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• Bonn International School Germany 11/30 evaluation 9
Apparently it used to be a good school and this is why I joined, however it is a mess. I have listed the pros and cons below…

• Dulwich College Beijing China 11/30 evaluation 5
Quite a good school in most respects and you can certainly save some money whilst you are working there…

• British School Al Rehab Egypt 11/29 evaluation 12
There is a tremendous amount of uncertainty both in the mngmt of the school and its competence and in the terrorist climate of the country…

• International School Astana Kazakhstan 11/29 evaluation 25
I know my review sounds overwhelmingly negative, but I did enjoy aspects of my time in Astana…

• British School Bucharest Romania 11/28 evaluation 4
Santa is arriving by helicopter with fireworks at our Christmas fair yet teachers do not have basic resources in their classrooms…

• International School Uganda 11/28 evaluation 8
Professional development, as in many international schools, is not transparent with some teachers receiving consistent PD and others none…

• American British Academy Oman 11/28 evaluation 12
ABA has always had an excellent reputation but I think, to some degree, the school at present is no longer deserving of it…

• Regent’s School Pattaya Thailand 11/28 evaluation 2
Tthe current morale of staff in the school is severely affected and it doesn’t bode well for the direction the school will take…

• Walworth Barbour American International School Israel 11/27 evaluation 15
It could be a lovely place to spend part of ones teaching career, if not for the current leadership…

• Elite Private School UAE 11/27 evaluation 3
There were months we went with no pay and months where we got paid less than our salary. Resources were limited…

• Lincoln International School Argentina 11/27 evaluation 10
Lincoln loves bureaucracy. There are procedures involving multiple steps, for everything from maintenance requests to securing pens…

• Shude International Foreign Language School China 11/27 evaluation 2
Work load is reasonable and it’s quite a pressure free environment. Best for people who enjoy teaching but are not go getters…

• Canadian Int’l School Guangzhou China 11/24 First time reviewed on ISR

• Etonhouse International School Singapore 11/24 evaluation 3
Teachers tend to stay a long time here because the pay is reasonable, vacation days are comparable and Singapore is a great place…

• SCIS Hangzhou International School China 11/24 evaluation 43
HIS has a wonderful feel about it. Since we arrived last year, we felt very well taken care of…

• Magen David Academy Panama 11/24 evaluation 8
Although the previous director worked with a fancy company to create a snazzy recruiting video, the school is nothing like how it is represented…

• Concordia International School Shanghai China 11/24 evaluation 10
In a climate where many int’l schools are seeing declining enrollment, Concordia has witnessed an increase…

• Magic Years International School Thailand 11/22 First time reviewed on ISR

• College Alpin Beau Soleil Switzerland 11/22 evaluation 2
Most of the positives of working at Beau Soleil pertain to the surrounding environment rather than the actual running of the school…

• British International School UAE 11/22 evaluation 6
Everything is a veneer which when scratched lightly reveals the true nature beneath and it’s not pretty…

• Myanmar International School Yangon Myanmar 11/22 evaluation 2
Contracts were given out very late in the year, as late as April and May, showing just how disorganised the admin are…

• Cheongna Dalton School Korea 11/22 evaluation 9
Our kids are the best, the teaching schedule is much less hectic than my previous school, and I have all the resources I need…

• German European School Singapore 11/21 evaluation 7
Staff morale is at an all-time low currently. There have been major changes to European section primary staffs’ contracts…

• K International School Tokyo Japan 11/21 evaluation 20
We worked in the secondary school for quite a few years and did indeed see growth and improvement within the school…

• Instituto Thomas Jefferson Mexico 11/21 evaluation 3
Extremely unpleasant environment for foreigners the vast majority never stay beyond 2 years…

• Qatar International School Qatar 11/20 evaluation 3
Couples make a fortune here but salary and accomodation is great for singles and small families too…

• Shenzhen College of International Education China 11/20 evaluation 4
While it may sound like I’ve been paid to write this review, I really am happy here, and with a new campus this school would easily be world class…

• American School Marrakesh Morocco 11/20 evaluation 19
I would cautiously recommend ASM. But, I would warn you that student behavior can be very poor…

• International School Vietnam 11/20 evaluation 13
All staff, despite years of experience, are treated like inexperienced graduates, and told that they are wrong if they disagree…

• Instituto Thomas Jefferson Mexico 11/17 evaluation 2
They believe their academic standards are high, but end up using Harry Potter as the literature book for upper levels of high school…

