American School of Quito
Overall GradeHow are scores determind?
- 2.6Professional Development
- 7.0Settling In
- 4.7After 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.
Quito is a beautiful city and Ecuador is a wonderful place to live. Don't be fooled into thinking that the "American School of Quito" (Colegio Americano) is international-minded in any way. The vast majority of staff and students are local...either Ecuadorian by birth or by marriage. This creates a limited atmosphere where innovation, new ideas and professional development are not encouraged. The administration at Colegio Americano is grossly under-qualified for their positions. A high degree of favoritism dictates who obtains leadership roles and this leads to a frustrating working situation for many employees. The school does little to foster relationships between local and foreign hires (and pays foreign hires significantly more than locals), which leads to animosity between some staff and works against the community atmosphere that is such a pleasure in most international schools. Other schools in Quito pay significantly more. Colegio Americano is behind on keeping up with worldwide and local salary scales. The cap on movement within the grid is very low (it maxed out at 5 years of experience during my time there). The housing stipend can be sufficient, but is difficult for single teachers, especially when focusing on safer neighborhoods in the city. It should be noted that taxes are taken out of the housing stipend (and the settling in allowance) so teachers must plan accordingly when looking for housing. While it is manageable to live in Quito on this salary, it is difficult to pay off debt, save money, or pay for further education.