Berlin Brandenburg International School
Overall GradeHow are scores determind?
- 8.8Professional Development
- 7.7Settling In
- 6.0After Arrival
The facilities of the school adequately provide for a positive learning/working experience.
School provides adequate access to teaching materials without any extra expense by the teacher (books, lab supplies, art supplies, materials, copying, etc.
School is well funded to provide students and faculty with adequate materials to support their course offering.
Parent community is actively involved in supporting the school's mission and their child's education endeavors.
Classroom student to teacher ratios are kept low.
Students are generally of high aptitude.
Student interactions with faculty are primarily characterized by respectability.
Students are of diverse ethnicity.
Administration positively supports faculty in a professional manner.
Administration actively encourages a dialogue concerning school related issues.
Administration is actively engaged in developing/supporting/maintaining a clear school vision.
Administration makes sure that the financial stability and integrity of the school is well maintained.
Administration/Ownership uses school funds to support the well being of the school.
Salary scale is competitive.
Salary provides the opportunity to save appropriately.
Salary provides the opportunity to travel during vacation.
Salary scale provides for vertical and horizontal movement based on years of experience and/or units/degree's earned.
School provides a quality health insurance plan that covers all major medical (health, vision, dental.
School provides retirement benefits that are competitive.
School provides a health insurance plan that covers international travel/coverage.
School provides for faculty child tuition benefits.
School provides strong support for maternity benefits.
School provides an adequate amount for end of contract airfare cost.
School provides an adequate shipping allowance.
School provides quality available housing or a housing stipend that affords quality housing.
The proximity of housing in relation to school location is within an acceptable distance of travel.
Options of moving housing during the course of contract is acceptable.
Colleagues foster a welcoming environment to new faculty.
School hires a diversity of family structures (Singles, couples, families.
Colleagues foster a professional environment that supports growth.
Colleagues foster a personal support structure in place of family.
City the school resides in provides opportunities for things to do without having to travel
City the school resides in provides easy opportunities to travel to other places.
Local culture is apparent in the city/country in which the school resides.
Local culture of in which the school resides is open to integrating expats into local customs and traditions.
City/Country in which the school resides does not exact personal restrictions on lifestyle choices.
City/Country in which school resides provides for potential tax benefits.
Quality of local health care is excellent.
Cost of living in the city/country where school resides is reasonable.
City the school resides in has excellent infrastructure for mass transportation (e.g. - is a car required.
City/Country in which the school resides provides for adequate personal safety.
School makes available a variety of professional development opportunities.
School makes available funds to support continued development.
Time is specifically set aside in the calendar for faculty and staff formation.
Faculty and Staff are encouraged to professionally grow by the school.
Faculty and Staff are encouraged to experiment, implement, and bring up new ideas for classroom innovation.
School meets you on arrival and escorts you to accommodations.
School provides an adequate orientation to the school and local culture upon arrival.
School provides an allowance to support the transition.
Facilities of the school were well represented during the hiring process.
Contract is honored based on what was agreed upon during the hiring process.
School actively maintains a dialogue and support structure to make sure basic needs are being met.
The school is more suitable for young and single teachers who do not have financial commitments back home or teaching couples/second salary situations. The school has an excellent induction programme and the relocation officer worked hard to help me to find an apartment, sort out a SIM card, telephone/internet connections etc. Staff socials are arranged both on the school site and in restaurants. These are good for staff morale but do not make up for the poor remuneration package. The school financially supports in-service training and professional development. Some of the in-house training was excellent! I feel that I left a better teacher than when I arrived. There are fewer classrooms than teachers. Rather than room sharing, there is more of a â€œhaves and have notsâ€ situation with a minority of teachers being territorial and possessive of their rooms. Teaching in one colleagues room (or at least she saw it as such) was like walking on egg shells. Had I not been leaving, an unpleasant confrontation would have been inevitable. When securing an apartment, one needs to pay three month's rent up front as a deposit. When you leave, you need to give three monthsâ€™ notice. We gave two and a half months but it only counted as two as part months are not counted. The owners pocketed the rest. Likewise, the internet contract requires three monthsâ€™ notice, something that we were unaware of as the contract was in German. Germany offers a wonderful environment in which to raise your family. However, the pleasant living conditions do not pay the bills or put food on the table. Our disposable income was less than zero which means that it was effectively costing us to be there and to have stayed there would have ultimately led to serious financial difficulties which is why I made the move to Kazakhstan, where I enjoy a more sensible work load and find that I am much more able to provide for my family and will even be able to pay off the mortgage early. My family enjoy a European lifestyle and live in the family home while I enjoy a wonderful working environment, am paid well and have all my bills covered by the school including accommodation. For the moment, at least, this arrangement works for us and I am very pleased that I made the move from Germany.