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New School Reviews

• Guangdong Country Garden School China 3/30 review 26
All in all, I am quite satisfied with the school. I have signed the new contract for a new academic year…

• Lincoln School Costa Rica 3/30 review 16
Overall, I would recommend it as a place to work, but any candidate should be aware of the financial realities…

• King Faisal School Saudi Arabia 3/30 review 3
This school used to be a great place to work at, but the tides are turning…

• Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala 3/30 review 13
Interamericano is not a bad school to teach at by any means, but you need to be prepared…

• Danube International School Austria 3/29 review 11
Currently, poor communication and lack of transparency from the director and senior management is a huge concern…

• International School Latvia 3/29 review 8
If you are looking to be in Europe, off the beaten path, in a country with a rich history and vibrant culture, Latvia is it…

• Beijing International School BISS China 3/29 review 12
The school has been paying teachers late for several years and, this year…

• Daystar Academy China 3/28 review 7
I would like to describe my relationship with Daystar as that of a man trying everything just to get a girl of his dream…

• American Academy Casablanca Morocco 3/28 review 19
Administrators have announced they are leaving this wretched place and many of the newly hired staff are breaking contract…

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam 3/28 review 15
Experienced teachers looking for a decent, moral school where all staff and students are valued: BVIS is not for you…

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam 3/28 review 16
I’ve been a quiet observer of the recent reviews and I felt like enough is enough and some balance is needed…

• Georgetown International Academy Guyana 3/27 First time reviewed on ISR

• Cambridge International School Russia 3/27 review 16
The school seems nice at the beginning , but the more you look the uglier it gets. It’s a short term landing spot at best…

• British School Bahrain 3/26 review 21
The school is less than perfect and has gone through substantial change in the last few years…

• Dar es Salaam International Academy Tanzania 3/26 review 6
I agree with the other commentators that this is not a luxury posting, but teachers won’t find a better group of students…

• English Modern School Doha Qatar 3/23 review 17
EMS is a good place to introduce yourself to Cambridge, but financially the package leaves much to be desired…

• British School Bahrain 3/23 review 20
Morale is low especially in senior school where people have been treated badly. Don’t necessarily run but ask the right questions at interview…

• Daystar Academy China 3/23 review 6
Daystar Academy is a growing school and it has a lot of of potential to be one of the best schools in Beijing, but…

• Malvern College Chengdu China 3/22 First time reviewed on ISR

• British School Muscat Oman 3/22 review 10
The school has spent a fortune to build world class facilities, yet fails miserably to provide day to day classroom essentials…

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 3/22 review 44
In my classes, half of the students would do less than half of their work but I was made to answer for why they were failing…

• Concordia International School Hanoi Vietnam 3/22 review 5
Concordia consistently hires the best. If you feel like you’re at the top of your game then come! Your skills and passion will fit in…

• Jakarta Intercultural School Indonesia 3/21 review 17
You will be nickle and dimed here, while admin lives the high life. JIS has become a depressing place to work…

• Kang Chiao International School China 3/21 review 6
It claims to be an American based, actually there is no base to this school, as far as I can see it’s a for profit day-care center…

• International Christian School Cascais Portugal 3/21 review 7
I would not recommend any teacher work for this school. The director did something last year that I found completely reprehensible…

• British School Bahrain 3/21 review 19
The problems of this school go back a long way now. If it is under new management then good luck to them, they can’t do any worse…

• Wellspring International Bilingual School Vietnam 3/20 First time reviewed on ISR

• ISA International School Guangzhou China 3/20 review 5
Serious educators will need a toolkit of emotional and professional survival strategies or a very strong financial reason to stay…

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 3/20 review 42
Personally, I was not met by ‘surprises’ once I got here. Everything I agreed to at the job fair/in my contract has been fulfilled…

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 3/20 review 43
I am not unhappy but I could not in good conscience say I am happy either. I have accepted that it is what it is…

• American School of Brazzaville Republic of Congo 3/19 First time reviewed on ISR

• British School Bahrain 3/19 review 18
Yes, the school does have some flaws, however, I feel the school is definitely heading in the right direction…

• International School Ouagadougou Burkina Faso 3/19 review 3
ISO is an oasis in a hot, dry and dusty city. The community is warm and inviting…

• Haileybury Almaty Kazakhstan 3/19 review 16
For anyone considering working here, it is best suited for an NQT who does not mind being worked hard, or who has a great love for central Asia…

