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Parent's Review of Yangon Academy in Yangon, Burma

Apr 03, 2017

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

Yangon Academy

In what town or city is this school located?

Yangon

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

American-Burmese

What grade levels are represented at this school?

K-12

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

private car, bus

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

The facilities are appalling and none existent. There is NO cafeteria, no theatre or assembly hall, no sports facilities, tiny plastic playground and not even a proper library.

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?

We only stayed a few weeks and moved to International School Myanmar which is a real school with well qualified teachers and proper facilities and curriculum. Yangon Academy has no ESL program to help non English speaker - who are the majority and I did not like the Filippino teachers with their bad English. It is not international in any sense of the word and has no transition programs. There was a good community service program but I've been told this finished when some of the teachers left mid year.

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

The Elementary does a few assemblies and usual events for parents but the timing is usually bad and because of traffic, it is hard to attend these. There is no teacher-parent organization and the school is run by a really ineffective and useless principal and a greedy young owner who struts round like he is God. The other problem I found with elementary were too many old teachers who my kid told me took naps and were always off sick. Guess they are cheap. Teachers are always quitting.

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

Don't do it. They make false promises and are heavily into profit making by cramming in as many kids as possible. International School of Myanmar or International School of Yangon are much better. There are 3-4 big name new schools opening with proper management and great facilities.

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guest
Apr 3, 2017 09:52

I have visited this school as it is classified as 'American' and found it much as described. The principal was dismissive, unfriendly and rather creepy and teachers to be honest, looked scruffy. It was very overcrowded. ISY and Network were like paradise in comparison to this place.

guest
May 22, 2017 03:45

I recently toured a few school in Yangon. This had to be the worst and lived up to the report above. It was dirty, run-down, overcrowded and scruffy. The principal was shifty and was so rude he did not even introduce himself. Teachers I saw wore flip flops and jeans and THERE WAS NO LIBRARY! Couldn't believe this! That says it all.

guest
Jun 18, 2017 21:24

As someone who taught at this school and is a parent, it is an insult to education. Books are photocopied, some of the teachers are unqualified in their subject areas, arrive late and take off whenever they feel like it. Students very entitled and lazy. Owner and director are the worst ever - unethical, dishonest and even worse - uneducated. High teacher turnover every year.

camtraveler
Mar 30, 2018 03:49

First a disclaimer: I was the school director from 2010-2014. The school was a high quality school that suffered from its success. It had great teachers that provided quality affordable education. Currently; I have moved to a new school called Thalun International School that has a beautiful campus, 20+ different nationalities, and fantastic teachers. My son goes to this school and it really is good. Look for yourself at several school to make the decision that works best for your family.

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