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New School Reviews

• Pearling Season International British School Qatar 12/29 First time reviewed on ISR

• Seeb International School Muscat Oman 12/29 First time reviewed on ISR

• British School Caracas Venezuela 12/29 evaluation 16
The staff are valued and treated with respect across the school and this seems the same regardless of position…

• Beanstalk International Bilingual School China 12/29 evaluation 16
They have a slick web presence, but there is a severe disconnect between the owner and the teaching staff and management…

• Osaka YMCA International School Japan 12/28 First time reviewed on ISR

• Osaka YMCA International School Japan 12/28 evaluation 2
No resources and no funding. Top down micro management…

• BFSU International Schools China 12/28 First time reviewed on ISR

• American School Vietnam 12/27 evaluation 22
If you should fall out of favor, you will find yourself looking for another position and with no reference offered by the school…

• Cambodia International Academy Cambodia 12/27 evaluation 3
Admin uses threats & intimidation to bully staff, they have not noticed that their tactics embolden the staff to break contract…

• Qatar Academy Al Khor Qatar 12/26 evaluation 9
The quality of the school is so bad that QAF send expat teacher’s children to a whole different school…

• Oberoi International School India 12/26 evaluation 5
They will also tell you that this is a ‘happy school’, but this is one of the least connected communities I have ever lived & worked in…

• Cheongna Dalton School Korea 12/26 evaluation 10
CDS is a very negative place to work and has many problems that school leadership seems unwilling or unable to properly address…

• American Schools Angola 12/22 First time reviewed on ISR

• Park Lane Prague Czech Republic 12/22 evaluation 2
Teachers who make suggestions are labeled as “negative” and directed out, either at the end of contract or sooner…

• Yew Chung International School Qingdao China 12/21 evaluation 9
Overall, this is a good little school. Come prepared to work and continue to support school development and you’ll be happy…

• Kaiwen Academy China 12/21 evaluation 9
There are too many rules. So many rules. Teachers, foreign and local, are made to clock in and out of work like a factory…

• Dasman Bilingual School Kuwait 12/20 evaluation 56
Working at this school really does get mentally draining. Teachers break their contracts mid-year because they just can’t take it anymore…

• Dasman Bilingual School Kuwait 12/20 evaluation 56.1
The school doesn’t seem to care about improving. THAT is the problem. Half of western teachers left or are leaving…

• World Academy Tirana Albania 12/20 evaluation 7
I am sure I could find things to complain about, but overall I’ve been very happy working here & living in the city of Tirana for the last 2 years…

• Braeburn Dar es Salaam Tanzania 12/19 First time reviewed on ISR

• American International School Cyprus 12/19 evaluation 14
The admin will issue confirmation of employment letters (dates, courses, facts), but will not issue recommendation letters until May…

• Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China 12/19 evaluation 3
There are some improvements taking place. Unfortunately, with every step forward, there are two steps back…

• International School Kazan Russia 12/18 evaluation 3
If you don’t get along with the admin staff and people they like, chances are you’re going to be red flagged and eventually fired…

• International School Kazan Russia 12/18 evaluation 2
It is a very new school, with many, many growing pains, and while the initial wow factor is impressive, there are many, many cracks…

• International School Dhaka Bangladesh 12/18 evaluation 27
Generally life was good, but towards the end of our time security alerts were becoming too frequent for us to have the quality of life we wished for…

• British International School Ukraine 12/15 evaluation 28
It is not all doom and gloom. The school does have serious strides to make, yes. It is recovering after a year of upheaval…

• Kings Academy Jordan 12/15 evaluation 5
If you need two years international experience and have low expectations, it might be worth a single contact…

• Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China 12/14 First time reviewed on ISR

• Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China 12/14 evaluation 2
I was fired. I was told on Wednesday morning and my flight out of China was at 2:15pm the following day…

• Yew Chung International School Qingdao China 12/14 evaluation 8
I have learnt a tremendous amount about int’l schooling and the how co-teaching relationships are developed…

