How would you rate British International School Riyadh (BISR)?
SHAHID, 03/04/2021 @ 19:08:47
Music & Arts
We had a good time for our 2 kids (Year 3 and Year 1) at BISR. At this stage, academics are very important as this is the age group when the base needs to be strong for the kids. Relationship between teacher and students is stronger when the interaction is live in class. However, COVID-19 had a negative impact on the overall learning of the kids and the online schooling put lot of undue pressure on the parents who had to juggle with all the kids at home, working from home while the high tuition fees continued to play havoc with the parents. School board did not want to offer any fee discounts other than one month deferral for paying 50% of the fees. While noting the aforementioned, I must admit that teachers are of good quality and they pay good attention to the kids. I want to remain impartial in general and must say the school is good. Final note that there are not many good schools in Riyadh and options are limited. Either you have the high end schools with exorbitant fees touching the skies or you have low level schools with no education standards. Hence, you are left with limited options.
From years R-8, this school is fine. But after that, it's time to take your qualifications seriously and move your final years of education elsewhere.
In the nine years that I was here, the education superseded the schools in England. Some teachers lack interpersonal skills and act like machines. I still remember all of their names and the dumb things they did, like give me a detention for mistakes they've made but were unwilling to admit it. However, returning to England made me realise how much worse it is there. I was in all the middle sets at BISR, but when I returned home I was suddenly the smartest kid in the year.
This school takes bullying a lot more seriously than other schools, except when the teachers do it themselves. From my experience, they handled bullying. But false accusations are also taken seriously, some students in my time picked up on it and would do this to others. There's also students and teachers who shouldn't be here; a handful of lowlives from around the world attend this school; British, Arabic, Australian, whatever.
You're forced to take part in sports days and swimming galas. Waste of a school day, why shouldn't I be absent from these? I'd have been more productive staying at home.
My son got beaten up on the third day of school by a few bullies, he says he didn’t do anything to them. He also complained about the teachers being late and sometimes not even attending lessons. When I tried addressing the issues with the principal, he kept on making excuses like I am not available because of this or that etc. As soon as the first semester ended, I moved him to AIS-R. My son says he is much more happy there.
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