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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Atlantic International School in Moscow, Russia
Review-of-Atlantic International School
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. (Continue)
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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
babazoo replied recently with:
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.
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Expat Report Living in Moscow, Russia was published
Living-in-Moscow
Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.
I had no dreams but I did expect the worst about Moscow and Russia in general, given the continuous bad press it usually gets (also the weather, particularly the long and very cold winters!). (Continue)
Expat Report Moving to Moscow, Russia by WhiteWinter was published
Moving-to-Moscow
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Traffic is usually terrible in Moscow so you should choose an area that's convenient for work, school and anything else you do regularly. We preferred living in the centre as we like going out and being close to the theatres, music and concert halls etc. Some people prefer living out of town in the compounds, mainly for the children. There are some lovely family friendly areas in town too. It's basically about reaching a convenient compromise for your whole family. (Continue)
Expat Report Info about British Women's Club in Moscow, Russia was published
Info-about-Moscow
Describe your group.
An active group for British passport holders and women married to British passport holders. Weekly coffee mornings in town, monthly coffee mornings at the British Embassy, regular events throughout the year. Various interest groups and Family Network for members with children (also organise popular Christmas party). (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Moscow, Russia
Moving-to-Moscow
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Do not come here if you don't speak Russian. Expect to robbed and ripped off, so don't complain when it happens. You must make a lot of contacts with locals to avoid this. This is not like America. There are no "bad neighborhoods". (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
HEY GUEST, I do not have a negative view of Russia. I LOVE MOSCOW. What makes you think I have had a bad experience? I guarantee my life in here is much more prosperous than yours! GUEST, you really say nothing helpful to anyone, why did you waste your time posting?
A reader replied recently with:
I think Zorillo420 may have quite a negative view of Russia, my experience has been much better than this.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Anglo American School, Moscow in Moscow, Russia
Review-of-Anglo American School, Moscow
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The shell of the school is great.. everything looks really nice with the swimming pool, theatre, sports facilities, etc.. HOWEVER, what is missing is the infrastructure. There is only one reading specialist with over 600 children in the elementary school alone. This person has to pull materials together for children representing over 60 nationalities. There is also no testing coordinator so your child may take the ERB test in the Spring and results are briefly discussed over the following winter by the school psychologist. Many other key faculty members are missing. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
I have heard many people talking about the same issues but I cant say i agree or disagree since my child doesnt study at AAS.
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Expat Report Review of Anglo-American School of Moscow in Moscow, Russia by JaneDo was published
Review-of-Anglo-American School of Moscow
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The facilities are what make this school attractive. There are two theaters; one of which can seat 600 people and is professionally equipped with sound systems, lighting and other professional equipment. There are two pools up to 3 m deep and 25 m in length. Four gyms that can be combined into two huge ones for international competitions. A weight room. Skating rings in the winter. Two outside soccer fields. Two skating rings in the winter. One summer tennis court. There are amazing art facilities that serve a band, singing and visual arts. The school puts a heavy emphasis on extra curricular activities. (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Montessori School of Moscow in Moscow, Russia
Review-of-Montessori School of Moscow
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Spacious classrooms, panoramic windows, part of residential complex with own park (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
We are expats and are former parents of this school. We were so excited to have our daughter in this school but it turned sour this year. The school is not professionally run by it's head of school. The teachers who actually teach the children - or guide them-are lovely and working hard to ensure that while the children are there they are treated well and able to learn. At the end of the day, with a school this small, connections with the parents are huge and how the child is treated by the head of school is important. We were treated disrespectfully and unreasonably as parents but most importantly how the head of school showed little regard for our daughter's well being was really shocking. It just showed how really unexperienced the lady who started the school is in education management, especially her comprehension of how her extreme personally driven decisions impact the child. She's very very extreme in her dealings. Not a good match for a school with young impressionable children. Sad, because we love the Montessori method.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Montessori School of Moscow in Moscow, Russia
Review-of-Montessori School of Moscow
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The facilities are nice although quite small in some respects. It's located in a prestigious part of Moscow although very hard to get it and the parking situation for drop off and pick up is frustrating. The clubs were good. My child enjoyed them. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
I am also a parent of this school and my child has been attending since the second year that the school opened. The school have been through an enormous growth. I am very happy witht he way the school is run and will now be sending my second child to this school.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Atlantic International School in Moscow, Russia
Review-of-Atlantic International School
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. (Continue)
manabroad replied most recently with:
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.
A reader replied recently with:
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
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of English International School in Moscow, Russia
Review-of-English International School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Facilities generally quite good with some extra curricular activities. This school is not as well equppied as some other international schools in Moscow but opportunities are available. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
I would not recommend EIS East any longer. The new Headteacher is destroying the very fine foundations set in place by the founding Headteacher. The number of children in the school are falling weekly. The new Head shows a lack of respect for the children he teaches, the parents and the staff, there are a number of complaints from each faction. In fact there has been a turn over of 85% of staff in twelve months. He is fond of manipulating the truth and forgetting what he has told you. He is prepared to go to any lengths to cover up his inadequacies. It is a great pity that by the time David Lowder leaves next year he will have demolished all the fabulous work left by the former Headteacher.
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Absolutely
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