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New School Reviews

• Universal American School UAE 6/30 review 30
41 academic staff left this academic year… [148 words]

• Greengates School Mexico 6/30 review 37
The only redeeming factor is that the students are absolutely wonderful… [443 words]

• Greenfield International School Dubai UAE 6/30 review 5
This is the first realistic chance I had to get out and I took it!… [796 words]

• Misk Schools Saudi Arabia 6/30 review 7
True test isn’t when running to plan but how well you function in a crisis… [1,082 words]

• American School Bangkok Thailand 6/29 review 29
A quick look at even a few yearbooks on-campus shows high turnover… [246 words]

• RDFZ King’s College School Hangzhou China 6/29 review 5
Hope I can prevent others from making the same mistake as myself… [407 words]

• Ruamrudee International School Bangkok Thailand 6/28 review 53
It takes trust & support to create a community & this school has none of that… [1,574 words]

• Prince of Wales Island International School Malaysia 6/28 review 2
I was very happy with my time at this school and would recommend it… [473 words]

• Canadian International School Bangalore India 6/28 review 20
Many positive aspects, can’t be trusted to maintain timely payments… [160 words]

• Vietnam Australia International School Vietnam 6/25 review 14
There’s no staff negotiation team & pay scales aren’t published… [477 words]

• Bromsgrove International School Thailand 6/25 review 35
COVIDs socioecononomical aftershocks reverberate… [277 words]

• Beijing International Bilingual Academy China 6/25 review 41
For a WASC accredited, IB school, things shouldn’t be this incoherent… [469 words]

• Vienna European School Austria 6/24
First time reviewed on ISR [156 words]

• Cairo English School Egypt 6/24 review 30
This school is the definition of a toxic work environment… [552 words]

• Corvuss American Academy India 6/24 review 2
Contracts that were interpreted in their favor in every circumstance… [351 words]

• KIS International School Thailand 6/24 review 4
Seems to be at a turning point with senior staff being replaced… [168 words]

• Newton International School Qatar 6/23 review 13
Not suitable for those who wish to progress their own learning & careers… [76 words]

• St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 6/23 review 74
I leave ashamed that I allowed myself to endure two years here… [357 words]

• Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China 6/23 review 29
I’m energized by reviews I read – great to see my fellow teachers find voice… [697 words]

• Huamao International School China 6/22 review 17
Your ability to teach is irrelevant, you’ll be judged on ability to suck up… [362 words]

• Changchun American International School China 6/22 review 14
Genuinely an enjoyable work environment… [1,160 words]

• Wahaha Bilingual School Hangzhou China 6/22 review 9
Two more weeks to go until about 90 % of the staff will be leaving… [464 words]

• Verita School Romania 6/21
First time reviewed on ISR [334 words]

• Anglo-American School Moscow Russia 6/21 review 26
Handbooks were created 10-15 years ago so most information is dated… [196 words]

• Al-Bayan Bilingual School Kuwait 6/21 review 34
Some people dread every single day, others apply themselves proactively… [594 words]

• Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China 6/18 review 28
Growing demands, fears over admin, & I know things will get worse… [537 words]

• Vietnam Australia International School Vietnam 6/18 review 13
My professional life here has had both UPs & DOWNs… [1,034 words]

• Qingdao #1 International School Shandong China 6/18 review 16
Supportive colleagues + safe city + reasonable package = good first experience… [522 words]

• American International School Bolivia 6/17
First time reviewed on ISR [153 words]

• Tianjiabing International School China 6/17
First time reviewed on ISR [158 words]

• Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China 6/17 review 27
Being at Kaiwen is exhausting. You’re always looking over your shoulder… [932 words]

• The Codrington School Barbados 6/16 review 10
Lacks support programs like organized sports, qualified counselors, etc… [280 words]

• Qingdao #1 International School Shandong China 6/16 review 15
I’d like to highlight the positive my time there, which is the community… [537 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 6/16 review 35
Described as TOXIC in many reviews, this is not an under-statement… [603 words]

• Vietnam Australia International School Vietnam 6/16 review 12
They put staff at risk & guess what, loads of staff got COVID… [256 words]

