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New School Reviews

• American School Kuwait 1/31 review 53
Kuwait is a very well-located country, and ASK is a professional school which I believe you will enjoy working at…

• Vision International School Qatar 1/31 review 14
If you work the girls’ side, there’s very little to complain about, by on the Boy’s, behavior is the most difficult I’ve ever seen…

• Royal Primary Academy Indonesia 1/31 review 2
Staff are friendly and dedicated. There are lots of local support staff to support teachers…

• Alexandria International Academy Egypt 1/31 review 3
The school is going through a rapid redevelopment process. It is needed by the looks of the earlier comments…

• Sri KDU International School Malaysia 1/31 review 14
The overall package is fine if you aren’t trying to save or develop as a teacher. You will not be supported/challenged…

• British International School Ukraine 1/30 review 30
During the last year much changed with a new head of school, salaries are paid on time and we received 20 new computers…

• Xi’an Hi-Tech International School China 1/30 review 12
XHIS is a nice place to work at with friendly staff. Teachers can expect to gain IB experience adding to their resume…

• Oberoi International School India 1/30 review 7
OIS certainly is not the ‘nirvana’ of international teaching, but it is also not the disaster that some of my colleagues seem to think…

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam 1/30 review 7
Having been a member of staff here from its opening to the present day, I want to leave a more positive view on how this school operates…

• Vision International School Qatar 1/30 review 13
All in all, it is not the nightmare some have made it out to be, nor is it the most wonderful place in the world…

• International British School Kuwait 1/29 First time reviewed on ISR

• American International School Lagos Nigeria 1/29 review 17
There are so many situations where teachers are treated different from one another, that people don’t even seem to get upset about it any longer…

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam 1/29 review 6
BVIS should be a good school, even an excellent one but right now it is not. Teachers are swimming against the tide of greed, ambition and egoism…

• Noblesse International School Philippines 1/29 review 19
Every year, it seems the faculty experiences a complete turnover. At the end of this year, all of the ES faculty, and most of MS and HS are leaving…

• Australian Independent School Indonesia 1/29 review 3
Poorly resourced with inadequate facilities for people with disabilities, although disability support is touted as a primary objective…

• Vision International School Qatar 1/29 review 12
This school is currently undergoing an identity crisis. It has operated with a high staff turnover and exceedingly low academic standards…

• American School Foundation Mexico City 1/26 review 22
This school was by far my favorite with regards to work load, having freedom to teach your way, etc. The only thing I do not like is the pay…

• International School Kazan Russia 1/26 review 5
If you do decide to go with this employer, my advice would be go to work, agree with whatever comes your way, and keep your opinions to yourself…

• Colegios Peterson Mexico 1/26 review 2
The package that they offer is below-average, but the cost if living is not high…

• Qatar Academy Al Khor Qatar 1/26 review 11
I see it as a great place to grow, but you need to have the patience and the will to accept change and challenges…

• Rowad Al Khaleej Saudi Arabia 1/26 review 7
They promise much, but deliver little. The over arching theme is that of smoke and mirrors…

• American International School Vietnam 1/26 review 22
The students are great and are the reason I haven’t left mid contract…

• International Language and Business Centre Myanmar 1/26 review 6
The school isn’t perfect and living in Myanmar comes with frustrations in day to day life. I’d still recommend it for the experience…

• ISA International School Guangzhou China 1/26 review 4
50% good, 50% not so good. This is not an established organisation yet. There is a leadership vacuum…

• Albanian College Tirana Albania 1/25 review 8
At the end of your contract you will not be able to put a positive spin on your time here…

• Colegio Marymount Mexico 1/25 review 3
While there are some aspects of teaching here that I enjoy, my overall experience with admin & HR have been somewhat shifty and largely disappointing…

• GEMS World Academy Etoy Switzerland 1/25 review 2
It is difficult to put into words how frustrating and disappointing it is to work at this school but I am going to try my best…

• Escuela Internacional de Sampedrana Honduras 1/25 review 23
You will have lots of resources, lots of support, and an administration that genuinely pushes for constant improvement in the school…

• International School Kazan Russia 1/24 review 4
I had asked several times for assistance on an issue and was completely ignored every time…

• ACS Doha International School Qatar 1/24 review 6
Qatar is currently under a blockade from neighboring countries which has limited travel opportunities within the region…

• Vision International School Qatar 1/24 review 11
A few select students cannot be suspended/expelled due to political connections meaning teaching them proper behaviour is difficult…

• American International School Vilnius Lithuania 1/24 review 2
This is the tragedy of what once was known as the “Small school with a big heart.” The decline began when the school board…

• Bangkok Preparatory International School Thailand 1/23 review 9
The school isn’t as bad as made on, but it does have issues. I have been generally happy during my time here though…

• Korea International School Jeju Campus Korea 1/23 review 17
Last year entire grade levels and departments left throughout the school. A similar exodus is happening this year…

• United World College South East Asia Singapore 1/23 review 4
Not a single manager in this school has ever observed me teach, yet they claim to be well-informed enough to form opinions…

