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Parent's Review of Yanbu International School in Yanbu Al-Sinaiyah, Saudi Arabia

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

Yanbu International School

In what town or city is this school located?

Yanbu Al-Sinaiyah

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

American

What grade levels are represented at this school?

k1 to grade 12

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

Bus (provided by the Royal Commission - basically functions as the local government)for all RC employees' dependenta.

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

Facilities are ok. Activities are not what I expected. But there are swimming, football, crochet etc.

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 curriculum sees my daughter as a human with capabilities and potential not just human labs in which various tests and exams are tried. My daughter is allowed to tap her own potential with the teacher and parents as guide.

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

Yes. Parents involvement here is something to be proud of.

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

Be clear about what you want. I find it refreshing here from the too confining exam oriented, paper chase curriculum. I want my children to be humans and not math machines. One other thing -- be wary of the fact that a majority of students here are Pakistanis - their accent and Paki twang can affect your child's!

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guest
Feb 20, 2011 07:06

Just for correction now in 2010-2011 there is no swimming, no corchet and no football( if you mean American Football).

guest
Apr 20, 2011 14:43

The school was running good 5 years before. Agree with the last comment. The majority of the students are Pakistanes and their arrogance and behaviour can effect you child's development as a good individual. Parents don't have the right to talk this to the people concencerned. Parent involvment will not be entertained by the adminstration at any cost. That is the most negative part of this school. Whatever your child suffers it should be considered as his/her fate, nothing more can be done or will be done. If a proper administration can work, this school can be changed into a wonderful learning place, because the parents are paying a huge amount as fees and the resources available in the school are not being used for the benifit of the children.

guest
Apr 20, 2011 17:21

This school can change if they keep good teachers! Standards are excellant but teaching standards are extremely poor proper and experienced staffs other than the Americans( they are really good) should be selected and appointed.

guest
Jun 14, 2011 08:29

Not only is your use of "Paki twang" offensive, it's inaccurate. I am a Canadian of Anglo Saxon origins and have taught at the school for a year. Many of my students are from Pakistan and while some speak with a strong accent, it is no stronger than some of the students, British born, had when I taught for a year in Portsmouth, England. Our two kids were in school there and there are many young Americans and Canadians here, none of whom will "affect your child's" manner of speaking. Stupid, racist nonsense.

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