Newton College

3.3  / 5
( 1Reviews)
Ranking:
Country:# 2Top 3
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Region:# 7
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Overall:# 133
Located:
Lima, Peru
Region:
South America
Score Over Time:

Curriculum:

British
IB
DP
Host Country

Grade Levels:

Nursery
Lower ES
Upper ES
MS
HS

Type:

Private
Non-profit
Co-educational

Enrollment:

1580

Category Scores:

6.6
School
5.3
Students
6.8
Administration
7.5
Salary
6.0
Benefits
5.3
Housing
7.5
Colleagues
7.0
Place
7.0
Professional Development
5.3
Settling In
7.7
After Arrival
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Review Summary:

School:

Question 1:

The facilities of the school adequately provide for a positive learning/working experience.

8 / 10
Question 2:

School provides adequate access to teaching materials without any extra expense by the teacher (books, lab supplies, art supplies, materials, copying, etc.

8 / 10
Question 3:

School is well funded to provide students and faculty with adequate materials to support their course offering.

8 / 10
Question 4:

Parent community is actively involved in supporting the school's mission and their child's education endeavors.

5 / 10
Question 5:

Classroom student to teacher ratios are kept low.

4 / 10

Students:

Question 6:

Students are generally of high aptitude.

6 / 10
Question 7:

Student interactions with faculty are primarily characterized by respectability.

8 / 10
Question 8:

Students are of diverse ethnicity.

2 / 10

Administration:

Question 9:

Administration positively supports faculty in a professional manner.

6 / 10
Question 10:

Administration actively encourages a dialogue concerning school related issues.

8 / 10
Question 11:

Administration is actively engaged in developing/supporting/maintaining a clear school vision.

6 / 10
Question 12:

Administration makes sure that the financial stability and integrity of the school is well maintained.

7 / 10
Question 13:

Administration/Ownership uses school funds to support the well being of the school.

7 / 10

Salary:

Question 14:

Salary scale is competitive.

8 / 10
Question 15:

Salary provides the opportunity to save appropriately.

7 / 10
Question 16:

Salary provides the opportunity to travel during vacation.

8 / 10
Question 17:

Salary scale provides for vertical and horizontal movement based on years of experience and/or units/degree's earned.

7 / 10

Benefits:

Question 18:

School provides a quality health insurance plan that covers all major medical (health, vision, dental.

5 / 10
Question 19:

School provides retirement benefits that are competitive.

7 / 10
Question 20:

School provides a health insurance plan that covers international travel/coverage.

3 / 10
Question 21:

School provides for faculty child tuition benefits.

7 / 10
Question 22:

School provides strong support for maternity benefits.

5 / 10
Question 23:

School provides an adequate amount for end of contract airfare cost.

8 / 10
Question 24:

School provides an adequate shipping allowance.

7 / 10

Housing:

Question 25:

School provides quality available housing or a housing stipend that affords quality housing.

6 / 10
Question 26:

The proximity of housing in relation to school location is within an acceptable distance of travel.

3 / 10
Question 27:

Options of moving housing during the course of contract is acceptable.

7 / 10

Colleagues:

Question 28:

Colleagues foster a welcoming environment to new faculty.

8 / 10
Question 29:

School hires a diversity of family structures (Singles, couples, families.

8 / 10
Question 30:

Colleagues foster a professional environment that supports growth.

7 / 10
Question 31:

Colleagues foster a personal support structure in place of family.

7 / 10

Place:

Question 32:

City the school resides in provides opportunities for things to do without having to travel

8 / 10
Question 33:

City the school resides in provides easy opportunities to travel to other places.

8 / 10
Question 34:

Local culture is apparent in the city/country in which the school resides.

9 / 10
Question 35:

Local culture of in which the school resides is open to integrating expats into local customs and traditions.

10 / 10
Question 36:

City/Country in which the school resides does not exact personal restrictions on lifestyle choices.

9 / 10
Question 37:

City/Country in which school resides provides for potential tax benefits.

7 / 10
Question 38:

Quality of local health care is excellent.

6 / 10
Question 39:

Cost of living in the city/country where school resides is reasonable.