• Leman International School China 6/15 review 7
It’s a ‘fine’ school but unfortunately, I would not recommend it… [958 words]

• Kaiwen Academy Haidian China 6/15 review 21
Pay is fine, but they’ll work you to death, many weekends & extra duties… [226 words]

• American Schools Angola 6/15 review 14
Will teach you how cut-throat an owner & director can be… [246 words]

• Saigon South International School Vietnam 6/14 review 9
Another summer stuck in Vietnam for the majority of staff… [439 words]

• Istanbul International Community School Turkey 6/14 review 21
Don’t stay at a school you can’t trust… [161 words]

• British International School Ukraine 6/14 review 66
I can’t believe the outrageous lies I’m reading about this school… [346 words]

• International English School Castellon Spain 6/11 review 4
The salary is woeful and pay rises have not materialized since I arrived… [327 words]

• International School Lausanne Switzerland 6/11 review 5
An excellent school. Spent 8 fantastic years here… [114 words]

• BASIS International School Guangzhou China 6/11 review 4
Haven’t been given the opportunity to express concerns about management… [434 words]

• St. George International School Bulgaria 6/10 review 3
I need to disagree with many of the previous comments… [476 words]

• International School Brunei Darussalam 6/10 review 24
Stumbles along, staff departing prematurely & temporary fixes… [1,301 words]

• Uptown Primary and High School UAE 6/10 review 9
When teachers leave, they are not replaced… [209 words]

• Concordia International School Hanoi Vietnam 6/10 review 8
I feel that this school is wonderful & I am grateful to be here… [315 words]

• Utahloy International School Guangzhou China 6/9 review 28
Manner in which they conducted themselves was dishonest & unprofessional… [283 words]

• Cambridge International School Russia 6/9 review 17
Essentially ESL schools with little or no ESL provision… [1,023 words]

• Leman International School China 6/9 review 6
Read & very seriously consider all the comments in the recent reviews… [421 words]

• RDFZ King’s College School Hangzhou China 6/9 review 4
You get no respect, your rights, welfare and your health don’t matter… [336 words]

• New Cairo British International School Egypt 6/8 review 32
I’m ashamed to call the school’s leadership team my colleagues… [231 words]

• Utahloy International School Guangzhou China 6/8 review 27
I find that the work life balance is quite good… [243 words]

• British School Caracas Venezuela 6/8 review 36
I wasn’t going to engage in this forum, I felt I had no choice… [467 words]

• Alabuga International School Russia 6/8 review 3
A very frustrating & negative career move… [111 words]

• Bromsgrove International School Thailand 6/8 review 34
Much further from Bangkok than the owners would have you believe… [158 words]

• Bilkent Laboratory & International School Turkey 6/7 review 28
There were no real steps made to connect with or engage teachers… [437 words]

• Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar Malaysia 6/7 review 18
School is “managed” on a them and us basis… [178 words]

• Haileybury Almaty Kazakhstan 6/7 review 27
It is nothing but a school of bells and whistles and of little substance… [255 words]

• Children’s International School Nigeria 6/7 review 3
The curriculum is well structured and is constantly reviewed… [300 words]

• Qatar Academy Sidra Qatar 6/4 review 12
Teachers worked hard to overcome lots of changes over the past few years… [245 words]

• Nishimachi International School Japan 6/4 review 12
The climate has changed drastically under the new administration… [441 words]

• St. George International School Bulgaria 6/4 review 2
Teachers are let go without warning or intervention to improve… [134 words]

• Regent British School Egypt 6/3
First time reviewed on ISR [166 words]

• Haileybury Almaty Kazakhstan 6/3 review 26
Could be far better but seems stuck in a quagmire of mediocrity… [258 words]

• GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE 6/3 review 22
Stress at school is overwhelming & workload excessive… [268 words]

• International School Egypt 6/2 review 6
Administration goes through upheavals every 2 or 3 years… [148 words]

• British School Caracas Venezuela 6/2 review 35
It isn’t perfect but new heads have done their best in difficult circumstances… [140 words]

