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New School Reviews

• Albanian College Tirana Albania 5/31 evaluation 4
Working at ACT is like working under a dictatorship. The administration does not tolerate teachers expressing their opinion…

• Dar es Salaam International Academy Tanzania 5/31 evaluation 5
Do not expect salary bonuses, extra things to reward your work or even thank you’s. You should expect the opposite…

• Riverside School Prague Czech Republic 5/30 evaluation 6
The schools’ website looks welcoming and promising, but do not get blinded! It is all about the pictures at this school and not about the quality…

• Nido de Aguilas International School Chile 5/30 evaluation 9
Nido is billed as one of the top international schools in South America. I agree with this and more…

• Horizon International School Myanmar 5/30 evaluation 10
Please note that due to recent scandals and issues with the government horizon schools have changed the names of all of their campuses…

• Overseas Family School Singapore 5/29 evaluation 15
In effect they exploited a very grey clause in my contract to deprive me of well over S$4000. The place stinks so bad!…

• International Christian School Cascais Portugal 5/29 evaluation 4
In a very old rented building with cramped classrooms and no IT available for teachers or students. The fees are high considering the lack of facilities…

• International Christian School Cascais Portugal 5/29 evaluation 5
There is a high teacher turnover and even higher number of displays of administration drama…

• Greengates School Mexico City Mexico 5/26 evaluation 26
Things are carrying on as usual at Greengates School. Everyone is wondering when…

• St. Constantine’s International School Tanzania 5/26 evaluation 7
This is a lovely, well managed, school with a staff team that pulls together and is well led, especially of late…

• Shanghai American School Puxi China 5/26 evaluation 30
Perception is important, holding to principles and honoring your pedagogy can be a challenge. You have to be willing to compromise what you believe…

• Colegio Internacional de Carabobo Venezuela 5/25 evaluation 9
I took a risk taking a job in Venezuela. The year started out with a questionable security situation and the year only got worse as it went on…

• British Columbia International School Bangkok Thailand 5/25 evaluation 3
This school’s rating is buoyed by the questions about living in Thailand. Most school related topics are consistently scored low…

• Riverside School Czech Republic 5/24 evaluation 5
If you are just entering into the international teaching world and have no prior experience teaching you may survive at this school…

• Access International Academy Ningbo China 5/24 evaluation 34
The whole place needs modernizing but with a low number of students, it is not too crowded…

• Gyeongnam International Foreign School Korea 5/24 evaluation 17
This could be a good school if it were led by a true leader…

• American School Milan Italy 5/23 evaluation 12
Unfortunately, I agree with the other reviewers in that the school is both joyless and dysfunctional…

• SABIS International School of Choueifat Erbil Iraq 5/23 evaluation 5
I am the 6th teacher in my classes this year and, if I could have, I would have left the first week. None of the reviews on this site are exaggerating…

• International Christian School Cascais Portugal 5/23 evaluation 3
NO assistance is given for housing, visas or normal help you get from an international school…

• American School Foundation Monterrey Mexico 5/22 evaluation 11
If you are an experienced teacher with a respectable résumé and expect to be treated as such, you are definitely looking in the wrong place…

• British School Kuwait 5/22 evaluation 12
School is generally well run by middle management, however there’s been a mass exodus this year in Secondary…

• UCSI International School Malaysia 5/22 evaluation 9
Classrooms are too small and not all teachers have a classroom. It is pretty clear they do not make an effort to upgrade the facilities…

• Dulwich College Seoul Korea 5/19 First time reviewed on ISR 

• British International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 5/19 evaluation 14
I expected to experience some sexism in Saudi Arabia, but it is really out of control at BISJ…

• American School of Yaounde Cameroon 5/19 evaluation 14 Rubric Only

• International School Bucharest Romania 5/18 First time reviewed on ISR 

• Ras Al Khaimah Academy UAE 5/18 evaluation 15
The schools are improving every year with regard to results, conditions, budgets, standards of teaching etc. Class sizes are much smaller than in the UK…

• Riverside School Czech Republic 5/17 evaluation 4
The school can and does fire teachers without just cause and without any severance pay…

• Overseas Family School Singapore 5/17 evaluation 14
This was the worst teaching experience of my career. All the things the other reviews say are true…

• Hay Al Sharooq International School Oman 5/16 evaluation 16
This school is a mess. CIS is nothing but paperwork and a fee. If HASIS can obtain it, any school can…

• American International School Cyprus 5/16 evaluation 12
I honestly wish I had read the reviews prior to accepting a teaching job here. Believe me, these reviews are spot on concerning accuracy!..

