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New School Reviews

• International School the Hague Netherlands 8/30 review 5
They are currently adding to staff workloads… [171 words]

• Tsukuba International School Japan 8/30 review 5
The first review does not accurately reflect my experience… [681 words]

• Al Khor International School Qatar 8/30 review 70
Education & welfare of staff are at the bottom of the agenda… [359 words]

• Malvern College Egypt 8/29 review 13
Working environment is simply not nice & is getting worse… [1,987 words]

• Zurich International School Switzerland 8/29 review 6
It was difficult to plan a professional path in Zurich… [517 words]

• International School London Qatar 8/29 review 17
Letter from school director… [742 words]

• International School Latvia 8/29 review 9
Delightful country that deserves better than what ISL has become… [823 words]

• Shanghai Singapore International School China 8/29 review 25
Community is so supportive… [111 words]

• RDF International School China 8/28 review 8
Admin & the board make it so I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone… [1,391 words]

• Metropolitan International School Egypt 8/28 review 2
It has much to offer & I do not regret my time there… [739 words]

• Magen David Academy Panama 8/28 review 9
You can easily end up with 5-6 meetings per week… [442 words]

• American Schools Angola 8/28 review 5
This “school” is a complete mess… [568 words]

• Nova International School Macedonia 8/27 review 4
Intimidation, guilt, & perpetual surveillance are the norm… [2,195 words]

• Michael E DeBakey High School Qatar 8/27 review 2
2019 was full of drastic cuts, unplanned, & unwarranted changes… [436 words]

• American Academy Casablanca Morocco 8/27 review 24
Soon as I landed the facade fell apart, I had been blatantly lied to… [370 words]

• Albanian College Tirana Albania 8/26 review 15
Admin are powerless to make meaningful changes… [663 words]

• Sino Canada High School China 8/26 review 4
Favoritism is heavily built in the admin team… [435 words]

• British International School Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 8/26 review 13
Expect to see a lot of job vacancies. Apply with care… [895 words]

• Shanghai Concord Bilingual School China 8/26 review 2
Laid a healthy foundation for a balanced bilingual curriculum… [311 words]

• Shanghai Concord Bilingual School China 8/26 review 3
Staff at this school are kind & professional… [77 words]

• Dover American International School Egypt 8/23 First time reviewed on ISR [1,011 words]

• HD Schools Ningbo China 8/23 review 2
Chinese side run things & we just smile for marketing cameras… [145 words]

• Oxford International School Kyrgyzstan 8/23 review 6
There has been a new director each year… [209 words]

• Berkeley International School Thailand 8/23 review 17
The money is good – if you want to sell your soul… [127 words]

• HD Schools Ningbo China 8/22 First time reviewed on ISR [577 words]

• American Baccalaureate School Kuwait 8/22 review 29
Level of intimidation & bullying was incredible… [106 words]

• Kolej Yayasan UEM Malaysia 8/22 review 2
Salaries are low & subject to income/benefits tax… [280 words]

• British School Costa Rica 8/22 review 7
There is no investment in the school… [52 words]

• Kaiwen Academy China 8/22 review 13
I had to fight tooth & nail to get the money that was owed to me… [297 words]

• Shanghai Concord Bilingual School China 8/21 First time reviewed on ISR [289 words]

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 8/21 review 54
AISJ has been mostly positive for me… [551 words]

• Al Khor International School Qatar 8/21 review 69
Mostly wonderful students, diligent staff & excellent facilities… [259 words]

• Dulwich College Suzhou China 8/21 review 9
Make up of the school has veered strongly towards EAL learners… [230 words]

• Al Khor International School Qatar 8/20 review 67
I am compelled to submit this review as a ‘buyer beware’… [893 words]

• Al Khor International School Qatar 8/20 review 68
Students & teachers are let down by poor management… [592 words]

• Osaka YMCA International School Japan 8/20 review 4
If I ever return to Osaka, I’d love to work at this school again… [261 words]

• Metropolitan International School Egypt 8/19 First time reviewed on ISR [302 words]

