Parent's Review of Anglo American School of Moscow in Moscow, Russia
What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)
Anglo American School of Moscow
In what town or city is this school located?
How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)
What grade levels are represented at this school?
How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)
Walk from the attached compound, bus or personal drivers
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The extra curricular activities here are not good at all as mentioned in other reviews. The teachers are not excited to run them and they end up being little more than babysitting. There is a lot of bullying and trash talking by kids that goes on in them and the teachers do nothing. If you complain to administration, you are labelled as a "complainer". The physical premises are good but that is not enough for the money spent on tuition. The teachers' kids seem preferred at every turn and you grow tired of seeing them front and center of every concert, play and picture display.
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?
They have programs but they are run only at the beginning and end of the year and in January. They are nothing special.
How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?
The PTO is very active but is run by a clique of ladies and it feels very exclusive. They raise a lot of money that goes to school infrastructure and programming and not much goes to charity which is strange. The school tuition is very high but the PTO has to donate a lot of money for programming that should come out of the school budget. This is the first international school we have been to that even charges to use the gym and to book a room to run a school event...it feels like a money grab at every turn.
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
A pricey school with the curriculum of a mid-level American public school. It changed to common core a few years ago which is baffling and the change was done apparently without clear understanding of the international parents. It is now a mish mash of PYP, common core and IB programming. The math program is very poor. They run some standard testing but the computer systems often fail during testing and scores are therefore uneven. Teachers' kids appear to be given preferential treatment. Teachers have special use of facilities and parents are made to pay to even use the gym facilities! This school is sub par in my opinion. It is a shiny, beautiful building on the outside, without the academic structure you would expect. Administration is not responsive and can actually be unwelcoming to those who point out problems. We were glad to leave!
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