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New School Reviews

• Nobel International School Malaysia 1/31 review 2
Deeply controlling, fear-based culture… [262 words]

• Academia Britanica Cuscatleca El Salvador 1/31 review 5
I enjoyed ABC, although at times I was extremely frustrated… [1,687 words]

• Concordia International School Hanoi Vietnam 1/31 review 6
Am I leaving? Heck, no!… [563 words]

• Shenzhen American International School China 1/30 review 12
I’ve had a different experience than the previous reviews… [227 words]

• Future Pioneers International School Oman 1/30 review 2
It could be a good school… [45 words]

• Sakkara Language School Egypt 1/29 review 2
Ridiculous place where everything looks like in amateur theater… [249 words]

• Asmara International Community School Eritrea 1/29 review 5
Would I come here again? Never… [874 words]

• Yoyogi International School Japan 1/28 First time reviewed on ISR [333 words]

• Yoyogi International School Japan 1/28 review 2
It seems a climate of fear has overcome the school… [195 words]

• International School Luxembourg 1/27 review 9
Board wants to lower salaries… [247 words]

• Qatar Academy Al Wakra Qatar 1/27 review 12
This is a “heads up” for anyone thinking of signing on for next year… [781 words]

• Taipei European School Taiwan 1/27 review 18
I have tried to give a fair and balanced review… [1,737 words]

• British International School Kurdistan Iraq 1/24 review 2
In the space of six months, I witnessed 18 staff departures… [560 words]

• Santa Cruz Cooperative School Bolivia 1/24 review 8
Beautiful school grounds. Admin support. Fair teaching caseload… [72 words]

• Vientiane International School Laos 1/24 review 14
It’s fine for a year, but two was a stretch… [136 words]

• Taipei European School Taiwan 1/23 review 17
All in all, a first rate institution… [213 words]

• Malvern College Qingdao China 1/23 review 11
This is a heartfelt cry for help… [231 words]

• Modern American School Jordan 1/23 review 4
An Orwellian nightmare of a school… [1,704 words]

• American International School Abu Dhabi UAE 1/23 review 28
It is sad to have to write such a review… [1,607 words]

• Universal American School UAE 1/22 review 24
The benefits package is terrible… [245 words]

• George Washington Academy Morocco 1/22 review 12
What you are sold is simply not the reality of the situation… [721 words]

• American School Dubai UAE 1/21 review 11
Keep your head down to protect your job security… [287 words]

• Wellspring Learning Community Lebanon 1/21 review 8
A very negative & toxic place to work… [353 words]

• Haileybury Astana Kazakhstan 1/21 review 9
School will have seen 4 heads in the time I was here… [182 words]

• Canadian International School Phnom Penh Cambodia 1/21 review 3
Consistently hires first year teaching graduates… [450 words]

• Tarsus American College/School Turkey 1/21 review 18
Not denying several points being made, but it is worth knowing that… [40 words]

• New Cairo British International School Egypt 1/20 review 20
Teachers have been paid late twice in this academic year… [516 words]

• Malvern College Qingdao China 1/20 review 10
Still here and happy to be here… [719 words]

• Shattuck St Mary’s International School Malaysia 1/20 review 2
Safe, quite and plenty of things to do… [97 words]

• Rowad Al Khaleej Saudi Arabia 1/20 review 10
Has had bad reviews for years, but has drastically gone down hill… [471 words]

• Shanghai Singapore International School China 1/20 review 30
Be ready to interview for one position & be given a different one.. [678 words]

• International School Paris France 1/17 review 7
The scheduling is a challenge but they are working on this… [88 words]

• Tarsus American College/School Turkey 1/17 review 17
My first 4 years at TAC I felt valued… that is no longer the case… [501 words]

• Independent Schools Foundation Academy Hong Kong 1/17 review 12
There’s little sense of comradery & loyalty within the staff… [326 words]

• Independent Schools Foundation Academy Hong Kong 1/17 review 13
Not worth your time if you actually care about education… [311 words]

• Wellspring Learning Community Lebanon 1/17 review 7
Good opportunity for experience & you’ll find ways of surviving… [510 words]

