International School of Dakar
Overall GradeHow are scores determind?
- 8.8Professional Development
- 9.7Settling In
- 9.3After 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 settling in process is very easy. On arrival the school has everything ready for you - your apartment is furnished with the basics, including kitchen supplies, towels, sheets, pillows, and internet access. On arrival, you are given cash, a local sim card, and a bank card with money already deposited on it (there is an ATM on campus). Every month you can choose how much of your salary you want deposited locally, mid-month, and then the remainder can be wired overseas at the end of the month. Maintenance requests are handled very quickly. They also help with the paperwork when purchasing cars. There is minimal paperwork, even before coming. Benefits and salary are clearly spelled out in advance. Housing and utilities are covered, except for internet, cable and phone. There is international health insurance, including dental and vision. Local health care is limited, but there are doctors that make house calls. The school is generally well-resourced, although if your predecessor didn't order what you need, you might have to go without for a year. Administration is very supportive as is the board. The students are generally respectful and nice, although many are not very academically oriented. Overall the level of the students is on the lower side. Teachers are supportive of each other. Dakar is not a "pretty" city. There is little green space, although the areas outside of Dakar can be quite green during the rainy season. However, it doesn't rain a drop for about 10 months, so towards the end of this things are quite brown and dusty. The air quality can get very bad, but doesn't usually last too long. Dakar is an expensive city, even for staples. Anything imported is ridiculously expensive. Airfare in the region is also expensive. Many people go to Europe for vacation, with relatively inexpensive direct flights of just a few hours.