I'd take a much closer look at all the schools you are interested in as you seem to be making some fairly wild assumptions here. It really comes down to how long you think you'll stay and where you'll move on to from here. The various curriculums and calendars are a hard adjustment to make for a short stint.artursson wrote:The school contribution being offered so far is US$5000 per year, a laughable sum, I know, given the school fees posted by such International Schools as SAS. This has not been an immediate deal-killer for us, as we aren't much interested in coming halfway around the globe to send our son to school with a gang of other American kids.
Those three year contracts don't necessarily work out that way. I wouldn't put too much stock into what the length of your initial contract is when planning your child's education. That can be a dangerous house of cards. I think you might be surprised at the variety of nationalities that make up the student bodies at all the schools in Singapore. SAS, to name just one, is an American-based curriculum that educates children from 54 different countries. Hardly a 'gang of Americans kids'.artursson wrote:As I noted above, we will be in Singapore on a three year contract; after that probably back to New York, but a two year stint in Tokyo is possible. In that light, can you tell me what my wild assumptions might be? Regarding the deposit issue, OFS seems to depend for part of its enrollment on families who are frankly making use of it as a holding school, so one might expect that return of deposits is a well-understood concern there.
artursson wrote:The president of my wife's institution advises that we should stick with the International Schools, and promises to "have a word with the Minister" to see us around any problem with waitlists.
Same philosophy to you maybe, but getting someone to use their influence to cut the queue and not following the procedure put in place, is not the same to me and extremely distasteful. I have no qualms with the debenture system as long as it's meted out fairly with full transparency. You and I disagree on everything school related so it's no wonder you showed up here, properly caffeinated or not.sundaymorningstaple wrote:good morning road not take!
Could not help myself on this one! I put the Minister "corner cutting" right up there alongside the "purchasing a better place in the queue" practiced by some companies/schools that was discussed before. Same philosophy to me. I know, it's too early in the morning for me as I haven't even finished my first cup of tea yet so maybe I'm missing something in interpretation here.
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