Information for Members

Start a Discussion, Share Information, or Ask a Question on Our School Profile Walls!

October 29, 2017


Do you have a question about a specific international school that you are considering interviewing with? Do you have experience working at an international school and have information and current news to share?

Besides being able to check out and read 22600+ submitted comments on our school profile pages, we also have the school profile page walls.  Similar to a forum, there is a wall on each school profile page.  If you don’t see an answer to your question in the submitted comments and information area, then the wall is the place to ask your question.  Also, if you have some information to share about an international school (that you presently work at or have worked at in the past), then we encourage you to also start up a discussion or share some important information on the school’s wall as well.

The wall is located under the map feature and basic school stats on a school profile page’s Overview tab.

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You can also check out the latest discussions on all of the school profile page walls on our Latest Wall Discussions page. On this page you can check out the last 40 comments that have been submitted on all the walls.

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International School Community would like all the discussions on the school profile page walls to follow our Community Guidelines for our website. Please take a moment to check out our Guidelines for posting on a school profile page wall.

Guidelines for posting on a school profile page Wall:

• Ask questions that you have about this school that haven’t already been answered on the Comments and Information page.

• Start up a topic about this school related to the School, the Benefits, the City it is in and what it is like to Travel from the city it is in.

• If you know about this school, make sure to respond to previously submitted questions and topics to which you know the answers.

• If you currently work at this school or have worked there in the past, leave a helpful comment or positive statement about the school that would be informative and useful for potential candidates interested in working at this school.

• Stay positive. This wall is not a place to complain or say hurtful things about the school, administration, teachers or the students.

• Keep the topics constructive and non-subjective. It is not a place to talk about your unique and negative personal experience at the school.

Finding information about what it is like to working at international schools can sometimes be a challenge. On other international school forums, it can get a bit tiring and cumbersome to find the information you need.  In other words, those forums can be too complex and unorganized. Now if you want to know about a specific international school, you can just go directly to check out their profile page on our website.  If the answer your looking for hasn’t already been submitted, then make sure to utilize our wall feature. All the information discussed on this wall will only be about that specific international school. The mission of our school profile page walls is to be convenient, useful, and organized. All information discussed about that school will be in one place…saving you time in your search for answers!

We encourage all members to actively participate on the school profile page walls, so that we can all stay the most up-to-date and informed about our international school community!

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Highlighted International School Community Feature: Favorited Schools Page

October 6, 2017


When you are a member at International School Community, you can easily Favorite the school profile pages that you are most interested in on your Dashboard Profile Page.

Just go to any school profile of the international school you are interested in and click on the red “Add School to Favorites” button. A pop-up screen will show up and say “This school has been successfully added to your Favorited Schools.”

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The “Add School to Favorites” button in red.

Once you have successfully Favorited a school profile page, then that school will show up as a link on your Dashboard Profile Page.  The next time you want to access that specific school profile page (e.g. to check out any new comments that have been written, to write some more of your own comments and information, etc.) it will be listed like this example:

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Favorited Schools page on your Dashboard

As you can see, it will quick and easy for you to go straight to the schools you are interested in knowing about. The Favorited Schools page has the following stats:

  • name and link to that school’s profile page
  • the location of that school: city, country
  • the date in which that school was last updated with new user-submitted comments
  • the total number of user-submitted comments on that school’s profile page

If you are not interested in having that school listed as a link on your profile under the “Favorited Schools” section, simply click on the “Trash can” icon/link to remove it. As a reminder, this Favorited Schools that you create is only visible to you.

With the school profile bookmark feature all members will be able to access the international schools most important to them with ease!  Favorite your schools now by visiting our schools list page.  If you are not a member of International School Community, join today here and get a free coupon code to receive two days of free premium membership!

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Top 40 International Schools with the Most ISC Members

September 27, 2017


How many times have you applied to a school wishing that you knew somebody that worked there?

Knowing somebody and getting the ‘inside scoop’ on an international school could definitely help you in your quest to set up an interview there.

At International School Community, we made that search for ‘informed people’ even easier with our Top 40 Schools with the Most Members page.

