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• Northbridge International School Cambodia 7/31 evaluation 22
I spent two toxic years in that school and considered seriously walking out after my first year for the following reasons…

• British School Muscat Oman 7/31 evaluation 8
On the surface, and at administration, housing, health care support, this is a fantastic school to go to – especially as a first posting abroad…

• Westhill Institute Mexico 7/31 evaluation 12
No resources, no leadership, no curriculum, just daily crisis management from the principals…

• Instituto Thomas Jefferson Mexico 7/28 First time reviewed on ISR

• Taipei Kuei Shan School Taiwan 7/28 First time reviewed on ISR

• United School Tokyo Japan 7/28 First time reviewed on ISR

• Yichang International School China 7/27 First time reviewed on ISR

• International School Vietnam Hanoi 7/27 evaluation 12
All the goodness and talent that the people in the school have are marred by the thoughtless actions of bureaucrats…

• International School Myanmar 7/27 evaluation 30
ISM has remarkable potential, however is fraught with high staff turnover and fledgling education-oriented owners…

• Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School Turkey 7/27 evaluation 5
The negatives include the length of the school year, where you rarely have holidays, 10 months of slog with minimal days off…

• Royal Primary Academy Indonesia 7/26 First time reviewed on ISR

• American School Kuwait 7/26 evaluation 52
A series of changes within the school over the past 2-3 years have caused the school to become a poor choice…

• Braeburn School Kenya 7/26 evaluation 7
The accomodation provided by the school was dreadful, extremely old, poorly maintained and very small, student-like studio…

• NIST International School Thailand 7/26 evaluation 7
This wouldn’t be a good choice for those who prefer a more relaxed working atmosphere, the school is moving on full cylinders at all times…

• Northbridge International School Cambodia 7/25 evaluation 21
The takeover of the school by Nord Anglia Education means a focus on maximized profits and minimized costs…

• International Community School Jordan 7/25 evaluation 10
As a teacher you have a lot of autonomy over what you do in your classroom but basic resources can be scarce…

• Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School Turkey 7/25 evaluation 4
Working at this school was one of the biggest mistakes I have made. I am so glad to be away from it…

• Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School Turkey 7/25 evaluation 3
I found working at this school to be a real challenge and very emotionally draining. The school is run on gossip…

• St. Constantine’s International School Tanzania 7/25 evaluation 9
Budgets are cut, and the school is micro-managed, teachers with experience and a balancing viewpoint are ignored and shut out…

• Newton International Academy Qatar 7/24 evaluation 3
Professional development is not seen as a priority,in my three years I only ever received a couple of sessions provided by the SLT…

• Etonhouse Prep Seoul Korea 7/24 evaluation 3
Unless you’re hired on an E7 visa, or an F visa, I would suggest staying far away, or else you might find yourself deported and banned…

• Matrix Global School Malaysia 7/24 evaluation 8
Work load expectations were increasing each term and it has been announced that starting in September the school day will be stretched longer…

• American International School Vilnius Lithuania 7/21 First time reviewed on ISR

• St. Christopher’s School Bahrain 7/21 evaluation 6
Akin to working in a UK comprehensive school five years behind the times, with all the same bureaucracy and box ticking…

• Al Ain English Speaking School UAE 7/21 evaluation 6 Rubric Only

• Wingate School Spain 7/20 First time reviewed on ISR

• British International School of Washington USA 7/20 First time reviewed on ISR

• British School Caracas Venezuela 7/20 evaluation 15
Classes were small, the school was very well equipped and teachers had a tremendous amount of independence in their classrooms…

• Antofagasta International School Chile 7/20 evaluation 8
I found that I was promised a lot during my interview only to be later told that if it wasn’t in my contract then I wasn’t entitled to it…

• Canadian International School Vietnam 7/20 evaluation 8
CIS set a very ambitious target at first, but ended up being the only int’l school in Saigon South NOT to be accredited by any organizations…

• Future Bilingual School Kuwait 7/19 evaluation 15
The building is very lively & colourfully decorated with impressive & creative displays. Good support for teachers to create their own…

• American International School Kuwait 7/19 evaluation 64
High School has had 4 principals in 5 years, this has led to difficulties identifying school culture…

• Etonhouse Prep Seoul Korea 7/19 evaluation 2 Rubric Only

• Universal American School Kuwait 7/18 evaluation 41
The politics and morale of the school was better my first 2 years, but then the change in admin started pushing the teachers harder…

