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New School Reviews

• Private Bilingual High School BESST Slovakia 5/28 review 5
Don’t let a few disgruntled teachers put you off… [240 words]

• Dulwich College Beijing China 5/28 review 10
I will not allow others to denigrate our work & achievements… [356 words]

• Brainworks – Total International School Myanmar 5/27
First time reviewed on ISR [298 words]

• British International School Casablanca Morocco 5/27 review 8
Negative comments quite frankly scared me in the beginning… [1,114 words]

• Hanoi International School Vietnam 5/27 review 7
The real problem of the school is that is it for profit… [692 words]

• Haileybury Astana Kazakhstan 5/27 review 18
Caters to the elite & unfortunately seems to care only for appearance… [242 words]

• Huamao International School China 5/26 review 16
Two thumbs down for this place… [596 words]

• British School Caracas Venezuela 5/26 review 34
TBSC was a fun & happy place to work but that all changed in Sept 2020… [305 words]

• Beijing International Bilingual Academy China 5/26 review 40
Think twice before signing if you’ve no time for admin shenanigans… [122 words]

• The Bridge International School Cameroon 5/26 review 2
I believe this is only the beginning of a long, successful story for the school… [716 words]

• Western International School Shanghai China 5/25 review 8
This is a for-profit school. Many decisions from the top reflect this… [225 words]

• Overseas Chinese Academy Chiway Suzhou China 5/25 review 2
Rebuttal to review #1 by Int’l Principal… [1,058 words]

• Frankfurt International School Germany 5/24 review 8
Our tagline is, “a world of opportunities” & that it is!… [136 words]

• RDFZ King’s College School Hangzhou China 5/24 review 3
Small privileged group have advantages & perks most others don’t… [80 words]

• Bordeaux International School France 5/24 review 2
Survives because there’s no other option in the region… [156 words]

• Tsukuba International School Japan 5/21 review 16
Consider doing your time here and then moving on… [344 words]

• Nord Anglia School Beijing Fangshan China 5/21 review 4
Seeing reviews that tarnish the school, I want to write my own experiences… [772 words]

• English International School Padua Italy 5/21 review 4
I didn’t get to do my nqt year & was treated like a second class citizen… [220 words]

• Sunny View School Spain 5/20
First time reviewed on ISR [67 words]

• Alabuga International School Russia 5/20 review 2
Badly thought through curriculum led by those who don’t understand pedagogy… [149 words]

• Verdala International School Malta 5/19 review 4
New initiatives & curriculum constantly be brought in & not imbedded… [219 words]

• British International School Ukraine 5/19 review 65
Look at the high turn over & incidences of negative reviews… [138 words]

• Western Australian International School System Vietnam 5/18 review 2
It’d be too grueling to list all the terrible things I’ve seen & experienced… [238 words]

• GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE 5/18 review 21
I am sad to be leaving but felt I had no choice… [531 words]

• Leman International School Chengdu China 5/17 review 5
All smoke and mirrors, things “look” good but the reality is another story… [628 words]

• Nanwai King’s College School China 5/17 review 3
Real decisions have little to no staff input or consultation… [350 words]

• Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China 5/17 review 26
Going into year four & still doesn’t know what it’s identity is… [705 words]

• BASIS International School Park Lane Harbour China 5/14 review 12
A good place to start but not place to stay… [471 words]

• Colegio de Inglaterra Colombia 5/14 review 16
Simply a holding spot to your next position & not anything more… [310 words]

• Harrow International School Beijing China 5/14 review 22
I wish I’d heard about ISR before. It may have changed my mind… [491 words]

• Beijing International Bilingual Academy China 5/14 review 39
Don’t come thinking you are entering the well-worn track… [561 words]

• Tamagawa Academy Japan 5/14 review 5
As a short term, foot-in-the-door to Japan, this school may suit you… [336 words]

• Colegio Gran Bretaña Colombia 5/13
First time reviewed on ISR [569 words]

• Harrow International School Shenzhen Qianhai China 5/13
First time reviewed on ISR [821 words]

• Alabuga International School Russia 5/13
First time reviewed on ISR [89 words]

• BASIS International School Guangzhou China 5/13 review 3
Zero job security at this “school”: you can be fired or let go at any point… [1,011 words]

• International School Phnom Penh Cambodia 5/12 review 23
Professionalism & career advancement, I’d look elsewhere… [1,125 words]

• Haileybury Astana Kazakhstan 5/12 review 17
On a down-hill trend, things would balance out if the leadership were better… [345 words]

• Dulwich College Beijing China 5/12 review 9
Want to work in a high profile, fast-paced business? You’ll love it here… [657 words]

• Wahaha Bilingual School Hangzhou China 5/12 review 8
To call this a zoo is not fair to zoos… [229 words]

• Kazakhstan International School Kazakhstan 5/11 review 13
Attempted to expand too quickly & the poor way that is managed is apparent… [178 words]

• Leman International School Chengdu China 5/11 review 4
This once incredible school is being chipped away, stone by stone… [381 words]

• Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China 5/11 review 25
Thank you ISR for having our backs… [126 words]

• CfBT Project Brunei Darussalam 5/10 review 11
The country, pay, accommodation, work & lifestyle are very decent… [794 words]

