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New School Reviews

(*) Includes school’s response to COVID-19

• Mahindra United World College India 4/30 First time reviewed on ISR [435 words]

• Blyth Academy Qatar 4/30 review 17
70-80% won’t receive full pay despite working a full year… [285 words]

• * Alcanta International College China 4/29 review 7 *
Students that are apathetic & uninterested at best… [645 words]

• British International School Casablanca Morocco 4/29 review 3
No insurance, bank account or visa for six months, in country!… [271 words]

* Nun Academy Saudi Arabia 4/28 review 3 *
Students are badly behaved & Admin aren’t supportive… [107 words]

* Blyth Academy Qatar 4/28 review 16 *
It is very much a business now… [241 words]

• * Albanian College Tirana Albania 4/27 review 24 *
They don’t demonstrate positive intentions in any of their activities… [557 words]

* Confucius International School China 4/27 review 13 *
Taken over by Far East Horizons, which changed everything… [532 words]

• Nun Academy Saudi Arabia 4/24 review 2
The most unpleasant place I have ever worked… [924 words]

• * Malvern College Qingdao China 4/24 review 13 *
I feel the need to speak out about how the school may deal with grades… [220 words]

• * British International School Ukraine 4/24 review 48 *
There is no return for your efforts… [681 words]

• East West International School Cambodia 4/24 review 2
Being hired is easy as is being terminated… [131 words]

• British International School Ukraine 4/23 review 47
There is some real awkwardness that needs to be addressed… [897 words]

• * Edison International Academy Qatar 4/23 review 15 *
Not a safe place where your rights will be respected… [220 words]

• Colegio Maya Guatemala 4/23 review 15
The campus is old but being rebuilt little by little… [450 words]

• British College Gava Spain 4/22 review 6
Started with good intentions but has gone from bad to worse… [315 words]

• Ruamrudee International School Thailand 4/22 review 52
A lot of changes in the last few years, the majority for the better… [574 words]

• Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park Malaysia 4/22 review 7
For any seasoned teacher this is just a dead end… [248 words]

• Liceo Campoverde Ecuador 4/21 First time reviewed on ISR [747 words]

* English Playgroup and Primary School Kuwait 4/21 review 9 *
Does not provide any resources or guidance whatsoever… [404 words]

• Baku Modern School Azerbaijan 4/21 review 3
It was an amazing experience for me, one that I’ll cherish forever… [638 words]

• Shanghai Concord Bilingual School China 4/20 review 5
A great location but a poor school really… [428 words]

• British International School Ukraine 4/20 review 46
Hardly British, hardly International, hardly a school… [1,844 words]

• Beijing International Bilingual Academy China 4/20 review 33
Some good memories, but feel they made a mistake hiring this management team… [351 words]

• * East West International School Cambodia 4/17 * First time reviewed on ISR [298 words]

• Wells International School Thailand 4/17 review 10
Good choice for new teachers to experience living & teaching abroad… [364 words]

• * International School Koje Korea 4/17 review 3 *
COVID-19 has devastated our enrollment. It may take time to recover… [303 words]

• * BASIS International School Park Lane Harbour China 4/17 review 7 *
I sold my professional soul for the alluring salary… [1,048 words]

• Ras Al Khaimah Academy UAE 4/16 review 29
My initial years compared to how it ended were completely different… [506 words]

• * British International School Ukraine 4/16 review 43 *
Their Covid-19 response has intensified staff distress… [114 words]

• British International School Ukraine 4/16 review 44
Parents will control every aspect about your job… [368 words]

• British International School Ukraine 4/16 review 45
There is a complete lack of empathy… [1,053 words]

• SSFBC On Course Schools China 4/15 review 3
Decisions are made without ever consulting with the academic team… [64 words]

• Tsukuba International School Japan 4/15 review 10
I don’t recommend coming here unless you’re very thick skinned & adaptable… [264 words]

• RDF International School China 4/15 review 11
Lots of politics. Very little mission & vision… [147 words]

• Bandung Independent School Indonesia 4/15 review 11
A little gem waiting to be discovered by anyone with an open mind & a good heart… [658 words]

• Taipei European School Taiwan 4/14 review 20
TES is a good place to work, and both the salary and Taipei are great… [305 words]

• * Albanian College Tirana Albania 4/14 review 23 *
Albania is a beautiful place to live, just don’t ruin it by working here… [503 words]

• Ras Al Khaimah Academy UAE 4/14 review 28
I write this review with a heavy heart… [426 words]

• * Haileybury Almaty Kazakhstan 4/14 review 23 *
Interesting comments about the primary school in the previous review… [304 words]

• Saltus Grammar School Bermuda 4/13 review 7
Saltus was a great school, I hope it survives the current admin… [503 words]

• * Albanian College Durres Albania 4/13 review 37 *
First we had the earthquake, now we have COVID closure… [74 words]

• Vision International School Qatar 4/13 review 25
I’m very happy & will stay as long as the school & its admin continue this way… [302 words]

• Dar es Salaam International Academy Tanzania 4/13 review 9
DIA has basic and adequate resources… [1,269 words]

• Panaga School Brunei Darussalam 4/10 review 12
Living conditions are appalling… [162 words]

* Shanghai Community International School China 4/10 review 50 *
Absolutely astonishing how much they do not value the employees… [658 words]

• British School Baku Azerbaijan 4/10 review 18
This is not a school that you should consider for one moment… [226 words]

• American Schools Angola 4/10 review 12
No resources, no curriculum, no content whatsoever… [102 words]

