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Full List of Reviewed Schools
May 2019

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New School Reviews

• American International School – West Campus Egypt 6/25 review 17
This is not an easy place to live or work… [1,890 words]

• American Academy Casablanca Morocco 6/25 review 23
This is no place to go if you want to grow as a professional… [1,821 words]

• St. Johnsbury Academy Korea 6/25 review 3
Communication at SJAJ is horrendous… [972 words]

• International School Milan Italy 6/25 review 7
Crowded staff room with “hot-desking”, no staff laptops… [108 words]

• Anglo Singapore International School Thailand 6/25 review 3
Teachers are over worked & have a lot of unnecessary admin… [397 words]

• Danube International School Austria 6/25 review 12
There’s no help with finding a home or settling in… [999 words]

• Ras Al Khaimah Academy UAE 6/25 review 20
Things are on the up… [71 words]

• KL International School Chengdu Bashu China 6/25 review 2
Most of teachers are very friendly… [80 words]

• Colegio International de Caracas Venezuela 6/25 review 15
Massive black outs, meat is scarce & health sector has collapsed… [87 words]

• International School Qingdao China 6/24 First time reviewed on ISR [1,413 words]

• Albanian College Durres Albania 6/24 review 33
Has been on a downward spiral for a year now… [113 words]

• Medan Independent School Indonesia 6/24 review 5
It was definitely the best job I’ve ever had… [646 words]

• British School Brasilia Brazil 6/24 review 4
It’s going into the 4th year with more new staff!… [169 words]

• St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 6/24 review 37
Makes a mockery of everything the IB stands for… [384 words]

• Edron Academy Mexico 6/24 review 8
As a single teacher my overall package is good… [333 words]

• British International School Cairo Egypt 6/24 review 25
Wonderful housing, superb health insurance & great salary… [245 words]

• QSI International School of Chengdu China 6/21 review 9
Not the worst place you can be employed for a couple of years… [1,512 words]

• American Overseas School Rome Italy 6/21 review 7
The students are mostly kind and fun to teach… [231 words]

• American International School – West Campus Egypt 6/21 review 16
I hope this review will save teachers the agony of working here… [1,377 words]

• Kang Chiao International School China 6/21 review 9
Go with low expectations & you won’t be disappointed… [649 words]

• Al Shomoukh International School Oman 6/21 review 5
Western teachers are treated so badly… [100 words]

• QSI International School Shenzhen China 6/21 review 8
There is no discipline policy or support when issues do arise… [183 words]

• Nile Valley School Sudan 6/21 review 11
Unaccredited school with BIG staff turnover & no stability… [456 words]

• Mont’ Kiara International School Malaysia 6/20 review 20
The school building is obsolete and falling apart… [66 words]

• St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 6/20 review 36
Neither staff nor resources to support children with special needs … [267 words]

• American School Vietnam 6/20 review 24
Teachers need to do their research before accepting a position… [857 words]

• Shanghai American School Pudong China 6/20 review 37
Great place to work for those who enjoy hard working students… [1,141 words]

• QSI Bishkek Kyrgyzstan 6/20 review 6
Teachers & admin are highly skilled, qualified, & experienced… [269 words]

• Hay Al Sharooq International School Oman 6/20 review 23
More than 3/4 of staff have resigned, run, or were sacked… [321 words]

• CfBT Project Brunei Darussalam 6/20 review 8
It all looks good from the outside, but… [303 words]

• Edison International Academy Qatar 6/19 review 14
There’s high teacher turnover & staff often abscond… [221 words]

• International School Lausanne Switzerland 6/19 review 4
Reviews on ISR convinced me to take a look, & I’m so glad I did… [337 words]

• King Mongkhut International Demonstration School Thailand 6/19 review 6
The happiest you see staff is when they tell you they’re quitting… [1,075 words]

• Buena Vista Concordia International School China 6/19 review 4
I am quite happy with my first year… [53 words]

• Ambrit International School Italy 6/19 review 7
The staff seems much happier than several years ago… [377 words]

• St. Andrew’s Nassau Bahamas 6/19 review 16
Numbers have drastically declined… [240 words]