• Oberoi International School India 1/23 review 6
I consider myself a fair and positive person, but this is one time that I truly wish I had paid more attention to the prior reviews on this school…

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam 1/23 review 5
The pollution alone should be enough to make you think twice about joining BVIS Hanoi…

• European International School Vietnam 1/22 review 12
You do have a high degree of autonomy within your subject, but there is an expectation that you create curriculum and assessments…

• Kings Academy Jordan 1/22 review 6
It may sound like I’m exaggerating, but I’m not. If anything, I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of what goes on in this school…

• Fukuoka International School Japan 1/22 review 7
Fukuoka is a nice city with wonderful people, and the FIS package is decent, but that administration is truly awful…

• British School Kathmandu Nepal 1/22 review 14
TBS management is so out touch with the reality of the school and international education in general…

• Dyatmika School Bali Indonesia 1/22 review 7
Teaching resources and budgets are more than satisfactory and make for a well resourced school and happy teachers…

• Albanian College Durres Albania 1/19 review 20
Dozens of teachers like yourself have come here, found out what is really going on here and ended up quitting after one year…

• Dyatmika School Bali Indonesia 1/19 review 6
The school doesn’t skip around from one latest idea to the next, but concentrates on continual improvement and staff working together…

• Casablanca American School Morocco 1/19 review 47
Director dismissed an incident as having “a degree of embellishment and convenience of timing”…

• Cambodia International Academy Cambodia 1/19 review 3.1
As the School Director of CIA FIRST, and given the nature of the complaint, I have but a brief response…

• Deutsche Schule Bombay India 1/18 First time reviewed on ISR

• American Academy Casablanca Morocco 1/18 review 18
I think the reviews written here are true reflections of this school & how it operates. Please know what you are getting into…

• Qatar Academy Al Khor Qatar 1/18 review 10
Its a dispiriting place full of people who’ve had their spirit broken, & those who are trying to stay afloat while they complete a contract…

• Somersfield Academy Bermuda 1/17 review 2
I feel this school has a very poorly organized administrative team directing general operations…

• St. Constantine’s International School Tanzania 1/17 review 10
Interested applicants should bookmark this school for the future which has huge potential but is currently in a very sorry state…

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam 1/17 review 4
The package they offer is generous & includes a decent tax free salary, private medical cover, a flight home, good CPD & excellent accommodation…

• Braeburn School Kenya 1/17 review 8
No support for the admin, my workload was way too much and they did not want to make changes…

• Kazakhstan International School 1/16 review 5
My general feeling is that with the current admin & excellent teaching staff, the school will not only survive but prosper…

• Albanian College Tirana Albania 1/16 review 7
Everything I was trying to avoid in an international school: It’s new (in its 3rd year); 95% local rich kids; low pay; and no continuity…

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam 1/16 review 3
If the top tier of school leadership changes & Hanoi works on the pollution/traffic issue then it may be worthy of a few years of your life…

• International School Hamburg Germany 1/15 review 3
If you’re looking to live in Hamburg, and don’t care about your professional environment at all, I suppose you might be okay here…

• Vienna International School Austria 1/15 review 10
While there were a lot of quirky things about working at VIS, but on balance it was a good place to be…

• British International School Houston USA 1/15 review 2
The biggest issue with this school is that work-life balance is terrible. Your commitment is expected to be total…

• International School Dakar Senegal 1/15 review 12
A good school to work for but I wouldn’t recommend it to new teachers, more to experienced ones…

• Cheongna Dalton School Korea 1/15 review 11
If you are looking for a school where admin and teachers care about students and want to see them achieve, then CDS is a good fit…

• Yew Chung International School Qingdao China 1/12 review 10
Staff turn-over is low. Most teachers now stay for at least two contracts. Last year we had around 6 teachers leave and this year only 4…

• Beijing World Youth Academy China 1/12 review 15 Rubric Only

• Shenyang Pacific International Academy China 1/12 review 13
Had I read ISR comments from previous employees there is no way I would have gone because it is even worse than what others have reported…

• Changchun American International School China 1/11 review 13
I have nothing positive to say about this place, this city or the administrators…

• American School Asuncion Paraguay 1/11 review 10
In my experience, ASA is a school that is controlled by parents and ineffective leadership while students do whatever they want…

• Beijing National Day School China 1/10 review 7
Overall, I am happy here and will stay another 2 years. Apparently, this is the same decision many teachers have come to this year…

• Vienna International School Austria 1/9 review 9
VIS is a weird place to work. Sometimes you meet inspirational people and it is a real life affirming moment. Sometimes, frankly, you meet idiots…

• Vision International School Qatar 1/9 review 10
VIS is a difficult place to work and I hope that it continues to improve. The environment is changing slowly…

• Casablanca American School Morocco 1/8 review 46
I feel that the school has little to no support when dangerous situations occur…

