We are fortunate enough to be able to send Quinn to a private American school here in Pretoria. Fortunate in that the cost of tuition is rolled into our relocation benefits package. Now what's so great about this school you might ask? Quinn's first grade class only has 13 kids. 13:1.5 (I'll count the teachers assistant as half a teacher). Pretty good ratio compared to the 28 students per class he had before we left the US. Now granted, I'm sure the great ratio has more than a little to do with the hefty price tag of the tuition, but still, it's awesome. His teacher is a sweetheart and actually seems to enjoy her job of wrangling the varmints into something that resembles a learning environment.
While we were still in the states he completed about a month of the first semester before we moved, when he started here in Pretoria I expected he would be about at the same point in the semester but either their curriculum is a little more advanced or they are learning things in a different order. Either way he jumped right in and was bringing home reading and homework right away. The school has music, art, and language class in the regular curriculum and even has after school activities for the kids such as soccer or library, science club, karate, and the kids get to pick an activity or two.
Their cafeteria is outdoors which I think is pretty cool since the weather is usually really nice.
He even gets to ride the bus (which is more like a transit van than a yellow bus). A new experience for him since before we were so close to the school we would walk every day. Technically I think we are just as close as we were at home but we would have to walk out through the estate gates and around the block, so as the crow flies, really close.
I hope he continues to enjoy it as much as he does now.