December Additions To ISR

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New School Reviews

• British School Baku Azerbaijan 12/31 review 17
Where the school fails is in the way that it treats the staff… [1,390 words]

• Albanian College Tirana Albania 12/31 review 20
Blaming past admin for what is currently going on is ridiculous… [168 words]

• Affiliated HS South China Normal University China 12/31 review 4
Students are quite good, that is what keeps the school going… [4,303 words]

• International School Macao 12/31 review 22
I have really grown as a professional while working at TIS… [266 words]

• Taipei European School Taiwan 12/30 review 16
I have no reservations recommending TES & Taipei… [903 words]

• Shanghai Concord Bilingual School China 12/30 review 4
School seems to flip-flop in terms of its direction… [365 words]

• Beijing International Singaporean School China 12/30 review 25
I hope teachers will keep this in mind when they consider BISS… [287 words]

• RDF International School China 12/30 review 10
As you leave they’ll do anything to strip you of whatever they can… [313 words]

• Deira International School UAE 12/23 review 17
Retention rate of staff is getting low… [217 words]

• Independent Schools Foundation Academy Hong Kong 12/23 review 10
I’ve done myself a professional disfavour by working at this school… [209 words]

• Taipei European School Taiwan 12/23 review 15
Think twice about accepting a position at this school… [438 words]

• International School Dakar Senegal 12/23 review 13
You’ll be happy for the salary package, because it’s expensive… [618 words]

• SMIC Private School Shanghai China 12/23 review 13
Misleading about their turnover rate, & it is extremely high… [1,048 words]

• Private Bilingual High School BESST Slovakia 12/23 review 2
There is lots to do and awesome festivals and markets… [46 words]

• International School Stuttgart Germany 12/20 review 11
City is super safe, easy to get around & clean… [334 words]

• TH School Vietnam 12/20 review 6
I enjoy working at TH School & will return for a third year… [340 words]

• Hiroshima International School Japan 12/20 review 7
Letter from Damian Rentoule, School Principal… [427 words]

• Al Shomoukh International School Oman 12/20 review 6
Treatment of staff who didn’t sign the new contract was appalling… [427 words]

• Albanian College Tirana Albania 12/20 review 19
It’s like night and day the change from last year to this year… [185 words]

• Beijing International Singaporean School China 12/19 review 24
Encourages dependency using opaque contracts… [41 words]

• International School Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam 12/19 review 27
Needs a massive increase in salary/benefits to justify the work… [499 words]

• American International School Abuja Nigeria 12/19 review 12
Not good enough to get people to stay longer than 2 or 3 years… [1,171 words]

• St. John’s International School Belgium 12/18 review 4
Climate at the school changed, & a business model took hold… [607 words]

• Oxbridge International School Uzbekistan 12/18 review 5
There is constantly a “them vs. us” feel that is detrimental… [353 words]

• Harrow International School Beijing China 12/18 review 19
I wish I’d known about this website before coming to this school… [1,082 words]

• British School Muscat Oman 12/17 review 14
Just an ordinary school lacking substance… [183 words]

• Fudan International School China 12/17 review 4
You will be professionally used & abused… [325 words]

• American International School Abuja Nigeria 12/16 review 11
Package is really good… terrible place to work… [149 words]

• International School Dongguan China 12/16 review 6
At best a mediocre school that will stay mediocre until… [248 words]

• Keystone Academy China 12/16 review 5
Competitive employer in Beijing, just don’t join the middle school… [700 words]

• Singapore International School Hong Kong 12/13 review 19
The school is by no means perfect… [849 words]

• Oxbridge International School Uzbekistan 12/13 review 4
Only positives… supportive teaching staff & beautiful campus… [303 words]

• A’Soud Global School Oman 12/13 review 3
Could be a fantastic school after an extensive initial investment… [260 words]

• International School Macao 12/13 review 21
This once incredible school is being chipped away… [515 words]

• International Programs School Saudi Arabia 12/13 review 11
These really are exciting times in Saudi Arabia… [471 words]