• Thalun International School Myanmar 6/18 First time reviewed on ISR [86 words]

• Epsom College Malaysia 6/18 First time reviewed on ISR [922 words]

• GEMS United School UAE 6/18 First time reviewed on ISR [297 words]

• British School Sofia Bulgaria 6/18 review 2
No meritocracy. No budgets or resources… [112 words]

• DSB International School India 6/18 review 4
Make sure you have your job description in writing first… [391 words]

• International School Macao China 6/18 review 19
Macau has gotten more expensive in the last few years… [263 words]

• GEMS American Academy Qatar 6/17 review 3
The school is by and large a happy place… [261 words]

• Confucius International School China 6/17 review 11
All in all I’d say working here is: meh… [234 words]

• Diyar International Private School UAE 6/17 review 9
I wrote the last review about two weeks ago… [253 words]

• St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 6/17 review 35
Revolving door of teachers results in poor academic integrity… [299 words]

• International School Myanmar 6/17 review 34
I read reviews & came anyway, don’t make my mistake… [1,012 words]

• Berkeley International School Bangkok Thailand 6/14 review 8
The chaos of the school will affect you from day one… [967 words]

• Cologne International School Germany 6/14 review 4
Lowest staff morale I have experienced… [193 words]

• United World College ISAK Japan 6/14 review 3
Things are improving, but it’ll take years to reach a better place… [74 words]

• Confucius International School China 6/14 review 10
The staff are mostly very nice but some of the students are lazy… [109 words]

• International School Kazan Russia 6/14 review 7
If something doesn’t suit admin, next day there’ll be a new policy… [646 words]

• Ignite School UAE 6/14 review 2
The future looks bright if you’re willing to put in the time & effort… [533 words]

• American School Vietnam 6/14 review 23
Decisions at the school are made based on emotions & feelings… [270 words]

• Gyeonggi Suwon International School Korea 6/14 review 12
In my time here, I have been happy & well treated… [138 words]

• Amnuay Silpa Bilingual School Bangkok Thailand 6/14 review 4
Resources are limited & the classrooms are old & dirty… [250 words]

• Albanian College Durres Albania 6/14 review 32
This school had some of the best and brightest teachers… [647 words]

• Next Generation School UAE 6/13 First time reviewed on ISR [356 words]

• Bilingual European School Turin Italy 6/13 review 2
30 years behind the times… [205 words]

• American Baccalaureate School Kuwait 6/13 review 28
I’m happy to have a position here & look forward my second year… [120 words]

• Berkeley International School Bangkok Thailand 6/13 review 7
The pay is good but at what cost?… [1,019 words]

• American School Kuwait 6/13 review 59
ASK is a legit school, but an uninspired one in a “meh” country… [487 words]

• Cambridge English School Hawalli Kuwait 6/13 review 21
HR seem to make up the rules as they go along… [93 words]

• H-International School Treviso Italy 6/12 First time reviewed on ISR [175 words]

• Vanke Meisha Academy China 6/12 review 3
Ask a lot of questions if offered a contract… [607 words]

• American School of Yaounde Cameroon 6/12 review 19
There is no oversight & no concern for student wellbeing… [1,334 words]

• American School Kuwait 6/12 review 58
Would I work there again, no. Am I thankful for things I learned… [1,452 words]

• Leysin American School Switzerland 6/12 review 11
Buildings & facilities are in horrible condition… [113 words]

• Hong Kong Tech Academy Hong Kong 6/11 First time reviewed on ISR [162 words]

• Bilingual European School Turin Italy 6/11 First time reviewed on ISR [635 words]

• Wellspring Learning Community Lebanon 6/11 review 6
Be prepared to work in a hot, noisy & smelly environment… [1,768 words]

• Rowad Al Khaleej Saudi Arabia 6/11 review 9
Developed into a wonderful institution in a short space of time… [236 words]

• Cambridge English School Hawalli Kuwait 6/11 review 20
Ok as a stepping stone to something better… [146 words]

• St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 6/11 review 34
All requests for teaching resources and materials are denied… [386 words]

• International School Myanmar 6/10 review 33
I wish this review didn’t need to be so negative… [718 words]

