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New School Reviews

• Colegio Madison Monterrey Mexico 4/30 review 3
Come to Mexico, but stay away from this school… [564 words]

• Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala 4/30 review 20
It is not international-minded by any stretch of the imagination… [1,083 words]

• American School Kuwait 4/30 review 54
By far the best international school I worked at… [599 words]

• Inter-Community School Switzerland 4/29 review 5
We’ve had 3 primary principals and now have to find a fourth… [352 words]

• Haileybury Astana Kazakhstan 4/29 review 3
I loved working in Haileybury Astana and would happily go back… [326 words]

• Haileybury Astana Kazakhstan 4/29 review 4
A difficult lesson learned & now we’re back looking for jobs… [407 words]

• International School Dhaka Bangladesh 4/26 review 29
School with poor admin being held together by good teachers… [566 words]

• Kinabalu International School Malaysia 4/26 review 2
If you want to enjoy the sun for a few years, you could do worse… [288 words]

• British School Beijing Shunyi China 4/26 review 38
The school is facing a crisis in recruitment & staff retention… [517 words]

• ISA International School Guangzhou China 4/26 review 12
Big divide between how the school presents itself & the reality… [588 words]

• Al Sahwa Schools Oman 4/26 review 24
By leaving this year I will get back to enjoying life as a teacher… [462 words]

• British Academy Tunis Tunisia 4/25 First time reviewed on ISR [105 words]

• British International School Tunis Tunisia 4/25 review 2
No technology available for students except a few old laptops… [465 words]

• Sultan’s School Oman 4/25 review 20
I am running out of here as fast as I can… [128 words]

• Park International School Portugal 4/24 First time reviewed on ISR [195 words]

• Kazakhstan International School Kazakstan 4/24 review 7
Threatened staff who are leaving about writing reviews on ISR… [69 words]

• Stamford American International School Singapore 4/24 review 21
A lot of opportunities to grow and move into leadership… [32 words]

• Shenzen American International School China 4/24 review 2
This unexpected incident has brought the community closer… [140 words]

• Haileybury Astana Kazakstan 4/24 review 2
School opened in 2011 – 5 Headmasters in 8 years… [254 words]

• Kinabalu International School Malaysia 4/23 First time reviewed on ISR [418 words]

• Shude International Foreign Language School China 4/23 review 4
They treat teachers like factory workers… [138 words]

• American School Antananarivo Madagascar 4/23 review 15
A lovely place to work, with good strong leadership… [193 words]

• British College Gava Spain 4/23 review 5
I enjoyed Barcelona, but not the toxic atmosphere at the school… [239 words]

• Dhahran Ahliyya Schools Saudi Arabia 4/23 review 4
Meetings & communication are mostly done in Arabic… [76 words]

• ACS Doha International School Qatar 4/23 review 7
Its reputation & overall quality has been rapidly decreasing… [1,711 words]

• International School Ikast-Brande Denmark 4/22 First time reviewed on ISR [747 words]

• American Academy for Girls Kuwait 4/22 review 14
I regret staying here for so long… [299 words]

• Albanian College Durres Albania 4/22 review 31
Update to a a review from a few months ago… [396 words]

• Vanke Meisha Academy China 4/22 review 2
Single staff & older empty-nesters seem to be the happiest here… [648 words]

• Zhuhai International School China 4/22 review 4
Staff are friendly & come from many different countries… [344 words]

• Haileybury Astana Kazakstan 4/19 First time reviewed on ISR [166 words]

• Internationale Schule am Rhein (ISR) Germany 4/19 review 19
I enjoy my job, my colleagues are helpful & my days are varied… [255 words]

• Nexus International School Singapore 4/19 review 6
The impact of the move to the new site in 2020 is anyone’s guess… [125 words]

• American School Antananarivo Madagascar 4/19 review 14
Things that can be improved but that’s true for every school… [231 words]

• Nido de Aguilas International School Chile 4/19 review 12
The ‘golden age of Nido’ is past, but it’s a good school to work at… [611 words]

• Dukhan English School Doha Qatar 4/18 review 17
I never got as far as to work for DES… [291 words]

• Cambridge School Doha Qatar 4/18 review 14
Attitude of the local community towards foreigners is excellent… [43 words]

• British School Beijing Shunyi China 4/18 review 36
The level of dysfunction is beyond what I consider reasonable… [387 words]

• British School Beijing Shunyi China 4/18 review 37
One contract was enough for me & I struggled to get through it… [1,352 words]

