American Baccalaureate School

1.9  / 5
(1Reviews)
Ranking:
Country:# 5
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Region:# 33
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Overall:# 214
Located:
Kuwait, Kuwait
Region:
Middle East
Website:
abs.edu.kw
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Curriculum:
Grade Levels:
Type:
Enrollment:
USA
Host Country
Private
Non-profit
1300

Review Summary:

School:

Question 1:

The facilities of the school adequately provide for a positive learning/working experience.

8 / 10
Question 2:

School provides adequate access to teaching materials without any extra expense by the teacher (books, lab supplies, art supplies, materials, copying, etc.

8 / 10
Question 3:

School is well funded to provide students and faculty with adequate materials to support their course offering.

8 / 10
Question 4:

Parent community is actively involved in supporting the school's mission and their child's education endeavors.

5 / 10
Question 5:

Classroom student to teacher ratios are kept low.

5 / 10

Students:

Question 6:

Students are generally of high aptitude.

5 / 10
Question 7:

Student interactions with faculty are primarily characterized by respectability.

5 / 10
Question 8:

Students are of diverse ethnicity.

0 / 10

Administration:

Question 9:

Administration positively supports faculty in a professional manner.

0 / 10
Question 10:

Administration actively encourages a dialogue concerning school related issues.

8 / 10
Question 11:

Administration is actively engaged in developing/supporting/maintaining a clear school vision.

2 / 10
Question 12:

Administration makes sure that the financial stability and integrity of the school is well maintained.

5 / 10
Question 13:

Administration/Ownership uses school funds to support the well being of the school.

0 / 10

Salary:

Question 14:

Salary scale is competitive.

5 / 10
Question 15:

Salary provides the opportunity to save appropriately.

5 / 10
Question 16:

Salary provides the opportunity to travel during vacation.

5 / 10
Question 17:

Salary scale provides for vertical and horizontal movement based on years of experience and/or units/degree's earned.

5 / 10

Benefits:

Question 18:

School provides a quality health insurance plan that covers all major medical (health, vision, dental.

5 / 10
Question 19:

School provides retirement benefits that are competitive.

5 / 10
Question 20:

School provides a health insurance plan that covers international travel/coverage.

5 / 10
Question 21:

School provides for faculty child tuition benefits.

5 / 10
Question 22:

School provides strong support for maternity benefits.

5 / 10
Question 23:

School provides an adequate amount for end of contract airfare cost.

5 / 10
Question 24:

School provides an adequate shipping allowance.

5 / 10

Housing:

Question 25:

School provides quality available housing or a housing stipend that affords quality housing.

5 / 10
Question 26:

The proximity of housing in relation to school location is within an acceptable distance of travel.

5 / 10
Question 27:

Options of moving housing during the course of contract is acceptable.

5 / 10

Colleagues:

Question 28:

Colleagues foster a welcoming environment to new faculty.

2 / 10
Question 29:

School hires a diversity of family structures (Singles, couples, families.

5 / 10
Question 30:

Colleagues foster a professional environment that supports growth.

2 / 10
Question 31:

Colleagues foster a personal support structure in place of family.

2 / 10

Place:

Question 32:

City the school resides in provides opportunities for things to do without having to travel

3 / 10
Question 33:

City the school resides in provides easy opportunities to travel to other places.

2 / 10
Question 34:

Local culture is apparent in the city/country in which the school resides.

3 / 10
Question 35:

Local culture of in which the school resides is open to integrating expats into local customs and traditions.

3 / 10
Question 36:

City/Country in which the school resides does not exact personal restrictions on lifestyle choices.

4 / 10
Question 37:

City/Country in which school resides provides for potential tax benefits.

3 / 10
Question 38:

Quality of local health care is excellent.

3 / 10
Question 39:

Cost of living in the city/country where school resides is reasonable.

2 / 10
Question 40:

City the school resides in has excellent infrastructure for mass transportation (e.g. - is a car required.

3 / 10
Question 41:

City/Country in which the school resides provides for adequate personal safety.

3 / 10

Professional Development:

Question 42:

School makes available a variety of professional development opportunities.

3 / 10
Question 43:

School makes available funds to support continued development.

3 / 10
Question 44:

Time is specifically set aside in the calendar for faculty and staff formation.

3 / 10
Question 45:

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to professionally grow by the school.

2 / 10
Question 46:

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to experiment, implement, and bring up new ideas for classroom innovation.

2 / 10

Settling In:

Question 47:

School meets you on arrival and escorts you to accommodations.

6 / 10
Question 48:

School provides an adequate orientation to the school and local culture upon arrival.

2 / 10
Question 49:

School provides an allowance to support the transition.

2 / 10

After Arrival:

Question 50:

Facilities of the school were well represented during the hiring process.

6 / 10
Question 51:

Contract is honored based on what was agreed upon during the hiring process.

0 / 10
Question 52:

School actively maintains a dialogue and support structure to make sure basic needs are being met.

0 / 10

Review Narratives:

1 reviews

3.8

Reviewed:

08/10/2013

DO NOT TAKE A JOB AT THIS SCHOOL!! I took a position at the American Baccalaureate School in Kuwait as an Assistant Principal fall 2012. I had only been in Kuwait 3 weeks when they told me the that my performance wasn't good enough. And instead of giving me the 90 day probation to make improvements, they are going to take away my administrative duties and either I could stay on as a teacher or leave. I was shocked. They had pointed out things that needed improvements, but nothing beyond formatting memos incorrectly or completing spreadsheets. The teachers and students had not even arrived yet. Later, I found out that a math teacher had decided not coming over last second. That was one my certification areas. So, the easiest thing for my boss was to move me to the classroom and go without an assistant principal. ABS had two principals leave in the middle of the 2011-2012 school year. One of them was in the middle of the night. How badly do you have to treat someone to make them do something like this? The first year ABS Head Principal, Nancy Cobb, told me she made this decision after consulting with her supervisors. She was a retired administrator from the states. I was happy when I arrived and heard my immediate supervisor had experience back in the states. I was hoping to learn a lot. My second week she told me that her critiques of my work were all part of the learning process and to not get discouraged. The next week she told me that I had made the same mistakes in my paperwork two weeks in a row and that she was taking away my administrative duties. I ask if they were claiming that I was incompetent or not working hard enough. I was told I was intelligent enough and working hard, but I was getting things done quick enough. I agreed. But, considering I was in a new country and position they might want to give me more than three weeks to master my position. I told them that I would be leaving but wanted to stay in the country for a week looking at other international schools and flying straight to another school from Kuwait. At first they said OK. But, then they bought me a non-refundable ticket all the way back to the states that left the next day. I was unemployed for a month when I returned to the states. I was very luck that I found a full time teaching position in the middle of the year. But, I had to take a job in a rural district and a $18,000 pay cut from my previous teaching position.

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