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Currently, our top 40 international schools with the most members are (27 September, 2017):

18 members – Copenhagen International School
17 members 
 International School of Kuala Lumpur
16 members  American International School in Egypt
15 members
 – American School of Barcelona
14 members – 
Seoul International School
14 members – 
International School Manila
14 members – Istanbul International Community School
12 members – 
American School Foundation of Mexico City
12 members – 
Shanghai Community International School
12 members – 
International School of Tanganyika
11 members – MEF International School Istanbul
11 members –
Seoul Foreign School
11 members – Brent International School Manila
10 members – 
United Nations International School (Vietnam)
10 members – 
Canadian International School (Singapore)
10 members – 
Western International School of Shanghai
10 members – 
Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Astana
10 members
 – Shanghai Rego International School (CLOSED)
10 members – Jakarta Intercultural School
10 members – Qatar Academy (Doha)
10 members –
KIS International School (Bangkok)
10 members – 
Ruamrudee International School Bangkok
10 members –
Hong Kong International School
10 members – 
Graded School Sao Paulo
10 members –
Singapore American School
9 members – 
Suzhou Singapore International School
9 members – 
American International School of Guangzhou
9 members – 
International School Beijing
9 members –
Fairview International School
9 members –
Anglo-American School of Moscow
9 members –
Bishop Mackenzie International School
9 members –
RAK Academy
8 members – 
Cairo American College
8 members –
Cebu International School
8 members –
Western Academy Beijing
8 members – International School Bangkok
8 members –
Shanghai American School – Puxi
8 members – American International School Dhaka
8 members – Korea International School (Seoul)
8 members –
American International School of Kuwait

With 100-200 new members joining each month, this list will continue to grow and grow; with even more members showing up as potential people to network with.

It is simple to network on our website: just click on a member and then click on the ‘Contact this member’ button (premium member feature).  Then write him/her a message.  When your message is sent, the other member will get an email alert letting them know that they have a new message waiting for them on our website (so, hopefully he/she will get back to you in a timely manner!). Numerous International School Community members have already taken advantage of this unique feature on our website!

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As far as we know, International School Community is the one of the only websites where you can quickly and easily network with real people at a specific international school.  Meaning, if you want to get in touch with somebody from Suzhou Singapore International School in China and you are currently a premium member of International School Community, you now have nine members that you can contact on our website that either work there now or have worked there in the past.  Get the answers to your questions; now that is easy networking!

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12 Submitted Comments About the “Excellent” Parts of Working at International Schools

September 12, 2017


International School Community is full of tens of thousands of useful, informative comments…22211 comments (12 Sept. 2017) to be exact.

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Members are recommended to keep their comments objective on our website and share what they know about what it is like working at a specific international school.

We scoured our database of comments, and we found 12 that stood out to us as being some of the most interesting and useful ones related to the “excellent” parts of working at international schools from across the globe.

12. Health insurance and medical benefits. Describe your experiences using these benefits and going to the local hospitals.

“Currently, insurance is through Scholars International. Coverage for medical care in the United States is something like 70% (not great) but outside of the US, coverage is great. Local hospitals are excellent and many teachers have surgeries, medical treatments (including cancer treatments), ect here in Korea. Our school is close to an amazing International Hospital, Severance Hospital at Yonsei University. Many other hospitals in the area are also well-known and provide excellent care!” – Seoul Foreign School (South Korea, Seoul) – 133 Comments

11. Describe the different aspects of the school building and the school grounds. Also, describe the surrounding area around the campus.

“Keystone was built in 2013/14 as a purpose-built school. It looks like a New England or UK boarding school. It’s facilities are excellent. There is a fabulous performing arts centre, lots of meeting areas and tons of classrooms. The sports facilities are also top-notch. The grounds are well-kept. The staff apartments are spacious and well-appointed. There are separate primary and middle/high school buildings as well as the sports hall, residences and the performing arts centre. The management is also upgrading and maintaining facilities as needed. The surrounding area is very suburban. This is not downtown Beijing. There are grocery stores close by as well as a couple of small shopping malls. There are stores catering to expats nearby too.” – Keystone Academy (China, Beijing) – 54 Comments

10. Name some special things about this school that makes it unique.

“Since 2010 there have been 2 Head Teachers, 2 Primary Heads and 2 Deputy Heads due to overarching management cost cutting and general incompetencies. As well as massive staff turnovers. People see out their contracts and don’t renew because money, housing and work life balance are better at other schools. However that being said, the teachers at the school both primary and secondary are excellent teachers. Very social, helpful and happy. They bind together and get along well. The teachers that have left have gone into fantastic things, probably because of the chaos that comes from management, has built these people to make it in the real world. Lasting friendships between the teachers and everyone looks after everyone. I did enjoy the comradary here.” – Jumeira Baccalaureate School (United Arab Emirates, Dubai) – 104 Comments

9. How have certain things improved since you started working there?

“The Academic Registrar for the past two years has done much to review, simplify and streamline processes. She has also maintained – latterly when support has been lacking – almost single-handedly excellent relations with staff, parents, students and the expatriate community when helping to market the school.” – The International School of Sanya (China, Sanya) – 29 Comments

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8.Describe the different aspects of the school building and the school grounds. Also, describe the surrounding area around the campus..