• Winpenny School Mexico 5/10 review 2
Turnover of staff is huge, support is non existent… [202 words]

• International Academy Amman Jordan 5/7 review 38
Refuses to reflect honestly & openly about its issues… [137 words]

• British International School Belgrade Serbia 5/7 review 2
The sad truth about this school is that it does have a lot of potential, but… [323 words]

• Renaissance College Hong Kong 5/7 review 10
The best years of my teaching career were spent at this school… [167 words]

• Mount Kelly International School Hong Kong 5/6
First time reviewed on ISR [168 words]

• BASIS International School Hangzhou China 5/6
First time reviewed on ISR [476 words]

• Qingdao #1 International School Shandong China 5/5 review 14
If you don’t mind being around attitudes from the early 1990’s, this is for you… [51 words]

• Manor Hall International School UAE 5/5 review 6
The school owner treats the school like a cut throat business… [96 words]

• Wahaha Bilingual School Hangzhou China 5/4 review 7
Once again this school is in meltdown. It happens every year… [296 words]

• Sino Canada High School China 5/4 review 5
Working here requires creativity, flexibility, & resilience… [2,129 words]

• New Cairo British International School Egypt 5/4 review 30
I feel previous reviews have been unfair & one-sided… [714 words]

• Brighton College Al Ain UAE 5/3 review 3
Be aware that it is not all that it purports itself to be… [2,314 words]

• InterAmerican Academy Guayaquil Ecuador 5/3 review 7
Able to implement the right & researched methods of teaching… [75 words]

• BASIS International School Park Lane Harbour China 5/3 review 11
PLH is a strange place. You should consider carefully before going there… [654 words]

Director & Principal Reports

• Alan Phan 5/31 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Shanghai American School Pudong China

• David Griffiths 5/31 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Wycombe Abbey International School China

• Mike Mannion 5/31 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Brainworks – Total International School Myanmar 

• Saima Rana 5/28 (Principal Report 32)
GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE

• James Craig 5/28 (Principal Report 8)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China

• Elvira Fomina 5/28 (Director Report 2)
Alabuga International School Russia

• James Craig 2/27 (Principal Report 7)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China

• Saima Rana 5/27 (Director Report 31)
GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE

• Grace McCallum 5/26 (Principal Report 3)
Frankfurt International School Germany

• David Cole 5/26 (Director Report 14)
British International School Ukraine

• Brett Warfield 5/25 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
MEF International School Izmir Turkey

• Saima Rana 5/25 (Principal Report 30)
GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE

• Grace McCallum 5/24 (Principal Report 2)
Frankfurt International School Germany

• Elvira Fomina 5/24 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Alabuga International School Russia

• Greg Brunton 5/21 (Director Report 4)
Western International School Shanghai China

• Christine Xu 5/21 (Director Report 5)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China

• Nigel Barrett 5/20 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
GEMS Cambridge International School Kampala Uganda

• Kristian Cejka 5/20 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
GEMS Cambridge International School Kampala Uganda

• Robert Lakin 5/20 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
GEMS Cambridge International School Kampala Uganda

• Benjamin Green 5/20 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
GEMS Cambridge International School Kampala Uganda

• Andrew Leale 5/19 (Director Report 8)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China

• Brandie Smith 5/19 (Director Report 7)
Albanian College Tirana Albania

• Toby Bate 5/18 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
New Cairo British International School Egypt

• Laura Flaxman 5/18 (Principal Report 4)
Shenzhen American International School China

• Harry Roberts 5/17 (Director Report 4)
RDFZ King’s College School Hangzhou China

• Theron Mott 5/17 (Principal Report 4)
Shanghai American School China

• Robert Tomalin 5/13 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Colegio Gran Bretaña Colombia

• Bryan Lee 5/13 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
El Alsson British American International School Egypt

• Harry Roberts 5/12 (Director Report 3)
RDFZ King’s College School Hangzhou China

• Kurt Nordness 5/12 (Director Report 3)
International School Dhaka Bangladesh

• Laura Flaxman 5/12 (Principal Report 3)
Shenzhen American International School China

• Andrew Leale 5/11 (Principal Report 7)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China

• Ciara Johnson 5/11 (Principal Report 5)
International Programs School Saudi Arabia

• Brandie Smith 5/11 (Director Report 6)
Albanian College Tirana Albania

• James Craig 5/10 (Principal Report 6)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China

• MJ Mikolji 5/10 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Colegio Internacional de Carabobo Venezuela

• Stephen Sibley 5/10 (Director Report 3)
Colegio Internacional de Carabobo Venezuela

• Casey Asato 5/7 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
American School Marrakesh Morocco

• Daniel Centeno 5/7 (Principal Report 4)
Oxford International College China

• James Craig 5/6 (Principal Report 5)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China

• Saima Rana 5/6 (Director Report 29)
GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE

• Ciara Johnson 5/5 (Principal Report 4)
International Programs School Saudi Arabia

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

• Andrew Leale 5/4 (Director Report 6)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China

• Christine Xu 5/4 (Director Report 4)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China

• Tom Nolan 5/3 (Principal Report 3)
Harrow International School Beijing China

• Andrew Leale 5/3 (Principal Report 5)
Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy China 

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