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TASIS The American School in England offers a challenging university-preparatory curriculum, including the International Baccalaureate Diploma, to day (ages 3-18) and boarding (ages 14-18) students on its spacious campus. Small classes and a dedicated, experienced faculty provide individualised attention and an outstanding environment for learning. Graduates go on to excellent universities in the US, the UK, and worldwide.

While academics are emphasised, a comprehensive athletics programme, extracurricular activities, community service, and cultural excursions ensure a balanced education. Taking advantage of the opportunities that England and Europe offer as extensions to classroom learning, students enjoy numerous field trips, weekend activities, and travel abroad. Committed to providing the very best educational experience, TASIS England has excellent facilities for theatre, visual arts, music, sports, fitness, and technology.
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We have been at TASIS over five years and have had a wonderful experience. TASIS has a strong academic program modeled after US curriculum, as well as a strong sense of community. TASIS does a wonderful job of onboarding new families into the community and providing support for parents who are new to the UK. Our daughters have thrived at TASIS and are very happy in their respective grades.

Commented on 1st Oct 2017

Do your research and talk to as many people as possible and visit as many other schools as you can find (and there are many)...this is an okay option for a brief posting abroad but by about 2 years the cracks will begin to show. Slowly you will begin to find that families acknowledge they will need to make up for TASIS's many issues on their return to their home country or via other means. There are too many issues and problems to list here but the waning enrollment (drill down to numbers class by class, do not accept gross enrollment information), recent Ofsted issues (do not accept the "party line" rather read the reports themselves--paying special attention to the issues with leadership), mass exodus of families that had hoped that TASIS was a long-term investment (including families with 4/5 kids who have chosen to put their younger kids in other schools rather than risk their education), standardized testing results (although they are unlikely to share these with you), the list goes on and on... it is a beautiful campus but there are many, many options for your children both in UK schools (especially if they are younger) and other International schools. One of the reasons there are not more negative reviews is because many people are so happy to be free of the place that they never want to look back. Do your research--look at faculty turnover closely, pay specific attention to whether the people who are responsible for your children's education have actually studied education and have the kind of resume you would expect from any equivalent school in the US (especially the administrative personnel) and ask as many questions as possible about special needs support qualifications, methods and long term planning for your children.

Commented on 25th Aug 2017

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