• Hayat Universal Bilingual School Kuwait 12/14 evaluation 3
When I arrived for an in-person interview, several American teachers pulled me aside and warned me. Unfortunately, I ignored them…

• English Nursery and Primary School Russia 12/13 First time reviewed on ISR

• International School Hamburg Germany 12/13 evaluation 2
I am writing this – the first time I have been moved to post here – with the aim of warning others…

• International School Uganda 12/13 evaluation 9
Classrooms are well-resourced and the students are inquisitive, passionate and engaged…

• Pechersk School International Ukraine 12/13 evaluation 4
If you are on the fence about coming to Kyiv I say do it! The school/city is a great place to live and work…

• Sharjah English School UAE 12/12 First time reviewed on ISR

• Sunway International School Malaysia 12/12 evaluation 5
The school is ideal for newer teachers who are looking to have fun, travel, and gain some teaching experience…

• American International School Vietnam 12/12 evaluation 21
There’s virtually no communication across programs, & you could work here for years & never know the teachers who are not in your teaching area…

• International School Tanganyika Tanzania 12/12 evaluation 10
The school is struggling with a drop in enrollment due to foreigners leaving the country and high teacher turnover…

• Harrow International School Beijing China 12/11 evaluation 10
I’d like to play a bit of devil’s advocate & highlight the positive aspects of the school that I have experienced in my time…

• American Cooperative School Tunisia 12/11 evaluation 29
The school has gone through a series of changes in 2017. The atmosphere is now positive and it’s a friendly place to be…

• Yew Chung International School Hong Kong 12/11 evaluation 4
Hong Kong is possibly the best place in the world to work, great transport, ultra modern with mountains and beaches…

• International School Dongguan China 12/11 evaluation 4
You could do much worse than working at ISD, but you will definitely have some challenges…

• Saint Paul American School Philippines 12/8 evaluation 5
Awful school to work in and there is a much greater chance of things worsening than improving…

• Harrow International School Beijing China 12/8 evaluation 9
This school does not operate on talent or merit but rather (a) who you’re friends with and (b) if you have an Australian passport…

• Academia Britanica Cuscatleca El Salvador 12/8 evaluation 3
They work hard to improve the school, but they are very caring and supportive of their teachers and will always try to support their staff…

• Southbank International School Great Britain 12/8 evaluation 4
The school invests heavily in technology but it seems under-used as training for staff lags…

• British School Bucharest Romania 12/7 evaluation 5
I loved working at BSB and enjoyed my stay in Bucharest immensely…

• Harrow International School Beijing China 12/7 evaluation 8
The current fiasco with the new school day (10 periods) and the way it was introduced (by stealth) means staff morale is at an all time low…

• Harrow International School Beijing China 12/7 evaluation 7
Low standards and no support from management…

• Canadian International School Vietnam 12/7 evaluation 9
I would not work here with children. The school is essentially Vietnamese and it is cutting costs ALL THE TIME…

• Gyeongnam International Foreign School Korea 12/7 evaluation 19
If you are an experienced professional, you will find yourself frustrated at the poor leadership and bizarre hodge-podge of curriculum…

• American School Asuncion Paraguay 12/6 evaluation 9
Paraguay is a lovely country with wonderful people. Many of us in the international community agree that the best thing about PY are the people…

• Mont’ Kiara International School Malaysia 12/6 evaluation 19
It was a great family atmosphere and times were good. Then slowly the economy took its toll…

• Mahidol University Int’l Demonstration School Thailand 12/6 evaluation 5
The school overall allows you great freedom and experimentation as a teacher, but it does not support new teachers very well…

• St. Francis College Brazil 12/6 evaluation 10
I saw teachers victimised and their lives made unbearable if they became ‘on the radar’, especially local Brazilian staff…

• British International School Madinaty Egypt 12/5 First time reviewed on ISR

• Harrow International School Beijing China 12/5 evaluation 6
If you’re reading this it means you’re serious about your career. Thus, do your research and look beyond the glossy website and sales pitches…

