March Additions To ISR

Full List of Reviewed Schools
February 2017

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New School Reviews

• King’s School Manila Philippines 3/24 First time reviewed on ISR

• Canadian International School Japan 3/24 evaluation 9
The school runs the IB PYP along with the PEI in elementary, but it is a complete mess…

• British School Bucharest Romania 3/24 evaluation 3
It’s a good school to work in, kids are mostly a delight, management are fair, open and trustworthy…

• Al Forsan International Schools Saudi Arabia 3/24 evaluation 2
If you are looking for a place where your managers will support you, and have your back then this is the wrong place to be…

• British School Costa Rica 3/23 evaluation 4
The school is a good place to work and there are some very supportive staff. The students themselves are really nice…

• Nord Anglia International School Shanghai China 3/23 evaluation 11
I went through quite a few regime changes, of one sort or another, and I would say the school was never without issues…

• Doha English Speaking School Qatar 3/23 evaluation 3
DESS will continue to be proud to be the establishment it has grown to be and will continue be one of the leading schools in Doha…

• Doha British School Qatar 3/23 evaluation 6
If you end up in trouble, for whatever reason, with a local you are on your own. The school don’t care and your embassy won’t help…

• Aqaba International School Jordan 3/22 evaluation 7
A warm welcome is waiting for you if you want to work in an atmosphere of fear, spies, and tattlers…

• Haileybury Almaty Kazakhstan 3/22 evaluation 12
Things have been going from bad to worse this year and teachers are being put under tremendous pressure…

• Taipei European School Taiwan 3/22 evaluation 11
I am leaving due to constant increases in workload, ever changing initiatives and no clear direction or vision by management…

• British School Brasilia Brazil 3/21 First time reviewed on ISR

• Confucius International School China 3/21 evaluation 8
This has been the worst year of my life and I cannot wait to leave…

• Magen David Academy Panama 3/21 evaluation 7
Every year there is a minimum of 80% turnover in faculty and admin. Apparently the board thinks that they can just start over every year…

• Nova International School Sudan 3/21 evaluation 4
Remember, once there you cannot leave at will. You cannot leave without an exit visa, which the school has to obtain for you…

• Arab Unity School UAE 3/20 First time reviewed on ISR

• Confucius International School China 3/20 evaluation 7
CISCD is a vibrant, well run school with excellent and well behaved students and an effective administration…

• GEMS World Academy Singapore 3/20 evaluation 6
It’s a new era and everyone wants it to work. It’s time for people who are not on board to leave the rest of us to it…

• Jeddah Knowledge School Saudi Arabia 3/20 evaluation 21
I can easily say that the progress I have made in my professional career has been solely due to JKS and the opportunities they have given me…

• Doha English Speaking School Qatar 3/17 evaluation 2
DESS is an incredible school and has just recently received an Outstanding report from a monitoring inspection…

• American Cooperative School Tunis Tunisia 3/17 evaluation 23
This school has been under stress in the last three years. This stress is caused from dropping enrollment and a difficult board…

• British School Costa Rica 3/17 evaluation 3
There is a culture of students being encouraged to complain about teachers at the school…

• Saltus Grammar School Bermuda 3/17 evaluation 3
If you are happy to float for a few years and get very little satisfaction from your job this is the school for you…

• International School Verona Italy 3/16 First time reviewed on ISR

• King’s College Panama 3/16 First time reviewed on ISR

• Internationale Schule am Rhein Germany 3/16 evaluation 15
This has been a professional experience like no other – and this is not meant in any positive tone…

• English Modern School Doha Qatar 3/16 evaluation 16
Overall, it’s a mess. The motto is “A Place Where We Belong” but that’s definitely not the case in the high school…

• American Creativity Academy Kuwait 3/15 evaluation 39
Requests for things, like a classroom set of a book, is met with derisive laughter, as if asking for books at a school is the punchline to a joke…

• Edison International Academy Qatar 3/15 evaluation 10
I was only with Edison for a number of months, but didn’t meet or know anyone who liked their job…

• Tenby Schools Ipoh Malaysia 3/15 evaluation 4
Expats beware – you are not wanted on the campus, and there is huge resentment about the gulf in pay between these ‘visitors’ and the local staff…

• Aqaba International School Jordan 3/15 evaluation 6
With regards to teaching and the students it is like any other school, you will have your good students and the ones that will challenge you…

• British School Caracas Venezuela 3/14 evaluation 14
TBSC has been professionally fulfilling for me, I will leave a much better teacher and person…

• GEMS World Academy Singapore 3/14 evaluation 5
The appointment of the new head is a positive step. I just hope he has been briefed. Teachers, students and parents expect more…

• Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) UAE 3/14 evaluation 35
ADNOC has falling salaries and not reputable recruiting agency will use them…

• Al Khor International School Qatar 3/14 evaluation 64
At the end of the day, if you want a school with a great group of kids, some wonderful staff, and friends you will cherish, then AKIS is for you…

• Doha English Speaking School Qatar 3/13 First time reviewed on ISR

• Skagerak International School Norway 3/13 evaluation 5
The parents at the school value the teachers highly. We are most happy to welcome new teachers and even help them settle down…

• American Creativity Academy Kuwait 3/13 evaluation 38
The schools make a lot of money so you would expect it to have many resources available. However, this is far from the truth…

