Parent's Review of Atlantic International School in Moscow 1

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 School

What grade levels are represented at this school?

Nursey to Grade 2

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

walk, car and school bus. School bus is organised.

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

The facilities in the school are very nice. Children have access to a small gym and a large outdoor playarea. The classrooms are bright and well set out. Children have extra activities during the day including sport, art and music.

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?

My child was in Russian kindergarden before. He came to atlantic and know no English. He is now reading in english, can write on his own and is learning to spell. He is also making good progress in maths and can count to 100, add and take away with no help.

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

Parent club in school is advertised. We had a parent-teacher night last year.

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

To look at the kindergarden at Rechnoy Vokzal as a good range of qualified teachers from a range of countries. It is a small school, where you get to know the teachers and all of the children know each other.

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guest
May 24, 2012 09:04

The school building is new with excellent classrooms that are bright and spacious. However, NOT ALL TEACHERS ARE QUALIFIED!!! as stated. You are perfectly within your right as a parent to request to ask for the qualifications of staff so you can carry out your own reference checks! Also, teachers, such as from the UK have to have a CRB (police)check before they can work with children. I was informed that not only was a Canadian 'teacher' not qualified, but nor did she have a police check at the kindergarten near Rechnoy. Things may look bright on the surface, but just remember, you are paying for your childs education. Don't be afraid to ask for Educational qualifications, make a note of them and the institute and make your own independent enquiry!! The only professionally qualified teacher I know from 2010 to 2011 at Rechnoy branch was from the UK and she left. She loved her work and did an amazing job with her students. It was sad that she left as the parents were happy with the excellent progress their child was making. Hopefully, she is working somewhere in the world where she is valued.

babazoo
Jun 8, 2012 10:34

Sadly, it's about hiring native speakers. This is the case with Atlantic. Many teachers are not native speakers. They hire Turkish or Russian teachers who are cheaper but have no knowledge of Cambridge curriculum. It IS supposed to to be a Cambridge curriculum school. But they are cheaper and so more profit. Not a good school to be honest.

guest
May 20, 2013 06:56

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

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