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Access International Academy Ningbo is an international school in the Beilun District of Ningbo, China offering educational programs from Nursery to Grade 12 to students of 28 nationalities Access International Academy (AIAN) offers classes from nursery to high school for students in the greater Ningbo area. AIAN is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), is a member of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) and the East Asia Region Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS). AIAN offers an American-based college preparatory program combined with an international flavor. Advanced Placement courses to obtain college credit are offered in the high school.

The AIAN student body is comprised of students from over 20 different nationalities. Faculty members are predominantly from the United States. The teacher-pupil ratio is approximately 1:4, which promotes individualized instructional practices. The After School Activities (ASA) program is developing into an all-around selection of activities based on student needs. The teachers and students are supported by six teaching assistants and nine office staff. The school also enjoys the support of canteen, janitorial, and security personnel. This team of qualified, caring professionals provides a nurturing and challenging learning environment where students thrive.
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Overall rating 
 
1.7
Overall Quality of Teaching 
 
2.0
Quality of School Leadership 
 
2.0
School Facilities 
 
1.0
Computer and ICT Provision 
 
2.5
General Happiness of Students 
 
2.5
Sense of Community Within School 
 
1.5
Quality of Canteen Food 
 
1.0
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1.0
Student Behaviour 
 
2.0
Involvement in Wider Community 
 
1.5
Reviewed by Wanda June 26, 2014

Avoid at all costs

About Me
Parent
I am an.....
Expatriate
What date did you first enrol your child/children to this school?
June 26, 2014
How many years did you have a child/children at this school?
3
Overall, are you satisfied with the education provided here?
It’s nothing special
What are the school fees annually?
$220000
Location
Okay
School transportation
Good
Communication between management and parents
Poor
Approachability of staff
Satisfactory
Opportunities for parental involvement in school
Poor
As a parent, what are the major plus points for sending your child/children to this school?
Location as living in Beilun.
It is recognised and supported by WASC and follows an American curriculum.
Class sizes are small.
In what areas do you feel the school needs improvement?
Too many teachers have been unquaifed and not experienced in the subject they try to teach such as economics, ELL, psychology, elementary and art. Many have been hired for their religion as they belong to a group. Teachers should be native speakers, essential if they are teaching English. Some teachers make bad English mistakes and also smoke cigaretes, dress messily, that students can see. The school board is not good and does not know what they are doing and the head of the school can be rude and untruthful when parents ask questions. The facilities need improving such as a better cafeteria and better sport faciities.
What advice would you give to other parents thinking about sending their child/children to this school?
Ask to see teacher qualifications.
Ask to see curriculum and ask how they help Korean/American students to get ready for return home.
Ask how long teachers stay.
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Overall rating 
 
1.2
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1.5
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1.5
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Reviewed by Snoopdog January 12, 2016

The Worst Ever!

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Student
Do you like coming to this school?
Don't like it
How much homework do you get?
Small amount
Are your lessons mostly just the teacher talking from the front, or are they more student-centred with lots of activities for students to do in class?
Entirely student-centred
How approachable are the teachers?
Not approachable at all
Do you feel that your teachers take good care of you if you have any issues?
None at all
How easy was your transition to this school? (if applicable)
Hard
Is there any bullying amongst students?
Medium amount
As a student, what are the best things about attending this school?
I can walk to school. There is not much homework. I have tow nice friends. We mostly get to do what we like.
I am leaving shortly.
What do you wish could be changed about this school?
Bigger classes with more students
Better teachers who speak English well.
I hate the head of department who gives lots of favors to special students including a fat lump of a kindergarten teacher's kid who gets A grades for everything even though she is dumb.

The principal is a bald old oink with a pushy Filipino wife whose like his daughter and who thinks she owns the school. He talks down to students and doesn't know nothing about the stuff we should be doing and never checks on his useless teachers
who are always sneaking out to smoke and drink. The music teacher can't play an instrument or teach music and is really lazy and gives everyone grades A. The art is rubbish and the art teacher just shows off his own trash work and not the students. The science teacher is an Indian with bad English and no proper qualifications. The English and maths are crap teachers. They only good teachers we had quit last year!
What advice would you give to other students thinking about joining the school?
Don't do. go look at schools in Ningbo where there are more students, real teachers and where you can get a life and an education.
I am a.....
Local student
What date did you first join this school?
January 24, 2013
How many years have you attended / did you attend this school?
3
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1.5
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Reviewed by Potus1 May 22, 2017

Appalling!

About Me
Teacher
I am a....
Expatriate teacher
I work in....
Secondary
How many years have you worked at this school?
2
Approximate monthly salary
US$35000
Years of experience and responsibilities as a reference for the monthly salary
10
Other benefits included in the package
  • Accommodation
  • Flights to home base
  • Medical insurance
Salary relative to cost of living in the area
Medium
Are you paid on time?
Usually
Payscale transparency
Satisfactory
Competency of management
Awful
Business owner ethics (if applicable)
Poor
Workload
Low
Pressure to get high exam grades (if applicable)
Very high
Professional development opportunities
Satisfactory
Career progression opportunities
Poor
Parental Support
Poor
Special needs support
Awful
EFL support
Awful
Overall job satisfaction
Not really satisfied
As a teacher, what are the major plus points for working here?
Plus Points: Save money as nothing to spend it on in Beilun apart from local bars. The undemanding admin who allow anything to go. Housing is OK depending on your relationship with admin. ASAs are minimally demanding. Small class sizes. Can ride around on a bike or e-bike.
What areas do you feel are in need of development?
The principal and admin team all need to be replaced and qualified, experienced educators hired. Some teachers are incompetent and lazy but survive based on friendship with admin.
Academics: ELL program is barely existent despite three teachers for a small number of kids. Music, art and science all need fresh teaching blood and enthusiasm.
In winter months, the place is freezing cold and no proper heating system only air conditioners that have to be cranked up to high heat. Some teachers are unpleasant and back-stabbing gossips.
What advice would you give to other teachers considering working at this school?
If you find it hard to get a job elsewhere due to lack of qualifications or a bad reference and don't want any demands, this is the place for you. You can happily cruise for two years but if you are honest and hard working, this will not enhance your teaching experience.In fact, if you put much effort in, your colleagues will hate you for showing them up. As a male teacher, if you have a Filipino wifelet, this is a huge plus and the principal will immediately hire you. Only arrive with no expectations and you won't be disappointed.
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