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Reviews marked with the Red * contain information about the school or the admin’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New School Reviews

• Panaga School Brunei Darussalam 2/28 review 8
The previous reviews are accurate… [243 words]

• Haileybury Astana Kazakhstan 2/28 review 11
Reasonable package but be very careful about coming here… [217 words]

• Tromso International School Norway 2/28 review 2
Admin is undermining teachers’ initiatives & efforts… [243 words]

• Beijing International Bilingual Academy China 2/28 review 31
Message from BIBA HR Director… [577 words]

• American International School Vietnam 2/28 review 37
Many positives, but you’ll be working for a large ‘corporation’… [941 words]

• Yongsan International School Korea 2/27 review 9
Budgets are generous & you’ll never go without materials… [812 words]

• Kaiwen Academy China 2/27 review 14
Beautiful & the community outside the school are great… [93 words]

• British International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 2/27 review 19
I’ve never felt as bullied by the administration as I do at BISJ… [147 words]

• New Cairo British International School Egypt 2/27 review 22
Some transition but the place is heading in the right direction… [354 words]

• British School Alexandria Egypt 2/27 review 11
Real shame that one admin spoils an otherwise nice school… [580 words]

• Yangon International School Myanmar 2/26 review 22
It’s time to for me to reflect & share my thoughts… [1,673 words]

• British International School Casablanca Morocco 2/26 review 2
Parents have the power & money speaks… [196 words]

• Chatsworth International School Singapore 2/26 review 19
Very administrative heavy & nepotism is rampant… [108 words]

* Panaga School Brunei Darussalam 2/26 review 7 *
Life is quiet here but you live in a fishbowl… [455 words]

• Sinarmas World Academy Indonesia 2/26 review 43
Running on a shoestring budget… [415 words]

• Northfields International School Mauritius 2/25 First time reviewed on ISR [371 words]

• International School Florence Italy 2/25 review 5
It is a unique place to learn & teach… [598 words]

• British College Brazil 2/25 review 4
I’ve decided to renew my contract based on these developments… [246 words]

• New English School Kuwait 2/25 review 7
Reviews make me sad, it ‘s not all as negative as they say… [596 words]

• Dulwich College Suzhou China 2/25 review 10
A lovely environment in which to work… [412 words]

• British School Milan Italy 2/24 First time reviewed on ISR [181 words]

• Beijing International Bilingual Academy China 2/14 review 30
Sometimes, schools are not the best fit for some staff… [847 words]

• Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar Malaysia 2/24 review 15
There is some very unfair reporting on this school of late… [305 words]

• British School Alexandria Egypt 2/24 review 10
Great school & experience ruined by management… [1,148 words]

* American International School Vietnam 2/21 review 36 *
I’m impressed with how the school handled these circumstances… [433 words]

• Mingdao High School Taiwan 2/21 review 5
It’s a department in a Taiwanese school & a poorly run one at that… [371 words]

* Shanghai Community International School China 2/21 review 49 *
I’ve been fairly happy with my job here, then coronavirus struck… [381 words]

• Modern American School Jordan 2/21 review 6
International teachers don’t stay… [90 words]

• British International School Casablanca Morocco 2/20 First time reviewed on ISR [474 words]

• Albanian College Tirana Albania 2/20 review 22
Recent reviews of this school should give one pause for concern… [271 words]

• Vientiane International School Laos 2/20 review 15
Thoroughly charming school with a great sense of community… [389 words]

• Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar Malaysia 2/19 review 14
Package is very decent, however, you give your pound of flesh… [525 words]

• Beijing International Bilingual Academy China 2/19 review 29
I have yet to find a teacher that enjoys working here anymore… [210 words]

• Eaton International School Malaysia 2/19 review 7
I will be happy to leave & never look back!… [869 words]

• Tsukuba International School Japan 2/18 review 9
Our school is in turmoil right now… [289 words]

• Universal American School UAE 2/18 review 25
I didn’t renew my contract, I just couldn’t see things improving… [672 words]

• Haileybury Astana Kazakhstan 2/18 review 10
IB is all about integrity yet where is the integrity in this school!… [359 words]

• Eaton International School Malaysia 2/18 review 6
Talented teachers in leadership positions creating new targets… [262 words]

• Cambridge International School Qatar 2/17 First time reviewed on ISR [2,441 words]

• GEMS American Academy Dubai UAE 2/17 review 24
Rewards to be found, but the cost is a heavy price to pay… [1,455 words]

• Albanian College Tirana Albania 2/17 review 21
Suggestions for safety improvements fall on deaf ears… [283 words]

* Shanghai American School Puxi China 2/17 review 39 *
Today, I am writing this review right here to say “enough”… [1,839 words]

• Raffles American School Bangkok Thailand 2/14 First time reviewed on ISR [1,356 words]

• Haileybury Almaty Kazakhstan 2/14 review 21
Issues with staff & Headmaster retention… [299 words]

• GEMS American Academy Dubai UAE 2/14 review 23
Class sizes are ridiculous & parents get whatever they want… [269 words]

• Taipei European School Taiwan 2/14 review 19
I find the atmosphere on campus to be very positive… [269 words]

