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New School Reviews

• Berkeley International School Thailand 7/31 review 12
10 years old and still experiencing growing pains… [166 words]

• Berkeley International School Thailand 7/31 review 13
A good place to work so long as your expectations are realistic… [858 words]

• Berkeley International School Thailand 7/31 review 14
You may have to handle some nonsense & not feel victimized… [690 words]

• British School Beijing Shunyi China 7/30 review 46
Teachers feel pressured to produce work for lazy students… [450 words]

• King Mongkhut International Demonstration School Thailand 7/30 review 7
No amount of words can express the depth of dysfunction… [867 words]

• Khalil Gibran School Morocco 7/29 First time reviewed on ISR [896 words]

• Repton School Dubai UAE 7/29 review 12
No professional development at all. Shocking in this regard… [302 words]

• Kings Tirana Albania 7/26 review 3
There is a culture of entitlement among the students… [338 words]

• American International School Vietnam 7/26 review 35
I find a lot of the negative reviews really surprising… [280 words]

• GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE 7/26 review 12
GWA Dubai is not perfect. This is true. However… [1,070 words]

• American School Hong Kong 7/25 First time reviewed on ISR [261 words]

• Australian International School Malaysia 7/25 review 10
Everyone works hard & almost everybody is on a full load… [235 words]

• International School Central Switzerland 7/24 First time reviewed on ISR [502 words]

• German European School Manila Philippines 7/24 review 3
Has a family feel to it and class sizes are small… [856 words]

• Zurich International School Switzerland 7/24 review 5
This makes for a long, but hopefully helpful, read… [2,246 words]

• North Jakarta Intercultural School Indonesia 7/23 review 8
Marketing is constantly given priority… [668 words]

• American School Pachuca Mexico 7/23 review 5
The moral was extremely low when I worked there… [236 words]

• Australian International School Malaysia 7/23 review 9
KL is a good city but much more expensive than we were told… [642 words]

• Jinan Foreign Language School International Center China 7/22 First time reviewed on ISR [1,229 words]

• Kang Chiao International School China 7/22 review 10
I am a worse teacher for having been here… [1,621 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 7/22 review 13
Expect to be worked hard for your money… [676 words]

• Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala 7/19 review 24
You will fight unnecessary battles to get what is rightfully yours… [127 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 7/19 review 12
Enjoyed the country. It’s a very positive place on the whole… [166 words]

• British School Beijing Shunyi China 7/19 review 45
A step up from a mere English language institution… [683 words]

• Tsukuba International School Japan 7/19 review 3
TIS is not perfect, no school is… [731 words]

• Al Bayan Bilingual School Kuwait 7/19 review 28
The visa process requires BBS to take your passport… [1,197 words]

• Kingsgate International School Malaysia 7/18 First time reviewed on ISR [227 words]

• Yew Wah International Education School Guangzhou China 7/18 review 6
I made it out alive with my sanity barely intact… [414 words]

• Edron Academy Mexico 7/18 review 11
Health and safety are not prioritised… [560 words]

• School of the Nations Brazil 7/18 review 2
The actual teaching contract is only one page long… [447 words]

• Tsukuba International School Japan 7/17 review 2
Understand where you are going… [19 words]

• Berkeley International School Thailand 7/17 review 10
Broke contract due to lack of support & vision at the school… [1,462 words]

• Shanghai Community International School China 7/17 review 47
School is in decent shape, resources reasonable… [107 words]

• Shenzhen American International School China 7/17 review 5
I’m embarrassed that I once worked at this dodgy place… [393 words]

• GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE 7/16 review 11
Do not expect an open organization that values your input… [1,797 words]

• St. Andrew’s Nassau Bahamas 7/16 review 17
A school with excellent potential to achieve the glory it once had… [464 words]

• International School Myanmar 7/16 review 35
I enjoyed my experience in Myanmar very much… [335 words]

• British School Beijing Shunyi China 7/16 review 44
I simply could not take the risk of staying another two years… [506 words]

• Al Bayan Bilingual School Kuwait 7/15 review 27
Used to have a good reputation & now it’s bleeding teachers… [838 words]

• Colegio International de Caracas Venezuela 7/15 review 16
From the moment you land you are on your own… [149 words]

• Universal American School UAE 7/15 review 22
Decisions are top down & teachers don’t have any say… [489 words]

• GEMS International School Al Khail UAE 7/15 review 4
There is a good group of staff working at the school… [574 words]

• Tsukuba International School Japan 7/12 First time reviewed on ISR [1,530 words]

• Cairo American College Egypt 7/12 review 15
A great school with a small community feel… [897 words]

• Kings Tirana Albania 7/12 review 2
A mediocre establishment in a crowded market… [628 words]

• American School Kosova Kosovo 7/12 review 10
Only surviving because of the hard work of the local staff… [485 words]

