Access International Academy
Overall GradeHow are scores determind?
- 5.0Professional Development
- 3.7Settling In
- 5.7After 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.
This school is run as a business entity by a Taiwanese board of businessmen who are ignorant when it comes to educational matters. There is a revolving procession of Heads of School as the board is incapable of hiring an experienced professional (3 in two years). The current incumbent is manipulative, demotivating and more interested in promoting the interests of the group of cronies he bought with him who also share the same religious leanings. It has clearly been indicated to those of us who are outside the 'magic circle' that we should move on - and several of us are happily obliging. The atmosphere is uncongenial due to a lack of transparency and trust as directed from the top down. Contracts are only given for one year and the salary barely compensates for the polluted, industrialized location. Housing is in a new, noisy block aways from the school and it is hard to get maintenance when things go wrong. Most of the kids are great and very motivated although others are lazy and entitled, while materials are adequate. Medical facilities in Beilun are pitiful and it is a 3-hours bus trip to Shanghai. Not too many home comforts here. Not a great place to be with little kids especially from the pollution point of view. If considering a position here, check out who the Head of School will be next year and ask some candid questions. Yes folks, there are better locations and schools who reward their teachers with two year contracts and incentives and who don't hire unqualified cronies. The school has shrunk from 160 students in 2013 -14 to 80 students in 2015. Parents are voting with their feet as standards crash down. Staff turnover is around 70% annually. Nothing changes although each new head has a "vision" - usually their pay packet!