• Dhirubhai Ambani International School India 3/13 evaluation 3
For a two-year gig, I think most experienced international teachers would be fine here. Certainly that has been my experience…

• Confucius International School China 3/13 evaluation 6
With huge shifts in the school culture and student/teacher motivation levels, it has been an enormously turbulent and testing time for the school…

• New Gateway International School Cambodia 3/10 evaluation 2
In the past, things were really bad. There have been a lot of positive changes in the last year…

• Nova International School Sudan 3/10 evaluation 3
If you are looking for a family orientated, well kept, and safe school then look no further…

• Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) UAE 3/10 evaluation 34.1 Response to Ghayathi Campus Review 34…

• New Cairo British International School Egypt 3/10 evaluation 13
The bad news is that during my short time at this school, I saw no less than half a dozen changes in the administration department…

• Chongqing Bachuan International School China 3/9 First time reviewed on ISR

• Aqaba International School Jordan 3/9 evaluation 5
I have seen foreign staff come and go. Only the good ones make impact and the bad ones leave…

• Dubai International Academy UAE 3/9 evaluation 8
This was the most demanding roll I have ever encountered. It was obvious that the hierarchy had no clue of the roll of a classroom teacher…

• Alexandria International Academy Egypt 3/9 evaluation 2
Maybe once the school has built it’s own campus and is legally recognized by the government it would be a decent place to be…

• Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) UAE 3/7 evaluation 34
Salaries have gone down due to the crash in oil prices. Teachers have done runners…

• Gyeongnam International Foreign School Korea 3/7 evaluation 15
The curriculum organisation is a joke. Nobody really knows what they are supposed to do, but are quickly told what is wrong…

• Bilingual European School Italy 3/6 evaluation 2
Working with an Italian co-teacher is a refreshing way to look at curriculum, and invites rich discussions and very creative results…

• Affiliated HS South China Normal University China 3/6 evaluation 2
In the fall of 2016 two tragedies befell the school… Neither issues was ever addressed to the staff by the administration…

• Greenwood High International School India 3/3 First time reviewed on ISR

• Repton School Dubai UAE 3/3 evaluation 11.1
Message from Senior School Principal

• Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park Malaysia 3/3 evaluation 4
Parents gave a deadline to Tenby management to make arrangements for positive changes…

• American School Milan Italy 3/3 evaluation 11
At this school there is little to no support, appreciation or sense of community…

• Ayeyarwaddy International School Myanmar 3/2 evaluation 10
The contracts are ‘at will’, leaving room for the school to fire whoever they want, whenever they want…

• Leman International School Chengdu China 3/2 evaluation 2
China is not for everyone. You definitely need to be an adaptable person. But for me, it’s been a wonderful post…

• Dukhan English School Doha Qatar 3/2 evaluation 16
There was a whole school staff briefing today privy to a 25 second demonstration of how to close a gate properly. I kid not…

• Edison International Academy Qatar 3/1 evaluation 9
Edison is a place to work if you want to have an international experience in a medium sized school where you can make an impact…

• Confucius International School China 3/1 evaluation 5
Students are easy to teach with zero behaviour problems…

• American British Academy Oman 3/1 evaluation 10
ABA will be a great place to work once the administration finds their way and starts leading the staff and students properly again…

• Dukhan English School Doha Qatar 3/1 evaluation 15
All the descriptions you need are found on ISR reviews of the worst schools. Dysfunctional and not changing anytime soon…

Director & Principal Reports

• Dinah Hawtree 3/24 (Principal Report 4)
Garden International School Thailand

• Denise Sinclair 3/24 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Matrix International School Malaysia

• David Falconer 3/22 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School Dongguan China

• Joe Calafato 3/22 (Director Report 3)
Wesgreen International Private School UAE

• Markus Baloun 3/21 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

North Jakarta International School Indonesia

• Johanna Chawla 3/21 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Edison International Academy Qatar

• Paul Sexton 3/20 (Principal Report 2)
Anglo-American School Moscow Russia

• Arwa Taher 3/20 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Arab Unity School UAE

• Sheldon Smith 3/17 (Principal Report 2) 
Al Khor International School Qatar

• Andrew Webber 3/16 (Director Report 2)
Fairview International School Malaysia

• Shamita Johnson 3/15 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American Creativity Academy Kuwait

• Shawn Bhutta 3/14 (Principal Report 3)
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) UAE

• Yasir Patel 3/14 (Director Report 5)
British School Caracas Venezuela

• James McCrory 3/13 (Principal Report 3)
Confucius International School China

• Raymond Williams 3/10 (Principal Report 4)
New Cairo British International School Egypt

• Shawn Bhutta 3/10 (Principal Report 2)
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) UAE

• Andreas Thiergen 3/10 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

German European School Manila Philippines

• Mirna Al Jouzi 3/9 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Aqaba International School Jordan

• Darren Arbour 3/9 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Alexandria International Academy Egypt

• David Walsh 3/7 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Shanghai United International School China

• Shawn Bhutta 3/7 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) UAE

• Sheldon Smith 3/6 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR 

Al Jazeera Academy Doha Qatar

• James McCrory 3/6 (Director Report 2)
Confucius International School China

Full List of Reviewed Schools
February 2017