What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)
TASIS The American School in England
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.)
bus or parents drive them unless they are boarders
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
beautiful campus...sports program is very hit or miss as are the other extra curriculars
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?
How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?
Mothers especially are very involved in the social aspects of the school.
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
Do your research and talk to as many people as possible and visit as many other schools as you can find (and there are many)...this is an okay option for a brief posting abroad but by about 2 years the cracks will begin to show. Slowly you will begin to find that families acknowledge they will need to make up for TASIS's many issues on their return to their home country or via other means. There are too many issues and problems to list here but the waning enrollment (drill down to numbers class by class, do not accept gross enrollment information), recent Ofsted issues (do not accept the "party line" rather read the reports themselves--paying special attention to the issues with leadership), mass exodus of families that had hoped that TASIS was a long-term investment (including families with 4/5 kids who have chosen to put their younger kids in other schools rather than risk their education), standardized testing results (although they are unlikely to share these with you), the list goes on and on... it is a beautiful campus but there are many, many options for your children both in UK schools (especially if they are younger) and other International schools.
One of the reasons there are not more negative reviews is because many people are so happy to be free of the place that they never want to look back. Do your research--look at faculty turnover closely, pay specific attention to whether the people who are responsible for your children's education have actually studied education and have the kind of resume you would expect from any equivalent school in the US (especially the administrative personnel) and ask as many questions as possible about special needs support qualifications, methods and long term planning for your children.