• American College Sofia Bulgaria 1/17 review 9
Cost of living is half to a quarter of the cost of other Euro cities… [590 words]

• Malvern College Qingdao China 1/17 review 9
Turnover rate is getting worse… [313 words]

• Dubai International Private School UAE 1/16 First time reviewed on ISR [525 words]

• Dalian American International School China 1/16 review 6
I feel as if the overall package is outstanding… [339 words]

• Shenzhen American International School China 1/16 review 11
SAIS continues to have no real direction… [270 words]

• Malvern College Qingdao China 1/16 review 8
Huge amounts of expats are set to leave by summer… [610 words]

• St. Joseph’s Institution International Malaysia 1/15 review 3
The Lasallian presence stands only as a hypocritical tagline… [1,025 words]

• Tarsus American College/School Turkey 1/15 review 16
Lack of leadership is a chief issue… [1,200 words]

• Al Shola American School UAE 1/15 review 5
I found out I was being underpaid… [411 words]

• United World College Changshu China 1/15 review 2
Enjoy your personal time & family life… this is a place to avoid… [679 words]

• Kazakhstan International School Kazakhstan 1/15 review 11
Has no action plan or policies whatsoever… [356 words]

• St. Constantine’s International School Tanzania 1/14 review 13
Be open-minded & ready for the frustrations… [1,007 words]

• Haileybury Almaty Kazakhstan 1/14 review 20
Not a serious school in the sense of academic achievement… [216 words]

• Modern English School Egypt 1/14 review 35
MES suffers from the same issues as other Cairo schools… [201 words]

• Shanghai United International School China 1/14 review 18
It is a happy place to spend a large part of one’s day… [736 words]

• International School Dongguan China 1/14 review 8
ISD’s pay and benefits are mediocre… [465 words]

• Mingdao High School Taiwan 1/13 review 4
Teachers are exhausted & burnt out… [418 words]

• American International School Abu Dhabi UAE 1/13 review 26
Not the place you want to start your international adventure… [548 words]

• American International School Abu Dhabi UAE 1/13 review 27
Life is too short to spend any of it at AISA… [2,744 words]

• Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China 1/13 review 14
Don’t talk in small groups or they will think you are conspiring… [244 words]

• GEMS International Pearl City Penang Malaysia 1/10 First time reviewed on ISR [482 words]

• Modern English School Egypt 1/10 review 34
A good place to start international teaching… [383 words]

• St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 1/10 review 42
Deeply troubled school & a toxic work culture… [171 words]

• Tarsus American College/School Turkey 1/10 review 15
Speak to the teachers on-site before signing anything… [96 words]

• Lahore American School Pakistan 1/10 review 8
A gilded cage is still a cage… [915 words]

• Boston International School Wuxi China 1/9 review 6
A good starter school to get basic IB experience… [748 words]

• Oxbridge International School Uzbekistan 1/9 review 6
I like my apartment and neighborhood… [369 words]

• British School Caracas Venezuela 1/9 review 28
Teachers forced out of school & made to sign NDAs… [428 words]

• Edron Academy Mexico 1/8 review 13
I am very much looking forward to the end of my contract here… [372 words]

• Albanian College Durres Albania 1/8 review 36
To teach here it’s necessary to be strong, resilient, & flexible… [119 words]

• Al Shomoukh International School Oman 1/8 review 7
I find the school itself to be shockingly… [368 words]

• MEF International School Istanbul Turkey 1/7 review 21
Read your contract carefully!… [53 words]

• Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China 1/7 review 13
New management team year after year… [158 words]

• Tsukuba International School Japan 1/7 review 7
Things haven’t gotten any better & nothing has changed… [73 words]

• Edron Academy Mexico 1/7 review 12
Staff is friendly & Mexico City is a great place to live… [243 words]

• Cairo English School Egypt 1/6 review 24
It’s a business and run as such… [479 words]

• The British School in Colombo Sri Lanka 1/6 review 2
Approaching leadership about day-to-day issues is futile… [337 words]

• St. Constantine’s International School Tanzania 1/6 review 12
Not a rich school & trying to do it’s best with the resources it has… [421 words]

