large play area. They have some small swimming pool that they use to help the kids get used to being in water, but not really proper swimming lessons.

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

My 18-month old has a 5 kids and 2 teachers in the class that she is in. My pre-K kids class is around 5-1 or so I believe.

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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?

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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?

Yes. The curriculum is nearly entirely play-based, which is absolutely perfect for the pre-Kindergarten ages. Yet through play they are learning shapes, colors, counting, measurements, letters, etc. In all the right ways. My kids come home begging me to play with them games that involve naming what letter things around the house begin with, etc. The school also focuses a lot on emotional regulation, manners, getting along, etc, which - again - is perfect for this age group. SO many preschools I visited were WAY too 'academic' focused, promising to have kids reading by pre-k, etc. Kids need to learn emotional regulation, social skills, and love of learning at the pre-k age - actual academic learning should wait. KCIP focuses on just what this age group needs, very well.

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

No homework - which is perfect and appropriate for this age.

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

Everything, at a preschool level. Lots of art, music, dance, etc. Plus amazing after-school clubs that go further with gymnastics, capoeira, etc.

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

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

The school is a preschool, with a small student-teacher ratio. The teachers are able to, and do, give individual attention to each of the kids, whether showing signs of being 'gifted' or of being behind the curve. Each kid gets the encouragement, attention, and help that they need for the stage that they are at.

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

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

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17. 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?

There are after-school clubs such as cooking, gymnastics, capoeira, team sports, etc. My kids did dance and gymnastics for a few months and had a good time. Only thing missing is that it is quite sad that the school does not have a proper swimming pool and so the 'swimming' that is offered is less than ideal.

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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 and 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.

Not that I've seen or know of.

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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. And yes, I would definitely choose it again and am, in fact, choosing it for my youngest (18-month).

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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!

The school is fairly new, and the director and admin team are very receptive to suggestions, parent and family input, and feedback. It can be a bit of a challenge to figure out what the kids are actually doing on an ongoing basis, as my kids don't talk much about their school day (or at least not in ways that tell me what I'm looking for). They recently started a weekly update report to try to fill that gap, however, which will hopefully help me figure out what the teachers are focusing on more and make more sense of what my young kids are talking about when they get home.

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Kampala, Uganda 06/04/18

International School of Uganda (ISU)

School Website

http://www.isu.ac.ug/


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 two children attending ISU in Uganda.

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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?

My children started at ISU in August of 2016, they are now finishing their second year at this school and are currently in 3rd and 7th grade.

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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 Government employment in Kampala

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

Yes, there is actually a good variety of schools available at this post/Uganda. However, ISU is known as a very inclusive school, fully IB accredited (PYP, MYP, IB/AP & diploma course), and promotes learning diversity. It has a large and well functioning Optimal Learning Center that provides a variety of support services to children with special needs (all the way through high-school). As a result, my special needs child in middle school has been able to thrive at 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?

Very clear admission procedure, very quick response on admission request and related questions, and open and frank communication on issues of concern. Best admission process we have had during our FS careers.

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

Very welcoming to new students, strong sense of community, and as inclusion and learning diversity are part of the schools mission and vision, students from all background and levels are and feel welcome of mainstream quality education at ISU.

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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?

Generally communication is good - however, all teachers and administrators have different communication styles, as do parents. Time is made to have student/parent/teacher interactions as needed.

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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?

- no uniforms, except for sports/PE kit
- students in senior school (6th grade and up) are required to have a Mac Book laptop - you can either purchase your own or lease one from school
- musical instruments are available, yet personal instruments can be brought in as well
-field trips within Kampala are free; field trips (senior school only) outside of Kampala have a reasonable fee, and provide quality services (transportation, lodging, food, etc.)
- international sports events in the east/southern Africa region are relatively expensive (airfare, sports kits, team & individual participation fees).

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Academics & Resources:

1. What personal or academic counseling resources are available at this school? Is there a dedicated college counselor at the school? Is he/she familiar with universities worldwide?

yes, counseling at all levels (junior/senior school) is available, and much is invested in preparing high school students for their next step and move onto college and university.

