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No strong english program at Isaac Rabin

Schools & EducationWe have our 5 year old daughter at Isaac Rabin. She likes it a lot. It's a small school but not too small. We live in Clayton and I work near the school so, very convenient.
They are not cheap but certainly don't charge those outrageous fees like ISP or even Balboa Academy that allows only diplomat kids, company ex-pats and the very rich attend those schools.

The people are friendly, the facilities good.

Our only complaint but a HUGE one is that they are not bilingual. For the kind of money we pay our kids should learn English. Period. We have no idea why a Jewish school where 40+ % of the parents are engaged in (international) commerce don't value English skills more. As somebody said, they (the kids) will all go to American schools in the US later on so as long as they learn Hebrew, everybody is happy.

For the no-jewish kids, there's a French program. I have nothing against the French or their language but now our 5 year old is learning Spanish, English and French at school (Dutch at home). We'd rather have her focus on English.

Not much we can do about it. But something to consider. We haven't totally made up our mind yet about whether she should just stay there a few more years or learn English later on or, switch to the Oxford school.

Compared to Isaac Rabin, it's bigger (less personal), it has a noisy city location and means a daily commute but at least, they'll speak and write perfect English when our kids are 11 years old. That's a big plus. Whether it's worth it, the jury is still out on it.

Hope this helps.
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No strong english program at Isaac Rabin
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 12:03 AM UTC

My youngest son graduated from the Oxford school and if you expect them to teach your child perfect English by age 11, you will be disappointed. Let him/her learn other languages in school and use English at home. It worked for out two boys.

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