• British School Ulaanbaatar Mongolia 7/18 evaluation 6
Although this review is long, it’s necessary to provide all the info to prepare you for what you will face when accepting a job at BSU…

• A’Takamul International School Kuwait 7/18 evaluation 42
For the vast majority of my time at ATIS, it wasn’t a bad school. A gradual lowering of standards means that the school is now struggling…

• American International School Bamako 7/17 evaluation 4
Very relaxed, supportive staff. Great administration. The students are a pleasure to work with…

• Al Shomoukh International School Oman 7/17 evaluation 2
After many successful years of teaching overseas this has been the worst experience of my life…

• Malherbe International School France 7/14 First time reviewed on ISR

• Western Academy Beijing China 7/14 evaluation 24
I can recommend the school, but not the city of Beijing. You may enjoy the city for a year or so; however, the air quality will take a toll…

• Felice International School Japan 7/13 First time reviewed on ISR

• Shanghai United International School China 7/13 evaluation 13 Rubric Only

• Yew Chung International School Shanghai China 7/12 evaluation 36
YCIS Shanghai could be a good school to work at; however, being proprietary hinders the potential of the school…

• Harrow International School China 7/12 evaluation 3 Rubric Only

• American School Kuwait 7/11 evaluation 51
We found the package to be way below what other tier 1 overseas schools offer; the salary is low for the cost of living in Kuwait…

• Bilkent Laboratory & International School Turkey 7/11 evaluation 26
There’s many ‘negative’ aspects, and a few positives… 26 expats left this year, most at the end of 2-year contracts if that says anything…

• German European School Singapore 7/11 evaluation 6
As the school grew, ineffectual people have been promoted into positions of power and have built their own domains to rule over…

• International Community School Jordan 7/11 evaluation 9
Long standing, highly valued staff have been let go, ousted and it is to the detriment of the quality and reputation of the school…

• British College Brazil 7/10 evaluation 3
The staff live and work in one anothers’ pockets, so it is a rather like a small village. This can be overbearing…

• St. George’s College Quilmes Argentina 7/10 evaluation 23
It seems like there is no one in charge of teaching and learning. The curriculum is just whatever each teacher decides to do in their room…

• Greengates School Mexico City Mexico 7/10 evaluation 28
Life and travel in Mexico are great, but come at a high price emotionally and mentally if you choose to work at Greengates…

• Dipont Education China 7/10 evaluation 23
After fulfilling my two year contract I was entitled to 40,000¥, bonus and a plane fare of 12,000 to the USA. They have refused to pay this…

• Albanian International School Albania 7/10 evaluation 8
I would say this is a fun place to work if you actually care about student learning and can teach to a standard…

• New Vision International School Egypt 7/10 evaluation 2
NVIS is a developing IB school. During my tenure the school achieved both PYP and MYP authorisation…

• Northbridge International School Cambodia 7/7 evaluation 20
It’s unfortunate to witness over a short period of time how Nord Anglia transformed NISC into a corporate school…

• St. Paul American School Vietnam 7/7 evaluation 9
Parents are made promises that are not kept, and the administration overall appears to me to have a hidden Christian Evangelical agenda…

• Albanian International School Albania 7/7 evaluation 7
The entire teaching expectation is based on following page by page, cover to cover of the textbook…

• UCSI International School Malaysia 7/7 evaluation 10
At times it is a nightmare working at UCSI, at other times it is the kids who make it worth it…

• Suzhou Singapore International Schools China 7/7 evaluation 59
I would absolutely recommend teaching at SSIS, but like everything, it is most suitable to the right person…

• Aldar Academies UAE 7/6 evaluation 7
Just before the school year began I was told that my contract would be changed. The salary was cut by about a third…

• Bangkok Preparatory International School Thailand 7/6 evaluation 5
I do believe this has been the worst career move of my life to date…

• Sherborne Qatar 7/6 evaluation 6
A school that cannot plan its own staffing needs does not reflect well on its operational capacity…

• Kang Chiao International School China 7/6 evaluation 4
I do not regret staying for 3 years and overall, I loved my time there. That being said, the school has many flaws…

• Guiyang Concord College Sino-Canada China 7/5 evaluation 6
This really is a bad school, & it is getting worse. I hope anyone planning to work here sees this in time to save themselves a world of hassle & stress…