• British School Beijing Shunyi China 6/10 review 42
Huge marketing budget & tiny budgets for teaching & learning… [796 words]

• British School Muscat Oman 6/10 review 13
Staff unable to fulfil potential due to over zealous management… [821 words]

• American International School Kuwait 6/10 review 68
AIS does not seem to have a clear mission… [424 words]

• ISA International School Guangzhou China 6/10 review 13
Supplies & quality of equipment are inadequate & problematic… [520 words]

• QSI Bishkek Kyrgzystan 6/10 review 5
The new director is breathing life back into QSI… [564 words]

• Orchlon International School Mongolia 6/7 review 5
This facility is a for-profit, nepotistic corporate entity… [919 words]

• Edron Academy Mexico 6/7 review 7
There is a lot of backstabbing & gossiping… [221 words]

• King Mongkhut International Demonstration School Thailand 6/7 review 5
Far from perfect but I think some reviews are overly critical… [223 words]

• Zhuhai International School China 6/7 review 6
I feel like I have wasted years of my career working here… [153 words]

• Sinarmas World Academy Indonesia 6/7 review 42
The campus is beautiful and has won awards… [812 words]

• Vision International School Qatar 6/7 review 23
Package is satisfactory, except for a pay-cut at the 3rd year… [258 words]

• Casablanca American School Morocco 6/6 review 54
Morocco is worth visiting, just not as a teacher at CAS… [81 words]

• Country Day School Costa Rica 6/6 review 8
Does not pay well enough to have experienced teachers… [88 words]

• Tsinglan School China 6/6 review 4
The atmosphere is really bad… [223 words]

• Shanghai American School Pudong China 6/6 review 36
Shanghai is a vibrant, fun city. Housing is decent but… [90 words]

• Sinarmas World Academy Indonesia 6/6 review 41
I have enjoyed my time at SWA immensely… [1,123 words]

• QSI Bishkek Kyrgyzstan 6/6 review 4
I would like to share my excellent experience with the school… [717 words]

• American Academy Casablanca Morocco 6/5 review 22
You’ll be promised the sky & moon in order to get you to sign… [309 words]

• Cambridge English School Hawalli Kuwait 6/5 review 19
Majority ESL, the material is mostly beyond them… [165 words]

• GEMS American Academy Dubai UAE 6/5 review 21
You will work hard but you will have great students… [818 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 6/5 review 6
Atmosphere is one of pressure, dissatisfaction & depression… [156 words]

• Shanghai United International School China 6/5 review 17
School administration are passively anti-foreigner… [160 words]

• American International School Kuwait 6/5 review 67
IB experience & the money are not worth the suffering… [702 words]

• Medan Independent School Sumatra Indonesia 6/4 review 4
The school is a beautiful, garden oasis in the city… [313 words]

• St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 6/4 review 33
Any criticism will not be tolerated… [209 words]

• International School Dhaka Bangladesh 6/4 review 34
Every week there is a new cost-cutting crisis at ISD… [457 words]

• St. Andrew’s Nassau Bahamas 6/4 review 15
The school community is quite shaken by the events of this year… [519 words]

• Novy Porg Czech Republic 6/4 review 2
I have not enjoyed my time here and wouldn’t recommend it… [243 words]

• Diyar International Private School UAE 6/4 review 8
Working at this school is tough because of all the changes… [1,554 words]

• JKFZ Cambridge International School China 6/4 review 2
Most decisions appear to be made on a whim and at last minute… [343 words]

• Singapore Cambodia International Academy Cambodia 6/3 First time reviewed on ISR [120 words]

• Medan Independent School Sumatra Indonesia 6/3 review 3
Lovely students & supportive community make time pass happily… [138 words]

• American School Douala Cameroon 6/3 review 2
The school and Douala itself merit a bit more context… [813 words]

• New Cairo British International School Egypt 6/3 review 14
Discipline is a problem and it did not used to be… [203 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 6/3 review 5
If you come to this school, you will be miserable… [62 words]

• Shenzhen American International School China 6/3 review 3
Teachers year after year leave without being paid… [519 words]