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

-school started at 7:50am, and most students come in on the large bus fleet the school have that goes to most neighborhoods in Kampala en Entebbe. I don't believe there is a before school 'daycare'. There is an extensive schedule of after school activities for junior as well as senior school students available which changes 3 times a year.

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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?

The school has a sizable library, divided into JS and SS levels. students can check out books and have 'library' class in junior school.
In addition there are books in languages other than English, as the school also has a 'mother tongue' program for junior school that goes beyond the general French and Spanish classes offered as part of the regular curriculum. Books in these other languages are also housed in the library for check out.

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

yes, the school moved to an all Mac-based system in 2017, and they are as such up to date with the latest, including in their computer lab.

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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?

Senior school students (6th grade and up) need to have their own laptops (Macs) - either own purchase or lease through school. Junior school students can borrow laptops as well as ipads for class assignments as needed.
Technology is fully integrated, both in the classroom as well as in the homework requirements.

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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?

Available resources included, indoor & outdoor gym, multiple basketball courts, tennis courts, 25m swimming pool, multiple soccer/rugby fields, track & field course, golf driving range.
The school is located on 35 acres of pristine land that has lots of outdoor play space (open air, or covered) in addition to all the sports related resources listed above.

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

The maximum class size is 22 children to 1 teacher, but there are often less than 22 students/class - more like 18-20 - with only a few children rotating in and out during the school year. For junior school, all classroom teachers have a teaching assistant.

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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?

AP and IB are available, and students can chose; they do not have to do the full diploma course.

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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?

yes, I believe children are challenged appropriately.

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

There's much discussion on this point as different cultures come with different standards, and a school that is so culturally diverse (60+ different nationalities) cannot possibly respond to all these standards in a fully satisfactory manner - however, I believe that in general and overall parents and students are satisfied.

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

yes, all are available - music, visual arts and drama - and are taught to all students throughout the year. Higher grades do have to make choices at some point between the three.
ISU has just started the construction of a new performance arts (drama) center on the school compound - to be ready sometime in 2019.

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

yes, all teachers are fluent in English (Ugandan staff also speak English as primary language).

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

gifted programs/advanced classes, as well as support for those with special needs due to learning difficulties are highly integrated and available. Learning diversity is central to the mission and vision at ISU.

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

See above - We have a special needs child who has been able to thrive at ISU as he gets specialized support he needs to do well. Careful, child specific support is provided in the classroom as well as through pull-out sessions as needed, in combination with counseling, and with special attention to assistive technologies. We are more than pleased with the special needs learning support at this school and have extended our stay in Uganda to 5 years in an effort to keep our special needs child in this school as long as possible.

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

Different students with physical disabilities are part of mainstream education at ISU. however, the school is located on a hill side, as such there are many steps between the different levels at which classrooms, sport facilities are located, and as a result the school is currently not very wheelchair friendly. However, grade 9 students designed wheelchair ramps this year as part of a maths/design project, and their design was approved by the school board for construction of wheelchair ramps to start in the coming months.

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

There is a full ESL department available at school. In addition, the school has a fully integrated 'mother tongue' program in Junior school, and additional in the Junior School will be offered from August 2018 including Arabic, Chinese, French, Kiswahili, Luganda and Spanish.

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17. 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?

swim, soccer, basketball, arts, hip-hop/dance, games galore, robotics, rugby, teaching deaf kids how to swim, tennis, reading club, dance/gymnastics, mountain biking, climbing wall, music/performance, astrophysics club, etc... (the list is much longer than this!) - yes our children have participated a quite a few of these.

Our children miss the American sports - baseball/softball, american football - however, there is talk that this will be integrated in the after school activity program next year.

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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?

Inclusion is hugely important at ISU and they do well on this.

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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.

Unfortunately there are always (at any school) cases of bullying - however the school does well addressing these issues directly with the students, get counselors involved and has sessions with parents as well to address issues as they arise.
The end of school year middle school arts festival is themed "Inclusion, Community & Acts of Kindness" and the 7th grade visual arts students focused their work on the development of 'anti-bullying' posters, which was a great and hands-on way to involved students directly to think about this important issue.
Different from other international schools our children have attended in the past in other countries where they experienced lots of bullying, they have not had this negative experience at ISU.

