November Additions To ISR

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New School Reviews

• Qingdao #1 International School Shandong China 11/30 review 10
The school is a government school. It is not an international private school… [408 words]

• Al-Bayan Bilingual School Kuwait 11/30 review 31
A toxic environment of mismanagement & poor leadership… [166 words]

• Atlanta International School USA 11/30 review 8
It is definitely more focused on image over substance… [402 words]

• International School Manila Philippines 11/25 review 14
Teachers are seen as dispensable & their well-being matters very little… [336 words]

• Nord Anglia School Beijing Fangshan China 11/25 review 3
The curriculum is confusing & students do not have clear expectation… [168 words]

• International English School Castellon Spain 11/25 review 3
Looking for an easier work life balance, this is a good place to work… [1,038 words]

• Kaiwen Academy Haidian China 11/25 review 18
I’m only in my second year but will be leaving when my contract ends… [99 words]

• Albanian College Tirana Albania 11/25 review 26
Teachers were taking bets how many lies the weekly newsletter would have… [1,259 words]

• Carlsbad International School Czech Republic 11/24 review 2
I don’t foresee this school being in operation much longer, but just incase… [488 words]

• Colegio Inter-Americano Guatemala 11/24 review 27
Buildings are old & run down which matches the thinking of board & admin… [107 words]

• Dubai International Academy UAE 11/24 review 9
I’ll be surprised if more than 10% of teachers stay beyond this year… [221 words]

• CIS Armenia International School Armenia 11/24 review 10
This school is going nowhere fast… [429 words]

• Misk Schools Saudi Arabia 11/24 review 4
This pandemic really highlighted what a mess MiSK is… [1,058 words]

• Dyatmika School Bali Indonesia 11/23 review 9
Great place to work – a beautiful campus overlooking the ocean… [377 words]

• Amity International School UAE 11/23 review 2
Tread carefully, all is not as it seems… [328 words]

• Riyadh Schools Saudi Arabia 11/23 review 5
Students are absolutely feral, with no policy in place to deal with behavior… [368 words]

• German European School Singapore 11/20 review 10
Leadership has been in charge for 2 months & the previous reviews are unfair… [418 words]

• International Schools of North America Vietnam 11/20 review 5
Lack of ethics & compassion leaves staff discouraged & disgruntled… [268 words]

• American School Vietnam 11/20 review 25
They cut corners at every chance they get… [378 words]

• British School Bahrain 11/19 review 37
I only stayed last year due to the pandemic… [427 words]

• Leman International School Chengdu China 11/19 review 3
I had to wait a while to regain my composure before posting here… [258 words]

• British International School Ukraine 11/19 review 58
Once was a threat to mental health, now it’s a threat to physical health as well… [309 words]

• International Community School Addis Ababa Ethiopia 11/18 review 18
A great school to work at; great benefits, resources, training for staff… [254 words]

• Riyadh Schools Saudi Arabia 11/18 review 4
No work-life balance- you will end up working 7 days a week… [172 words]

• Japanese International School Vietnam 11/18 review 2
I’ve never witnessed so much chaos at such a level… [108 words]

• International School Amsterdam Netherlands 11/17 review 5
I hope the new admin respond to the needs of the school & repair its climate… [111 words]

• Malvern College Qingdao China 11/17 review 34
But MCQ hadn’t sunk low enough- they were were waiting for the real pearl… [1,125 words]

• Brent International Schools Philippines 11/16 review 8
I have fond memories of the school and of living among Filipino people… [1,345 words]

• Wellington College International China 11/16 review 17
Does have much going for it this all fades away due to the poisonous atmosphere… [61 words]

• Bishkek International School Kyrgyzstan 11/13 review 3
I wasn’t inclined to write a review but feel the last 2 years forced my hand… [923 words]

• German European School Singapore 11/13 review 9
If you are an IB educator, do not come to this school… [509 words]

• International School Dhaka Bangladesh 11/13 review 38
Since last year 4 admin have been appointed without any consultation… [364 words]

• Branksome Hall Asia Korea 11/12 review 15
So over-worked they can barely care for the kids let alone themselves… [684 words]

• Lucaya International School Bahamas 11/12 review 4
I feel that previous reviews are misleading… [309 words]

• British International School Casablanca Morocco 11/12 review 7
We’ve experienced a lot of good & less good things… [143 words]

• Garden International School Thailand 11/12 review 10
A lovely school with a great atmosphere for the students to learn in… [897 words]

• British School Beijing Shunyi China 11/11 review 61
Over the last 4 years it has become a toxic environment… [976 words]

• Jakarta Intercultural School Indonesia 11/11 review 20
Miss my colleagues, beautiful campus, students, & tropical climate… [642 words]