• Riverside School Czech Republic 7/5 evaluation 7
The school has absolutely no policies in place. Everything is made up on the spot, despite being 22 years old…

• Compass International Schools Doha Qatar 7/5 evaluation 7
I have not taught in this school but thought it might be useful to others to share my interview experience…

• Etonhouse Prep Seoul Korea 7/4 First time reviewed on ISR

• Skagerak International School Norway 7/4 evaluation 6
This school has a serious management problem that led to a strike this year…

• International School Penang Malaysia 7/4 evaluation 18
“Respect for Self, Respect for Others” well they’re half right, they certainly know how to take care of themselves…

• International School Koje Korea 7/4 evaluation 2
ISK is on the path to becoming an international Hagwan (a for-profit private institute, academy or cram school prevalent in South Korea)…

• International School Dhaka Bangladesh 7/4 evaluation 18
ISD is a school in crisis. It is not uncommon for teachers to ‘lose it’…

• GEMS American Academy Dubai UAE 7/3 evaluation 16
I can say that the Admin, Faculty, Staff and Students are pretty great. It’s a community, and for the most part I had a good time at the school…

• GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE 7/3 evaluation 7
You should create a context for the ratings by reading a good number of reviews already on ISR for the GEMS education corporation…

• Bangkok Preparatory International School Thailand 7/3 evaluation 4
Faculty morale is low. Turnover is high. However, the students are great…

• Schools of North America Vietnam 7/3 evaluation 3
New hires should make sure you have all of the terms you agreed to in the contract, although they change whatever they want…

• Ras Al Khaimah Academy UAE 7/3 evaluation 16
RAK Academy has great potential but is constantly let down by the demands of members of the board…

Director & Principal Reports

• Maria Wang 7/28 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Taipei Kuei Shan School Taiwan

• Mary Jane Martin 7/28 (Principal Report 3)
International School Stuttgart Germany

• Natasha Dytham 7/28 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR 
United School Tokyo Japan

• George Piacentini 7/27 (Director Report 8)
Ihsan Dogrimaci Bilkent Erbil College Iraq

• Cristoph Zaenglein 7/26 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
German European School Singapore

• Paul Williamson 7/24 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Newton International Academy Qatar

• Felix Lee 7/24 (Principal Report 5)
Matrix Global School Malaysia

• Sheryl Salem 7/21 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR 
American International School Vilnius Lithuania

• Ann Gaillard 7/21 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR 
Changchun American International School China

• Tracey Thomas 7/19 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
British School Brasilia Brazil

• David Botbyl 7/19 (Director Report 4)
American International School Kuwait

• Stephen Caskie 7/18 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School Azerbaijan

• Leslie Simon 7/18 (Director Report 3)
Australian International School Singapore

• Dawn Summerfield 7/17
First time reviewed on ISR
ACS Hillingdon International School

• Andrew Leathwood 7/14 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Tarsus American College Turkey

• Rupert Cox 7/14 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Greengates School Mexico

• Elizabeth Kind 7/13 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Myanmar International School Yangon Myanmar

• TJ Coburn 7/13 (Director Report 2)
American School Warsaw Poland

• Vivian Rizk 7/12 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

British School of Egypt

• Roderick Crouch 7/12 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Australian International School Vietnam

• Kim Green 7/11 (Director Report 6)
International School Dhaka Bangladesh

• Neil Morris 7/11 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

St. George’s British School Almeria Spain

• Dina Tajdeen 7/11 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

New Vision International School Egypt

• Nick Duggan 7/7 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

St. George’s British School Spain

• Sarah Osborne-James 7/7 (Director Report 5)
Northbridge International School Cambodia

• Alex Nenes 7/7 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

UCSI International School Malaysia

• Gretchen DePoint 7/6 (Principal Report 8)
Ruamrudee International School Thailand

• Elena Makesymova 7/6 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Kazakhstan International School

• Tom Burton 7/5 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

International School Azerbaijan

• Sean Sibley 7/5 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Doha English Speaking School Qatar

• Kerry Smith 7/4 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Ajman Academy UAE

• Tassos Anastasiades 7/4 (Director Report 6)
Ajman Academy UAE

• Valerie Thomas Peter 7/3 (Principal Report 2)
Bangkok Preparatory Int’l School Thailand

• Nigel Wilsonlock 7/3 (Principal Report 2)
Bangkok Preparatory Int’l School Thailand

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