• Traill International School Thailand 8/19 review 3
I am incredibly angry that such a school exists… [1,341 words]

• Tsukuba International School Japan 8/19 review 4
School is disorganized & lacks resources to grow… [72 words]

• Bangkok Preparatory International School Thailand 8/19 review 11
Ever increasing numbers & seem to care less & less about staff… [222 words]

• GEMS American Academy Qatar 8/16 review 4
Due to the blockade the salary is almost unlivable… [720 words]

• Riffa Views International School Bahrain 8/16 review 8
Students were the weakest & least motivated I saw in my career… [594 words]

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 8/16 review 53
School where you can save money & travel, with some problems… [886 words]

• Osaka YMCA International School Japan 8/15 review 3
The school has come a long way in the last three years… [79 words]

• Singapore International School Vietnam 8/15 review 25
Teachers have to work a day to earn a day off!… [292 words]

• GEMS American Academy Dubai UAE 8/15 review 22
I cannot begin to describe how challenging it was… [1,186 words]

• Raffles American School Malaysia 8/14 review 3
Needs to be a bigger picture approach to developing the school… [578 words]

• St. Johnsbury Academy Korea 8/14 review 5
I will respond to the negative review directly… [637 words]

• Colegio Madison Mexico 8/14 review 5
Getting an answer to a question can take months… [207 words]

• St. Johnsbury Academy Korea 8/13 review 4
School resources in terms of teaching materials are impressive… [587 words]

• International School London Qatar 8/13 review 16
Ugly, is how I would describe the professional environment… [1,509 words]

• Colegio Madison Mexico 8/13 review 4
I was never observed and thus never given feedback… [2,897 words]

• Budapest British International School Hungary 8/12 First time reviewed on ISR [377 words]

• Singapore International School Vietnam 8/12 review 24
Just be prepared to lawyer up when you decide to leave… [434 words]

• Prem Tinsulanonda International School Thailand 8/12 review 13
Limited in terms of professional growth and opportunity… [3,592 words]

• TED College Istanbul (TED Istanbul Koleji) Turkey 8/12 review 10
Many native speakers were let go because of the economy… [123 words]

• International Academy Amman Jordan 8/9 review 34
Problems stem from the culture of fear & top-down approach… [1,884 words]

• English Nursery and Primary School Russia 8/9 review 5
An extremely stressful & hostile environment… [279 words]

• Northbridge International School Cambodia 8/9 review 23
Package is decent, students are great, school is well resourced… [2,923 words]

• Singapore International School Mumbai India 8/8 First time reviewed on ISR [1,452 words]

• Bladins International School Sweden 8/8 review 2
20% of international school staff were terminated in April 2019… [724 words]

• TH School Vietnam 8/8 review 4
12+ months to receive resources internationally… [329 words]

• Qatar Academy Doha Qatar 8/8 review 24
Students are, in general, very impulsive & reluctant to work… [453 words]

• Yangon International School Myanmar 8/7 review 20
The harsh reality of what I’d bought into was stark indeed… [534 words]

• St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 8/7 review 39
Consider what this position will translate to on your CV… [660 words]

• American British Academy Oman 8/7 review 15
Staff turnover indicates the deterioration of a flagship school… [959 words]

• Abu Dhabi International Private School UAE 8/7 review 6
We worked illegally for the majority of the time we were there… [569 words]

• Bonn International School Germany 8/6 review 10
A high-caliber school with some inspiring educators… [468 words]

• Berkeley International School Thailand 8/6 review 15
There is a lack of structure due to the newness of the school… [417 words]

• Berkeley International School Thailand 8/6 review 16
I felt that administration chose people to target… [576 words]

• Raffles American School Malaysia 8/6 review 2
You would think children would be a top priority but they are not… [316 words]

• British School Caracas Venezuela 8/5 review 23
The school is extremely well equipped and very supportive of staff… [235 words]

• British School Lome Togo 8/5 review 14
The school is in dire need of money to make updates… [1,130 words]

• BASIS International School Shenzhen China 8/5 review 9
As a whole this basically the definition of a mixed bag… [981 words]

