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We want to enter our child at the International School of Basel. We visited ISB a few months before we could move here. Now we hear many negative things from the parents. We spoke with 2 parents, both have children in senior school. They say that many teachers leave because of the new director. Then we also talk to a teacher, she said, she could not say anything, but she said she was going to leave also because of the situation. We have the idea that teachers morale is low. We like the school before and did not look at other schools. Does anyone have news about this situation at this school? Should we try other schools? We would prefer ISB because of reputation but now we are doubtful.
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We want to enter our child at the International School of Basel. We visited ISB a few months before we could move here. Now we hear many negative things from the parents. We spoke with 2 parents, both have children in senior school. They say that many teachers leave because of the new director. Then we also talk to a teacher, she said, she could not say anything, but she said she was going to leave also because of the situation. We have the idea that teachers morale is low. We like the school before and did not look at other schools. Does anyone have news about this situation at this school? Should we try other schools? We would prefer ISB because of reputation but now we are doubtful.
There is some truth to this but I am surprised parents are talking about it. It really doesn't affect the standard of teaching. The problem is that there is no trust between the new administration and the teachers.
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Try Academia in Basel. It's a small school but really great. The staff are excellent and go the extra mile.
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Try Academia in Basel. It's a small school but really great. The staff are excellent and go the extra mile.
Thank you. The concern with Academia is that it seems a new and small school. Do you have experience with its diploma program? Also we are concerned about college placement. For those reasons we wanted a large established school like ISB. But we will look up Academia and try to get information.
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There is some truth to this but I am surprised parents are talking about it. It really doesn't affect the standard of teaching. The problem is that there is no trust between the new administration and the teachers.
Thank you. Can you explain a little more please what is happening in ISB?
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Thank you. The concern with Academia is that it seems a new and small school. Do you have experience with its diploma program? Also we are concerned about college placement. For those reasons we wanted a large established school like ISB. But we will look up Academia and try to get information.
They get good results. Not sure what you mean by diploma program - they follow IGCSES and AS/A levels. Contact the principal or academic director. Or feel free to pm me if you think I can offer further insight.

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Hi, I have a child at academia International School (aIS). We are very happy there. It is small and possibly considered new. They do seem to care very much about each student, something we always look for. I live in Reinach and most of my expat friends have children at ISB--it is the closer option. I can't say much but they all seem generally very happy, often mentioning all the extras that are available... so many opportunities. academia, is not as large and doesn't have the same variety. What little specifics I have picked up over the year and our neighborly coffees and walks are that: One said she cried over leaving because she loves the new administration so much and really feels listened to (husband's job is relocating them at the end of the year). I feel the exact same way about academia A handful of 12th graders have gotten into very, very good schools each year. Honestly, the only friction I've heard of is of a small group of parents who are upset about the e-assessment for grade 10 students. None of my friends are part of that group so I'm afraid they've not had much gossip to spill. I can say the IB program is not part of academia's curriculum so the e-assessment hasn't come up at all for us... hope this helps?
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Hi, I have a child at academia International School (aIS). We are very happy there. It is small and possibly considered new. They do seem to care very much about each student, something we always look for. I live in Reinach and most of my expat friends have children at ISB--it is the closer option. I can't say much but they all seem generally very happy, often mentioning all the extras that are available... so many opportunities. academia, is not as large and doesn't have the same variety. What little specifics I have picked up over the year and our neighborly coffees and walks are that: One said she cried over leaving because she loves the new administration so much and really feels listened to (husband's job is relocating them at the end of the year). I feel the exact same way about academia A handful of 12th graders have gotten into very, very good schools each year. Honestly, the only friction I've heard of is of a small group of parents who are upset about the e-assessment for grade 10 students. None of my friends are part of that group so I'm afraid they've not had much gossip to spill. I can say the IB program is not part of academia's curriculum so the e-assessment hasn't come up at all for us... hope this helps?
Thank you Caledonia, and also to Rufusb. This is very helpful.
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There is some truth to this but I am surprised parents are talking about it. It really doesn't affect the standard of teaching. The problem is that there is no trust between the new administration and the teachers.
What's happening at ISB is that a new director came in and promptly sacked the senior school principal over some disagreement, lowered pay for new teachers and tripled the number of administrators. Other changes are coming. One might say that the problem lies in the lack of justification for these great changes since it was already a very good school. There is a lot of talk about transparency but there was no debate or discussion before - changes were announced and we have to live with them. Morale is honestly not so bad but getting worse.
Tesfor is right, there is no trust. Recently there was a questionnaire sent to staff about the direction of the school. The questionnaire was supposed to be anonymous but I doubt if anyone believed that, with the result that most people's answers were polite bullshit rather than honest opinions.
If teachers are treated patronisingly and have no input eventually this has to affect teaching. We didn't have to resort to englishforum to give honest opinions before this idiot came.
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Of the five posters on this thread, three have joined in the last month and these are their first posts.