“The school has a wonderful multistory building with fully equipped Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Computer Science laboratories. There is a gymnasium and multi cuisine food court as well. The auditorium of the school is excellent with a seating capacity of around 800.” – Gandhi Memorial International School (Indonesia, Jakarta) – 6 Comments

7. What types of sports programs and activities does the school offer? 

“Football is the main sport and both boys and girls are involved in football. Also basketball is popular, The school has excellent facilities.” – Colegio Los Nogales Bogota (Colombia, Bogota) – 33 Comments

6. In general, describe the demeanor of the students.

“Generally, excellent. 2013’s comment still stands; Wells is fortunate to have students from not the “richest” families of Bangkok, so a degree of humbleness still exists in most.” – Wells International School (Thailand) (Thailand, Bangkok) – 55 Comments

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5. Health insurance and medical benefits. Describe your experiences using these benefits and going to the local hospitals.

“Health insurance provided. Taiwan has excellent and affordable national health insurance.” – Ivy Collegiate Academy (Taiwan, Taichung City) – 41 Comments

4. What insider information would you give to a teacher considering working at this school?

“This is a good place to be in. The working atmosphere is excellent and as teachers we can do and suggest many things in order to help with the school’s normal development. We have reached to a point were we are stable in terms of foreign staff and locals do everything they can to help foreign teachers to feel as comfortable as possible.” – Changchun American International School (China, Changchun) – 71 Comments

3. Describe proximity of major airport hubs to the city center and give sample taxi, train, subway and/or bus fares to get there.

“Hong Kong has excellent public transport. You can check in at IFC in Central or Kowloon half a day before the flight and then take your time shopping, eating, or sightseeing. The express train to the airport is quick, comfortable, and inexpensive. There are numerous buses and the MTR. As well, taxis are readily available, as are hire cars.” – Canadian International School (Hong Kong) (China, Hong Kong) – 111 Comments

2. Describe what kinds of teachers work here (local vs. expat, nationality, qualifications [or lack there of], etc.) and staff turnover rate.

“More local teachers than expat. There are approximately 15-20 American teachers working at the school. Local teachers speak excellent English and are great colleagues.” – American School of Belo Horizonte (Brazil, Belo Horizonte) – 46 Comments

1. How is this school different or the same when compared to schools in your home country?

“Compared to teaching in the UK this is a dream, as long as you are prepared for the culture shock of living in a small village of thirteen million. Small classes, good behaviour and a genuine interest in study, excellent resources, great quality of life. Admin is less than in the UK although it is creeping up. Some of it good, some of it of limited value (just like the UK). I enjoy my teaching and the travel opportunities this place offers.” – Wellington College International Tianjin (China, Tianjin) – 54 Comments

If you have an interesting and useful comment to add related to the excellent parts at your school that you would like to share, 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!

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Become the ‘Mayor’ of Your School and Get Unlimited Premium Membership!

September 7, 2017


images (2)Our mission for the International School Community website is to have the most updated information about what it is like to work at the numerous international schools around the world. One way to help us achieve that mission is to have Mayors.

Being a Mayor is super easy, and the best part is that you get unlimited free premium membership to our website!

Mayor responsibilities:

• Submit at least 3-6 new comments on your school every 1-2 months (on the 65 different comment topics)

• Make sure to check on your school’s Wall and occasionally post updates about their school (like new vacancies, any big changes to the school that are happening, etc.)

• Make sure that their school has the most updated and correct information (e.g. basic info, links, Facebook page, Youtube video, etc.) on the Overview and Social Media tabs.

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Here are just a few of the almost 300+ schools that have a Mayor on our website:

Western International School of Shanghai (Shanghai, China) – 240 Comments
NIST International School (Bangkok, Thailand) – 167 Comments
Qatar Academy (Sidra) (Doha, Qatar)65 Comments
Canadian International School (Hong Kong) (Hong Kong, China)111 Comments
International School of Paphos (Paphos, Cyprus)105 Comments
Concordia International School (Shanghai) (Shanghai, China)134 Comments
Yongsan International School of Seoul (Seoul, South Korea) – 85 Comments
Copenhagen International School (Copenhagen, Denmark)316 Comments
Seoul Foreign School (Seoul, South Korea)133 Comments
American International School Dhaka (Dhaka, Bangladesh)52 Comments
International School of Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)107 Comments
Footprints International School (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)38 Comments
Hong Kong International School (Hong Kong, China)118 Comments

The more Mayors that we have on our website means the more our members will be informed; as there will be more up-to-date information on the schools they want to know about!

Become the Mayor of a school you work at (or have worked at) today!

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Please note that being the Mayor of a school is anonymous, and that all comments submitted on our website are also done so anonymously. Posting on the school profile page wall though is not anonymous.

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