Teachers Leaving ASK (updated 30-May)

This post is a running record of teachers leaving ASK. As we get new and updated information, we will make changes to this page.

High school

  • 18 teachers are departing ASK from the high school.
  • There are 47 teachers (not counting the Arabic/Religion department), so this is a turnover of 38%.

Middle School

  • 5 teachers are departing ASK from the middle school.
  • We have received word that there are 8 faculty members leaving the middle school (including 1 administrator and 7 teachers).
  • We were also told that 3 teachers are transferring, but we would like to note that we are not tracking teachers that are transferring within ASK, only teachers that are totally leaving the school. While a teacher transferring does create another position for which to hire, it also fills a position elsewhere.
  • There are 27 teachers (maybe 26, but we will use 27 for now) (non Arabic/Religion) in the middle school, so this is a turnover of 26%.

Elementary School

  • 22 teachers are departing ASK from the elementary school. We can confirm 63 (non Arabic/Religion) teachers in the elementary school, so this is a turnover of 35%.


  • 45 47 teachers are leaving ASK. (wow)
  • Wikipedia reports 183 total faculty, so this is a turnover of 25%, which is quite large. We will work to confirm the 183 number, and also to break this down versus local and foreign hire faculty as we update this page.
  • We now have the numbers of faculty, not including Arabic/Religion faculty, for each school and can more accurately reflect the total turnover rate for foreign-hire teachers. Out of 137 teachers, there are 47 leaving, which is a turnover of 34.3%


Note: We are not including Arabic or Religion teachers in our numbers. This is because these teachers report to different administrators and generally are structured totally differently from all of the other teachers at the school. The Arabic and Religion faculty stand apart from the other teachers at the school in many statistically significant ways – the biggest being that none of them are on a foreign-hire contract (that we know of). Each level of the school (elementary, middle, and high) has a different relationship between the Arabic/Religion faculty and the other faculty, and we currently don’t know how to adequately explain these relationships while reporting data.


This post addresses the following parts of our mission statement and beliefs:

  • Educate the ASK community about current events at the school.


  1. i think elementary sets a new record every year. hahahahaa out of breath during goodbyes and new introductions. wished infant Wael would do something good for a change. he’s worse than kids. come on get into line, use your heart


  2. That turnover rate is comparable with the US. The difference is ASK is just a ticket to punch on your way around the world. I’m actually surprised it isn’t higher.


    1. Statistics don’t support this claim. We found that: “Of the 3,377,900 public school teachers who were teaching during the 2011–12 school year, 84 percent remained at the same school (“stayers”), 8 percent moved to a different school (“movers”), and 8 percent left the profession (“leavers”) during the following year.” It seems that teachers at ASK are leaving at twice the rate of those in US public schools.

      Source: National Center for Education Statistics (https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=28)


      1. You can find statistics to support any position. Look at schools in the US with comperable conditions, perhaps inner city 🙂


      2. We dismiss the notion that statistics aren’t valuable. We at ASK Reviews will always look at data as more valuable than anecdotal evidence. The source we cited was reputable and we feel that it is an accurate reflection of US public schools.


    2. Statistics are useful… for propping up your crumbling argument 🙂 The anecdote apples to oranges comes to mind.


      1. Thank you for inspiring a search for more comparable data.

        “Researchers conducted studies on international school systems with similar
        student and teacher demographics in international schools in the NESA and Association
        of American Schools in South America (AASSA) organization. Of the 22 American
        international schools surveyed in NESA, it was revealed that the international teacher
        turnover rates ranged from 0% to 60% with an average turnover rate of 23% (Mancuso et
        al., 2010). Although turnover rates vary from school to school and year to year
        internationally, percentages that range from 23% represent a higher-than-normal turnover
        rate (Mancuso et al., 2010). Compared with public schools in the United States, Mancuso
        et al. (2010) indicated that turnover rates in international schools are slightly higher than
        the 17% to 23% range experienced in U.S. public schools owing to the transient nature of
        international teacher populations in international school environments. McCollum (2014)
        reported that beginning teacher turnover rates in the United States have increased by 50%
        in the last 10 years and, nationally, turnover is now more than 20%.”



      2. The building at ASK is crumbling. There is no argument there; and, ASK is to education as apples are to oranges, as the cliché says.


  3. “…Look at schools in the US with comperable conditions, perhaps inner city”

    What are those comparable conditions? A dump of a school, and leadership, and ownership?


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