• Anglo-American School St. Petersburg Russia 11/11 review 4
It’s regrettable to write this, but I couldn’t allow it to go unheard… [1,095 words]

• American International School Abu Dhabi UAE 11/11 review 31
If AISA is a consideration, move it to the ‘no’ pile and move on… [779 words]

• Shanghai United International School China 11/9 review 21
A good school “going through a period of sickness”… [552 words]

• Brighton College Al Ain UAE 11/9 review 2
Huge difference between mother school & parts of the franchise… [652 words]

• Chongqing DEPU Foreign Language School China 11/9 review 4
I wanted to leave but didn’t have other options at that time… [277 words]

• International School Dhaka Bangladesh 11/6 review 37
Uncertainty & lack of trust grow deeper & deeper in the community… [265 words]

• Dulwich International High School China 11/6 review 6
Do not be fooled by DCI’s sharp marketing, it is a façade… [1,005 words]

• Canadian International School Bangalore India 11/6 review 17
The pay package is solid with the cost of living low… [382 words]

• Beijing International Bilingual Academy China 11/6 review 38
Certainly has it’s flaws, but a wonderful gateway into int’l teaching… [364 words]

• Dulwich College Yangon Myanmar 11/5
First time reviewed on ISR [1,415 words]

• Brighton College Al Ain UAE 11/5
First time reviewed on ISR [1,106 words]

• Little Urban Center China 11/5 review 2
Although I’ve no teaching qualifications or experience I secured this job… [574 words]

• British School Beijing Shunyi China 11/4 review 60
The school cannot even manage to keep its SLT team intact… [229 words]

• Springboard International Billingual School China 11/4 review 4
There are more issues this year to add to the previous ones… [314 words]

• American Cooperative School Tunis Tunisia 11/4 review 31
Low COL, great housing, & good school make this a desirable post… [266 words]

• Harrow International School Beijing China 11/3 review 21
It isn’t the worst place to work, but I would definitely not recommend it… [477 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 11/3 review 31
You’ll struggle to find a healthy balance between work & personal life… [818 words]

• Private Bilingual High School BESST Slovakia 11/3 review 3
If you value collaborative teaching or PD, or professionalism, avoid… [718 words]

• Pan American School Bahia Brazil 11/2 review 8
The HR department is the best I’ve worked with in any school… [229 words]

• Malvern College Qingdao China 11/2 review 33
Admin have coaxed back a few Staff who threw in the towel last year… [368 words]
• American International School Vietnam 11/2 review 39
Changed a great deal in the last few years, & very much for the better… [388 words]

Director & Principal Reports

• Michael Page 11/30 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Qingdao #1 Int’l School Shandong China

• Matt Aston 11/30 (Principal Report 6)
Haileybury Almaty Kazakhstan

• Mike Dickinson 11/25 (Principal Report) First time reviewed on ISR
International School Manila Philippines

• Wayne Ridgway 11/25 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
British School Bahrain

• Michael Schreider 11/25 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Branksome Hall Asia Korea

• Saima Rana 11/24 (Principal Report 16)
GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE

• Brandie Smith 11/24 (Director Report 4)
Albanian College Tirana Albania

• Danielle Rich 11/23 (Principal Report 7)
American Int’l School Abu Dhabi UAE

• Louise Lowndes 11/23 (Principal Report 3)
GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE

• Neil Hugo 11/23 (Director Report 2)
International Programs School Saudi Arabia

• Adrian Kassissia 11/20 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
American International School Kuwait

• Jean-Marie Kahn 11/20 (Principal Review 2)
American International School Kuwait

• Lori Marek 11/20 (Principal Review 2)
American International School Kuwait

• Dave Botbyl 11/20 (Director Report 7)
American International School Kuwait

• Madeleine Ma 11/19 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Kaiwen Academy Haidian China

• David Grant 11/18 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Bishkek International School Kyrgyzstan

• Kapono Ciotti 11/17 (Director Report 2)
American International School Egypt

• Nicholas Evans 11/16 (Director Report 2)
Utahloy Int’l School Zeng Cheng China

• Joseph Castillejo 11/16 (Director Report 8)
American Creativity Academy Kuwait

• Mark Broom 11/13 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Anglo-American School St. Petersburg Russia

• Charley King 11/13 (Director Report 2)
Anglo-American School St. Petersburg Russia

• Cheryl Fox 11/9 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
PDO School Oman

• Brendan Law 11/9 (Director Report 2)
Misk Schools Saudi Arabia

• Petra Szalai 11/6 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Budapest British Int’l School Hungary

• Brendan Law 11/3 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Misk Schools Saudi Arabia

• Kandace Williams 11/2 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Pan American School Bahia Brazil

• Kapono Ciotti 11/2 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
American International School Egypt 

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