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 7/12 review 52
If you take job here, keep your back up against the wall… [644 words]

• Kings Tirana Albania 7/11 First time reviewed on ISR [281 words]

• Nile Valley School Sudan 7/11 review 12
We lacked the practical tools to set disciplinary guidelines… [321 words]

• Berkeley International School Bangkok Thailand 7/11 review 9
Response to previous reviews by School Director… [970 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 7/11 review 11
I thought the school was a fantastic place to work… [613 words]

• British School Caracas Venezuela 7/11 review 22
Living in Venezuela has changed my outlook… [322 words]

• Pearling Season International School Qatar 7/10 review 6
Management are in their own fairy land but they are fair… [79 words]

• Hong Kong International School Hong Kong 7/10 review 16
Continually growing & trying to become the best school possible… [179 words]

• Malvern College Qingdao China 7/10 review 7
Has improved rapidly in the 2 years I have worked here… [671 words]

• Cairo English School Egypt 7/10 review 22
One of the worst cities for air & water pollution… [1,189 words]

• English Nursery and Primary School Russia 7/10 review 4
One of the most unhappy & stressful places I have ever worked… [74 words]

• Harrow International School Beijing China 7/9 review 17
An air of superiority to the outside world that is based on lies… [197 words]

• Harrow International School Beijing China 7/9 review 16
SLT are out of step with what constitutes good teaching… [142 words]

• American Schools Angola 7/9 review 4
ASA is poorly managed & their main focus is money… [568 words]

• International School Kazan Russia 7/9 review 8
At first blush this seems like an ideal place to work, but… [1,724 words]

• Edron Academy Mexico 7/9 review 10
There is little consistency in their approach towards staff… [297 words]

• Udon Thani International School Thailand 7/9 review 5
UDIS has a lot of potential but some VERY toxic people… [291 words]

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 7/8 review 51
There is no discipline, there is no education… [802 words]

• Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala 7/8 review 23
Local teachers are hesitant to speak up… [71 words]

• St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 7/8 review 38
A deeply flawed institution with depressingly low standards… [506 words]

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 7/5 review 50
Don’t be fooled by a fancy website & false promises… [342 words]

• Khartoum International Community School Sudan 7/5 review 24
Package is excellent, although most would argue that it has to be… [616 words]

• Universal American School UAE 7/5 review 21
Lacks any money to invest in teachers or students… [953 words]

• Shattuck St Mary’s International School Malaysia 7/4 First time reviewed on ISR [811 words]

• Multinational School Bahrain 7/4 First time reviewed on ISR [338 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 7/4 review 10
The amount of work far exceeds the measly pay you’ll receive… [1,122 words]

• Hong Qiao International School China 7/4 review 16
I highly recommend HQIS & Shanghai… [175 words]

• American Cooperative School Tunis Tunisia 7/4 review 30
The staff at ACST are amazing and we felt very cared for… [253 words]

• International Community School Abidjan Cote d’ Ivoire 7/4 review 2
Fabulous to hone your craft & experience a new rhythm of life… [624 words]

• Tarsus American College Turkey 7/4 review 13
You will be treated like you do not matter… [208 words]

• Bala-City International School Russia 7/3 First time reviewed on ISR [1,214 words]

• American International School Lagos Nigeria 7/3 review 22
A new chapter at AISL will begin this fall. I hope it’s a good one… [1,284 words]

• Amnuay Silpa Bilingual School Thailand 7/3 review 5
It’s a very happy school to work in… [395 words]

• Muscat International School Oman 7/3 review 24
Important to share our experience so other teachers are aware… [138 words]

• Tashkent International School Uzbekistan 7/3 review 7
Do not pass up an opportunity to work at this school… [1,205 words]

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 7/3 review 49
Teachers lived out of boxes all year in mold infested apartments… [149 words]

• Wellington College International China 7/2 review 9
I have seen good people leave & toxic people remain… [405 words]

• Colegio Ingles Torreon Mexico 7/2 review 3
There is no paid time off… [907 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 7/2 review 9
Your heart will break due to conditions of boarding students… [2,288 words]

• Edron Academy Mexico 7/2 review 9
Under the current regime, it is simply unbearable… [144 words]

• International School Basel Switzerland 7/1 First time reviewed on ISR [760 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 7/1 review 8
Staff are sleep-deprived, chronically immune-suppressed & ill… [784 words]

• Bahrain Bayan School Bahrain 7/1 review 11
Most of our students are open minded and eager to learn… [159 words]

• Pearling Season International School Qatar 7/1 review 5
Contract cut short so they wouldn’t have to pay… [115 words]

• Al Mizhar American Academy UAE 7/1 review 22
Overall package may seem generous, but money will not go far… [556 words]

