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New School Reviews

• British International School Ukraine 4/30 review 32
I had originally intended on leaving last academic year, however, a new leadership team and structure had me change my mind…

• Albanian College Durres Albania 4/30 review 22
When I was applying to ACD I read the reviews but I took everything with a grain of salt. Please do not do as I did…

• Dhirubhai Ambani International School india 4/30 review 4
Having worked as a teacher for more than 20 years in many countries, this was one of the finest experiences…

• Wellington College International Shanghai China 4/30 review 3
We had to produce parent reports 6x annually and update a whole school data spreadsheet following every testing session…

• Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China 4/27 review 6
It is unfortunate that the most vocal people are unhappy people and that happy people don’t usually go out of their way to say so. I want to change that…

• International School Hamburg Germany 4/27 review 4
The most serious thing to say about the school is, this school is does not put the students first…

• Hayah International Academy Egypt 4/27 review 19
It is a school that values professionalism and respects all its staff…

• St. Michael’s School Spain 4/26 First time reviewed on ISR

• Wingate School Mexico 4/26 First time reviewed on ISR

• Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China 4/26 review 5
Were I not living it, I would say this couldn’t be true. But you can’t make this stuff up!…

• Santiago College Chile 4/25 First time reviewed on ISR

• Swiss International School Qatar 4/25 First time reviewed on ISR

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam 4/25 review 19
Still a good school, though overriding demands for profit have resulted in classes being filled with unsupported ‘problem’ children…

• British School Bahrain 4/25 review 22
If you do accept a job there, do your homework before signing on the dotted line. Salaries appear to have been massively slashed…

• Kampala International School Uganda 4/24 review 8
The school seemed very clinical and it was made clear that the owner didn’t want children’s work to tarnish the appearance of the school…

• British School Valencia Spain 4/24 review 3
Average grades are much lower than other schools. School fees are high and the salary is one of the lowest in the country…

• Eaton International School Malaysia 4/24 review 4
There were many great teachers but things have gone downhill this year…

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 4/23 review 45
The entire staff was recently threatened that saying or posting negative things about the school would result in termination…

• English Nursery and Primary School Russia 4/23 review 2
I am really happy to work here and I also have had my child enrolled in this school and I am happy to see her progress…

• Noblesse International School Philippines 4/23 review 22
This week, we received an email that over half of the foreign teachers are leaving, and being replaced…

• Taylor’s International School Malaysia 4/20 First time reviewed on ISR

• American International School Costa Rica 4/20 review 3
This place is an absolute dump. They call it an “American International School” but it is none of those three things…

• British Council School Madrid Spain 4/20 review 5
Work load is very high, making it feel as though you barely teach the children, there is that much extra curricular!…

• Chatsworth International School Singapore 4/20 review 17
If you keep your expectations reasonable, you’ll have a good experience. If you expect riches or an innovative learning environment, you’ll be disappointed…

• ISA International School Guangzhou China 4/19 review 6
Most of the teaching staff at ISA are lovely and extremely hardworking. The major problem at the school is the current Senior Leadership Team…

• King Faisal School Saudi Arabia 4/19 review 4
If you’ve been in highly functioning school or need an experienced admin with the power to make changes, this isn’t the place for you…

• Daystar Academy China 4/18 review 9
I can see that my school is constantly moving forward, upgrading itself, finding and maximizing resources…

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam 4/18 review 18
A great teacher has just been fired…

• British School Warsaw Poland 4/17 review 5
Warsaw as a city is on the up, but the package the school offers, along with government tax raises next year makes it very disappointing…

• Beijing International School BISS China 4/17 review 13
When I first started at BISS I was very happy, but soon I realised I had made a mistake…

• Guangdong Shunde Desheng School China 4/17 review 2
A genuine lack of leadership and clear management policy is jeopardizing the future of students and the school…

• Al Khor International School Qatar 4/16 review 65
It does not matter what you get in writing – they do not – and will not – honor it…

• International School Tanganyika Tanzania 4/16 review 12
This year all expat teachers who had been at the school for five years or more were told their contracts would not be renewed…

• American International School Vietnam 4/16 review 24
Continues to be little more than a grand building full of inexperience & issues; far too many wonderful children are being let down on a regular basis…

• Pacific American School Taiwan 4/13 review 15
This was once a good school for a novice teacher to break into the international scene. At present I wouldn’t even recommend it for that…

• St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 4/13 review 18
I was given 5 different IB courses with no training and one course I was not given a classroom. I taught a course outside at the “snack shack”…

• Yew Chung International School Qingdao China 4/13 review 11
The salary is quite competitive and the living cost is cheaper than Beijing & Shanghai…

• BASIS International School Shenzhen China 4/13 review 3
If you are starving or/and need to escape your country go for it, otherwise…

• Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China 4/13 review 4
They accept EVERYONE who is willing to pay the money. Special ed students as well, without any support or program in place…

• Albanian College Durres Albania 4/12 review 21
Many staff, for all the frustrations of a new school, enjoy their time here and leave having grown and learned to be better teachers…

• Confucius International School China 4/11 review 9
On the whole, the school is generally a rewarding place to work, until recently…

• Chongqing DEPU Foreign Language School China 4/11 review 3
There is no curriculum, awful dates to work, there are no words to describe this school, it is a mess…

