Parent's Review of Atlantic International School in Moscow 0

Submitted by wintersun

What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)

Atlantic International School

In what town or city is this school located?

Moscow

How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)

International

What grade levels are represented at this school?

k -11

How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)

bus,car

How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?

They are committed to making the curriculum accessible to all children through utilizing a range of teaching styles, which will motivate children to develop independent, lifelong learning skills.

What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?

The school has a perfectly applied British curriculum. Plus they organize for the newcomers adaptation classes for about 15 days before the 1st of September which really facilitates the transition. Repatriation programs don't exist unfortunately.

How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?

They organize some festivals or celebrations with the contribution of parents. Also, the parent input is valuable to the administration.

What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?

If you are tired of British Schools this is a very attractive variant. Especially their kindergarten next to the metro station Rechnoy vagzal is a must-see.

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guest
Jun 8, 2012 11:15

I'm afraid this is just an advertisement for the school not a proper parent feedback. Look behind the 'glitter' . This is a Turkish-run school, not an international school as such.

guest
May 20, 2013 06:55

The Atlantic International School group has now almost completed its fourth year. In the three previous years negative reviews have been written about the school and how it is managed. I feel it is my duty as one of the directors of the school to try to balance the argument. I am English and have been a director of Atlantic, for one year, having been a previous head teacher and curriculum manager. I have assisted with the development of the school into a highly respected member of the international school community of Moscow. I work very closely with the other directors in moving the school forward. Atlantic has established itself as the only provider of the University of Cambridge Curriculum in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In the most recent inspection in St. Petersburg by the University of Cambridge they reported the school as excellent. We had our second AS/IGCSE external examination inspection this year and again we ticked all the boxes. This year we have become a member of the European Council for International Schools ECIS and are working towards accreditation by Council for International Schools CIS. We are an active member of the Association of European Businesses AEB and are working with the association to establish and education committee for the group. Our recruitment policy has evolved over the past 4 years and now we work with respected recruitment agencies and the Times Educational Supplement TES. We have had to change our policy to meet the demands of our parents. We now look for experienced English speaking teachers who will be able to contribute to moving the school forward. Attracting the best staff to Russia is not easy due to many factors so the school will move to a three year contract to try to improve retention amongst staff. There have understandably been problems in the early years but as we open new schools we recognise the problems that have occurred and try to ensure that we are not repeating earlier mistakes. We have had difficulty bringing resources to Russia. Importing books is difficult, and meeting with agencies to have e-learning takes time. Our curriculum is beginning to bear fruit as our children begin to succeed with the Cambridge Curriculum. Our children are formally assessed as early as year 2 and have Cambridge assessments built into their learning programmes. Children do external ESOL exams from year 2 and Cambridge Checkpoint exams in year 6 and 9. We have children in upper school attending IGCSE and AS classes and we are optimistic about the outcomes. Our children this year will go to study in universities in the UK, USA, Asia and Europe. This year our school, came first in the European Maths Challenge beating over 500 schools with 22 000 competitors The school is evolving. The directors are listening to staff more and more and are adjusting to the demands of being an international school. The package the school offers is now very competitive with other international schools; our staff all have comprehensive medical insurance with Zurich. The contract is protected by Russian law; the school pays the income taxes for its employees. Each member of staff receives a working, multi entry, visa for up to 3 years The developments of Atlantic will continue at some pace with many people in Russia wanting to have Atlantic as their education provider. We will probably make mistakes, but less and less as time goes on. If you feel you would like to apply for work at Atlantic or would like to get more information about one of our schools or kindergartens please visit our website or contact the school and we will be more than willing to answer your questions. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Damien Butters Atlantic International School

guest
May 20, 2013 12:40

The report written about Atlantic International School (May 20, 2013 06:55) is understandably pro-school. This is because it was written by a director of the school. This director is the only English director; the others are Turkish. This director was given this position in order to give the school an 'English gloss', and to 'legitimise' the school. Also to promote it. There is no way that this school wants parents to know that they are dealing with Turkish businessmen who are simply there for profit, with limited to no educational background. The fact that the school has come out on the back foot and has to defend it self and say that it is listening to its teachers, goes to show that it is exactly not doing this. It's rather unconvincing stuff to the least. Unhappy teachers = unhappy school = unhappy students = Turkish management worried about profit. It's amusing to see that this defensive stance also has a recruiting line in it for prospective teachers. I guess while you're writing it, why not hustle, hey? LOL

guest
May 20, 2013 12:47

The report written about Atlantic International School (May 20, 2013 06:55) is understandably pro-school. This is because it was written by a director of the school. This director is the only English director; the others are Turkish. This director was given this position in order to give the school an 'English gloss', and to 'legitimise' the school. Also to promote it. There is no way that this school wants parents to know that they are dealing with Turkish businessmen who are simply there for profit, with limited to no educational background. The fact that the school has come out on the back foot and has to defend it self and say that it is listening to its teachers, goes to show that it is exactly not doing this. It's rather unconvincing stuff to the least. Unhappy teachers = unhappy school = unhappy students = Turkish management worried about profit. It's amusing to see that this defensive stance also has a recruiting line in it for prospective teachers. I guess while you're writing it, why not hustle, hey? LOL

manabroad
May 28, 2013 02:48

Dear “guest” I have been given my position in order to keep the school up to date with all the necessary standards needed for an international education. I do hope I contribute to the school and make it prosper in the market. To make this possible, on every campus of the AIS, there is a British Head Teacher who is in charge of making all decisions at school level. The Atlantic International School is supported by Russian Government and is approved by the Russian ministry of education. We do receive some financial aid from Turkish sponsors and there is nothing wrong with that as it benefits the school. If you have been to one of our schools you would understand that there is nothing to compare with it in Moscow (maybe the Anglo-American School that receives financial support from the U.S. government and from continuous flow of parents paying for education) ; we have fantastic buildings, big surrounding territory, we organise excursions to museums, theatres etc. for our children every month – and parents do not have to pay for these (they just pay the annual fee); children get all learning materials, manuals and other school supplies for free as well as fantastic costumes and decoration for each concert every 3 months. You will not find any other school in Moscow who would not try to get additional charges for that. Since the AIS is a relatively new project and we are still developing and growing, each year opening new schools, not only in Moscow, but in other cities and even countries – we do have to get some financial support and we do not understand why are you being so racist about receiving money from Turkish sponsors? They do not have any interest in participating in the curriculum development or teaching the children: they have qualified British and Canadian personnel for doing that and it makes no sense for them penetrating into the academics. The logic chain you’ve written about “unhappy teachers = unhappy school = unhappy students” is absolutely true and it is true that Turkish sponsors as well as Russian Government, British and Canadian managers and head teachers, prefer that teachers are happy and that they make a happy school with happy students and we do not see anything wrong in that. It is true that the founders are interested in school development and maintaining our school, its personnel and keeping students happy. That is why they want only most qualified teachers who can contribute to the development of our schools. We are deeply sorry if we had offended any of the international teachers we employed for not being able to suit their needs in one of our schools. Sadly some former employees have not managed to fill their time with more beneficial or meaningful activities, than writing negative comments about their previous place of work and being racist about Turkish sponsors.

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