What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)
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?
Pre-K through grade 12.
How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)
If they live in Jingshan (popular expat housing compound) they walk. Otherwise, bus.
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The buildings are falling apart, but there is enough. Pretty large gym, etc. Not too many extra curricular activities.
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 only grades are "A"s and "B"s, so gifted children are ignored because getting straight As is so easy, and the kids who have trouble and would normally fail get straight Bs and are also looked on as gifted, just so the school doesn't need to pay for extra help. They will also give a diploma to anyone if they sit in a chair for 12 years and stare at a wall, just to get rid of them. This makes the transition back to their home countries or better schools very difficult. Also, despite the many drug, alcohol and severe bullying problems in the middle and high school, every person in admin. insists that the school is perfect and refuses to listen to criticism.
How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?
There is a parent-teacher organization, but it doesn't do much.
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
Do not! However, it is a much better choice than the incompetent school across the street- Shekou International School. If you have to choose between QSI and SIS, go with QSI, but I have to recommend not doing either. Your child will be verbally or physically abused by peers at either, and there is a good chance they could get their hands on alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.
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