• Oujing International Kindergarten China 4/10 First time reviewed on ISR

• American Academy for Girls Kuwait 4/10 review 11
AAG accepts any student willing to pay regardless of academic standing or behavioral problems…

• BASIS International School Shenzhen China 4/9 First time reviewed on ISR

• BASIS International School Shenzhen China 4/9 review 2
You are on an “At-Will” contract. They can fire (or dismiss) you for any reason at any time. AND THEY DO…

• Daystar Academy China 4/9 review 8
A new teacher would do ok here, but anyone with experience in a decent school will be very frustrated here…

• British International School Tbilisi Georgia 4/6 First time reviewed on ISR

• Khartoum International Community School Sudan 4/6 review 21
I’ve learned a lot about myself while working here, as anyone would when faced with the unnecessary challenge of an impossible work environment…

• Andalus International School Saudi Arabia 4/5 First time reviewed on ISR

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam 4/5 review 17
We’re over-populating the classes with students, many of whom cannot access the curriculum for reasons of language or academic ability…

• Sandford International School Ethiopia 4/4 review 7
The students are lovely. They’re very respectful, kind, and mostly hard-working. Very few disciplinary issues…

• Eaton International School Malaysia 4/3 review 3
The school provides no resources for teachers apart from a laptop to find your own resources online…

• American Baccalaureate School Kuwait 4/3 review 26
All I have to say is that I have suffered mentally and emotionally, and since leaving, I’m making steps to have my life back…

• Beijing World Youth Academy China 4/3 review 16
PD is not high quality and not consistent although there have been some moves to change this because the school is trying for WASC accreditation…

• Cairo English School Egypt 4/3 review 17
The one good aspect of the school is that it is very, very well-resourced. Egypt is cheap, but the rubbish and pollution is unbelievable…

• HIKSVS International School China 4/3 review 4
A climate of fear and distrust pervades everything. Fear and loathing in Tianjin. How can a school function like that?…

• Nantong Stalford International School China 4/2 review 7
The high turnover of not just foreign teachers, but principals, says a lot about the school. In my time there, there were 4 principals within a year…

• Yangon Academy International School Myanmar 4/2 review 3
Working at Yangon Academy rejuvenated my love for teaching after spending my career working in American public schools…

• Guangdong Country Garden School China 4/2 review 27
For you new teachers who might be tricked into believing that this school is changing – think again…

Director & Principal Reports

• Balkan Kassimov 4/30 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools Kazakstan

• Thomas Van Der Wielen 4/30 (Principal Report 3)
International School Dhaka Bangladesh

• TJ Coburn 4/27 (Director Report 4)
International School Dhaka Bangladesh

• Tony Breese 4/27 (Principal Report 2)
International School Tanganyika Tanzania

• Gift Tavedikul 4/26 (Director Report 3)
American School Bangkok Thailand

• Allan Bredy 4/26 (Director Report 6)
American School of Brasilia Brazil

• David Bair 4/26 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American School of Brasilia Brazil

• Mark Sayer 4/25 (Director Report 11)
British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam

• Philip Bradley 4/25 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Swiss International School Qatar

• Thomas Van Der Wielen 4/24 (Principal Report 2)
International School Dhaka Bangladesh

• Rachel Pernet 4/24 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Danube International School Austria

• Anna Maria Nikolaeva 4/23 (Director Report 2)
English Nursery & Primary School Russia

• Dwayne Lehman 4/23 (Principal Report 3)
Noblesse International School Philippines

• Andrew Harrison 4/23 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

St. Andrews International School GV Thailand

• Annabelle Villamarin 4/23 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Lancers International School India

• Paul Rogers 4/20 (Principal Report 6)
Taylor’s International School Malaysia

• Dan Mullen 4/19 (Principal Report 5)
Casablanca American School Morocco

• Gerry Steiert 4/18 (Principal Report 3)
Advanced Learning Schools Saudi Arabia

• Marcus Koh 4/17 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Guangdong Shunde Desheng School China

• Mike Mahon 4/17 (Principal Report 2)
Canadian International School Japan

• Cheryl Kelly 4/16 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
EtonHouse International School Suzhou China

• Roger Dutcher 4/16 (Principal Report 3)
American School Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

• Sharon Laing 4/12 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Guangdong Country Garden School China

• Maria Montes 4/12 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

• Ken Davis 4/12 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

• Stuart Kent 4/11 (Principal Report 6)
Seoul Foreign School Korea

• David Cole 4/11 (Principal Report 5)
British International School Ukraine

• Hanan Al Bader 4/10 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American Academy for Girls Kuwait

• Victor Ramirez 4/10 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

• Elizabeth Hardage 4/9 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Daystar Academy China

• Andy Dailey 4/6 (Director Report 6)
Albanian College Tirana Albania

• Gift Tavedikul 4/6 (Director Report 2)
American School Bangkok Thailand

• Ryan Barnick 4/6 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
American School Bangkok Thailand

• Stuart Kent 4/6 (Principal Report 5)
Seoul Foreign School Korea

• Simon Varley 4/4 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Internationella Engelska Skolan Sweden

• Gift Tavedikul 4/2 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
American School Bangkok Thailand

• Jeff Holcomb 4/2 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Seoul Foreign School Korea

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