Around the world, there are countries (like Kuwait) that have more than one international school. Many times there is an American school, a British School, and an international school that uses an international curriculum.
The big question always is…how do the comments about each school compare to each other?
This blog series looks at comparing some of these comments, all coming from international schools in the same country.
Currently, we have 26 schools listed in Kuwait on International School Community.
17 of these schools have had comments submitted on them. Here are some that have the most submitted comments:
American International School Kuwait (74 Total Comments)
Cambridge English School Mangaf (41 Total Comments)
Ajial Bilingual School (27 Total Comments)
Al Bayan Bilingual School (30 Total Comments)
American Creativity Academy (31 Total Comments)
American School of Kuwait (51 Total Comments)
Dasman Bilingual School (24 Total Comments)
The Universal American School (22 Total Comments)
“Teachers can save 15% of their salary on average and you could definitely support a non-teaching spouse on this salary…” – The Universal American School
“Saving money here is doable if you are conservative. Many staff tutor which almost doubles their income. I know of many staff that tutor enough for their travel and cost of living so they bank near all of their salary. As a single provider with a family tutoring would be a must to save…” – American Creativity Academy
“I can save around 1000 to 1500 USD each month. Kuwait can be an expensive country, but because the dinar is strong (it’s the strongest currency in the world), it doesn’t fluctuate much at all when compared with the dollar…” – Al Bayan Bilingual School
“The school is in a new state-of-the art purpose-built building; with a multi-level cinema with a capacity of 80 seats, 2 floors theater of 400 seats, 2 swimming pools, 4 science labs, 4 computer labs, 2 basketball courts, 4 libraries & a 3 cafeterias…” – Ajial Bilingual School
“The school is now in a new building with new equipment and furniture, rooftop playground for seniors and two play areas for Early Years providing climbing equipment, bicycles and imaginative play area…” – Cambridge English School Mangaf
“The school relocated from Surra to its present location in Salmiya, Kuwait City in 1995. The campus, sheltered by a brick wall from the wind and weather, has middle and high school buildings that open onto an interior court in the Arabic style and three elementary buildings that surround an open play area. A 1200 seat auditorium, an indoor gymnasium and a sheltered outdoor gymnasium form another part of the complex. The roof of these structures holds a third story soccer field and running track…” – American International School Kuwait
“Staff housing has very basic furnishing. Nice places though. Need to pay the caretaker 5KWD a month for services. No utilities to pay…” – American International School Kuwait
“Shared accommodation for teachers or a housing allowance. Management have single accommodation. Utilities paid for except gas which is very cheap. There is internet but poor connection so most teachers provide their own…” – Cambridge English School Mangaf
“Foreign hires get single furnished apartments that are well-equipped and very nice…” – Ajial Bilingual School
“Shameful that an expatriate would have to pay 50% for their child to attend a school where they would be the only non Arab and only English speaker. That 50% means you would still pay about 6000 US…” – American Creativity Academy
“One dependent’s tuition is paid for each contracted teacher…” – American School of Kuwait
“Your first child gets free tuition and the 2nd gets 50% off…” – Dasman Bilingual School
“Teachers without IB experience may find their workload higher than usual until they adjust. Teachers are usually expected to participate in and/or lead extra curricular activities, one day per week…” – American International School Kuwait
“Most staff are there for the money and don’t have high expectations. They arrive as late as possible and leave on the dot…” – Cambridge English School Mangaf
“When I worked there, core subject secondary teachers taught an average of four 45-minute periods per day, with occasional subbing duties. All teachers were required to supervise one after-school extra curricular club or activity for six weeks per year…” –Ajial Bilingual School
(These are just 5 of the 66 different comments topics that are on each school profile page on our website.)
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Our 36th blog that we would like to highlight is called “Banyan Global Learning” Check out the blog entries of this organization that currently works with a variety of schools in Asia (e.g. Taiwan).
A few entries that we would like to highlight:
“I would have parents who helped their children with their homework and who were eager to communicate with me – but in a good way! To boot, Taiwan is a country where education and, by extension, teachers are well-respected and highly valued! I expected this whole thing to be a cakewalk.
I also expected that compared to East Harlem the kids would be angels, whereas what I got, instead, were kids. And instead of a cakewalk I got an experience that was challenging and rewarding in ways I never expected…”
I think this is a common misconception about working with ‘privileged’ international school students versus working with the kids of generational poverty families that you may have worked with in your home country (many of us I’m sure have had a similar experience teaching in urban settings).