• American School Paris France 12/4 evaluation 3
Paris is beautiful and I enjoyed living there but teaching at the school didn’t make it worth the experience…

• British International School Ukraine 12/4 evaluation 27
All in all I can’t think of anything good to say about the school, city or country and getting out was the best thing I ever did…

• Sekolah Ciputra Indonesia 12/4 evaluation 12
If you’re up for a bit of adventure and don’t mind living outside your pampered western comfort zone, then Sekolah Ciputra is not a bad choice…

• Colegio Nueva Granada Bogota Colombia 12/1 evaluation 9
Administrators are supportive, the community is kind and welcoming and the HR department is top notch…

• Harrow International School Beijing China 12/1 evaluation 5
On the surface Harrow Beijing looks like a good school. Nice website and very good facilities. However, beware!…

• Hyundai Foreign School Korea 12/1 evaluation 2
HFS is back to being a small, community based school that both teachers and students enjoy being a part of…

• Korea Kent Foreign School (KKFS) Korea 12/1 evaluation 4
The school is professionally run and you have a lot of freedom in how you interpret the curriculum. The admin will support your ideas…

Director & Principal Reports

• Alun Cooper 12/27 (Director Report 3)
Prem Tinsulanonda International School Thailand

• Aisha Al Megbali 12/26 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Qatar Academy Al Khor Qatar

• Neil McWilliam 12/26 (Director Report 3)
Oberoi International School India

• Dan Mullen 12/22 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Casablanca American School Morocco

• James Lothschutz 12/22 (Principal Report 6)
Miras International School Almaty Kazakhstan

• Keryn Dowling 12/22 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
American International School Chennai India

• Sheryl Salem 12/21 (Principal Report 3)
American International School Vilnius Lithuania

• Michael Martell 12/21 (Director Report 4)
Lincoln International School Argentina

• Neil Morris 12/21 (Director Report 2)
St George’s British School Almeria Spain

• Alena Namotu 12/20 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
World Academy Tirana Albania

• Gene Cheh 12/20 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Hong Kong International School Hong Kong

• Rachel Perkins 12/19 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Australian International School Vietnam

• Eric Chicas 12/19 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Colegio Internacional de Carabobo Venezuela

• Beryl Nicholson 12/18 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School Kazan Russia

• Niyaz Gafiyatullin 12/18 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School Kazan Russia

• Sheryl Salem 12/15 (Principal Report 2)
American International School Vilnius Lithuania

• Stephane Ruz 12/15 (Director Report 4)
American International School Vilnius Lithuania

• Jeroen Gakes 12/14 (Principal Report 4)
Yew Chung International School Qingdao China

• James Lothschutz 12/14 (Principal Report 5)
Miras International School Almaty Kazakhstan

• Anna Maria Nikolaeva 12/13 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
English Nursery & Primary School Russia

• John Burns 12/13 (Director Report 3)
Pechersk School International Ukraine

• Carlien Shelley 12/12 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Harrow International School Beijing China

• Francis Carolan 12/12 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Confucius International School Qingdao China

• Valerie Kyllmann 12/11 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Santa Cruz Cooperative School Bolivia

• Gary Butner 12/11 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

ISA International School Guangzhou China

• Tom Hawkins 12/8 (Director Report 3)
American School Doha Qatar

• Patricia Martinez-Orozco 12/6 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
American Academy Casablanca Morocco

• Kate Sutton-Jones 12/5 (Principal Report 9)
American School Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

• Richard Swann 12/5 (Principal Report 4)
Yew Chung International School Shanghai China

• Jo Loiterton 12/5 (Principal Report 2)
Vientiane International School Laos

• Inna Klein 12/4 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
American School Asuncion Paraguay

• Barclay Lelievre 12/4 (Principal Report 2)
Shanghai Community International School China

• Shaysann Kaun 12/1 (Principal Report 4)
Colegio Nueva Granada Bogota Colombia

• Simon Herbert 12/1 (Director Report 2)
Dulwich College Beijing China

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