We have a new page on the updated version of our website that shows the top 40 school profile pages with the most views.
It’s like, which school is the most popular amongst our 10K+ members? Before checking out the new page, which schools do you think show up on this list?
Are the ones at the top those “Tier one” schools that we all hear about? You might be surprised which schools are really on this list then.
The school that has the most views right now is the American School of Barcelona, which currently has around 1160 views. Who wouldn’t want to work next to the Mediterranean Sea?!
Here are some of the other top schools on our list (along with a sample comment from its school profile page):
Copenhagen International School (311 total comments) Copenhagen, Denmark (1095 views)
“I feel like we are getting more new students lately and classrooms in the primary are definitely reaching their maximum.”
International School of Kuala Lumpur (107 total comments) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (794 views)
“Pay is good, with a great retirement (EPF) program that can go up to 42% of salary (including both employer and employee amounts). Teachers are paid 10 times (August through June) but in June they also get their July salary.”
NIST International School (167 total comments) Bangkok, Thailand (720 views)
“Most of the large shopping malls have gourmet markets that include Western foods and ingredients, and two or three chains specifically cater to them as well. A huge number of expat-oriented pubs and restaurants can be found, especially along Sukhumvit Road.”
Seoul Foreign School (133 total comments) Seoul, South Korea (672 views)
“I literally think these are the best students to have on the planet. I can’t think of a country where the student caliber is any higher. Wonderful and attentive students who perform well. Require work to get them to think outside of the box and problem solve.”
KIS International School (Bangkok) (130 total comments) Bangkok, Thailand (640 views)
“Thai is the dominant culture. Primary school is more international than secondary school. School-wide around 45% international students.”
Hong Kong International School (111 total comments) Hong Kong, China (633 views)
“The school is a very well established school and has been a part of Hong Kong for nearly 50 years.”
Western International School of Shanghai (235 total comments) Shanghai, China (569 views)
“Tons of activities if one wants to do something. It’s pretty easy to fund running, cycling, hiking, tennis, basketball, rugby, and so forth. Pretty much anything is on offer here!”
Singapore American School (50 total comments) Singapore, Singapore (534 views)
“Short term disability benefit. Worldwide health insurance coverage.”
Concordia International School (Shanghai) (123 total comments) Shanghai, China (533 views)
“The school uses both face-to-face interviews and also Skype interviews.”
International School Bangkok (18 total comments) Bangkok, Thailand (502 views)
“There are scholarships available for staff children to attend the school.”
International School of Chile (Nido de Aguilas) (43 total comments) Santiago, Chile (475 views)
“Teachers get worldwide healthcare with TIE Care. US$ 50,000 per employee for life insurance.”
Bangkok Patana School (17 total comments) Bangkok, Thailand (469 views)
“The school provides free transportation for teachers who live within areas adjacent to the school. Teachers who live outside the defined area and who require transportation are required to enroll in the transportation service offered by the school. The teacher will then be respo…”
American School of Warsaw (89 total comments) Warsaw, Poland (452 views)
“In connection to the school’s growing percentage of ELL students, every grade level in the elementary and middle schools now has a dedicated ELL coach/teacher/classroom aide.”
Check out the rest of the schools on our list here.continue reading
Now there are 945+ international schools that have had comments/reviews submitted on them on our website.
Once schools have had over 70 comments, then it is very likely that you will be able to see how a specific comment topic has changed (or not changed) over time; with all the comments being date stamped.
If there is more than one comment in a specific comment topic, the more recent comments either add on, compliment, or amend the previous comments.
A few of our schools that have many submitted comments will sometimes have over 10 comments in one comment topic!
Just click on the “Show all” link to see the complete history of comments in this comment topic.
So let’s get to it, which schools are in the top 26 (from March 2017, with some including a sample comment)? Here we go:
26. Fairview International School (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – 81 Comments
“Teachers share their unit plans, but write their own lesson plan. All has to be submitted to the subject heads for vetting and approval.”
25. Zhuhai International School (Zhuhai, China) – 81 Comments
24. Nexus International School (Putrajaya, Malaysia) – 82 Comments
23. American School of Warsaw (Warsaw, Poland) – 82 Comments
“Speaking as a parent who also happens to teach at the school, I can say that my daughter loves her school. She’s been in ASW since we came when she started grade 2, and she’s now completing grade 7. She reports that the Middle School has a number of students with relatively serious behavior issues and that very little disciplinary action seems to be in evidence.”
22. Yongsan International School of Seoul (Seoul, South Korea) – 85 Comments
19. Rowad Alkhaleej International School (Dammam) (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) – 96 Comments
18. MEF International School Istanbul (Istanbul, Turkey) – 97 Comments
“Teacher turnover is high. Everything from 1st year teachers, teachers new to being over seas, to very experienced international educators. Living in Istanbul is a big draw.”
