Recent reviews posted on Google.
Staci 'The Track Star' Nichols, 6 months ago
I can’t even begin to explain how completely disorganized, heartless, and unprofessional this school is. My kid started during Covid (so school was online). We received zero orientation. There was no introduction of the staff or any sort of parent group chat. The way they handled online school is very indicative of their overall callous, poorly-run, “education sweat shop” philosophy. They had kids staring at screens from 8am to 2:30pm everyday with their only “break” being a short lunch. No recess. No social hour.
2 weeks after school started, the school asked for a Zoom meeting with me. No reason was given. When the meeting started, I was accosted by 8 people I didn’t know (minus 2 teachers). None of these people bothered to introduce themselves. They attacked me about why my daughter was struggling and went so far as to blame her intelligence--she broke out in tears overhearing the staff’s remarks. I explained that we have no idea where the work is, how to turn it in, etc. I had been messaging the English teacher repeatedly asking for help. She was completely useless, sending me back an incomplete, poorly organized document supposedly answering my questions (see attached photos).
The teachers finally started typing up a weekly outline. It had to be printed (boo) & was insanely hard-to-follow (normally a 5 page document) because they wrote it out in long sentences. We had to start writing out a “3rd grade appropriate” version of the lesson plan each day that listed short bullet points of what was homework & what was an in-class activity.
The kids were not allowed AT ANY POINT to openly converse with their friends. As a new kid in town, this made my kid EXTREMELY isolated. Once my daughter took a screenshot of a classmate, wrote “BFF” on it, and posted it as her Zoom background. This was the only way to communicate to her classmate that she was a special friend--how heartbreaking is that! A “class lunch” was scheduled for the last day before Christmas vacation. Several students begged for the teachers to simply allow the children to speak freely among each other. The teachers would not allow this during what was supposed to be a fun party.
On our last day of school here (we left mid-year), my kid announced that it was her last day. For some reason, the school counselor Miss Tere teaches classes (one thing she definitely doesn’t do is ANY actual counseling--like offering tohelp a new student who is obviously drowning) asked why she was leaving. My kid said, “I prefer not to say.” Then my sher added that if someone wanted her uniform, they could come pick it up for free at our house. Miss Tere, who is truly a machiavellian spawn from hell, said for kids to call me to make arrangements. My daughter said, “Actually, that’s one of the reasons I’m leaving. Nobody knows how to contact my mom.” She tried to say my phone number so the kids could actually contact me, & Miss Tere muted her while telling the kids, “Woops, looks like Jenni’s audio went out.” She then removed my kid from the Zoom session. Just a typical day at the sweatshop.
Once the art teacher required the kids to paint a king & queen. She said that the queen had to be wearing a dress. My daughter asked why. The teacher’s response: “Tradition.” My daughter asked if she could have permission not to draw the queen in a dress. The teacher said no.
Finally, on not one but two report cards my daughter received in her time here, the staff evaluated her “curiosity” as a 2 out of 4. I feel deeply disgusted, disturbed--almost to the point of nausea, every time I think about this assessment. How is ANY child not curious? Again, finally, the International American School of Cancun is not a safe space for children.