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american families with children in Kindergarten/Early Elem.

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american families with children in Kindergarten/Early Elem.

Postby balt2dub » Fri, 05 Feb 2010 1:12 am

Anyone have any comments on the new american school (sais) vs SAS
from recent experience?

Also wondering if any other american families have good things to say about putting young children into the non american schools close to town, like OFS,Canadian School or Chatsworth?

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Postby road.not.taken » Fri, 05 Feb 2010 7:10 am

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Postby scarbowl » Sat, 06 Feb 2010 1:03 pm

Stamford seems to have around 100 kids total in grades K to Gr 5. So you can expect small class sizes and a close community. It isn't an accredited school but that isn't so important in the primary grades. Some parents have posted here so you'll find actual experiences.

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Postby Topshelf » Mon, 08 Feb 2010 11:07 am

I enrolled my daughter in K2 at OFS when we arrived; she is now in 1st grade there, but I wouldn't recommend it. The academics are slapdash at best. If you are interested in more details, PM me.

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Postby newtosin » Tue, 09 Feb 2010 9:18 am

My kids will be starting SAIS after Chinese New Year. We visited other schools (OFS, Dover Court, Tanglin, UWC) but some had really long wait lists and others, we were not impressed with.

SAIS is the only school that actually shown any interest in what my kids wanted. Although it is new, the corporation that runs it - COGNITA - runs many other International Schools around the world, including 2 very reputable ones in London that we are familiar with.

We did not consider SAS because it is a bit far out and I intent to drive my kids to school.

Can let you know more once we start there.

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Postby tanusa » Tue, 09 Feb 2010 12:59 pm

hello! My daughter is in K1 at SAIS. She just started this term, and we've had a good experience so far. My daughter likes her teachers, enjoys her work, has made friends easily and seems happy to go to school. Thank goodness! :) The school is small, but the facilities are great -- especially considering it's a foundation campus. There was some talk on this board about the fact that it didn't have a pool. They just added one. They also have a basketball court, mini-American football field and a soccer field. There's also, of course, great playgrounds for the younger kids. There's also a temporary outdoor "ice" rink made of artificial ice (some type of plastic that requires no refrigeration). Not sure what the long-term plans are for it though. The families are really involved and extremely welcoming, which has been great for me too. Feel free to ask me any specific questions you may have...

I don't know a lot about SAS, but the families I know with children there seem happy with their choice.

Good luck with your school search!

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