17. Tsinghua International School (Beijing) (Beijing, China) – 99 Comments
16. International School of Phapos (Phapos, Cyrpus) – 102 Comments
15. American School Foundation of Guadalajara (Guadalajara, Mexico) – 104 Comments
14. International School of Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – 107 Comments
“There is a clear and structured pay scale. You enter it according to experience and qualifications, up to a maximum experience level. Within the school you receive an annual ‘step’ for every year of experience, plus there are usually small inflationary raises to the salary scale. Additionally stipends are paid for team leader responsibility. There are resigning bonuses after four years of employment.”
13. Hong Kong International School (Hong Kong, China) – 110 Comments
12. Concordia International School (Shanghai) (Shanghai, China) – 117 Comments
11. Oeiras International School (Lisbon, Portugal) – 117 Comments
10. Seoul International School (Seoul, South Korea) – 122 Comments
9. Pechersk School International (Kyiv, Ukraine) – 122 Comments
8. Seoul Foreign School (Seoul, South Korea) – 122 Comments
“Tutoring through the school is available if it is not your student. The school takes a portion leaving you with about $20 for 30 minutes of tutoring. Coaching stipends from $350-900 and lifeguarding at the school pool can bring in 25-45 dollars an hour.”
5. International School of Tanganyika (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) – 145 Comments
4. American School of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain) – 157 Comments
3. Western International School of Shanghai (Shanghai, China) – 222 Comments
“Workload is generally high but it also depends on the actual department you work in. Some are more helpful than others, making life much easier.”
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Our 9150 current members (up 3825 members from January 2015) work at or have worked at 1019 international schools (up 253 schools from January 2015)!
How amazing is that?! In almost six years now, our “international school community” has grown into an excellent network of international school teachers. With so much experience and knowledge about life working at over 1000 international schools on our website, the other members are able to stay updated and the most informed about schools in which they are interested. Additionally, now it is even easier to find the right members to contact for networking purposes and for gathering more information about the specific questions you may have about working at a certain international school.
This useful feature page lists all the international schools that either our members currently work at or have worked at in the past. We have organized this list of schools alphabetically by country, all on one page. But for faster access to the country you are specifically looking for, just click on the letter that the country starts with at the top of the page.
Which international schools on our website have the most members you ask? Here are our top 10 schools:
International School of Kuala Lumpur
Copenhagen International School
Seoul International School
American School of Barcelona
American International School in Egypt
International School Manila
Brent International School Manila
International School of Tanganyika
Istanbul International Community School
American School Foundation of Mexico City
Want to see the top 40 list of schools with the most members? Check out this page which displays the names and avatar pictures of each member that either currently works at that school now or has worked there in the past.
So take a moment to have a look at our “Where Our Members Have Worked” page. Maybe you will find that we have some members who know about the international school about which you are looking to gain more information.continue reading
“Morale and attitude are fundamentals to success.”
― Bud Wilkinson
A school can be a complicated place. There aren’t many jobs where you surround yourself with hundreds of children every day!
But like any other place of “business”, a school needs to have a think about how they will keep their staff feeling good about where they work and how they are doing their job. We all know that teaching can, at times, be quite stressful on the teachers.
When you are feeling good about your workplace and job performance, everyone benefits; namely the students, but also your colleagues and bosses. But when teachers are stressed out and with a low morale about working at their school, typically nobody benefits.
You can, of course, be with high spirits on your own doing. But it is important to feel valued by the whole school community as that plays a factor as well. Feeling like you are part of a team can help you stay positive and optimistic at your school.
What, then, do international schools do to make sure their staff is feeling valued?
International School Community is full of thousands of useful and informative comments…16780 (24 Apr. 2016) to be exact. We scoured our database of comments, and we found nine that stood out to us as being some of the coolest ways to show appreciation and boost staff morale.
9. Khartoum International Community School (Khartoum, Sudan) – 65 Total Comments
“The school administration does a lot to make life easy for expats. They have put systems in place that make it very easy to live here and feel looked after. Along with the board they also put on big social events for teachers and staff at least once a semester (start of year / xmas party / end of year etc). There is a social committee as well which has organised coffee afternoons, Nile boat trips, picnics and so on. Truth to say the morale in the Senior Section has dipped in recent years but many of those who were not happy have now left so we are all hoping that things will now improve. Morale across the rest of the school is great.”
8. Western International School of Shanghai (Shanghai, China) – 202 Total Comments
“Welcome back brunch and lots of staff socials. Set up a Social Committee to feedback ideas to Director on all aspects of school. Director regularly thanks and acknowledges staff through e-mail and meetings. There have been 3 cases of surprise bonus’ paid to all staff as a thanks.”
7. Copenhagen International School (Copenhagen, Denmark) – 282 Total Comments
“One way to create some “social capital” at our school year this was to have a whole-staff scavenger hunt the first day back. It was VERY well received, and everyone had a great time. There were like 30 teams of 5-6 people and we all went around the city to collect items and/or take pictures of certain things, all for various amounts of points. Super fun! It was all organized by teachers actually.”