• Al Batinah International School Oman 12/13 review 4
I’ll try to leave a balanced review that highlights the pros & cons… [519 words]

• Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar Malaysia 12/13 review 13
We really enjoyed our time at KTJ… [488 words]

• International School Latvia 12/13 review 10
Ask to speak to people currently in the position you’re applying for… [606 words]

• Baku Modern School Azerbaijan 12/12 First time reviewed on ISR [298 words]

• One Planet School Dodoma Tanzania 12/12 First time reviewed on ISR [360 words]

• International School Dongguan China 12/12 review 5
Overall, ISD’s issues & areas of concern are mild… [416 words]

• New Cairo British International School Egypt 12/12 review 19
I would love to have stayed… [256 words]

• George Washington Academy Morocco 12/12 review 11
If some things were different, I could definitely see staying longer… [894 words]

• Berkeley International School Thailand 12/11 review 23
I’ve been quite disheartened by the negative reviews I have seen… [560 words]

• International School Macao China 12/11 review 20
I foolishly wasted some of my life here…be smarter than me… [1,576 words]

• Oxbridge International School Uzbekistan 12/11 review 3
Students accepted do not take any assessment tests… [308 words]

• Al Bayan Bilingual School Kuwait 12/11 review 30
I loved the school while there… [531 words]

• Keystone Academy China 12/11 review 4
Prep school for Chinese kids, end of story… [317 words]

• Oxbridge International School Uzbekistan 12/10 review 2
Quick to fire people or revoke contracts or cut salaries… [281 words]

• Nord Anglia International School Al Khor Qatar 12/10 review 3
Students are argumentative and violent… [308 words]

• King’s College Panama 12/10 review 10
The resources are terrible & admin don’t support teaching staff… [257 words]

• CIA First International School Cambodia 12/10 review 7
Little collaboration & teachers are expected to do as they’re told… [355 words]

• United World International School Kyrgyzstan 12/10 review 2
The package is not competitive with other IS in Bishkek… [427 words]

• British School Caracas Venezuela 12/10 review 27.1
Response to Review 27 by Yasir Patel, School Director… [391 words]

• American School Doha Qatar 12/9 review 10
I love teaching at this school… [501 words]

• Hong Qiao International School China 12/9 review 18
Teachers last for their contract then leave… [713 words]

• Yongsan International School Seoul Korea 12/9 review 8
This would be a challenging, but rewarding place to work if… [345 words]

• Tromso International School Norway 12/6 First time reviewed on ISR [543 words]

• British School Caracas Venezuela 12/6 review 27
Spacious but the classrooms are dated… [297 words]

• New Cairo British International School Egypt 12/6 review 18
The kids are wonderful & the parents can be very supportive… [283 words]

• St. Stephen’s International School Thailand 12/6 review 2
A good school & I don’t regret my time working there… [423 words]

• VinSchool Vietnam 12/5 review 2
It was a miracle that I managed to fulfill my contract… [575 words]

• GEMS United School UAE 12/5 review 2
Enrollment has dropped and change is needed… [257 words]

• Haileybury Astana Kazakhstan 12/5 review 8
Good saving potential… [54 words]

• Kuwait International English School Kuwait 12/4 First time reviewed on ISR [92 words]

• British School Caracas Venezuela 12/4 review 26
Venezuela is a challenge and you need grit!… [66 words]

• Diyar International Private School UAE 12/4 review 10
This place has been a glorified daycare for almost a decade… [937 words]

• Shanghai Singapore International School China 12/3 review 29
It has a lot of potential with dedicated teachers & students… [379 words]

• Peninsula International School Malaysia 12/3 review 3
Experienced staff are being replaced by cheaper alternatives … [668 words]

• Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar Malaysia 12/3 review 12
Beautiful grounds, great kids, but…there is always a but, right?… [423 words]

• Oxbridge International School Uzbekistan 12/2 First time reviewed on ISR [468 words]

