As I read the variety of experiences among school parents I am convicted to write of my experience. I had exclusively homeschooled my 4 children until last Jan. I was interested in non-DoDDS options but did not have time to research and enroll the children at the start of the 2009-2010 school year. By January we were ready to enroll two in town and chose Froebel - it is close to the SS, has a high teacher/student ratio, offers great after school programs and school trips, and has a richly diverse and dedicated staff and administration. Having never sent my children to school I dropped them at the door on the first day and figured the rest was up to the school (hadn't I provided all their educational needs while they were homeschooled?). Luckily this knowledgable staff took me under their wings so to speak and have assisted me in working with my children to enhance and enrich their school experience. The english speaking headmaster routinely corresponds with me on my children's projects, school work and educational as well as personal goals. Thus, working in cooperation with parents, Froebel is able to give my children an experience of school, the Italian culture and language, and interaction with foreign communities which I could not provide at home. Additionally, the staff evaluates each student's needs and tailors their curriculum accordingly. My second grader has intensive language work three days per week to assist him in interacting with his peers and teachers and learning more from his lessons. Additionally they have put my 5 year old in first grade - where she excels!! They have high standards and challenge all to do their best and do not tolerate laziness while working within the students' limitations as well. I have been here for 16 months now and have not heard anyone speak of a school experience in the SS area as highly as I have heard people speak of Froebel. Any regrets? Yes, that we will not be here beyond July 2011 to reap the benefits of attending this school longer!!