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(*) Includes school’s response to COVID-19

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 5/29 review 19
Over 40 of 110 staff left last year & it appears the same are leaving this year… [383 words]

• Shanghai Community International School China 5/29 review 51
Your job is never secure & contracts don’t mean anything… [369 words]

• International School Kazan Russia 5/29 review 9
Can be criticized for many things, but you’ll be supported & appreciated… [2,282 words]

• HD Schools Beijing China 5/28 First time reviewed on ISR [215 words]

• American International School Kuwait 5/28 review 69
Try back again in a couple of years… [28 words]

• British International School Ukraine 5/28 review 50
Tow the party line, tick the boxes, shut your mouth, & wear a tie… [324 words]

• British International School Ukraine 5/28 review 51
Save yourself a lot of time and just go mad now… [254 words]

• American Overseas School Rome Italy 5/27 review 9
Look at these low reviews & think it’s worth it to live in Rome. It’s not… [367 words]

• British School Caracas Venezuela 5/27 review 29
Not for people with kids… [138 words]

• Compass International Schools Doha Qatar 5/27 review 8
A wonderful place to live & teach… [495 words]

• * St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 5/26 review 44 *
There is always a revolving door of unpaid teachers… [795 words]

• * St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 5/26 review 45 *
Zero business ethics & value money above everything… [240 words]

• * St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 5/26 review 46 *
Nearly everyone I came to this school with will also leave… [641 words]

• Children’s International School Norway 5/25 First time reviewed on ISR [1,084 words]

• Al Forsan International Schools Saudi Arabia 5/25 review 3
Well-equipped building & good salaries doesn’t make an effective school… [185 words]

• * Woodstock International School India 5/25 review 4 *
Do take these points into consideration if you are planning on applying… [394 words]

• British Columbia International School Bangkok  Thailand 5/25 review 5
Speak to many staff members before signing on the dotted line… [867 words]

• St. Andrews International School Sukhumvit 71 Thailand 5/22 review 4
Good school to work at, but rapid expansion may lead to a higher staff turnover… [495 words]

• International Community School Addis Ababa Ethiopia 5/22 review 17
A great place to be. You’ll leave as a better teacher & a better person… [620 words]

• St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 5/22 review 43
No heritage just a legacy of poor management & owner greed… [841 words]

• Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala 5/21 review 26
Ethically I cannot continue to work at the “school”… [66 words]

• International School Basel Switzerland 5/21 review 2
Salary, PD & school budgets are more than fine… [185 words]

• International School Brunei Darussalam 5/21 review 22
Gardening & image was more important than long awaited pay rises… [230 words]

* Malvern College Qingdao China 5/20 review 18 *
This week it’s been announced, all students in all years must return… [276 words]

• International School Macao 5/20 review 23
Like the Golden Apple, looks amazing, rotten on the inside… [419 words]

• Pearling Season International School Qatar 5/20 review 7
Salary reduced for all staff by around 20%… [89 words]

• Gateway International School Vietnam 5/19 First time reviewed on ISR [191 words]

• Shenzhen American International School China 5/19 review 17
Built for over 600 students, but never had more than 150… [337 words]

• Thai-Chinese International School Thailand 5/19 review 38
Salaries based on the “good old boys” policy… [962 words]

• Al Jazeera Academy Doha Qatar 5/19 review 35
Extremely demanding due to a top heavy structure… [506 words]

• Transformation Academy Shanghai China 5/18 First time reviewed on ISR [245 words]

• Lincoln School Nepal 5/18 review 3
Working here is not a good experience… [236 words]

• International Programs School Saudi Arabia 5/18 review 12
The school building looks impressive but beware… [47 words]

• Wellspring Learning Community Lebanon 5/15 review 9
No longer be receiving payments in dollars, but rather in Lebanese Lira… [691 words]

• Wroclaw International School Poland 5/15 review 7
IB values such as int’l mindedness & integrity are non-existent… [444 words]

• Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School Turkey 5/15 review 10
Teacher turn over is very high & no it’s not because life in Erzurum is hard… [634 words]