• Kaiwen Academy Haidian China 6/2 review 20
They will treat you like an object which they have purchased… [461 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 6/1 review 34
There’s significant ‘churn’ in int’l schools, but the turnover is ridiculous… [1,146 words]

• Concordia International School Hanoi Vietnam 6/1 review 7
Decisions are made that favor a minority… [434 words]

• New Cairo British International School Egypt 6/1 review 31
Face to face all year despite many cases of COVID amongst staff & students… [288 words]

Director & Principal Reports

• David Ryan Jones 6/30 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Universal American School UAE

• Thomas Meakin 6/30 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE

• James McCrory 6/29 (Principal Report 4)
Changchun American International School  China

• James Mattiace 6/29 (Principal Report 2)
International School Panama 

• Jean-Marie Khan 6/29 (Principal Report 3)
American International School Kuwait 

• Sudarat Tanattanawin 6/28 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Ruamrudee International School Bangkok Thailand

• David Ketsurin 6/28 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Ruamrudee International School Bangkok Thailand

• Josh Fritts 6/28 (Principal Report 5)
Ruamrudee International School Bangkok Thailand

• Jeff Holcomb 6/25 (Principal Report 7)
Seoul Foreign School Korea

• Andrew Leale 6/23 (Director Report 11)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China

• Douglas Woodruff 6/22 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Yew Wah International Education School Shanghai Gubei China

• Sharon Canadine 6/22 (Director Report 13)
Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

• Charley King 6/22 (Director Report 3)
Brookes Moscow Russia

• Kevin Fullbrook 6/21 (Director Report 3)
Al-Bayan Bilingual School Kuwait

• Kain Klinkhamer 6/21 (Principal Report 2)
GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi UAE

• Kapono Ciotti 6/18 (Director Report 3)
American International School Egypt

• Emma Scott 6/17 (Principal Report 2)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China

• James Craig 6/17 (Principal Report 9)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China

• Andrew Leale 6/17 (Principal Report 10)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China

• Andrew Leale 6/17 (Director Report 9)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China

• Gain Clark 6/16 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School Penang Malaysia

• Ruth Sanderson 6/15 (Principal Report 3)
Doha College Qatar

• Tracy Connor 6/14 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Leman International School Chengdu China

• Michele Lajoie 6/14 (Principal Report 2)
Gyeonggi Suwon International School Korea

• Saima Rana 6/11 (Director Report 33)
GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE

• Michele Lajoie 6/10 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Gyeonggi Suwon International School Korea

• Rachel Dent 6/10 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Harrow International School Beijing China

• Lily Chua 6/10 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
RDFZ King’s College School Hangzhou China

• Brandon Rogers 6/9 (Principal Report 2)
American International School Egypt

• Martin Kanghua Li 6/9 (Director Report 4)
Times College China

• Jon Schatzky 6/9 (Director Report 2)
Canadian Academy Japan

• Monica Berto 6/8 (Principal Report 2)
Gulf English School Kuwait

• Kevin Skeoch 6/8 (Director Report 4)
Dwight School Seoul Korea

• Dawid Bochen 6/7 (Principal Report 5)
Beanstalk International Bilingual School China

• Sarah Donaldson 6/4 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School of Curitiba Brazil

• William Vanbergen 6/4 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Wycombe Abbey International School

• Terry Hamilton 6/4 (Director Report 3)
Hanoi International School Vietnam

• Todd Brink 6/3 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School of Dongguan China

• David Griffiths 6/3 (Principal Report 2)
Wycombe Abbey International School China

• Mervat Fahmy 6/3 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
New Cairo British International School Egypt

• Stephanie Kattera 6/2 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School Egypt

• Tony Cartmel 6/2 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Gyeonggi Suwon International School Korea

• Brett Warfield 6/2 (Principal Report 2)
MEF International School Izmir Turkey

• Brian Manditsch 6/1 (Principal Report 10)
International School Vietnam

• Lillian Zhao 6/1 (Principal Report 2)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China

• Christine Xu 6/1 (Director Report 6)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China

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