Director & Principal Reports

• Steven Geraghty 6/25 (Principal Report 7)
Ras Al Khaimah Academy UAE

• Matthew Gaetano 6/24 (Principal Report 2)
Medan Independent School Indonesia

• Gerald Donovan 6/24 (Principal Report 4)
Medan Independent School Indonesia

• Richard Tangye 6/24 (Principal Report 3)
St. Dominic’s International School Portugal

• Jeff Brickus 6/21 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American Int’l School Egypt – West Campus

• Nick Smith 6/21 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

British School Kuwait

• John Arunski 6/21 (Principal Report 2)
Albanian College Durres Albania

• James Lothschutz 6/19 (Principal Report 7)
Miras International School Almaty Kazakhstan

• Nathan Walker 6/19 (Director Report 3)
Istanbul International Community School Turkey

• Mary-Anne Jasinski 6/18 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

International School Macao China

• Jefferson Smith 6/18 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Pan American School Bahia Brazil

• Larry Molacek 6/18 (Director Report 17)
Pan American School Bahia Brazil

• Mauro Bordignon 6/18 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

H-International School Treviso Italy

• Amy Hansen-Bhutta 6/17 (Principal Report 7)
Diyar International Private School UAE

• Liam Hammer 6/14 (Principal Report 8)
Albanian College Durres Albania

• Greg Rayl 6/14 (Principal Report 19)
American International School Lagos Nigeria

• Amy Flynn 6/14 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Blue Valley School Costa Rica

• Monica Fronduti 6/13 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Bilingual European School Turin Italy

• Lisa Johnson 6/13 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Berkeley International School Bangkok Thailand

• Jake Varley 6/13 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Berkeley International School Bangkok Thailand

• Heidi Hanssen 6/13 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American Overseas School Rome Italy

• Bradley Bell 6/12 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American School of Yaounde Cameroon

• Darren Barlow 6/12 (Principal Report 2)
American School of Yaounde Cameroon

• Malcolm Mackenzie 6/12 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Keystone Academy China

• Michael Callan 6/12 (Director Report 2)
American Overseas School Rome Italy

• Kim Neeta Sahi 6/12 (Principal Report 8)
Shanghai United International School China

• Leigh Hovey 6/11 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Cambridge English School Hawalli Kuwait

• Juan Saavedra 6/11 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

International Community School Abidjan Cote d’ Ivoire

• Liam Hammer 6/11 (Director Report 7)
Albanian College Durres Albania

• Mark Reford 6/10 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

BASIS International School Shenzhen China

• Diana Abreu 6/10 (Principal Report 3)
St. Dominic’s International School Portugal

• Jay Roy 6/7 (Director Report 7)
Vision International School Qatar

• Catarina Formigo 6/7 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

St. Dominic’s International School Portugal

• Michael Callan 6/7 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

American Overseas School Rome Italy

• Gerald Donovan 6/7 (Director Report 3)
Medan Independent School Sumatra

• Marlies Kreutzberger 6/6 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Modern Knowledge School Bahrain

• Greg Rayl 6/6 (Director Report 18)
American International School Lagos Nigeria

• Michael Adams 6/6 (Director Report 7)
American School Foundation Monterrey Mexico

• Pauline Carson 6/5 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Al Maha Academy for Girls Qatar

• Andrew Elliott 6/5 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR

Bloomsbury School Thailand

• David Botbyl 6/5 (Director Report 6)
American International School Kuwait

• Gerald Donovan 6/4 (Principal Report 2)
Medan Independent School Sumatra Indonesia

• Nathan Walker 6/4 (Principal Report 2)
Istanbul International Community School Turkey

• Richard Tangye 6/4 (Director Report 2)
International School Dhaka Bangladesh

• Kong Hwee Ling 6/3 (Principal Report) 
First time reviewed on ISR
Singapore Cambodia International Academy Cambodia

• Christina Choo 6/3 (Director Report) 
First time reviewed on ISR
Singapore Cambodia International Academy Cambodia

• Eric Sands 6/3 (Director Report 4)
Stamford American International School Singapore

• Michael Prada 6/3 (Principal Report 2)
King Mongkhut International Demonstration School Thailand

Full List of Reviewed Schools
May 2019