• International Programs School Saudi Arabia 12/2 review 10
Compared to its peers, it can be commended… [2,213 words]

• Springboard International Bilingual School China 12/2 review 2
At least 5 teachers were fired because of parent complaints… [1,256 words]

• Riffa Views International School Bahrain 12/2 review 10
Overall, a stressful and toxic place… [804 words]

• Cranleigh Abu Dhabi UAE 12/2 review 2
The environment at the school has deteriorated… [304 words]

Director & Principal Reports

• Besti Agarzayeva 12/31 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

British School Baku Azerbaijan

• Maxene Whittingham 12/31 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

British School Baku Azerbaijan

• Vickie Swann 12/31 (Principal Report 8)
International School Panama

• Jeremy Lewis 12/30 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

ACS International Schools – Egham Campus UK

• Eric Bai 12/30 (Director Report 2)
Shenzhen American International School China

• Mary-Anne Jasinski 12/23 (Director Report 3)
International School Macao

• Pete Kennedy 12/23 (Director Report 2)
TH School Vietnam

• Mary-Anne Jasinski 12/19 (Principal Report 2)
International School Macao

• Aisha Al Megbali 12/19 (Director Report 2)
Qatar Academy Al Khor Qatar

• Jean-Marie Kahn 12/18 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American International School Kuwait

• Geoff Stainton 12/18 (Director Report 2)
Shenzhen American International School China

• Aroma Pannu 12/17 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

GEMS United School UAE

• Stephanie Labil 12/17 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

GEMS United School UAE

• Tracy Berry Lazo 12/16 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American School Guatemala

• Pete Kennedy 12/16 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

TH School Vietnam

• James Twigg 12/16 (Principal Report 4)
Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar Malaysia

• Caroline Brokvam 12/12 (Director Report 4)
American School Antananarivo Madagascar

• Craig Chapman 12/12 (Principal Report 4)
Excelsior International School Malaysia

• Glenn Moodie 12/12 (Principal Report 2)
Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar Malaysia

• James Twigg 12/12 (Principal Report 3)
Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar Malaysia

• Lisa Johnson 12/11 (Director Report 3)
Berkeley International School Thailand

• Katharine Vavpetic 12/11 (Director Report 2)
GEMS United School UAE

• Dawn Summerfield 12/11 (Principal Report 2)
ACS International Schools Hillingdon Great Britain

• Julian Jeffrey 12/11 (Principal Report 2)
Wellington College International China

• Yasir Patel 12/10 (Response to Principal Report 13)
British School Caracas Venezuela

• Wang He 12/10 (Principal Report 2)
Vanke Meisha Academy China

• Grant Gillies 12/10 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Doha College Qatar

• Tom Wilde 12/10 (Response to Director Report 8)
Kazakhstan International School Kazakhstan

• Patricia Marshall 12/9 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Colegio Americano Guatemala

• Sharon Canadine 12/9 (Director Report 11)
Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

• Yasir Patel 12/6 (Principal Report 13)
British School Caracas Venezuela

• Tom Wilde 12/5 (Director Report 8)
Kazakhstan International School Kazakhstan

• Katharine Vavpetic 12/5 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

GEMS United School UAE

• Myles D’Airelle 12/5 (Principal Report 6)
Western International School Shanghai China

• Yasir Patel 12/4 (Principal Report 12)
British School Caracas Venezuela

• Jason Bek 12/4 (Principal Report 3)
Peninsula International School Malaysia

• James Twigg 12/4 (Principal Report 2)
Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar Malaysia

• Saodat Khaitova 12/3 (Principal Report 2)
Oxbridge International School Uzbekistan

• Peter Nanos 12/3 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

I-Shou International School Taiwan

• Saodat Khaitova 12/2 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Oxbridge International School Uzbekistan

• Gordon Espley-Jones 12/2 (Principal Report 2)
Traill International School Thailand

• Yasir Patel 12/2 (Principal Report 11)
British School Caracas Venezuela

• Clarissa Desouches 12/2 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Greengates School Mexico

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