• Panaga School Brunei Darussalam 5/15 review 14
Positives of living in Brunei don’t out weigh the negatives of working here… [517 words]

• Jeddah Knowledge International School Saudi Arabia 5/15 review 30
Why are the vast majority of the reviews so negative?… [1,238 words]

• Panaga School Brunei Darussalam 5/14 review 13
A move here is not very easy as nothing is organised for you… [400 words]

• CIS Armenia International School Armenia 5/14 review 9
Secondary was a disastrous place to work… [91 words]

• * Gulf English School Kuwait 5/14 review 45 *
They talk about ‘family’, I’d NEVER treat my family in this way… [277 words]

• * Kaiwen Academy Haidian China 5/14 review 17 *
During the pandemic period I felt secured & safe… [213 words]

• Branksome Hall Asia Korea 5/13 review 14
Parent community is nasty, controlling & demanding… [261 words]

• Shenzhen American International School China 5/13 review 16
They will use the most bizarre & frivolous reasons to justify firing people… [136 words]

• * Khartoum American School Sudan 5/13 review 6 *
This review, by contrast, is a simple, “Yeah, KAS is okay”… [2,377 words]

• * Universal American School Kuwait 5/13 review 42 *
Informed us regularly of government decisions & reassured us… [108 words]

• Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School Turkey 5/12 review 9
BELS getting their accreditation is a black mark for CIS… [525 words]

• * Al Maha Academy for Boys Qatar 5/12 review 49 *
I stayed in the job to save bucks but wish I had not… [289 words]

• * British International School Riyadh Saudi Arabia 5/12 review 13 *
You won’t grow as a teacher here & may find yourself de-skilling… [755 words]

• Nun Academy Saudi Arabia 5/12 review 7
I lasted less than one semester… [194 words]

• Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School Turkey 5/11 review 8
You will have to grovel for a reference… [1,217 words]

• Baku Modern School Azerbaijan 5/11 review 4
After reading the latest review I need to chime in… [339 words]

• Shenzhen American International School China 5/11 review 15
Old school, but kind of like a brand new one… [112 words]

• RDFZ International Curriculum Center China 5/8 review 5
If you stick your head out in any way, you can see yourself out the door… [265 words]

• * Malvern College Qingdao China 5/8 review 17 *
Involves long hours, despite claims to address work-life balance… [654 words]

• Beijing International Singaporean School China 5/8 review 28
The purpose of a task often lacks logic… [118 words]

• Al Maha Academy for Girls Qatar 5/7 review 19
If only they’d let teachers teach, & give students the opportunity to learn… [520 words]

• Gyeonggi Suwon International School Korea 5/7 review 13
Just know that the parents will dictate everything… [427 words]

• * Malvern College Qingdao China 5/7 review 15 *
It used to be a happy place- I can’t say that now!… [373 words]

• Malvern College Qingdao China 5/7 review 16
A good place to earn some money, but… [189 words]

• British International Schools Kurdistan Iraq 5/6 review 3
After all, it’s profitable. Why look too closely?… [353 words]

• * Cairo English School Egypt 5/6 review 26 *
Pure and simple, CES sets teachers up to fail… [606 words]

• British International School Ukraine 5/6 review 49
A pseudo school in pseudo-Europe… [600 words]

* British International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 5/6 review 21 *
Staff retention does not seem to be high on the agenda… [74 words]

• * JOY EL Academy China 5/5 * First time reviewed on ISR [539 words]

• Nun Academy Saudi Arabia 5/5 review 4
Still work in progress but the people are lovely… [1,662 words]

• Nun Academy Saudi Arabia 5/5 review 5
A highly respected, valued international school… [540 words]

• Nun Academy Saudi Arabia 5/5 review 6
I’m enjoying my time & the benefits of living & working in the ME… [424 words]

• International School Krakow Poland 5/5 review 6
Small, genuine school filled with fantastic students & staff… [568 words]

• * Cakir Schools Turkey 5/4 * First time reviewed on ISR [664 words]

