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"My son has had a very good experience during the last three years spent in this school, He has really enjoyed going to school every day and is much more self-confident compared to when we arrived. Teachers and professionals working here really take care of the students and help them to maximize their potential. Students are required to work in class (individually or in small groups) and have weekly homework on a regular basis. Each student of MS and HS has a laptop to be used for assignments. Classes are quite small and the atmosphere is friendly. The learning support department provides for precious specific assistance if needed,"
commented one expat when asked about American International School of Rotterdam in Rotterdam.
"We consciously left the French Educational System to experience something less exclusively academic, where self-development was as important as academic development. The children benefit from a great level of attention from the teachers because of the small class size and they are continuously encouraged to come out of their shell. From an academic performance level, it is difficult to compare; my kids are now perfectly fluent in English and I had my eldest son (Grade 8) take a French Maths test for comparison purposes and he did very well. He was a good student before and still is!
If you are looking for a school that pushes your kids to the max on a performance basis, probably you might find better suited schools, but if you want your kids to come out of their shell, gain self-confidence and a sense of belonging, I would strongly recommend AISR,"
remarked another expat living in Rotterdam with children attending American International School of Rotterdam.
"Please, please look elsewhere. This school was such a disappointment. Unfortunately, there are a few talented educators there (primary school). I hope those teachers move on soon because I cannot see this school standing much longer under the current dictator of a director. He has squandered money, destroyed morale, and has made AISR a most unfortunate place to be,"
said another expat in Rotterdam with children at American International School of Rotterdam.
"There are other international schools in the area - I would now be prepared to travel to The Hague. There are some excellent teachers but as with all schools some are really quite poor and this is more of a problem in a small school.
The school also feels as though it's struggling financially, it may not be but that's what it feels like,"
remarked another parent with kids at American International School of Rotterdam in Rotterdam.
"Look at other options in the area before you make a decision. The High School has very few students and the academic standards are not particularly high. The school recently went through a very difficult time financially and the Board seems to have a problem with retaining members. Many families stay for around 2 - 3 years and then move on,"
explained one expat living in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
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