• Riffa Views International School Bahrain 8/5 review 7
If your primary motivation is money, RVIS might be your thing… [612 words]

• Myanmar International School Myanmar 8/2 review 10
Make do & mend philosophy, owners invest as little as possible… [935 words]

• United World College ISAK Japan 8/2 review 4
In the winter, the feel would resemble the Shinning… [758 words]

• International Academy Amman Jordan 8/2 review 33
I truly enjoyed my time at IAA despite the busy work… [642 words]

• Raffles American School Malaysia 8/1 First time reviewed on ISR [436 words]

Director & Principal Reports

• Eric Larson 8/30 (Director Report 2)
International School Latvia

• Cami Okubo 8/30 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American International School Hong Kong

• Mona Zhang 8/28 (Director Report 2)
RDF International School China

• Leland Anderson 8/28 (Principal Report 2)
RDF International School China

• Viktor Novakovski 8/27 (Director Report 2)
Nova International School Macedonia

• Jeff Holcomb 8/27 (Principal Report 3)
Seoul Foreign School Korea

• Wang He 8/27 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Vanke Meisha Academy China

• Holly Reardon 8/26 (Director Report 5)
International School Eastern Seaboard Thailand

• Felicity Hewitt 8/23 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Beanstalk International Bilingual School China

• Christopher Manning 8/23 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Oxford International School Kyrgyzstan

• Mark Hardeman 8/23 (Director Report 3)
International School Tanganyika Tanzania

• Odette Pretty 8/21 (Principal Report 5)
Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

• Ruth Burke 8/21 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Deira International School UAE

• Gordon Espley Jones 8/20 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Traill International School Thailand

• Mark Decker 8/20 (Principal Report 3)
International Programs School Saudi Arabia

• Danielle Rich 8/20 (Principal Report 6)
American International School Abu Dhabi UAE

• Eric Sands 8/19 (Director Report 8)
Stamford American International School Singapore

• Sheila Klein 8/19 (Principal Report 7)
Stamford American International School Singapore

• Mark Lentz 8/16 (Director Report 2)
GEMS American Academy Qatar

• Stephen Kellett 8/16 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

GEMS American Academy Qatar

• Danielle Pinkerton 8/16 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Riffa Views International School Bahrain

• Ross Halliday 8/15 (Principal Report 6)
American International School Vietnam

• Ole Bernard Sealey 8/15 (Director Report 7)
Universal American School UAE

• Ildiko Murray 8/14 (Principal Report 8)
International School Dhaka Bangladesh

• Sharon Canadine 8/14 (Director Report 8)
Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

• Craig Chapman 8/13 (Principal Report 2)
Excelsior International School Malaysia

• Sean O’Riordan 8/13 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Jinan Foreign Language School International Center China

• Lara Manasfi 8/12 (Principal Report 7)
Excelsior International School Malaysia

• Tara Waudby 8/12 (Director Report 4)
Riffa Views International School Bahrain

• Martin Thompson 8/9 (Principal Report 2)
International Academy Amman Jordan

• Hana Kanan 8/9 (Director Report 8)
International Academy Amman Jordan

• Paul Passamonte 8/8 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Hong Kong International School Hong Kong

• Mark Decker 8/8 (Principal Report 2)
International Programs School Saudi Arabia

• Deanna Emond 8/7 (Principal Report 4)
Yangon International School Myanmar

• David Falconer 8/7 (Principal Report 13)
Yangon International School Myanmar

• Patricia Baier 8/6 (Director Report 2)
Bonn International School Germany

• Natalia Cáceres 8/6 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Academia Britanica Cuscatleca El Salvador

• Mark Lewis 8/5 (Director Report 2)
International School HCMC American Academy Vietnam

• Andrew Powell 8/2 (Principal Report 4)
International Academy Amman Jordan

• Hana Kanan 8/2 (Director Report 7)
International Academy Amman Jordan

• Dave Krocker 8/1 (Principal Report 3)
Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

• Katherine Banner 8/1 (Principal Report 6)
GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi UAE

• Fouad Lyoubi 8/1 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Khalil Gibran School Morocco

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