* Shanghai Singapore International School China 4/10 review 33 *
They deserved to be named & shamed… [670 words]

• British International School Ukraine 4/10 review 42
Pay heed to the previous numbers & comments… [868 words]

* Wycombe Abbey International School China 4/9 review 18 *
Communication was limited & ambiguous… [433 words]

• KAUST School Saudi Arabia 4/9 review 14
Life here is slow & spent on the compound… [523 words]

* Haileybury Almaty Kazakhstan 4/9 review 22 *
We are working hard, let us get on with it… [355 words]

• CIS Armenia International School Armenia 4/8 review 8
Staff feel spied on & private conversations listened to… [600 words]

• North Jakarta Intercultural School Indonesia 4/8 review 9
I think the overall package is good. I would highly recommend… [309 words]

* British International School Ukraine 4/8 review 41 *
Teachers are disposable & viewed as a liability to profits… [465 words]

• GEMS Wellington School Qatar 4/7 First time reviewed on ISR [788 words]

* Lusaka International Community School Zambia 4/7 * First time reviewed on ISR [415 words]

* Malvern College Qingdao China 4/7 review 12 *
We are stranded back home & I now worry about… [833 words]

* Beijing City International School China 4/7 review 7 *
BCIS is a great place to work… [748 words]

• British International School Ukraine 4/6 review 40
Security & safety of teachers does not appear to be important… [416 words]

• Kajonkietsu International School Phuket Thailand 4/6 review 2
A Thai School, not an International School… [338 words]

• Enka Schools Turkey 4/6 review 19
The new health insurance could be better… [137 words]

* Shenzhen American International School China 4/6 review 14 *
SAIS has long had a toxic culture… [203 words]

• British International School Madinaty 4/3 review 5
Please do not wholly believe the words of the interviewers… [333 words]

• CIS Armenia International School Armenia 4/3 review 7
Rooms can be small, desks with wheels, slow laptops & internet… [229 words]

* British International School Ukraine 4/3 review 37 *
You have no autonomy or communication… [109 words]

* British International School Ukraine 4/3 review 38 *
Anything to keep the parents happy and the dollars in the bank… [369 words]

* British International School Ukraine 4/3 review 39 *
Live, online lessons from 9-4 for ALL STUDENTS, ages 3 to 18… [318 words]

• Bandung Independent School Indonesia 4/2 review 10
Teacher turnover has been a chronic problem… [66 words]

• CIS Armenia International School Armenia 4/2 review 6
Only a few years old & does lack some resources… [419 words]

* Ayeyarwaddy International School Myanmar 4/2 review 21 *
Healthcare in Myanmar is not great… [493 words]

* HD Schools Ningbo China 4/2 review 5 *
Contracts terminated & parents not informed of the actual reason… [73 words]

* Shanghai Singapore International School China 4/1 review 31 *
Review is to rate the school based on the Coronavirus situation… [433 words]

• Shanghai Singapore International School China 4/1 review 32
Not free to be a professional & do the job you were hired to do… [678 words]

* BASIS International School Shenzhen China 4/1 review 12 *
Threatened to fire teachers for not returning by March 16th… [679 words]

Director & Principal Reports

• Soraya Syed Hassen 4/30 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Mahindra United World College India 

• Wenbin Wang 4/30 (Director Report 2)
Malvern College Qingdao China

• David Cole 4/29 (Principal Report 7)
British International School Ukraine 

• Tonje Hofsoy 4/29 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Tromso International School Norway

• Darlene Sullivan 4/28 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Blyth Academy Qatar

• Jeff Johanson 4/27 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Yangon International School Myanmar

• Dave Krocker 4/27 (Principal Report 7)
Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

• David Cole 4/24 (Director Report 5)
British International School Ukraine

• Erika Elkady 4/23 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Jumeria Baccalaureate School UAE

• Dan Smith 4/22 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Ruamrudee International School Thailand

• Sue Groesbeck 4/21 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
American British Academy Oman

• Paul Ellmes 4/21 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
English Playgroup and Primary School Kuwait

• Jeffrey Kane 4/20 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
East West International School Cambodia

• Shaney Crawford 4/20 (Principal Report 2)
Tsukuba International School Japan

• Wenbin Wang 4/17 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Malvern College Qingdao China

• Rachel MacKinnon 4/17 (Principal Report 3)
Albanian College Durres Albania

• Sonya Papps 4/14 (Principal Report 2)
Taipei European School Taiwan

• Beth Meldrum 4/14 (Principal Report 2)
Cairo English School Egypt

• Deryn Lavell 4/13 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Saltus Grammar School Bermuda

* Mark Reford 4/10 * (Principal Report 4)
BASIS International School Shenzhen China

• Christopher Hayward 4/9 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

International School Singapore

• Keryn Dowling 4/9 (Principal Report 3)
American International School Chennai India

• Dwayne Lehman 4/8 (Principal Report 5)
Noblesse International School Philippines

• Daniel Centeno 4/8 (Principal Report 3)
Oxford International College China

• Craig Lamshed 4/7 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

GEMS Wellington School Qatar

• Thomas Garside 4/7 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Lusaka International Community School Zambia

* Bruce Major 4/6 * (Principal Report 3)
First time reviewed on ISR
Collegiate American School UAE

• James Barrett 4/3 (Principal Report 3)
CIS Armenia International School Armenia

• Heidi Witt-Williams 4/2 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

British School Nanjing China

• Mark Reford 4/1 (Principal Report 3)
BASIS International School Shenzhen China

• Daniel Centeno 4/1 (Director Report 2)
Oxford International College China

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