Santo António International School (SAIS) Lisbon
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About Santo António International School (SAIS)


Santo António International School (SAIS) is an International Independent Catholic School located in the heart of Monte Estoril, near the historical Villa of Cascais in the Lisbon District area. Our aim is to combine academic excellence with a caring family environment. Significant global change demands a different way of thinking about ourselves and the world around us.

International education has an approach to learning that is focused on critical thinking which helps students to successfully perform in varied intercultural contexts. Santo António International School's approach also includes the development of multidisciplinary communication skills.

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Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 18

Max Class Size

Unknown

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20 Reviews of Santo António International School (SAIS)

Average Ratings

Overall 3.16
Facilities 2.88
Academics 3.56
Teachers 3.56
Sports 3.56
Music & Arts 3.38
Science & Tech 3.38

Reviewer Nationalities

Portuguese (6) Luxembourger (1) Vietnamese (1) Dutch (1) British (1) Brazilian (1) Russian (4)

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lilly morana , 07/06/2024 @ 08:30:56
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The teachers are very nice.they stop the class if some people don't understand the topic. And I have been in this school for 3 years now and I love it.

Concerned Parent, 04/02/2024 @ 11:14:02
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As a concerned parent, I feel compelled to share my experience with this so-called school, which is a disheartening example of an educational establishment that does not deserve the responsibility of shaping young minds. To begin with, the lack of certified and experienced teachers is alarming. It is deeply unsettling to discover that the individuals entrusted with educating our children may not have the necessary qualifications or expertise in the field. The absence of a structured curriculum only exacerbates this issue, leaving students without a clear path for academic development. The school's infrastructure is shockingly inadequate. With only eight functioning computers for the entire middle school, one can only wonder how students are expected to keep up with the demands of modern education. The singular entrance and exit point poses a serious safety concern, especially when considering the absence of fire protection regulations. It is disconcerting that such basic safety measures are overlooked. Communication with the director is virtually nonexistent. Emails go unanswered, and attempts to seek guidance or express concerns are met with indifference. This lack of engagement raises serious questions about the commitment of the leadership to the well-being and education of the students. Financial exploitation is another grievous issue. Families are burdened with out-of-pocket expenses for lunches, field trips, after-school events, supplies, uniforms, and books. It is bewildering that despite these additional costs, parents are expected to pay a staggering €15,000 per year for their child to attend what can only be described as an antiquated prison-like facility. In conclusion, my experience with this school has been nothing short of a nightmare. The combination of unqualified staff, inadequate facilities, poor communication, and financial exploitation paints a grim picture of an institution that fails to prioritize the well-being and education of its students. I implore any prospective parents to think twice before subjecting their children to such a subpar educational environment.

George, 02/03/2023 @ 20:56:58
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Great teachers and a community with a personal approach and close connection between children, teachers, and their parents. The premises are very basic but it is compensated by education.

Thoan Nguyen, 27/02/2023 @ 21:46:39
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Teachers are great, they are always very helpful. This boutique school meets our family expectations.

Beatriz Saiani, 29/01/2023 @ 21:27:19
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Although the school entitles its community as “ Sais family” , it does not have any knowledge of what a real family should be like: emails are never answered and communication channels do not exist. The only aim of this school now is to make money, loading students with unnecessary amount of subjects for exams carelessly of their needs! I am so very sorry for some great staff that they still have in their premises. They do not know how to retain the good teachers that pass by the school allowing for an endless rotation of teachers !

Anna, 08/09/2022 @ 16:25:35
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We have just started in this school. I would agree with some comments above - they are not very organised, but they are really nice people who are doing their best in terms of education. The school will disappoint you, if you are looking for a fancy campus. The benefits are: 1) close-knit community; 2) the classes are small, so your child will surely get a lot of attention from teachers. I think it’s a great school to smoothly transition to English speaking environment.

Jose Domingos, 20/06/2022 @ 16:03:09
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Combination of academic excellence with a caring family environment.

Maria Joanne, 19/06/2022 @ 16:37:49
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Definitely the worst out of all the international schools in Portugal The head teacher is not suited to work in a school Not a place to entrust children

Petr Kuznetsov, 29/03/2022 @ 15:41:28
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Terrible school, disorganized, low teaching quality and material

anonymous, 17/03/2022 @ 22:42:33
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The education is low and the quality of the teachers are bad. Not recommendable

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