• European International School Vietnam 11/17 evaluation 10
The school looks like it’s a small, community, close-knit school but trust me there are plenty of cracks and these cracks will get bigger…

• Guangdong Country Garden School China 11/17 evaluation 24
Administration does not respect our perspective or experience, and they seem not at all concerned about reducing the high turn-over…

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam 11/17 evaluation 2
If you are the sort of professional that cares for student and staff welfare then you will find this school very frustrating to work in…

• The International School Sanya China 11/16 First time reviewed on ISR

• Concordia International School Shanghai China 11/16 evaluation 9
If you are openly gay or non-Christian, look elsewhere. Concordia will not hire you, no matter how qualified you are…

• Sino Canada High School China 11/16 evaluation 3
Teachers who are considering this school should weigh the pros and cons wisely before investing to come here…

• Haileybury International School Tianjin China 11/15 First time reviewed on ISR

• British International School UAE 11/15 evaluation 5
If you enjoy the sunshine and can turn a blind eye at work you may be OK. Just be prepared for the stunning hypocrisy…

• British International School UAE 11/15 evaluation 4
I can only describe my time at BISAD as a personally enriching and a humbling teaching experience…

• English Modern School Al Khor Qatar 11/14 First time reviewed on ISR

• Canggu Community School Bali Indonesia 11/14 evaluation 5
This is a recipe for a continued, if not accelerated, downward spiral. I caution all applicants to be circumspect in their dialogue with the school…

• Bangkok Preparatory International School Thailand 11/14 evaluation 8
The school is now on 2 campuses and both offer amazing learning spaces. The school has a very warm community…

• Independent Schools Foundation Academy Hong Kong 11/13 evaluation 8
Everyone shares classrooms, and has a cubicle in a large room on the bottom floor…

• SCIS Hangzhou International School China 11/13 evaluation 42
It’s not perfect, but what I like about it is that it is working to become a better place, in order to provide a better education for our students…

• Kang Chiao International School China 11/13 evaluation 5
I was fired unfairly by them, harassed and then thrown out into the streets, they never even purchased me a ticket back home…

• British International School Phuket Thailand 11/10 evaluation 13
There are opportunities for professional development, sufficient supplies, and you have what you need to get the job done…

• Awfaz Global School Qatar 11/10 evaluation 2
The poor communication and dreadful organisation from the start of the recruitment process should’ve been enough to discourage me…

• Canadian International School Singapore 11/10 evaluation 21
Many requests need to go through a “chain of command”, and most teachers felt like their voice wasn’t heard…

• International School IITA Nigeria 11/10 evaluation 2
I was very happy overall with my job, however, for me this could not outweigh the challenge of living in Nigeria…

• Carol Morgan School Dominican Republic 11/10 evaluation 18
The package is great, living in the DR is fantastic, the school has over 180 employees enjoying our island, our school and our community…

• World Academy Tirana Albania 11/9 evaluation 6
Albania is a lovely country to live in and has lots of perks. My recommendation is to avoid this school at all costs…

• American Academy Casablanca Morocco 11/9 evaluation 17
I’m writing this review for those who are too scared, have no voice, or those who are too scarred by their experience at AAC to re-live it…

• Carol Morgan School Dominican Republic 11/8 evaluation 17
It is a pleasure to work with a highly motivated staff. I have plenty of resources to teach my content area…

• Walworth Barbour American International School Israel 11/8 evaluation 14
From the time you sign a contract, all the way through booking flights, finding an apartment and getting settled in Israel, AIS has your back…

• American International School Vietnam 11/8 evaluation 20
Teachers have been known to finance their own training, and some have even paid for resources out of their own pocket…

• British International School Ukraine 11/7 evaluation 26
There were absolutely NO TEACHING materials upon arrival in August 2017. Literally, none, not even pencils…

• Guangzhou Nanfang International School China 11/7 evaluation 20
It is recruiting time, and GNIS is once again off to the races, trying to recruit all too gullible teachers…

• International Community School Addis Ababa Ethiopia 11/7 evaluation 15
Coming to ICS it doesn’t take long to see there are leadership and school culture issues…

• British International School UAE 11/7 evaluation 3
Management like to high five each other their successes whilst giving little regard to the increasing numbers of unhappy students and staff…

• International School Brunei Darussalam 11/6 evaluation 20
It is good for singles but will prove less than exciting in the medium term. Package is OK and I have managed to save a lump sum…

• GEMS American Academy Dubai UAE 11/6 evaluation 17
I really did love this school and I saw myself here for the long term. This now seems impossible…

