February Additions To ISR

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January 2017

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New School Reviews

• Guiyang Concord College Sino-Canada China 2/17 evaluation 2
The school, while only 4 years old, is falling apart…

• Edison International Academy Qatar 2/17 evaluation 8
Expect to be lied to, talked about behind your back, given teaching & discipline instructions from inexperienced admin & teacher-trainers…

• World Academy Tirana Albania 2/17 evaluation 5
The package is adequate for the country, but don’t expect to be able to save anything substantial…

• Sunway International School Malaysia 2/17 evaluation 3
Sunway is a good place to end up if you’re a teacher early in your career, or towards the end. I wouldn’t recommend this place for anyone else…

• Saint Andrew’s International High School Malawi 2/17 evaluation 10
Classrooms are old but well resources, particularly in science. All rooms have projectors and some have interactive whiteboards…

• Beijing Huijia Private School China 2/16 evaluation 9
While the potential for saving money is excellent, it is not worth being forced to live in the isolated location or deal with the poor management…

• Daystar Academy China 2/16 evaluation 3
This is a school that truly has a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it seems management is adamant on keeping this school from achieving it…

• Mont’ Kiara International School Malaysia 2/16 evaluation 18
MKIS is a truly international school, with excellent students. Unfortunately, due to the fall in numbers, morale has dropped amongst the students and staff alike…

• Myanmar International School Myanmar 2/16 evaluation 8
Multiple teachers have quit mid-year over the issues. And more fired without notice…

• English Modern School Doha Qatar 2/15 evaluation 15
Firstly, this is NOT an international school. The majority of students are local Qatari and that changes the whole culture of the school…

• ACS Doha International School Qatar 2/15 evaluation 4
Decisions that would best be made on site in Doha, such as scheduling, are made by people in the UK, with disastrous results…

• Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) UAE 2/15 evaluation 33
There’s a lot of potential under the current management for the schools to grow…

• American British Academy Oman 2/15 evaluation 9 Rubric Only

• Guangdong Country Garden School China 2/14 evaluation 19
Essentially this is a normal school with far more awesome colleagues than most schools…

• Beijing Huijia Private School China 2/14 evaluation 8
The pollution, relative lack of entertainment, distance of shopping and food, and the school’s remote location made teaching at Huijia very difficult…

• Beijing Huijia Private School China 2/14 evaluation 7
I am owed money. I have been short changed in the last couple of months by at least 8000 RMB (1160 USD)…

• Vilnius International School Lithuania 2/14 Rubric Only

• Kingdom Schools Saudi Arabia 2/13 First time reviewed on ISR

• American School Pachuca Mexico 2/13 evaluation 4
The administration staff and board are not helpful or supportive of new teachers…

• St. Francis College Brazil 2/13 evaluation 9
Facilities include small classrooms, many of them with no projectors, just a handful of chrome-books and old table computers from the 90’s…

• American School Milan Italy 2/13 evaluation 10 Rubric Only

• Kampala International School Uganda 2/10 evaluation 7
KISU is a happy and vibrant community school. The school is housed in a beautiful learning facility and green campus close to the city centre…

• Muscat International School Oman 2/10 evaluation 21
To get resources you have to rummage for 3 days, ask 10 people to help, & eventually buy it yourself off amazon and wait a month for it maybe to arrive…

• Edison International Academy Qatar 2/10 evaluation 7
Sometimes, I laugh at the way teachers left Edison…the best, and popular, way is to ‘run’…

• Shenyang Pacific International Academy China 2/10 evaluation 11
No one really blames the Principal for jumping ship, but a lot of people are suffering even more now that he’s not there to be a buffer…

• Early Learning Centre Thailand 2/10 evaluation 11
The teacher’s job here is to sell the school back to the parents…

• Dar es Salaam International Academy Tanzania 2/9 evaluation 3
The curriculum is a mess and the students have massive gaps in their knowledge…

• American Cooperative School Tunis Tunisia 2/9 evaluation 22
Tunisia is a great place to live. The school is struggling as it adjusts to new economic realities in Tunisia…

• American British Academy Oman 2/9 evaluation 8
We got a new principal and assistant principal this year and they have changed the school for the worse very quickly…

• American School El Salvador 2/8 evaluation 2
Having written this I’m confused as to why I’m leaving…

• St. Constantine’s International School Tanzania 2/8 evaluation 6
There has been no budget for the library & very little for textbooks, & yet the sports facilities include blue-tooth headsets & running resistance parachutes…

• St. Francis College Brazil 2/8 evaluation 8
Brazil is a gorgeous country to spend some time in. You will love its culture, music, and lifestyle. However, there are plenty of reasons to avoid this school…

• Kuwait National English School (KNES) Kuwait 2/8 evaluation 16
There was a lack of true care for education and the children, so if you end up working at KNES, it will be up to you as the classroom teacher…

• Dulwich College Suzhou China 2/7 evaluation 8
I have had the time of my life and will always think about my time in Suzhou as a highlight. It’s about the people, and the DCSZ people are AWESOME!..