Director & Principal Reports

• Giles Pruett 7/31 (Principal Report 3)
GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE

• Ron Roukema 7/31 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Hong Kong International School Hong Kong

• Shary Marshall 7/30 (Principal Report 7)
Walworth Barbour American International School Israel

• Eric Sands 7/30 (Director Report 7)
Stamford American International School Singapore

• Tina Santilli 7/29 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Vientiane International School Laos

• Elsa Donohue 7/29 (Director Report 9)
Vientiane International School Laos

• Ron Anderson 7/26 (Principal Report 3)
King Mongkhut International Demonstration School Thailand

• Russell O’Neill 7/26 (Principal Report 2)
Nova International School Macedonia

• Deborah Priest 7/25 (Director Report 2)
Australian International School Malaysia

• Tim Waley 7/25 (Director Report 3)
Australian International School Malaysia

• Kyle Coppes 7/25 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Universal American School UAE

• Tracey Thomas 7/25 (Principal Report 3)
British School Brasilia Brazil

• Christoph-Boris Frank 7/24 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

German European School Manila Philippines

• Chris Toomer 7/24 (Director Report 2)
Bandung Independent School Indonesia

• Ron Anderson 7/24 (Principal Report 2)
King Mongkhut International Demonstration School Thailand

• Tim Waley 7/23 (Principal Report 2)
Australian International School Malaysia

• Geoff Stainton 7/23 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Shenzhen American International School China

• Elsa Donohue 7/22 (Director Report 8)
Vientiane International School Laos

• Rick Vanden Boom 7/22 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia

• Sharon Canadine 7/19 (Director Report 7)
Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

• Dave Krocker 7/19 (Principal Report 2)
Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

• Jill Cowie 7/18 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Confucius International School China

• Daniel Kriebel 7/18 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

St. Johnsbury Academy Korea

• Lisa Johnson 7/17 (Director Report 2)
Berkeley International School Thailand

• Ole Bernard Sealey 7/17 (Director Report 6)
Universal American School UAE

• Rex Geissler 7/16 (Principal Report 2)
British International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia

• Dave Krocker 7/15 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

• Danielle Rich 7/15 (Principal Report 5)
American International School Abu Dhabi UAE

• Eric Sands 7/15 (Director Report 6)
Stamford American International School Singapore

• Shaney Crawford 7/12 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Tsukuba International School Japan

• James Lothschutz 7/12 (Director Report 8)
Miras International School Almaty Kazakhstan

• Yasir Patel 7/11 (Principal Report 10)
British School Caracas Venezuela

• Russell O’Neill 7/11 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Nova International School Macedonia

• Eric Bai 7/11 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Shenzhen American International School China

• Jessamine Koenig 7/10 (Principal Report 4)
Shanghai Community International School China

• Mark Decker 7/10 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

International Programs School Saudi Arabia

• Ole Bernard Sealey 7/10 (Director Report 5)
Universal American School UAE

• John Arunski 7/9 (Principal Report 3)
Albanian College Durres Albania

• Rupert Cox 7/8 (Director Report 4)
Greengates School Mexico

• Peter Round 7/8 (Director Report 4)
Khartoum International Community School Sudan

• Jeff Smith 7/8 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

British School Bahrain

• Ole Bernard Sealey 7/5 (Director Report 4)
Universal American School UAE

• Elsa Donohue 7/5 (Director Report 7)
Vientiane International School Laos

• Brian Lalor 7/5 (Principal Report 4)
Xi’an Hi-Tech International School China

• Glen Radojkovich 7/5 (Principal Report 4)
GEMS International School Al Khail UAE

• Gregg Maloberti 7/4 (Director Report 4)
Shattuck St Mary’s International School Malaysia

• Juan Saavedra 7/4 (Principal Report 2)
Int’l Community School Abidjan Cote d’ Ivoire

• Raja Ali 7/4 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Wellington College International China

• Matthew Ashton 7/3 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Bala-City International School Russia

• Albina Nasyrova 7/3 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Bala-City International School Russia

• Sean Garrick 7/3 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Yongsan International School Korea

• John Kennedy 7/3 (Director Report 2)
Yongsan International School Korea

• Julian Jeffrey 7/2 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Wellington College International China

• Rob Khan 7/2 (Principal Report 8)
British School Beijing Shunyi China

• Ron Anderson 7/2 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

King Mongkhut International Demonstration School Thailand

Jeff Brickus 7/2 (Principal Report 2)
American International School Egypt West Egypt

• Les Potter 7/2 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American International School Egypt West Egypt

• Linda Morrison 7/1 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American International School Egypt West Egypt

• Kim Neeta Sahi 7/1 (Principal Report 9)
Shanghai United International School China

• NG Boon Yew 7/1 (Director Report 3)
Excelsior International School Malaysia

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