I have lived in Basel over a decade and know many people who have their children at ISB or had their children graduate there. I can say that no-one has questioned the quality of the education provided. If you look at my previous posts you will see my child is in local school so I have no positive prejudice or angle.

With every organisation a new boss brings changes that will be inspiring to some and really off putting to others. I have experienced this myself in my own career. This new head has been in place over two years now so is already building up "their" team. My suggestion is the posters should go above the head and direct their concerns to the board members to get their views heard and recognised.
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Re: International school basel ISB

I can only comment on academia. I work as a teacher there and the staff morale and working atmosphere at the school is outstanding.

I think in the beginning there were teething problems as with all schools, but they're going from strength to strength there now and will move into a bigger building in 2018.

While academia could never compete with the ISB in terms of facilities, the school are fantastic at taking care of students and will bend over backwards to accommodate peoples wishes/needs. There is a lovely atmosphere there. As someone mentioned already, the IGCSE and A level results have been steadily improving over the years and were excellent these past few years. Although only a handful of US students have passed through the school they have progressed to US colleges via the UK/International A levels (which are accepted on a level with the A/P qualification) and for UK families, the fact the college offer IGCSE's is a big plus.
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Re: International school basel ISB

Have there been any improvements in ISB morale? We will be relocating to Basel over the summer and are looking at educational options for our children.

According to a forum search, it appears that the three primary players are:
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Academia
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Are there pros/cons to any of these schools?
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Have there been any improvements in ISB morale? We will be relocating to Basel over the summer and are looking at educational options for our children.

According to a forum search, it appears that the three primary players are:
ISB
Academia
SIS

Are there pros/cons to any of these schools?
There are pros/cons to any school. I suggest you make contact with all three and arrange a visit. Once you meet staff and get a feel for the places it will help. I stand by my comments above.
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There are pros/cons to any school. I suggest you make contact with all three and arrange a visit. Once you meet staff and get a feel for the places it will help. I stand by my comments above.
Sound advice, thank you
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We are new in the city and have visited ISB for our 4 years-old boy. It looks nice and the facilities are amazing. There is a german program, every day one hour which we like. We are going to life in Reinach so it makes us easy. However the school is only until 3pm and it seems that the after school program (ASPIRE) is only for working families and you only can apply each semester. Does anybody know if it is true? I am looking for a job and I start a course and probably I will need an after school service. If I can not use ASPIRE, in case I get a job, I have to wait until the next semester? I have asked to the admissions department but I am still waiting the reply. Maybe in the forum there is anybody who can help me...
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So... what is the situation today, in 2019? Atmosphere, director, salaries...Thanks!
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So... what is the situation today, in 2019? Atmosphere, director, salaries...Thanks!

Atmsphere is good, nice weather forcast for weekend, yes there are directors and they do get salaries.


What's your angle, looking for job or looking for your kids ??



with an introduction and a little more detail, you may get far better answers.....
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Well, following the previous messages...

I am trying to learn as much as I can about international schools, as I am a teacher and am looking for a job. However, what I read about ISB on here was a bit disconcerting. That's why I'm asking.

So is the work environment positive? is the direction of the school in the same hands? do teachers feel they are paid fairly?
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Well, following the previous messages...

I am trying to learn as much as I can about international schools, as I am a teacher and am looking for a job. However, what I read about ISB on here was a bit disconcerting. That's why I'm asking.

So is the work environment positive? is the direction of the school in the same hands? do teachers feel they are paid fairly?
I'm only going off your previous thread about teaching in Basel but unless you hold a recognised Qualified Teacher Status with proven classroom and exam experience teaching kids unless the requirements have changed, you won't be able to work at the ISB.
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I do have all of those.
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