Survey: Is Your School as Represented?

International Schools often times turn out to be as represented by their recruiting “team.” Other times, well … not exactly!

A problem arises when recruiters misrepresent their schools. The result can be unfortunate when a trusting new recruit soon realizes they’ve been duped. By this time, unfortunately, they’re most likely past the point of no return, unless, of course, they can afford to simply “walk away.”

Most ISR School Reviews are written by satisfied teachers who wholeheartedly recommend their schools. Not-so-positive School Reviews are written by teachers who ended up being mislead. Oftentimes such Reviews include statements like: I wish had taken the Reviews more seriously.

Excluding information from School Reviews, but taking into account interviewer’s comments, school- provided photos, videos, promotional brochures/presentations, ISR asks: To what degree does your school live up to how it was represented at recruiting time?

If your school meets your expectations based on how it was represented, Congratulations! ISR encourages you to take a few minutes and write a School Review. We all want to find the good schools. On the other hand, if the school failed to meet your expectations, a School Review will help colleagues make wise career choices.

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7 thoughts on “Survey: Is Your School as Represented?

  1. I had no idea the education sector in Japan is 2nd rate. I landed at one of the ‘premium’ schools only to find quite possibly the worst and most toxic leadership I’ve witnessed in 15 years in the international sector. I couldn’t complete a contract. This school had no recent reviews. I assumed that was a good sign. Turns out it is possibly as bad as having predominantly negative reviews. The culture there along with Japanese culture in general means reviews are too few and teachers to reluctant to write them. Anyone heading to Japan should do their due diligence plus 10.


  2. I landed a job at a so-called “great school”. Behind the facade, it’s not what it’s cracked up to be. I don’t see excellence in any area. The package is pretty good, though.


  3. I worked at a start up school in Norway for four years. No one can deny that this context, where together you are developing everything from scratch, is extremely demanding. These schools are typically tiny, operating with one class in each year level.

    However, this was clearly explained at interview and the school attracted a community of like-minded staff. It was an environment that suited entrepreneurial, agentic individuals, and while (as is typical when life is busy) there could have sometimes been better communication, it was a rewarding place for experienced creative teachers to work. I look back on this professional experience fondly.


  4. I have had the opposite experience where the school had fair to positive reviews, but while sitting in orientation, red flags were revealed. By the en of orientation, I knew the school wasn’t for me and I was set for a rough year. I couldn’t finish the contract but did finish out the year.


  5. SUIS is a Chinese grade factory. The staff at times toxic with each other and the children. Please do not believe the fairytale about the United or International part of the name.


  6. We had a new teacher arrive this week. After 18 hours, he was back at the airport. He was not willing to fall for deceptive recruiting ! 😂


    1. Good for him for seeing through it and for being in a position to follow his instinct. Once committed, however, most teachers are not in a position to do that.


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