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When we asked about the schools in UK, they said...

"Visit if possible; it is a great campus. Ask as many questions of TASIS as you need to - Admissions staff are extremely helpful & supportive. Read the web site and the school's Facebook page to get a feel for the spirit of the school. If you want a school that treats students with respect & as individuals, and helps them fulfill their potential, we highly recommend TASIS. My son is loving TASIS (& he came from a fab school in the US), and we are thrilled for him," said another expat in Thorpe, Surrey with children at TASIS England.

"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," remarked another parent with kids at TASIS The American School in England in Thorpe.

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