• International School Ulaanbaatar Mongolia 1/8 review 27
The package is solid, the students are delightful, no helicopter parents, a supportive admin, well-resourced, and with IB training…

• European International School Vietnam 1/5 review 11
In the years I was there, I saw an abnormal & unhealthy high turnover of staff who felt intimidated and bullied by management…

• Awfaz Global School Qatar 1/5 review 3
Teachers are regularly covering classes due to the drastic lack of qualified teachers and have little or no time for preparation or planning…

• Beanstalk International Bilingual School China 1/5 review 17
Every school has challenges and we have ours. Our primary challenge is the low level of English that students have come into the school…

• British International School Ukraine 1/5 review 29
The school is privately owned by a mother and son. She comes down from Kiev in a brand new Mercedes to a school with no pencils…

• North American International School China 1/4 First time reviewed on ISR

• ISA International School Guangzhou China 1/4 review 3
From the beginning, it was broken promises. I would be very weary of working for this school…

• Riverside School Czech Republic 1/4 review 9
If you are passionate about teaching and learning, forget it. This school is all about clubs and trips, and the photos they bring to the website…

• Overseas Family School Singapore 1/4 review 19
Monetarily, you will be looked after at OFS and the health care allowance is good but your personal wellbeing as an educator is at stake…

• Country Day School Costa Rica 1/3 review 7
I felt a very strong sense of community with my colleagues and over time with the families themselves…

• British School Warsaw Poland 1/3 review 4
Morale is very low; teachers and teaching assistants are currently at their breaking point…

• International School Vietnam Hanoi 1/2 review 14
Team members in the PYP section (and even some in the High School) quickly learn it is pointless to initiate an opposing point of view…

• Atlanta International School USA 1/2 review 5
AIS is not a typical international school. No package, no tuition for children, no help with rent…

• Xi’an Hi-Tech International School China 1/2 review 11
XHIS is a lovely little school with friendly staff and admin who genuinely care about each other and the well being of their students…

Director & Principal Reports

• Margaret Rafee 1/31 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Sri KDU International School Malaysia

• Bobbi McDaniel 1/30 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Vision International School Qatar

• Peter Harris 1/30 (Principal Report 2)
British International School Ukraine

• Beryl Nicholson 1/30 (Principal Report 4)
International School Kazan Russia

• Jay Roy 1/30 (Director Report 4)
Vision International School Qatar

• Mark Sayer 1/30 (Director Report 5)
British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam

• Jane Ostrander 1/29 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Vision International School Qatar

• Jake Leyba 1/29 (Principal Report 4)
Vision International School Qatar

• Beryl Nicholson 1/26 (Principal Report 3)
International School Kazan Russia

• Treye Beinke 1/26 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Rowad Al Khaleej Saudi Arabia

• Alan Knobloch 1/25 (Director Report 6)
International School Dakar Senegal

• Basman Zora 1/25 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

British International School Cairo Egypt

• Mark Butcher 1/25 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

North American International School China

• Leila Li 1/24 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Beijing World Youth Academy China

• Niyaz Gafiyatullin 1/24 (Director Report 2)
International School Kazan Russia

• Beryl Nicholson 1/24 (Principal Report 2)
International School Kazan Russia

• Neil McWilliam 1/23 (Director Report 4)
Oberoi International School India

• Mark Sayer 1/23 (Director Report 4)
British Vietnamese International School Vietnam

• Robin Schneider 1/22 (Principal Report 2)
Fukuoka International School Japan

• John Moore 1/22 (Director Report 2)
British School Kathmandu Nepal

• Jim Gerhard 1/19 (Principal Report 9)
Seoul International School Korea

• Lawrence Burke 1/18 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Deutsche Schule Bombay India

• Patricia Martinez Orozco 1/18 (Director Report 2)
American Academy Casablanca Morocco

• Richard Swann 1/17 (Principal Report 5)
Yew Chung International School Shanghai China

• Mark Sayer 1/16 (Director Report 3)
British Vietnamese International School Vietnam

• Jayashankar Pillai 1/16 (Director Report 2)
Cambridge School Doha Qatar

• David Throp 1/12 (Principal Report 2)
Cambridge School Doha Qatar

• Wariya Chinwanno 1/11 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Mahidol University International Demonstration School Thailand

• Dan Mullen 1/11 (Principal Report 2)
Casablanca American School Morocco

• Yvonne Pledger 1/10 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Guangzhou Nanfang International School China

• Jenny Roosmalen 1/10 (Director Report 3)
Guangzhou Nanfang International School China

• Mary Kay Gudhova 1/10 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Singapore International School Vietnam

• Simon Herbert 1/9 (Director Report 3)
Dulwich College Beijing China

• Myles Jackson 1/8 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School Koje Korea

• Chris Vicari 1/5 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Qingdao Amerasia International School China

• Jack Young 1/3 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR 
Country Day School Costa Rica

• James Joubert 1/3 (Principal Report 2)
American International School Vietnam

• Brian Lalor 1/2 (Principal Report 2) 
Xi’an Hi-Tech International School China

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