• Strothoff International School Germany 4/17 review 3
A team that feels more like a welcoming family… [622 words]

• American British Academy Oman 4/17 review 14
I hate what I have to say because I used to really love the place… [390 words]

• British School Muscat Oman 4/17 review 11
With some work, a lot of its potential can be realised… [30 words]

• Sultan’s School Oman 4/16 review 19
There are so many ways this school disappointed me… [834 words]

• Nexus International School Malaysia 4/16 review 3
Very forward thinking & experimental when I worked there… [231 words]

• American School Antananarivo Madagascar 4/16 review 13
Everything is not “ok at the ASA”… [725 words]

• Overseas Chinese Academy Chiway China 4/15 First time reviewed on ISR [152 words]

• Zhuhai International School China 4/15 review 3
Not a terrible school, but don’t expect to make a career here… [351 words]

• Fukuoka International School Japan 4/15 review 8
Experienced teachers tend to move on… [1,122 words]

• British College Gava Spain 4/12 review 4
The truth is that BCG is an exciting place to work… [394 words]

• American School Tampico Mexico 4/12 review 2
The school is beautiful, & the admin genuinely want the best… [471 words]

• Excelsior International School Malaysia 4/12 review 11
Staff work very hard and play very little… [444 words]

• St. Catherine’s British School Greece 4/11 First time reviewed on ISR [596 words]

• Singapore International School (Kinderworld) Vietnam 4/11 review 23
Area is polluted, industrialised & constantly under construction… [692 words]

• International School Dhaka Bangladesh 4/11 review 28
For adventurers or the desperate only… [874 words]

• American School of Yaounde Cameroon 4/11 review 18
The salary package is adequate to live a quality life… [864 words]

• British School Beijing Shunyi China 4/11 review 35
Much has been written on ISR about BSB… [295 words]

• Brookes Moscow Russia 4/10 review 6
The school has so much potential & I’m staying another year… [314 words]

• Westhill Institute Mexico 4/10 review 15
Lack of resources makes it very difficult to teach… [110 words]

• Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala 4/10 review 19
A very unhappy place to work, especially as a person of color… [339 words]

• Yangon International School Myanmar 4/10 review 19
This place is scary and I am out of here!… [193 words]

• Vanke Meisha Academy China 4/9 First time reviewed on ISR [462 words]

• Beijing International Bilingual Academy China 4/9 review 27
My family has been really happy here… [350 words]

• American School Antananarivo Madagascar 4/9 review 12
The school is becoming more professional… [300 words]

• Doha Academy Qatar 4/9 review 5
Teachers can wait up 6 days after payday to get their cheques… [263 words]

• Albanian College Tirana Albania 4/9 review 14
Life on both campuses is pretty grim for teachers… [408 words]

• Inter-Community School Switzerland 4/8 review 4
From a personal perspective, I’m proud to be a part of ICS… [186 words]

• GEMS Sheikh Zayed Private Academy UAE 4/8 review 9
Academics at SZPAB are fine. The facilities are stellar… [45 words]

• Karachi American School Pakistan 4/8 review 7
I cannot sit by and let KAS be maligned in this way… [710 words]

• Instituto San Roberto Monterrey Mexico 4/8 review 5
Why can they not retain teachers?… [1,145 words]

• Al Sahwa Schools Oman 4/8 review 23
I have now reached the end of my tether with this school… [573 words]

• British College Gava Spain 4/5 review 3
A tangible ‘climate of fear’ now prevails… [432 words]

• American School Antananarivo Madagascar 4/5 review 11
School community has deteriorated during my tenure here… [192 words]

• Beijing International Bilingual Academy Guiyang China 4/5 review 3
Message from the school HR Director… [925 words]

• Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala 4/5 review 18
I write this review in the hopes that it might spare others… [1,294 words]

• Al Sahwa Schools Oman 4/4 review 22
It’s like swimming against the tide… with ankle weights on… [898 words]

• Nord Anglia International School Shanghai Pudong China 4/4 review 12
Poor leadership is the reason I’d personally avoid this place… [654 words]

• Al Ain English Speaking School UAE 4/4 review 10
By the 2nd year you’re on your way out & don’t care anymore… [411 words]

• Reedley International School Philippines 4/3 First time reviewed on ISR [1,406 words]

• Albanian College Tirana Albania 4/3 review 13
The school & country’s futures are brighter than their past… [134 words]

• Kuwait Bilingual School Kuwait 4/3 review 4
It’s a good place to gain experience… [284 words]