• Durham School for Girls Qatar 1/3 First time reviewed on ISR [458 words]

• American Schools Angola 1/3 review 10
I was fired for a perceived lack of loyalty… [1,647 words]

• International School Tanganyika Tanzania 1/3 review 15
Students not being held to account for behavior is worrisome… [106 words]

• International Academy Amman Jordan 1/2 review 36
Teaching resources were decent and provided on request… [397 words]

• American Schools Angola 1/2 review 9
I wish this school much success, Angola & the kid really need it… [351 words]

• Peninsula International School Malaysia 1/2 review 4
To those who have just joined, I wish you all the luck in the world… [497 words]

• Independent Schools Foundation Academy Hong Kong 1/2 review 11
Children are lovely & teachers are the best I’ve worked with… [900 words]

• Tarsus American College/School Turkey 1/1 review 14
Turkey is a nice place to live… [706 words]

• QSI International School Phuket Thailand 1/1 review 2
The reality is far from what was described… [382 words]

• Branksome Hall Asia Korea 1/1 review 13
Community was safe & clean, the school offers a good package… [222 words]

• Berkeley International School Bangkok Thailand 1/1 review 24
I can truly say that I have had an amazing time teaching here… [1,024 words]

• International School Dongguan China 1/1 review 7
Overall, i enjoyed my stay at ISD… [101 words]

Director & Principal Reports

• Doruk Gurkan 1/31 (Principal Report 4)
Shanghai Singapore International School China

• Blake Rodabaugh 1/31 (Principal Report 2)
Lahore American School Pakistan

• Virginia Parras 1/30 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Michael E DeBakey High School Qatar

• Doruk Gurkan 1/30 (Principal Report 3)
Shanghai Singapore International School China

• Kathy Smith 1/29 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

British International School Riyadh Saudi Arabia

• Dan Keller 1/29 (Principal Report 3)
Saigon South International School Vietnam

• Yuko Muir 1/28 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Yoyogi International School Japan

• Yuko Muir 1/28 (Director Report 2)
Yoyogi International School Japan

• Yuko Muir 1/28 (Principal Report 3)
Yoyogi International School Japan

• Sonya Papps 1/27 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Taipei European School Taiwan

• Chris Boyle 1/22 (Principal Report 3)
Dalian American International School China

• Doruk Gurkan 1/22 (Director Report 2)
Shanghai Singapore International School China

• Nadine Richards 1/21 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American School of Dubai UAE

• Don Collins 1/21 (Principal Report 4)
Yew Chung International School Shanghai China

• Mary-Anne Jasinski 1/20 (Principal Report 4)
International School Macao

• Frank Galicia 1/20 (Principal Report 2)
Kyiv International School Ukraine

• Chris Boyle 1/16 (Principal Report 2)
Dalian American International School China

• Bradley Bell 1/16 (Director Report 3)
American School Yaounde Cameroon

• Pelham Lindfield Roberts 1/15 (Principal Report 2)
United World College Changshu China

• Kathy Khan 1/13 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Lahore American School Pakistan

• Jennifer Sharples 1/13 (Principal Report 3)
Nile Valley School Sudan

• Blake Rodabaugh 1/10 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Lahore American School Pakistan

• Imad Nassoura 1/9 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Qatar Academy Al Wakra Qatar

• Tony Eysele 1/8 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

ACS International Schools Cobham Great Britain

• Meryl Zuerrer 1/7 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School of Zug & Lucerne Switzerland

• Beth Meldrum 1/6 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Cairo English School Egypt

• Myles D’Airelle 1/6 (Principal Report 7)
Western International School Shanghai China

• Vanessa Whay 1/3 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Durham School for Girls Qatar

• Mark Hardeman 1/3 (Director Report 5)
International School Tanganyika Tanzania

• Hana Kanan 1/2 (Director Report 9)
International Academy Amman Jordan

• Martin Blackburn 1/2 (Principal Report 3)
International Academy Amman Jordan

• Jason Bek 1/2 (Principal Report 4)
Peninsula International School Malaysia

• Laura Flaxman 1/1 (Director Report 2)
Shenzhen American International School China

• Dave Krocker 1/1 (Principal Report 6)
Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

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