What to Make of Schools with Few Reviews

Most International Schools reviewed on ISR have scores of current & historic Reviews, while some other schools are meagerly represented by old, outdated Reviews. Why are there no current Reviews of some popular schools?

One scenario could be teachers are simply not posting Reviews of these schools. This is possible but not probable. A more likely scenario would be a gag-order has been incorporated into teachers’ Contracts, or maybe the school has taken to threatening teachers with legal proceedings should they be identified as writing an ISR School Review. If you are new to International Education, this may sound far-fetched. But beware…It is not!

Witch-hunts led by school-appointed attorneys are nothing new in response to an honest, yet negative School Review. Much like an inquisition, teachers are called in one at a time, interrogated & offered a degree of leniency if they ‘confess’ to being the author. Of course, this isn’t always the case but it is a possibility as commented upon in a number of school Reviews.

The following 4 ISR Discussion Topics from previous years take an in-depth look at why Reviews stop posting. ISR invites you to join these conversations:


Why Reviews Suddenly Stop

Hello ISR, I am checking out a school in Kuwait and I see that the last posting year was 2011. Am I missing something or is this really the last entry you have about this school? Read more…


Do NO Reviews Mean It’s Okay to Go?

A school I worked at didn’t have reviews because the admin were SO powerful, teachers were scared to post their views. We would all talk about the lack of ISR reviews and about how we should have the guts to do something to let prospective teachers know the truth.  Read more…


Gag Order: Silence Isn’t Golden at Our School

He, (the director) stressed that our school supports freedom of speech. And yes, the school encourages teachers to speak the truth, but NO! … not on ISR!! … which he claimed is nothing more than a pack of lies from disgruntled losers. Read more…


Suspiciously Silent

I couldn’t find a review of a school in Myanmar that has been around awhile. When I interviewed, I should have followed my instincts that something was off with the principal. The teacher who was leaving emailed me to warn me about the place and the admin but I thought it was sour grapes. It was and still is, the most dysfunctional and unpleasant school I have ever encountered, in so many ways. Read more…