We had our child enrolled in this school for one year, and we were counting our days to leave. The school has hard working teachers, but incompetent leadership, which explains the high teacher turnover rate.
Safety of the children is not a priority - not all members of staff are first aid trained. We experienced an incident where not only were the staff ill informed of how to respond, but lacked the training in handling an emergency situation. When we inquired the reason why all staff are not trained, the reason was that turnover rate it too high particularly with assistants/interns, which doesn’t justify the investment in training all staff. In other words cost over safety. SIS is a for profit school.
To say a school doesn’t tolerate discrimination is different from how one acts to that statement. In other words, actions speak louder than words. The school allows discrimination to occur, and the leadership has no idea on how to handle such situations. ‘The culture of any organization is shaped by the worst behaviour the leader is willing to tolerate.’ (Gruenten & Whitaker) The leadership at this school will tolerate the good, the bad and the ugly. As a family, we all experienced the worst repetitive form of racism and discrimination from any educational institution we have attended. The worst part is that it happened mostly in front of our child.
We had a big sigh of relief on the last day of school when we left SIS. Fortunately, we have found a much better nonprofit international school now, which embodies and appreciates diversity, equity and inclusion.
↳ Reply from SIS Swiss International School Männedorf-Zürich
We greatly regret that the experience of your family at the SIS Swiss International School Männedorf was not a positive one. We would appreciate if you could send your feedback by email to SIS Switzerland Headquarters (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you very much and best regards.