• British International School Al Khobar Saudi Arabia 2/14 review 10
A‘great’ school is being ruined by a few admin… [2,002 words]

• Mooltripakdee International School Thailand 2/13 First time reviewed on ISR [126 words]

• British School Tashkent Uzbekistan 2/13 review 2
The resources across the board were dreadful… [199 words]

• Beijing International Bilingual Academy China 2/13 review 28
I’m finishing my two years & getting out as fast as possible… [465 words]

• Yangon International School Myanmar 2/13 review 21
To say that I was traumatized by my experience is putting it lightly… [886 words]

• Vanke School Pudong China 2/12 First time reviewed on ISR [385 words]

• QSI International School Yerevan Armenia 2/12 review 2
A hidden gem & great place for a teacher just getting started… [494 words]

* Affiliated HS South China Normal University China 2/12 review 5 *
Wonderful school, with great students & outstanding location… [214 words]

• Hoi An International School Vietnam 2/11 First time reviewed on ISR [456 words]

• New Cairo British International School Egypt 2/11 review 21
Teachers have been paid late twice this year… [637 words]

• Tsukuba International School Japan 2/11 review 8
How is this school still allowed to exist?… [104 words]

• Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong 2/10 First time reviewed on ISR [240 words]

• Escuela Campo Alegre Venzuela 2/10 review 14
2 years is probably enough as things stand now… [1,152 words]

• New English School Kuwait 2/10 review 6
One of the leading schools in Kuwait but slowly falling from grace… [847 words]

• Prague British International School Czech Republic 2/7 review 4
Prague is a fantastic city to live in!… [452 words]

• British School Nanjing China 2/7 review 11
It’s neither British, International nor, properly speaking, a school… [7,612 words]

• Mandalay International Science Academy Myanmar 2/6 First time reviewed on ISR [732 words]

• Tarsus American College/School Turkey 2/6 review 19
We just lost another new hire after 5 months on the job… [97 words]

• Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China 2/6 review 15
Most teachers are leaving with a bad taste in their mouth… [179 words]

• Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China 2/6 review 16
I came. I saw. I went away (as fast as I could)… [192 words]

• Kingsley International School Malaysia 2/5 First time reviewed on ISR [278 words]

• Kazakhstan International School Kazakhstan 2/5 review 12
This could be a great school, unfortunately… [102 words]

• Yoyogi International School Japan 2/5 review 3
Converted office buildings that are no longer fit for purpose… [212 words]

• Baku Modern School Azerbaijan 2/4 review 2
I believe its reputation is not going to stay clean… [585 words]

• Newton College Peru 2/4 review 4
A really friendly & welcoming place to work… [173 words]

• Shenzhen American International School China 2/4 review 13
Nice colleagues, but with massive turnover, they’ll be gone… [482 words]

• Foley’s School Cyprus 2/3 First time reviewed on ISR [321 words]

• Modern American School Jordan 2/3 review 5
A local school posing as international… [240 words]

* Yew Chung International School Chongqing China 2/3 review 2 *
Classrooms are small & underground like a WW2 bunker… [784 words]

Director & Principal Reports

• Mark Robertson Jones 2/24 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School Latvia

• Dawid Bochen 2/21 (Director Report 3)
Beijing International Singaporean School China

• Tina Santilli 2/21 (Principal Report 2)
Vientiane International School Laos

• Glenn Moodie 2/21 (Principal Report 3)
Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar Malaysia

• Chris Warren 2/18 (Director Report 2)
Sinarmas World Academy Indonesia

• Doruk Gurkan 2/17 (Principal Report 6)
Shanghai Singapore International School China

• Frederic Bordaguibel-Labayle 2/17 (Principal Report 3)
Academia Cotopaxi Ecuador

• Roy Donnan 2/14 (Principal Report 2)
Shanghai United International School China

• Susan Havis 2/14 (Principal Report 3)
International Community School Jordan

• Mark Grittner 2/13 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Mooltripakdee International School Thailand

• Jeremy Simms 2/12 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

QSI International School Yerevan Armenia

• Frederic Bordaguibel-Labayle 2/12 (Principal Report 2)
Academia Cotopaxi Ecuador

• Cindy Bin Tahal 2/11 (Principal Report 3)
Panaga School Brunei Darussalam

• Susan Havis 2/11 (Principal Report 2)
International Community School Jordan

• Frederic Bordaguibel-Labayle 2/10 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Academia Cotopaxi Ecuador

• David Dorn 2/7 (Director Report 2)
Universal American School UAE

• Stephanie Chattman 2/7 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Universal American School UAE

• Doruk Gurkan 2/7 (Principal Report 5)
Shanghai Singapore International School China

• Yuko Muir 2/5 (Director Report 3)
Yoyogi International School Japan

• Matthew Savage 2/5 (Director Report 3)
International Community School Jordan

• Imad Nassoura 2/4 (Principal Report 2)
Qatar Academy Al Wakra Qatar

• Omaya Zamel 2/3 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Modern American School Jordan

• Neil McBurney 2/3 (Principal Report 5)
Yew Chung International School Chongqing China

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