• International Community School Addis Ababa Ethiopia 3/16 review 16
It is a very exciting time to be apart of ICS. ICS has a very unique and supportive community despite the political climate at the moment…

• American School Bangkok Thailand 3/16 review 22
Resources at the school are adequate but not great. Many textbooks are seriously out of date…

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam 3/16 review 13
I am genuinely sad to be writing this about a school with generally great kids and parents, great colleagues and great potential…

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam 3/16 review 14
Recently the principal demanded that all remaining teachers ‘cut of the air supply’ to ISR…

• Private Bilingual High School BESST Slovakia 3/15 First time reviewed on ISR

• International British School Kuwait 3/15 review 5
The school had great potential, a nice atmosphere, friendly staff, one who greets pupils most mornings. But this has all gone…

• King Faisal School Saudi Arabia 3/15 review 2
Rating this school can be a bit difficult. To make an honest assessment of this school you have to look at events that have unfolded…

• British School Bahrain 3/15 review 17
Housing is low as are salaries and if they want to achieve their dream of being the best school in the GCC then it starts with salaries and morale…

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 3/15 review 41
The school is trying to reactively fix a problem that they should have taken care of in its correct time…

• Sultan’s School Oman 3/15 review 17
The school has been running for 40 years and when you arrive, you will wonder what exactly they have been doing in all this time…

• Malvern College Egypt 3/14 First time reviewed on ISR

• Concordia International School Hanoi Vietnam 3/14 review 4
I love this place. I’ve never been happy to wake up each day and get ready for work until joining the CISH faculty…

• SCL International School Koh Samui Thailand 3/14 review 2
Primary is ok but secondary is an abandoned hotel with leaks, boarded up windows and zero facilities…

• K International School Tokyo Japan 3/14 review 22
The ISR reviews are indeed fair and accurate and I would recommend reading them through and making an informed decision…

• Norwich International School Thailand 3/13 First time reviewed on ISR

• Somersfield Academy Bermuda 3/13 review 3
Resources are abundant with smart boards in every classroom, school-wide Wi-Fi, and fully loaded laptops for every teacher…

• British School Bahrain 3/13 review 16
There’s a new shiny AstroTurf coming and some more glass paneling. If only everything was so transparent and inspiring…

• Hayat Universal Bilingual School Qatar 3/13 review 10
Teachers should be active problem solvers who will seek creative solutions and perservere through frustrations…

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 3/12 review 39
Ask questions and ask to speak to as many people working here as you can before making the decision to take a job at AISJ…

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 3/12 review 40
I have no choice but to post it here as I fear I will be fired if I report this to the College Board…

• International British School Kuwait 3/12 review 4
Teachers are constantly suppressed with the threat of non-renewal of contract. This school will lose its best staff…

• American School Paris France 3/9 review 5
When this constrained, limited, and struggling small school tries to implement progressive big-school ideas, most of them crash and burn…

• HIKSVS International School China 3/9 review 3
This school represents the downside of the race for English education in China. We are all escaping as quickly as we can…

• International School Vietnam Hanoi 3/9 review 15
There are many things I could say about this school, however, I think it is important to get straight to the point…

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 3/9 review 38
This review is not written by a disgruntled teacher, rather by one who has become disillusioned after spending time in this environment…

• HIKSVS International School China 3/8 First time reviewed on ISR

• HIKSVS International School China 3/8 review 2
HIKSVS are currently advertising for teachers. If you do consider having an interview you need to ask the following questions…

• International British School Kuwait 3/8 review 3
Good school for area, mostly western staff. A very happy staff and student population…

• Nantong Stalford International School China 3/7 review 6
This is not an international school. Most of the students cannot speak English but yet we are to teach them in English without any ESL support…

• International Christian School Cascais Portugal 3/7 review 6
Things are getting worse over here in Portugal. Many students from China now come because they cannot get in any other school…

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi 3/7 review 11
If you’re single, want to save some money & do not worry about NA staining your resume, go ahead. If you value your health & have values stay away…

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi 3/7 review 12
Since the financial deal is good it may be tempting to take a job at BVIS. Accept only if you have skin like an armadillo…

• British School Costa Rica 3/6 review 6
There is no investment, no CPD and the constant threat of being fired if a student complains…

• Garden International School Malaysia 3/6 review 8
You will work hard and sometimes long hours, but it’s enjoyable and rewarding work which is acknowledged by management…

