Are the expectations high of teaching staff? Are there extra curricular responsibilities? Describe workload details.
"Teachers have to submit SIMS units for both academic semesters and also the Unit planners for MYP have to be uploaded to Managebac which is the system the school uses for grading and planning lessons. Attendance has to be recorded, and homeroom teachers have to do it at the beginning of the day."
Health insurance and medical benefits. Describe your experiences using these benefits and going to the local hospitals.
"Medical is fine - but as mentioned below, you must pay 50% of the insurance cost. With dental, you only get 50% coverage - which I think is garbage for the cost of the insurance."
Languages of the host city and the level of English spoken there.
"Arabic is the formal language however pretty much everyone speaks English! "
Describe language abilities of students at this school and what is the "common language spoken in the hallways"? Is there one dominate culture group?
"Most students are below grade level in reading but have a good command of spoken English at the upper grades. Their spoken English generally exceeds their ability to understand written English."
Is the student population declining, staying the same or increasing? Give details why.
"The population has declined over the years, however, the school continues to have the most amount of students in Venezuela, around 400 students from k-12. Students do leave in the middle of the school year, mostly because of the academic expectations. Some students move countries at the end of the year. "
Tell about your experience with the local banks and dealing with multiple currencies.
"The banking representative is here two or three times a week after school for any banking needs, and there are ATMs right on campus."
What types of accreditation does this school have? When is the accreditation up for renewal? Any religious affiliations?
"Brent International School Manila is affiliated with the Episcopal (Anglican) Church of the Philippines. Faculty is expected to respect this culture, but individual beliefs are likewise respected. The school has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 1988 and is also recognized by the International Bacc..."
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Details about the staff housing or the housing allowance. If there is no housing allowance, how much are rent costs and utilities?
"several people have used their housing allowances to actually buy a home here"
Average monthly salary after taxes and in what currency (explain taxation situation). How often do you get paid throughout the year?
"In 2009, teachers will six years of experience would net around 2200USD a month while others with more years of experience and with positions of responsibility can net around 3000USD."
Tell your experience moving your items to this city. What company, insurance policy, etc. did you use?
"We used Allied Pickfords and were very happy with the service. "
What does the school do to create a harmonious state of well-being and high morale amongst its staff?
"At the end of the first week back (before the students are back) the school hosts a free golf introduction afternoon and barbecue at the local golf club! Good fun even if you're not interested in golf."
Recent things that the school has taken on (i.e. new curriculum, specific professional development, etc.).
"With more kids have come more choices for the IBDP students. This too will have a knock on effect on the type of universities to which they apply through having a more nuanced set of subjects to pick from."