• International School Latvia 5/4 review 11
A little bit of a roller-coaster, but every year the school grew in positive ways… [1,665 words]

• Qingdao Amerasia International School China 5/4 review 6
QAIS really feels like home & I hope to renew my contract… [177 words]

• * Nova International School Sudan 5/4 review 6 *
Owner of the school is also the principal, what he says goes… [279 words]

• Hillcrest International School Nairobi Kenya 5/1 review 3
Let’s hope GEMS can make a difference… [187 words]

• International School Ho Chi Minh City – American Academy Vietnam 5/1 review 3
Decisions of the SLT have really hamstrung the school… [217 words]

• * Malvern College Qingdao China 5/1 review 14 *
Nearly everyone I came with will leave this year… [331 words]

• Shen Wai International School China 5/1 review 11
It has a far way to go to reach ‘true blue’ international school level… [796 words]

Director & Principal Reports

• Paul Ellmes 5/29 (Principal Report 2)
English Playgroup and Primary School Kuwait

• Jeff Holcomb 5/29 (Principal Report 4)
Seoul Foreign School Korea

• Meg Sutcliffe 5/27 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School Rheintal Switzerland

• Maggie Stuhan 5/26 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
American School Barcelona Spain

• Yasir Patel 5/25 (Director Report 14)
British School Caracas Venezuela

• Josh Fritts 5/22 (Principal Report 4)
Ruamrudee International School Bangkok Thailand

• * Kenneth Page 5/22 * (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
British international School Phuket Thailand

• * Sharyn Baddeley 5/22 * (Principal Report 2)
Beijing International Bilingual Academy China

• Sandra Harris 5/21 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Gulf English School Kuwait

• Sheila Klein 5/21 (Principal Report 8)
Stamford American International School Singapore

• Eric Sands 5/21 (Director Report 10)
Stamford American International School Singapore

• * Wenbin Wang 5/20 * (Principal Report 6)
Malvern College Qingdao China

• Josephine Osadec 5/20 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Albanian College Tirana Albania

• Brandie Smith 5/20 (Director Report 2)
Albanian College Tirana Albania

• Richard Davidson 5/19 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Tenby Schools Ipoh Malaysia

• Sharyn Baddeley 5/18 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Beijing International Bilingual Academy China

• Kevin Curran 5/18 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

• Josh Fritts 5/18 (Principal Report 2)
Ruamrudee International School Thailand

• Josh Fritts 5/18 (Principal Report 3)
Ruamrudee International School Thailand

• Simon O’Grady 5/15 (Principal Report 4)
Edron Academy Mexico

• Alexander Bennett 5/15 (Director Report 5)
International School Eastern Seaboard Thailand

• Dave Krocker 5/14 (Principal Report 8)
Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala

• Josh Fritts 5/13 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Ruamrudee International School Thailand

• Murat Gunel 5/13 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Koc School Istanbul Turkey

• Akin Metli 5/12 (Principal Report 2)
Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School Turkey

• Wenbin Wang 5/12 (Director Report 5)
Malvern College Qingdao China

• Meliha Ayşen Yurdakul 5/11 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School Turkey

• James Swetz 5/11 (Director Report 6)
Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School Turkey

• Matthew Aston 5/8 (Principal Report 2)
Haileybury Almaty Kazakhstan

• * Wenbin Wang 5/8 * (Director Report 4)
Malvern College Qingdao China

• Ciara Johnson 5/7 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International Programs School Saudi Arabia

• * Patrick Rich 5/6 * (Director Report 2)
American International School Abu Dhabi UAE

• Rachel MacKinnon 5/4 (Principal Review 4)
Albanian College Durres Albania

• Cindy Bin Tahal 5/4 (Principal Report 8)
Panaga School Brunei Darussalam

• * Wenbin Wang 5/1 * (Principal Report 3)
Malvern College Qingdao China

• Akin Metli 5/1 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School Turkey

• James Swetz 5/1 (Director Report 5)
Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School Turkey

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