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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+ - a school can always do better, and there's always room for improvement but thus far we are VERY pleased with the support that ISU in Uganda provides. Learning diversity and inclusion are hugely important to us, and the school doesn't just have this listed as part of the mission and vision, but actually practices it, and ensures that these values are thought throughout the curriculum at ISU in Uganda.

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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!

Apart from inclusion and learning diversity - which also relates closely to the attention ISU gives to children with different and special needs - the school is set on a beautiful hill side (35 acres) thus providing an amazing park-like learning environment for children where there is ample space next to all classrooms to play and learn outside, enjoy the outdoors and nature and have these elements integrated into learning as well. The climate in Kampala is absolutely amazing, which makes the learning environment comfortable. Field trips upcountry go to some of the most beautiful environments Uganda has to offer, from game parks, to crater lakes, to camping along the Nile, to climbing the highest mountain peaks. In all, a pretty amazing place for a child to grow up and learn and become a well-rounded world citizen.

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Kampala, Uganda 08/12/15

Kampala Community International Preschool (KCIP)

School Website

http://www.kcipreschool.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?

2 & 3 years old

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

2014/2015 and onto 2016 this coming year

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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)?

Trailing spouse to a U.S. government employee

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

It was new school when we enrolled our girls. The director is an American teacher who has years of experience teaching in Uganda and the States. She uses a combination of the British and the American curriculums. The cost was about 1/3 of the price of the other preschools, but the student/teacher ratio was much better (8:2 and 12:2 respectively). The school is very organized and the communication with parents is phenomenal.

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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:

2-year old toddler class - 8 students learn at an appropriate level from 2 teachers. They focus on all the senses for maximum learning using mainly art projects. They focus a lot on colors and identifying animals at this age, but they don't push the kids. It is an enjoyable experience for the children.

3-year old early learners class - 12 students learn their ABCs (mainly reading and phonics with limited writing) from 2 teachers. They learn a new letter each week. They also have reading time and art activities as well.

They also offer after school acivities that are taught by professionals of the trade (ballet, art, music, and cooking).

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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+

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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. 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?

Optional lunch
One-time registration fee

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

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

A+

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7. Maintenance of appropriately high standards for all students:

A+

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8. Homework assigned (quality, quantity):

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9. Administration-parent communication:

A+

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10. Teacher-student communication:

A+

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

No

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

No

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

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

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

Yes, could use swimming. They would like to add gymnastics on Friday afternoons.

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

Swimming

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

No

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18. What activities do you feel are missing?

Swimming

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

Yes

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

Yes

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

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?

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

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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 - No swimming pool

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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?

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

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

A+

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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.

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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?

Student/teacher ratio, organization, and communication

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2. Greatest challenge?

None

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3. Would you choose this school again? Why?

Absolutely

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Kampala, Uganda 06/17/13

International School of Kampala

School Website


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?

Currently grades 2 and 4.

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

2011 to 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)?

U.S. Government employee living in Kampala.

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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:

We have two children in grades 2 and 4. They started in grades 1 and 3. We have been very pleased with ISU. The teachers are excellent and very supportive, tailor their teaching to each student in order to ensure that they reach their maximum potential. The classes are around 12 to 15 students with a main teacher and one teaching assistant. The teachers are great!

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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

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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:

It seems good, but I'm not sure. They do provide extra teaching and challenges for students who are advanced in math and reading.

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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:

No

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

unsure

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

Yes! Excellent programs.

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

No. But they have lots of optional trips.

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15. What activities do you feel are missing?

None.

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

YES!

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

Yes.

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18. 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?

A

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

A

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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, lots of variety and great after school program

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

18:2

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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 - the elementary school does the PYP for IB.

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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)?

A - standard part of curriculum, very good.

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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.

Yes, both kids are advanced in math and reading - they receive extra attention and are challenged to ensure that they keep the skills and do not get bored.

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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.

Not at all.

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Overall Impressions:

1. What is the greatest strength of this school?

The community; great teachers; caring environment; emphasis on learning, responsibility, and independence.

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2. Would you choose this school again? Why?

Absolutely!

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