• Gulf Bilingual School for Disabled Kuwait 4/2 First time reviewed on ISR [328 words]

• Yew Wah International Education School Shanghai Lingang China 4/2 First time reviewed on ISR [661 words]

• Nile Valley School Sudan 4/2 review 10
I stayed for over 2 years, so the good must’ve outweighed the bad… [335 words]

• Tsinglan School China 4/1 review 3
Either you’re in for the full challenge & reward, or look elsewhere… [541 words]

• Enka Schools Turkey 4/1 review 16
The management is putting in a lot of effort to fix things… [483 words]

• American International School Vietnam 4/1 review 34
You have to realize you can always be fired at any time… [85 words]

Director & Principal Reports

• Darin Schmidt 4/30 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Shenzhen American International School China

• Joan-Marie Larter 4/30 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

English Modern School Al Khor Qatar

• Bryan Ashby 4/29 (Director Report 9)
Hong Qiao International School China

• Eric Habegger 4/29 (Director Report 4)
Colegio Nueva Granada Colombia

• Mark Stride 4/26 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

International School Tianjin China

• Thomas Van Der Wielen 4/26 (Principal Report 4)
International School Dhaka Bangladesh

• Holly Reardon 4/26 (Principal Report 3)
International School Eastern Seaboard Thailand

• Angela Hollington 4/25 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Berlin Brandenburg International School Germany

• Sheila Klein 4/24 (Principal Report 5)
Stamford American International School Singapore

• Liam McLoughlin 4/24 (Principal Report 4)
Kuwait National English School Kuwait

• Erika Velez 4/23 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Qatar Academy Sidra Qatar

• Michael Cyrus 4/23 (Director Report 2)
Nansha College Preparatory Academy China

• Shannon Rooney 4/22 (Principal Report 2)
American Academy for Girls Kuwait

• Liam Hammer 4/22 (Director Report 6)
Albanian College Durres Albania

• Patricia Larrondo 4/19 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Sino-Canada Concord School Hefei China

• Andrew Cross 4/19 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

International School Hamburg Germany

• Mehmet Tamer 4/17 (Principal Report 2)
Ihsan Dogrimaci Erbil College Iraq

• Glenn Canterford 4/16 (Principal Report 5)
Sultan’s School Oman

• Alison Hampshire 4/16 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Nexus International School Malaysia

• Sheila Klein 4/16 (Principal Report 4)
Stamford American International School Singapore

• Monica Berto 4/15 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Gulf English School Kuwait

• Ildiko Murray 4/15 (Principal Report 7)
International School Dhaka Bangladesh

• Odette Pretty 4/15 (Principal Report 4)
Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

• Ng Boon Yew 4/15 (Director Report 2)
Excelsior International School Malaysia

• Ben Marsh 4/12 (Principal Report 5)
Excelsior International School Malaysia

• Lara Manasfi 4/12 (Principal Report 5)
Excelsior International School Malaysia

• Rob Khan 4/12 (Principal Report 6)
British School Beijing Shunyi China

• Timothy Kelley 4/12 (Director Report 4)
International School Stuttgart Germany

• David Falconer 4/10 (Principal Report 12)
Yangon International School Myanmar

• Neil Cooper 4/9 (Director Report 5)
British College Gava Spain

• Lesley-Ann Wallace 4/9 (Principal Report 3)
Nord Anglia International School Pudong China

• Theodore “TJ” Coburn 4/8 (Director Report 8)
International School Dhaka Bangladesh

• Ben Martin 4/8 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American International School Vietnam

• Neil Cooper 4/5 (Director Report 4)
British College Gava Spain

• Evan Hunt 4/5 (Director Report 6)
Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

• Robin Schneider 4/5 (Principal Report 5)
Fukuoka International School Japan

• Andrew Thomas 4/4 (Principal Report 2)
Al Ain English Speaking School UAE

• Graeme Keslake 4/4 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Academia Britanica Cuscatleca El Salvador

• Mehmet Tamer 4/3 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Ihsan Dogrimaci Erbil College Iraq

• Rebecca Stinson 4/3 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American International School Kuwait

• Chris Toomer 4/3 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Bandung Independent School Indonesia

• Faustina Martinez 4/2 (Principal Report 2)
Shanghai Livingston American School China

• Liam Hammer 4/2 (Director Report 5)
Albanian College Durres Albania

• Sheila Klein 4/1 (Principal Report 2)
Stamford American International School Singapore

• Eric Sands 4/1 (Director Report 2)
Stamford American International School Singapore

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