International School of Egypt
Overall GradeHow are scores determind?
- 2.8Professional Development
- 6.5Settling In
- 4.1After 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.
The International School of Egypt is a terrible place to teach. Please avoid this school. Student discipline is horrendous. Students have no consequences for disrespecting teachers and so most teachers struggle with getting through material each day and instead spend their time trying to quiet students down. The administration is corrupt and does not support teachers. Teacher contracts are not honored. Several teachers were fired this past school year without their contracts being honored at all. Teachers are promised work visas and then not given them and instead are forced to work illegally under tourist visas. As illegal workers in the country, teachers have no legal protection if the school decides to not honor contracts. The principal and superintendent allow parents to influence the continued employment of teachers, which destroys the school's academic integrity. The principal, Kristina Nefstead, is very focused on tightly controlling the words and actions of teachers and is very fearful of teachers speaking to parents. She threatens teachers with disciplinary forms over talking to parents or being out of classrooms between classes. She also has a strange obsession with nicely organized bulletin boards. As is a problem for many for-profit schools, anyone who can pay is accepted at the school. Most students read and write below grade level. Although the curriculum is in English, there have been students accepted into Grades 2 and 3 who cannot speak a single word of English.
This school is currently working in the red for the past two years. The Dean had told the staff on several occasions that she is unsure how much longer the school will open. The coax sizes are small. They range from 1 student to a maximum of 11. The 9th graders are unable to properly dorm complete sentences without huge grammatical errors (capitalization and correct punctuation). The salary is very low here and 0 professional development is offered due to the fact that "it is a waste of time". Steer clear of this school.
The school has small classes (17 students or less), the students are fairly well behaved and colleagues and locals are welcoming. Unfortunately, there is little to no professional development for teachers. Only 1 out of the 8 international teachers stayed at the school for another school year.