American International School of Kingston
Overall GradeHow are scores determind?
- 6.0Professional Development
- 8.0Settling In
- 3.0After 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.
There has been administrative turnover for three years. The board did not appreciate the changes Shane Kells wanted to implement, and the front office staff were vocal about disliking him. The disrespect was tangible and appalling. If you do not get on with "the AISK way," you will not last here. The new administration has staff parking in the muddy field in order to keep the car park empty for parents and student drivers. The goal is keeping parents happy at any cost. Teachers are not welcome or appreciated at this school. Favoritism, nepotism, and friendships hit a new level in the disregard for professionalism. The school is overcrowded in the primary school. Teaching assistants do not accompany students to all specials, and there are no consequences for them. The secondary teachers share classrooms and float to teach classes. Counselors are being used for student assessment, since the learning support department is so overworked and understaffed. The IT department is working to get Apple TV in every classroom, but there is no training how to best utilize it. Other than laptops, there is no technology. This is not a purpose-built facility. If you want PD, you may or may not get it approved, and the school either wants it online or you have to pay for flights to go. Expat teaching staff are provided housing, but this is not equitable. Utility bills are not the same for everyone, and people who use very little electricity still have very high bills. Asking for help from HR usually yields an uncaring response. Not everyone pays a water bill. If something breaks or goes wrong in your apartment, you may or may not receive help. Some local staff are given tuition exemptions for their children, but not all. You never know what you must do to be on the good side of things, but for the few on the good side, life is very easy. Jamaica is fantastic. There are many lovely beaches and sunny, warm weather. You must drive to get to those beaches, but you will want to leave the city as much as possible. A car that can handle rough roads is preferable, since the roads are terrible and full of holes. However, there are many things on the island to experience. There is always fresh seasonal fruit available, but anything imported is expensive and goes bad quickly. If you have food allergies, it can be challenging.