• SABIS International School of Choueifat Erbil Iraq 5/15 evaluation 4
The lowdown on this school is the teachers are overworked, underpaid and not respected…

• Colegio International de Caracas Venezuela 5/15 evaluation 12
Currently the country is in chaos. There are riots on the street and there is no communication from the school…

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 5/15 evaluation 33
Most likely better than you think it is, though there are some absolutely terrible things. But I have no regrets about coming to AISJ…

• Limai Chinese American (International) School China 5/12 First time reviewed on ISR

• Utahloy International School Guangzhou China 5/12 evaluation 20
Many of the criticisms of the school in earlier posts have been addressed, the investment in the campus is extensive…

• American British Academy Oman 5/12 evaluation 11
You will have very professional colleagues who care about the students but you’ll have to find your own way without the support of the admin…

• Doha English Speaking School Qatar 5/12 evaluation 5
The school is indeed good and provides a relatively easy life for the staff and I imagine that is the reason for the more sycophantic reviews here…

• Udine International School Italy 5/11 First time reviewed on ISR

• Nova International School Sudan 5/11 evaluation 5
Excellent compensation/benefits package including first-class housing. This is a family friendly school…

• The English Academy Kuwait 5/11 evaluation 28 Rubric Only

• Yew Wah International Education School Yantai China 5/10 evaluation 4
Life is really cheap and the salary and benefits package is pretty competitive – it’s a more interesting place than some of the other big cities in China…

• Beijing International Bilingual Academy China 5/10 evaluation 20 Rubric Only

• Shanghai United International School China 5/10 evaluation 11 Rubric Only

• Rio International School Brazil 5/9 evaluation 6
I can highly suggest for someone to move to Brazil, but I can’t in good conscience suggest you work at this train wreck of a school…

• Nottingham British School Kuwait 5/9 evaluation 5
The good thing about the school is the sense of community. Teachers do get on really well…

• Internationale Schule am Rhein (ISR) Germany 5/9 evaluation 17
I’ve been working at ISR for two years and, I must say, my personal experience has been absolutely positive…

• Dyatmika School Bali Indonesia 5/8 evaluation 5
The students are wonderful, and the school is run professionally with the minimum of unnecessary bureaucracy & hassle…

• Cebu International School Philippines 5/8 evaluation 10
From the administration on down there is an upbeat positivity running throughout the school…

• Beijing International School BISS China 5/8 evaluation 9
Unfortunately, the decline of BISS over the course of the past two years has greatly damaged the reputation of the school…

• Overseas Family School Singapore 5/5 evaluation 13
The atmosphere around the school is one of disbelief, sadness, and anger at being treated as nothing but dispensable…

• Shanghai Singapore International School China 5/5 evaluation 20
Sure, you can come for a 2 year contract; however, it will not lead to anything. You will leave with a bad reference and no support finding your next position…

• SABIS International School of Choueifat Erbil Iraq 5/5 evaluation 3
I currently work here and while I agree with most of what both reviews claim, I do not hate my job, nor am I going to run away…

• Sri KDU International School Malaysia 5/5 evaluation 13
Be careful of signing this employer’s contract if you are not happy with the conditions. Don’t trust them unless it is stipulated in black and white…

• Nagoya International High School Japan 5/5 evaluation 3
Staff retention is exceptionally low, and staff morale has flat-lined. There is no room for personal development…

• British School Quito Ecuador 5/4 First time reviewed on ISR

• Overseas Family School Singapore 5/4 evaluation 12
This school just let go a huge number of staff for next year. We were gathered together and informed by one of the owners…

• International Christian School Cascais Portugal 5/4 evaluation 2
School is in poor condition with almost no in-school activities for the students. Teachers are fired if they question the admin’s decisions…

• Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School Hong Kong 5/3 evaluation 2
The principal often says, “the school is a new school and we are still going through growing pains.” The school is not new. It’s been 15 years…

• British School Valencia Spain 5/3 evaluation 2
Children are very badly behaved, not because they are bad kids, but due to the culture the management has put down…

• Ecole Mondiale World School India 5/3 evaluation 6
Most of us western teachers will leave the school this year due to general job dissatisfaction, bad running of the school, and basic lack of support…

• Kaiwen Academy China 5/3 evaluation 8
Don’t complain or else! Even if complaints are just valid criticisms to help, don’t do it…

• Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) UAE 5/2 evaluation 36
ADNOC Schools are a miserable place to work. I wished I had looked at the reviews before I set foot in this school…

• SABIS International School of Choueifat Erbil Iraq 5/2 evaluation 2
Kids are great & there’s a pretty strong community of teachers that each watch each others backs, considering the high turnover rate…

• British International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 5/2 evaluation 13
I expected a bit of hand-holding but you don’t get any of that here! There has been no support of any kind. It is overwhelming and to be honest, lonely…

• British International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 5/2 evaluation 12
There are so many problems within this school that it is hard to know where to start. I think it starts from the top then trickles down!…

• International School Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam 5/1 evaluation 19
We do not regret our time at ISHCMC but it did age us, and it did drain us. We are in a more relaxed place now…

• ACS Doha International School Qatar 5/1 evaluation 5
There’s always potential for improvement. Overall, the staff and admin are doing their best….

• Yew Chung International School Shanghai China 5/1 evaluation 35
Many, many students need varying levels of behavioural support or learning support, which is not adequately provided…

• International School Vietnam Hanoi 5/1 evaluation 11
The academic standards are rather expected to go down in the next two years, unless a savior comes and takes hold of the reins…

Director & Principal Reports

• Susan Eby 5/31 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR 

Albanian College Tirana Albania

• Tini Bennett 5/31 (Director Report 3)
Dar es Salaam International Academy Tanzania

• Shaista Juma 5/31 (Director Report 3)
Dar es Salaam International Academy Tanzania

• Roy Donnan 5/30 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR 

Shanghai United International School China

• Gerry Steiert 5/30 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR 

Advanced Learning Schools Saudi Arabia

• Matthew Neal 5/30 (Director Report 2)
American Creativity Academy Kuwait

• Brendan Clarkin 5/29 (Principal Report 2)
Ela Murray International School Papua New Guinea

• Caroline Jacoby 5/29 (Director Report 3)
American International School Bamako Mali

• Sascha Heckmann 5/26 (Principal Report 15)
Shanghai American School Puxi China

• Becky Read 5/26 (Principal Report 2)
Shanghai American School Pudong China

• Colm Flanagan 5/26 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Seoul Foreign School Korea

• Bryan Manditsch 5/25 (Principal Report 6)
International School Vietnam Hanoi

• Timothy Veale 5/25 (Director Report) 
First time reviewed on ISR
Esbjerg International School Denmark

• Becky Read 5/24 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR 
Shanghai American School Pudong China

• Chris Green 5/23 (Director Report 3)
Bilkent Laboratory & International School Turkey

• Carlos De Freitas 5/23 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International Christian School Cascais Portugal

• Anne Crylen 5/22 (Principal Report 2)
Hong Qiao International School China

• Michael Adams 5/22 (Director Report 6)
American School Foundation Monterrey Mexico

• Eileen Lyons 5/19 (Director Report 3)
Internationale Schule am Rhein Germany

• Ian Piper 5/18 (Principal Report 3)
British International School Washington USA

• Michael Henderson 5/18 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR 

British International School Washington USA

• Gina Vukovich 5/17 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR 

Kingdom Schools Saudi Arabia

• Peter Daish 5/17 (Director Report 2)
Riverside School Czech Republic

• David Falconer 5/16 (Director Report 2)
International School Dongguan China

• Ian Williams 5/16 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
British International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia

• David Perry 5/15 (Principal Report 2)
Nido de Aguilas International School Chile

• Rosemary Saunders 5/15 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR 
Anglican International School Jerusalem Israel

• Wallace Ting 5/12 (Director Report 5)
American International School Abuja Nigeria

• Linda Vanlaan 5/11 (Principal Report 2)
English Modern School Doha Qatar

• Valerie Thomas Peter 5/10 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR 
Bangkok Preparatory International School Thailand

• Eileen Councill 5/9 (Principal Report 2)
GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE

• Raymond Williams 5/8 (Principal Report 5)
New Cairo British International School Egypt

• David Marriott 5/8 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Saint Andrew’s International School Malawi

• Timothy Gray 5/4 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Seoul Foreign School Korea

• Liam McLoughlin 5/4 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Kuwait National English School Kuwait

• Rex Geissler 5/3 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

British International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia

• Theron Mott 5/2 (Principal Report 2)
Shanghai American School Puxi China

• Kimberley Jones 5/1 (Principal Report) 
First time reviewed on ISR

Singapore International School Vietnam

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