6 / 10
Question 40:

City the school resides in has excellent infrastructure for mass transportation (e.g. - is a car required.

2 / 10
Question 41:

City/Country in which the school resides provides for adequate personal safety.

5 / 10

Professional Development:

Question 42:

School makes available a variety of professional development opportunities.

6 / 10
Question 43:

School makes available funds to support continued development.

8 / 10
Question 44:

Time is specifically set aside in the calendar for faculty and staff formation.

6 / 10
Question 45:

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to professionally grow by the school.

7 / 10
Question 46:

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to experiment, implement, and bring up new ideas for classroom innovation.

8 / 10

Settling In:

Question 47:

School meets you on arrival and escorts you to accommodations.

6 / 10
Question 48:

School provides an adequate orientation to the school and local culture upon arrival.

4 / 10
Question 49:

School provides an allowance to support the transition.

6 / 10

After Arrival:

Question 50:

Facilities of the school were well represented during the hiring process.

8 / 10
Question 51:

Contract is honored based on what was agreed upon during the hiring process.

8 / 10
Question 52:

School actively maintains a dialogue and support structure to make sure basic needs are being met.

7 / 10

Review Narratives:

1 reviews

6.6

Reviewed:

01/20/2024

Newton College is a Peruvian private school with an international curriculum. The College is one of the top schools in Lima and very well known amongst the public. The students are primarily Peruvians (90%+) who speak Spanish as their first language. Accordingly, most of the staff in the Lower Years and Primary Years are Peruvian, with a little more diversity of international teachers in the Secondary Years. Despite a heavy representation of Peruvian locals amongst the student body, the students themselves are generally a joy to teach. While some can be chatty and not the most hardworking, they are mostly respectful. The College is an IB World School (PYP, MYP, DP) and offers a plethora of extra-curricular programs. Because the College usually hires external staff for some of these programs (e.g. Chess, Sports), there is no expectation for classroom teachers to be involved -- which can be positive or negative. The management in the Secondary Years (Upper School) is mostly consultative but given its nature as a private school with many wealthy Peruvian parents on the Board, they often find it hard to balance between conservative community values and the IB's International outlook. That said, SLTs are understanding and do try their best to manage different interests. Workload is generally manageable, but it gets extremely busy during grading and assessment periods. The College is not the most innovative, forward-thinking, or efficient school in terms of minimising unnecessary administrative workflow, and all of this adds to the busyness during the grading and assessment periods. In terms of salary, Newton offers one of the highest teaching salaries in Peru and in Latin America. However, it is important that the housing allowance is built into this which makes the salary look more appealing at first glance compared to other schools in the region. Roughly a quarter of the net salary after tax goes to rent (for a small 1-bedroom apartment in central areas, or a 2-3 bedroom house in suburban areas). The teacher is expected to find their own housing, with or without the help of the School's recommended real estate agent -- which some teachers have had issues with. Speaking of housing, most foreign teachers who do not have kids tend to prefer living by the safe and wealthier coastlines of the Miraflores and Barranco districts which, taking into account the terrible traffic of Lima, is a 45-50 minute commute to work each way, everyday. Teachers can also choose to live in the wealthy suburban district of La Molina where the College is located although there is definitely less to do. The College offers some settling-in allowance which also includes a 15-day hotel stay. There is also an arranged driver pick-up from the airport to the hotel upon arrival. Even though Lima's cost of living is cheaper than Western capitals or major cities, it is one of the most expensive Latin American cities. This is especially so if one lives in one of the wealthier and safer districts such as Miraflores, Barranco, or San Isidro. Lima is known for its culinary offerings so there is always new places to try. Peruvian cuisine is also extremely diverse so there's a bit of everything for everyone. Lima's weather is hit and miss -- it has a stable all-year temperature of 17-28 degrees but it is also cloudy and gloomy for 6 months of the year. In La Molina, where the College is located, it is a little more sunny due to it being a little more inland. Outside of Lima, Peru as a country offers plenty of adventures -- from the Andean ranges, the Northern beaches, the in-land waterfalls and canyons, to the Amazon rainforest.

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