Al Khor International School
Overall GradeHow are scores determind?
- 6.7Professional Development
- 8.3Settling In
- 6.5After 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.
I have worked at this school for over 3-years now and it has had its tough times, but generally it is an outstanding place to work. It is a large, corporate school and so often staff get frustrated with the way things are done. However, the purpose of the school is clear and once you accept its purpose you can get on with your job. The students are brilliant - the best that I've ever taught. They are polite, friendly, respectful and generally very hard working. The staff are also great and generally it is a friendly place to work. Facilities are world class for the most part, although the school is lacking in good IT infrastructure within the learning environment. There are plans to improve in this area though. Salary and benefits have to be amongst the best in the world. The housing is great, health care excellent, full flights and tuition for up to 4 children, tax-free, all utilities covered. People save a fortune here! Al Khor is a nice place to live, albeit slightly quieter than what some people may like. Doha, however, is just a 30-minute drive away and it is a vibrant, thriving city with a rich night life and plenty for families and single people to do. This is one of the safest countries in the world, so crime is never an issue. My family and I are very happy here and plan to stay for as long as they will have us...
Don't be fooled by the excellent package - flights for up to four dependents and your spouse yearly, tax free salary as well as housing, water, electricity and phone line (not internet) paid for. This school is in a transitional period that is fast making staff question if this is the place for them. This is mostly due to administration placing the blame of failing students on the staff and not on the failings of their decisions, an example of this being essentially an open entry to the sixth form, irrespective of IGCSE results. The constantly changing structure of the EAL department due to administration decisions also impacts widely on results, the fact that 95% of students are EAL students means that many students do not get the instruction that is necessary to help them be successful in any formal assessment. For some staff, housing is excellent, for others it is abysmal; it seems to be that it entirely depends on the luck of the draw. Colleagues are brilliant and band together as administration does little to support. In terms of an allowance to settle in, new staff are given an accommodation allowance to purchase their own furniture - it is not enough to actually equip a home with all the items you would need and you have to pay it back (in decreasing increments) if you leave within four years (at which point you do not have to pay anything back). The school is in a small town, around 30-40 minutes to Doha depending on where in Doha you want to go. You can get all of what you need in the town and there is a little mall with a good supermarket. It is very quiet so staff make their own fun, this in turn does little to attract singles. It is particularly attractive to families and larger families. Many who have left have done so not only because they were unhappy teaching there, but also because they didn't want their children at the school any longer. Think very carefully if the package is really worth it before making the decision.