Western Academy of Beijing
Overall GradeHow are scores determind?
- 8.7Professional Development
- 9.6Settling In
- 9.3After Arrival
International IB World
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.
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I really love working at WAB. It's one of the only schools where I've really felt respected as a professional and am treated as such. In fact, sometimes I think WAB listens TOO much to teachers, and decisions are delayed because admin is busy getting teacher feedback instead of just doing something. But that is a minor complaint. The facilities are lovely, budget is good and students enjoyable. WAB actually walks the walk of teaching to the whole student, not just academics or sports. We have vibrant arts, theatre, music and film programs. WAB takes good care of its faculty, but it is a fast-paced school. You will need to hit the ground running and the pace never slackens. Days can be long because there is so much going on and expectations are high, but there is also the support you need and the freedom to innovate. Colleagues are...well...collegial and work well together. It's a very positive place to be (I can only speak to the HS here), and most staff are in it for the good of the students. Beijing is a better place to live than I thought it would be. Public transportation is easy and cheap. There's lots to do if you take the initiative to find it, and the school offers some lovely trips during the holidays. It's not cheap, but the salary and benefits allow a good standard of living. As to the air, well...it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Don't get me wrong. When it's bad, it's headache and nausea inducingly bad. Sometimes for days on end. Having said that, it is not a daily or even weekly thing. Most days are fine, if not great, but there are frequent beautiful days, too. The worst months are winter, but it hasn't been bad at all this winter, until the past few weeks. Still, if you have respiratory issues, you should probably avoid China!
Good school with some great colleagues, and some that are difficult to work with but who are good teachers. Facilities are good except for Middle school building. The main drawback to working here is breathing the air in Beijing. It is as bad (or worse) than you have heard. Orientation is good, administration is honest and the students are generally keen. The school fosters diversity and encourages non-academic talents to shine.
Excellent school. Too bad it's in Beijing.