• British School Bucharest Romania 2/7 evaluation 2
A great place to work but, as with any school, has it’s issues. The secondary department seems happier than the primary…

• Oberoi International School India 2/7 evaluation 4
With the right attitude and an ability to tune-out the poor leadership, you could have a very good time here…

• Singapore Int’l School (Kinderworld) Vietnam 2/7 evaluation 16
If you ask the very important question, ‘Is this a student-centered school?’ the answer is ‘no’ shouted a thousand times over a loudspeaker into a ravine…

• Shen Wai International School China 2/6 evaluation 6
Overall I am happy to have taught at SWIS – have learned so much…

• Albanian College Tirana Albania 2/6 evaluation 3
The resignation of the Head of Primary in the middle of the year speaks volumes about the lack of collaboration and respect from the directors…

• Edison International Academy Qatar 2/6 evaluation 6
Teachers leave in droves monthly for good reason- and I use the word teachers tongue in cheek as many are not licensed or certified…

• Magen David Academy Panama 2/6 evaluation 6
Budget numbers have never actually been given for departments, leading many teachers to believe that there are financial challenges…

• Churchill School Mexico 2/3 First time reviewed on ISR

• British School Sofia Bulgaria 2/3 First time reviewed on ISR

• Nantong Stalford International School China 2/3 First time reviewed on ISR

• Edison International Academy Qatar 2/3 evaluation 5
This is one of my best places that I have worked as the manager was very supportive and I was able to balance my work life and social life…

• American International School Jeddah Saudi Arabia 2/2 evaluation 32
The school is non-profit and has all of the elements that are needed to make a great school. It’s imperfect but they are trying…

• Lycee Francais de Singapore 2/2 evaluation 2
The work-life balance at the French school is great. The benefits are comparable to other international schools in the area…

• British International School Ukraine 2/2 evaluation 21
The school has it’s faults but many positives too, the main thing I didn’t like was how they treated the local staff…

• Edison International Academy Qatar 2/2 evaluation 4
The school is developing, but overall, the Principals & teachers have the achievements & learning of their students as the foundation of their decisions…

• Garden International School Malaysia 2/1 evaluation 7
I left with a very bitter taste in my mouth and absolutely no appreciation for the loyalty and commitment I had given the school…

• Kaiwen Academy China 2/1 evaluation 5
As a start up school, there will be teething problems and these require solutions not only from the management but from the entire faculty…

• Modern English School Egypt 2/1 evaluation 26
Outdated materials are available and coincide with similarly stagnant curricula…

• Escuela Campo Alegre Venezuela 2/1 evaluation 10
I do not regret my time here but it is not the place for families with children due to food and medical shortages…

Director & Principal Reports

• Nancy Sanderson Swartz 2/17 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
World Academy Tirana Albania

• Carolina Hazell Gainnetto 2/16 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
St. Francis College Brazil

• Dale Taylor 2/15 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

ACS Doha International School Qatar

• Martine Jones 2/15 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
OurPlanet International School Oman

• Helen Babbin 2/10 (Principal Report 2)
Fawzia Sultan International School Kuwait

• Jackie Alexander Piazza 2/10 (Director Report 3)
Early Learning Centre Thailand

• Penny Garner 2/9 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

International School Brescia Italy

• Tini Bennett 2/9 (Principal Report 2)
Dar es Salaam International Academy Tanzania

• Mike Smith 2/8 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American School El Salvador

• Zhou Zhaoyu 2/7 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Kaiwen Academy China

• Gerard MacMahon 2/6 (Director Report 3)
Wellington College International Shanghai China

• David Stephens 2/3 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
British School Sofia Bulgaria

• Tanya Sweeney 2/2 (Principal Report 4)
American International School Hong Kong

• Michael Lindsay 2/1 (Director Report 2)
Rio International School Brazil

Full List of Reviewed Schools
January 2017