• K International School Tokyo Japan 3/6 review 21
I wish I would have known about ISR prior to signing a contract at KIST. Simply put, KIST has been the worst…

• Singapore International School (Kinderworld) Vietnam 3/5 review 21
Poor academic standards, no time or value for reflection and staff collaboration, little to no resources, constant nickel and diming by corporate…

• United School Tokyo Japan 3/5 review 4
As a parent I would say that there is a nice sense of community& as a teacher I would say that there are many good elements…

• St. Andrews International School Green Valley Thailand 3/5 review 2
On the surface, the school looks beautiful and sounds amazing; but dig a little deeper and you will find very shallow promises…

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 3/2 review 37
We are working Saturdays often this year as an uncompensated expectation. Workloads are heavy and prep time decreasing…

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 3/2 review 36
I wish I had spoken to someone who worked here before taking a job here. It’s been a nightmare from day one…

• British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam 3/2 review 10
BVIS will pay you well but you should consider whether you can live in a toxic environment…

• Nexus International School Singapore 3/2 review 3
Response to Reviews 1 and 2 submitted by School Principal…

• Star International School Al Twar UAE 3/1 First time reviewed on ISR

• Beijing International School BISS China 3/1 review 11
In the last 2 months, some teachers received eviction notices from their landlords because their housing was not paid on time…

• Vision International School Qatar 3/1 review 18
Our school will promise you everything to get you to come here. That changes after you are here…

Director & Principal Reports

• Steven Geraghty 3/30 (Director Report 6)
International School Brunei Darussalam

• Michelle Purghart 3/29 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Danube International School Austria

• Liza Hartlyn-Hutson 3/27 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Georgetown International Academy Guyana

• Stuart Kent 3/27 (Principal Report 4)
Seoul Foreign School Korea

• Dustin Collins 3/26 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American School Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo

• Gary Gibbons 3/26 (Director Report 4)
International British School Kuwait

• Katrina Franklin Smith 3/23 (Principal Report 3)
American Academy for Girls Kuwait

• Ildiko Murray 3/23 (Principal Report 3)
International School Dhaka Bangladesh

• Basman Zora 3/23 (Principal Report 2)
British International School Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

• Neil Walton 3/22 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American School Bangkok

• Evan Hunt 3/22 (Director Report 4)
Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

• Stuart Kent 3/21 (Principal Report 3)
Seoul Foreign School Korea

• Ruby Teo 3/21 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Nantong Stalford International School China

• Thomas Wielen 3/20 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

International School Dhaka Bangladesh

• Terry Howard 3/19 (Director Report 2)
American School Brazzaville Republic of Congo

• Mark Sayer 3/16 (Principal Report 10)
British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam

• Alan Morley 3/16 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

King Faisal School Saudi Arabia

• Martin Thomas 3/16 (Principal Report 4)
Canadian International School Bangalore India

• Gary Gibbons 3/15 (Principal Report 3)
International British School Kuwait

• Azza El Sherbiny 3/14 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Malvern College Egypt

• Mark Sayer 3/14 (Director Report 9)
British Vietnamese International School Hanoi Vietnam

• Robert VanderEyken 3/13 (Principal Report 3)
Shanghai Community International School China

• Geoffrey Potter 3/13 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Norwich International School Thailand

• Gary Gibbons 3/12 (Principal Report 2)
International British School Kuwait

• Helen Newton 3/12 (Principal Report 2)
International British School Kuwait

• Roger Dutcher 3/12 (Principal Report 2)
American School Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

• Tamara Shreve 3/9 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Stamford American International School Singapore

• April Yetsko 3/9 (Director Report 2)
Magen David Academy Panama

• Helen Newton 3/8 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International British School Kuwait

• Cory Carson 3/8 (Principal Report 4)
Qatar Academy Doha Qatar

• Oyunsuren Dugarjav 3/7 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
American School Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

• Michael Tower 3/6 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

International School HCMC American Academy Vietnam

• Robert Wilson 3/6 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

International School HCMC American Academy Vietnam

• Dudley Schroeder 3/5 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Singapore International School Vietnam

• Joseph Castillejo 3/5 (Principal Report 5)
Nile Valley School Sudan

• Matthew Gaetano 3/2 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Surabaya Intercultural School Indonesia

• Edward Langlais 3/2 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
American School Douala Cameroon

• Dan Mullen 3/1 (Principal Report 4)
Casablanca American School Morocco

• Evan Hunt 3/1 (Director Report 3)
Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

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