6. Yew Chung International School (Shanghai) (Shanghai, China) – 27 Total Comments
“There is a social committee at this school and they arrange different activities for the teachers. Like one night could be bowling or everyone meet at a bar. The group tries to do something every month. A lot of people participate. There was also a karaoke night and laser tag.”
5. Kampala International School (Kampala, Uganda) – 50 Total Comments
“At the beginning of each school year, we go to a resort for an overnight training and social. There is a PD during the day, evening there is dinner and a band. The next more there is breakfast and maybe go for a swim in the pool. There has been training in from people abroad. Last year, it was somebody with pivotal education, Darryll.”
4. American School of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain) – 157 Total Comments
“There was a social committee in place for a couple of years, but it was a volunteer position and the demands of it weren’t worth the time anymore. There is an HR person in place now who has set up a wine tasting and other events for staff. The staff tends to socialize quite a bit outside of school, even with kids! The school puts on holiday parties and festive lunches around holidays, though not extravagant, most of the food-drinks are free.”
3. Anglo-American School of Moscow (Moscow, Russia) – 66 Total Comments
“The school has a health and wellness program where a lot of teachers connect and exercise together. Also, the PTO regularly hosts cocktail events after school. Plus there are scheduled tours and cultural events.”
2. Hiroshima International School (Hiroshima, Japan) – 64 Total Comments
“Christmas and end of year staff parties. It is also traditional to bring “omiyage” gifts (cookies and other small snacks) from teachers who have attended a conference or tournament elsewhere in Japan.”
1. KIS International School (Bangkok) (Bangkok, Thailand) – 70 Total Comments
“There are a lot of teacher and admin getaways as well as plenty of room for professional development. The management goes out of its way to answer questions before issues come up, and western holidays are recognized with food and decorations from home.”
If you would like to share what your school does to create a high staff morale, log in to International School Community and submit your comments. For every 10 submitted comments, you will get one month of free premium membership added to your account!continue reading
A new survey has arrived!
Topic: How is your experience using your health insurance and medical benefits?
It is not fun worrying about your health when you live abroad, as medical systems can vary from country to country in their efficiency, price and quality.
Some cities have only local hospitals on offer; meaning ones that are staffed by locals and that serve mostly locals. It is not uncommon for these hospitals to have a staff with poor English or any foreign language fluency. It might be necessary for you to find, or in a best case scenario – for your school to provide someone who can accompany you at the hospital to serve as an interpreter. The quality of these hospitals isn’t necessarily poor, as one may suggest, but not knowing the local culture of “how things work” in a local hospital can indeed be quite nerve-wracking.
Other locations have more expat-oriented medical facilities and/or special-health insurance plans for foreigners. These types of hospitals can put expats at ease in how they are served. They have foreign-hired doctors on hand that can speak their language. Expat-oriented hospitals typically also have all the different types of medicine and prescriptions that you may need while living abroad. In less developed areas (ones that have lower employment desirability), you are in luck if you have access to these types of expat-oriented medical facilities.
It is all fine and dandy to have super accessible and well-resourced hospitals in your host country, but let’s not forget out the health insurance benefits package that you are receiving through your school. It is clear that your medical insurance coverage can vary from school to school in their efficiency, price and quality as well. In one international school, they give you amazing health coverage with everything covered (including health insurance for you around the world), no co-payments, with most dental needs included. In the next school, you find yourself very limited to what you can do with your benefits. A less desirable health insurance package might not include dental or cover you during your travels around the world or back in your home country.
Your health insurance benefits package should always be talked about and maybe even negotiated with your international school before you sign the contract.
Because things are so different for each of us at international schools across the world, take a moment to go to the homepage of International School Community and submit your vote today!
If you are interested, you can check out the latest voting results here.
We actually have a comment topic related this to this issue. It is called: Health insurance and medical benefits. Describe your experiences using these benefits and going to the local hospitals.
Right now there are over 598 individual comments (about 100s of different international schools) in this comment topic on our website. Here are a few of them:
“The insurance is pretty good. At hospitals that accept it, you pay approximately $13 U.S. for the visit, treatments and prescriptions. The difficulty is not with the insurance, but the hit and miss quality of care available in town.” – Liwa International School (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) – 23 Comments
“You can get travelers and accident insurance from your bank here, like at Nordea. It is really cheap and it gives you health insurance coverage anywhere in the world! It is important to know about this option because now the Danish CPR health social health care card doesn’t cover you anymore in Europe, well for non-Danish people with a CPR card.” – Copenhagen International School (Copenhagen, Denmark) – 244 Comments
“Macau offers free health care coverage to all residents and all who hold work permits. This kicks in after about 3 months of living in Macau. The school helps facilitate private insurance until the government insurance starts up.” – The School of the Nations (Macao, China) – 20 Comments
“Health insurance is not the best. It only covers emergencies and specialist doctors, not a General Practitioner. I have been to the doctor here, and it was a good experience. Doctors were efficient and I got taken care of pretty quickly. I would advise asking people who have lived here a while, who to go to though.” – The Codrington School (Int’l School of Barbados) (St. John, Barbados) – 70 Commentscontinue reading