Early Learning Centre International School

4.15  / 5
(1Reviews)
Ranking:
Country:# 3Top 3
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Region:# 32
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Overall:# 52
Located:
Bangkok, Thailand
Region:
Asia
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Curriculum:
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Enrollment:
Canada
Other
Non-profit
320

Review Summary:

School:

Question 1:

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

10 / 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.

9 / 10
Question 3:

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

10 / 10
Question 4:

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

9 / 10
Question 5:

Classroom student to teacher ratios are kept low.

10 / 10

Students:

Question 6:

Students are generally of high aptitude.

9 / 10
Question 7:

Student interactions with faculty are primarily characterized by respectability.

10 / 10
Question 8:

Students are of diverse ethnicity.

10 / 10

Administration:

Question 9:

Administration positively supports faculty in a professional manner.

8 / 10
Question 10:

Administration actively encourages a dialogue concerning school related issues.

7 / 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.

10 / 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.

10 / 10
Question 16:

Salary provides the opportunity to travel during vacation.

10 / 10
Question 17:

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

6 / 10

Benefits:

Question 18:

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

8 / 10
Question 19:

School provides retirement benefits that are competitive.

0 / 10
Question 20:

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

10 / 10
Question 21:

School provides for faculty child tuition benefits.

10 / 10
Question 22:

School provides strong support for maternity benefits.

7 / 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.

7 / 10
Question 26:

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

10 / 10
Question 27:

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

10 / 10

Colleagues:

Question 28:

Colleagues foster a welcoming environment to new faculty.

9 / 10
Question 29:

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

6 / 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

10 / 10
Question 33:

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

10 / 10
Question 34:

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

10 / 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.

10 / 10
Question 37:

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

10 / 10
Question 38:

Quality of local health care is excellent.

10 / 10
Question 39:

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

10 / 10
Question 40:

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

10 / 10
Question 41:

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

9 / 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.

6 / 10
Question 44:

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

9 / 10
Question 45:

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

6 / 10
Question 46:

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

4 / 10

Settling In:

Question 47:

School meets you on arrival and escorts you to accommodations.

7 / 10
Question 48:

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

5 / 10
Question 49:

School provides an allowance to support the transition.

7 / 10

After Arrival:

Question 50:

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

10 / 10
Question 51:

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

10 / 10
Question 52:

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

9 / 10

Review Narratives:

1 reviews

8.3

Reviewed:

01/17/2015

ELC is a unique international school. The philosophy is based on the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching and learning. The school is beautiful and makes for a warm and welcoming learning environment. The owner is involved in the day-to-day activities and running of the school, which can make it tricky at times and decision making is not usually very transparent. It is a full inclusion school, so there are children with greater needs inside of each class, though care is taken to ensure balanced classrooms with teachers, aides and 1:1 teachers for the students with greater needs. Many classes are co-taught, which can be difficult for teachers who prefer to be autonomous. Parents are heavily involved and are usually an asset to the learning environment. It is a small school as it only goes up to Year 6, so the environment is very much a community and teachers generally feel supported by administrators and colleagues. There is not a great emphasis placed on Professional Development, though that has changed in recent years and there is always money available for teachers who seek opportunities out. I would definitely return to work at ELC in the future if life brought me back to Bangkok. Bangkok is a lively and welcoming city. It's a relatively easy place to live with every amenity available. Cost of living is low, so quality of life is high with numerous travel opportunities within SE Asia. No need for a car as public transportation is abundant in Bangkok and it's relatively easy to travel outside of the city via bus, taxi or car rental. Thai people are generally very warm and happy to interact with foreigners. With being such a large city, there are many opportunities to get involved and find like-minded people, groups or organizations.

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