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam 11/6 First time reviewed on ISR

• SCIS Hangzhou International School China 11/3 evaluation 41
If you’re thinking about coming here, the reality is that you’ll have bad days and great days, and sometimes, they’ll be exactly the same day…

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 11/3 evaluation 34
Overall, I rate this school and its staff quite high. And, there are worse places than Jeddah…

• Bangkok Preparatory International School Thailand 11/3 evaluation 7
Overloaded timetables and terrible Leadership team. There are more jobs advertised each year as no one can stand to renew their contracts…

• Nobel International School Malaysia 11/2 First time reviewed on ISR

• ISG Dhahran Saudi Arabia 11/2 evaluation 3
Huge fees are paid by parents who are unaware that there are hardly any qualified staff teaching their children…

• Walworth Barbour American International School Israel 11/2 evaluation 13
It is only a matter of time before the current situation will impact on the quality of education taking place in the classroom…

• Harrow International School Beijing China 11/2 evaluation 4
Institutional bullying, in my opinion, is both pervasive and wide spread. Performance management is used liberally as a weapon…

• British School Costa Rica 11/2 evaluation 5
Effectively your teaching career is put on hold for the duration of your 2 year contract…

• Fudan International School China 11/1 evaluation 3
In twenty years of teaching I have never felt the need to write a critique of the school I was leaving. But now I have no choice…

• Carol Morgan School Dominican Republic 11/1 evaluation 16
The morale at the school is the lowest its been in a long time. The school motto is that it was founded in integrity, but it is anything but that now…

• Overseas Family School Singapore 11/1 evaluation 18 Rubric Only

Director & Principal Reports

• Richard Swann 11/30 (Principal Report 3)
Yew Chung International School Shanghai China

• Chip Barder 11/30 (Director Report 5)
United Nations International School Vietnam

• Jane McGee 11/30 (Director Report 2)
Vientiane International School Laos

• Robert Service 11/29 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Utahloy International School Guangzhou China

• Frank Volpe 11/29 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Shanghai Community International School Pudong China

• Debra Giles 11/29 (Director Report 4)
American School Asuncion Paraguay

• Tom Hawkins 11/29 (Director Report 2)
American School Doha Qatar

• David Berridge 11/28 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

British School Costa Rica

• Lee Dabagia 11/28 (Principal Report 2)
Elite Private School UAE

• Mike Martell 11/27 (Director Report 3)
Lincoln International School Argentina

• Joe Hollenbeck 11/27 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Lincoln International School Argentina

• April Yetsko 11/21 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Magen David Academy Panama

• Lee Dabagia 11/21 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Elite Private School UAE

• Katherine Banner 11/20 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR 
GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi UAE

• Mark Sayer 11/17 (Director Report 2)
British Vietnamese International School Vietnam

• Gethin Jones 11/17 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

British International School Ukraine

• Brian Charles Back 11/16 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
The International School Sanya China

• Janie Andrich 11/16 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Concordia International School China

• Patrick Horne 11/15 (Principal Report 2)
British International School UAE

• Kathleen Naglee 11/14 (Director Report 2)
International School of Estonia

• Darin Fahrney 11/14 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Singapore American School Singapore

• Jim Hardin 11/13 (Director Report 2)
GEMS American Academy Dubai UAE

• Davina McCarthy 11/13 (Principal Report 4)
Help International School Malaysia

• Emma Dyas 11/10 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

SCL International School Thailand

• Nicolaas Mostert 11/10 (Principal Report 2)
Carol Morgan School Dominican Republic

• Wael AbdulGhafoor 11/9 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
American School Kuwait

• Steven Geraghty 11/9 (Director Report 5)
International School Brunei Darussalam

• Jessamine Koenig 11/8 (Principal Report 3)
Hangzhou International School China

• Peter Harris 11/7 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

British International School Ukraine

• Patrick Horne 11/7 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
British International School UAE

• Richard Swann 11/7 (Principal Report 2)
Yew Chung International School Shanghai China

• Mark Sayer 11/6 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

British Vietnamese International School Vietnam

• Mike Downs 11/6 (Director Report 4)
Walworth Barbour American International School Israel 

• Shary Lyssy Marshall 11/6 (Principal Report 5)
Walworth Barbour American International School Israel

• Joseph Castellejo 11/3 (Director Report 4)
Nile Valley School Sudan

• Gordon Xie 11/1 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Guangzhou Nanfang International School China

• TJ Coburn 11/1 (Director Report 3)
American School Warsaw Poland

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