Sure the poor kids you taught in your home country had many needs. They also might have had many behavior problems because of the poverty they were living in. Teaching at international schools with mostly rich kids can also be a challenge. They also have many needs, but just different ones. And because of the sometimes challenging home lives of these children, there can also be many behavior problems at school.
Luckily, we have a comment topic in the School Information section of all school profile pages that is about student behavior. It is called – “In general, describe the demeanor of the students.” We currently have 128 separate comments (about a number of international schools) in that comment topic on our website.
“2 – Save money while you travel. Japan, check. Korea, check. Bali, why not? From your base in Asia you can travel to places that would otherwise be economically challenging to reach. And, with the lower cost of living in China and Taiwan, a BGL salary will allow you to bank some cash while you see the world…”
It does play a big factor on your travel plans; the location where you are currently living. Though it is important to note that it doesn’t mean that all flights will be cheap! Living in Shanghai, China you are for sure in Asia. However, you are still a 5 hour flight to Bangkok, 3 hour flight to Japan, etc. These flights aren’t the cheapest either. But if you compare the prices and flight times to living in the United States, then for sure the flights will most likely be cheaper with quicker flight times. Going to Bali for Christmas vacation can be just what the doctor ordered!
• Ivy Collegiate Academy (19 Comments)
• Morrison Christian Academy (3 campuses) (13 Comments)
• NanKe International Experimental H.S. (14 Comments)
• Pacific American School (30 Comments)
• Taipei American School (11 Comments)
• Taipei European School (11 Comments)
Are you inspired to start up a blog about your adventures living abroad?
Our 35th blog that we would like to highlight is called “Living in Laymans’ Terms” Check out the blog entries of this international school educator who currently works at American International School of Kuwait (29 Total Comments on our website) in Hawalli.
A few entries that we would like to highlight:
“Last time I wrote about how nice the weather was. That was after it rained. I don’t think I did a good job of sharing how crazy the rain was. Now it’s cold (it’s been in the high 30s and low 40s a couple mornings when I’ve gone running!)…”
It is all about perspective when living in a different country. What one person thinks is cold, another person might think it is not THAT cold!
It is good to know that in the Middle East, the weather can get a bit chilly in the winter. Many people might just think it is hot all year round.
Luckily, we have a comment topic in the City Information section of all school profile pages that is about weather. It is called – “Describe the city’s weather at different times of the year.” We currently have 140 separate comments (about a number of international schools) in that comment topic on our website.
“One of the deals we are giving our 5 siblings is a trip (once) to visit us. Abby is here for the semester subbing and Andrew came to visit for his Spring Break! Shannon was studying abroad in Barcelona so they met up in Kuwait. It was a memorable week for all! (see Shannon’s post for proof)
There was a little miscommunication ..Shannon arrived on Friday, March 22nd and Andrew arrived 24 hours later. Luckily we like Shannon so it worked out just fine…”
What a great idea!
I always say…if you got a friend or family member living abroad somewhere, it would be a SHAME not to go visit them and that country!
Not all family members are able though to have the free time to go on a trip to visit you. Many also are not able to afford it either. So, how nice to pay for their trip for them! (that is if they can get the time off of work to come visit you.)
• American Creativity Academy (Hawalli, Kuwait) – 31 Comments
• American International School of Kuwait (Hawalli, Kuwait) – 29 Comments
• Kuwait National English School (Hawalli, Kuwait) – 12 Comments
• Universal American School (Hawalli, Kuwait) – 22 Comments
There are many international schools to work at in Kuwait! How do these schools stand out from each other?
American Creativity Academy (in Hawalli)
We put two videos in this video highlight, as the concept for these videos was part of a project that the students at this school were given…we imagine. (A third one can be found here.)
It is a great idea; a challenge project for IB/High School students to create a marketing video for the school. There is not really a more appropriate stakeholder at the school to make a project like this. The students’ perspective about the school they are attending is probably one to listen to with regards to thinking about school identity and school improvement.
The kids look a bit nervous in the videos!
The sports fields look on the newer side. You can see the shadow cast over that one place for soccer as it most likely gets very hot during the day when students would be playing there.
The lovely blue colour of the sides of the buildings seems to make it stand out, in good way.
How nice that they have a canteen in the auditorium/multi-purpose room. Not all international schools have that!
The ending of one of those videos is very funny with some students helping another student slide down the hall.
Did not see many of the other teachers and students of this school of 2650 students…they must have filmed after school hours.
Currently on www.internationalschoolcommunity.com we have 19 international schools listed in Kuwait with 5 of them being in the city of Hawalli. Here are a just a few of them (The number of comments and information that have been submitted for each school is listed to the right of the link to each school.):
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