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How many comments are there in each of the 66 Comment Topics on ISC?

October 15, 2020


We have 66 comment topics on our website in 4 main categories: School Information, Benefits Information, City Information, and Travel Information.

ISC now has over 38000 comments that have been submitted on over 1400 international schools from around the world. Basic and Premium Members can access all of these 38000 comments for free on our Browse All Comments page.

After almost 10 years since our inception of ISC, which of the 66 comment topics are our members submitting into the most? Take a look below at all of our comment topics with the total comments submitted in them at the end of each one. Some of our most popular topics that have over 1000 comments are related to: School building, Accreditation, Hiring policies, School location, Language abilities of the students, Kinds of teachers/staff, Salary, Housing, and Allowances.

School Information Comment Topics (23):

• Describe the different aspects of the school building and the school grounds. Also, describe the surrounding area around the campus. (1668 Comments)

• What types of accreditation does this school have? When is the accreditation up for renewal? Any religious affiliations? (1253 Comments)

• Recent things that the school has taken on (i.e. new curriculum, specific professional development, etc.). (830 Comments)

• Describe their hiring policies and procedures. Share your interview experience. Any hiring restrictions? is there a particular curriculum experience required? How about single parents/number of dependents sponsored? (1591 Comments)

• Describe school’s location in relation to the city center and to the teacher’s housing. How do staff get to school before and after school? (1512 Comments)

• Are the expectations high of teaching staff? Are there extracurricular responsibilities? Describe workload details. (868 Comments)

• Average class size for primary and secondary. Describe any aide support. (900 Comments)

• Describe the language abilities of students at this school and what is the “common language spoken in the hallways”? Is there one dominant culture group? (1270 Comments)

• Describe what kinds of teachers work here (local vs. expat, qualifications [or lack there of], etc.) and staff turnover rate. Is there a native English speaker or nationality requirement? Is it LGBT friendly country/school? (1314 Comments)

• What types of budgets do classroom teachers/departments get? (545 Comments)

• PARENTS ONLY – General comments from parents of students that go to this school. How was your child’s education and socialisation at the school? (187 Comments)

• What types of sports programs and activities does the school offer? (733 Comments)

• Name some special things about this school that makes it unique. (719 Comments)

• In general, describe the demeanor of the students. (641 Comments)

• Has the school met your expectations once you started working there? (370 Comments)

• What does the school do to create a harmonious state of well-being and high morale amongst its staff? (430 Comments)

• Describe the technologies available at the school and how people are/are not using them. (511 Comments)

• Details about the current teacher appraisal process. (325 Comments)

• Is the student population declining, staying the same or increasing? Give details why. (492 Comments)

• How have certain things improved since you started working there? (253 Comments)

• How is this school different or the same when compared to schools in your home country? (192 Comments)

• What controversies have been happening lately? Please be objective. (325 Comments)

• What insider information would you give to a teacher considering working at this school? (479 Comments)

• How much curriculum development work are you expected to do? (Atlas Rubicon, etc.) (300 Comments)

Benefits Information Comment Topics (20):

• Average monthly salary after taxes and in what currency (explain taxation situation). How often do you get paid throughout the year? (1379 Comments)

• Details about the staff housing or the housing allowance. If there is no housing allowance, how much are rent costs and utilities? (1386 Comments)

• Average amount of money that is left to be saved. Describe the survivability for a family of four on one salary. (740 Comments)

• Detailed info about flight, shipping and settling-in allowances. Any other benefits (e.g. free lunches, etc.)? (1211 Comments)

• Health insurance and medical benefits. Describe your experiences using these benefits and going to the local hospitals. (1062 Comments)

• Ways to make extra money (tutoring, after-school activities, etc.). (502 Comments)

• Information about benefits for teachers with dependents. Describe the childcare in the area. (807 Comments)

• Professional development allowance details. (596 Comments)

• Pension plan details. (644 Comments)

• Describe your experience bringing pets. (292 Comments)

• Explain how salaries are decided (e.g. is there a pay schedule? extra step for masters degree? Annual pay raises? Bonuses?). (606 Comments)

• How do the school’s benefits compare to other international schools in the area/city? (377 Comments)

• How is the school calendar? Is there ample vacation time? (572 Comments)

• What are some things that you need to buy/pay for when you first arrive at the school that you didn’t know about beforehand? (316 Comments)

• Details about the maternity benefits of the host country and school. (161 Comments)

• What is the process of getting reimbursed for things? (216 Comments)

• Details about new teacher orientation. (255 Comments)

• In general, why are people staying at or leaving this school? (382 Comments)

• Details about the teaching contract. What important things should prospective teachers know about? (243 Comments)

• Information on trailing spouses. Can they work under spousal visa (also availability of work) or is it possible to live only on one salary? (86 Comments)

City Information Comment Topics (17)

• Name your favorite restaurants, favorite places to go to and favorite things to do in the city. (663 Comments)

• Locations in the city geared towards the expat lifestyle (grocery stores, bars, etc.). (554 Comments)

• Sample prices for food, transportation, average hourly rates for a housekeeper, etc. (563 Comments)

• Detailed info about lifestyles: singles vs. couples, gay vs. straight, nightlife vs. quiet and big city vs nature. (460 Comments)

• Languages of the host city and the level of English spoken there. (582 Comments)

• Sample activities that you can do around the city? Including ones that you can do with a family (children)? (419 Comments)

• Describe the city’s weather at different times of the year. (613 Comments)

• Places, markets and stores where you can find really good deals. (292 Comments)

• Describe a funny culture shock moment that you’ve had recently in this city. (135 Comments)

• Where did the school take you in the city when you first arrived? What were some staff outings/party locations? (190 Comments)

• What is the best part of living in this city for you? (290 Comments)

• What advice can you give on how to set things up like internet, phone, experience dealing with landlord, etc.? (248 Comments)

• Tell your experience moving your items to this city. What company, insurance policy, etc. did you use? (101 Comments)

• Tell about your experience with the local banks and dealing with multiple currencies. (251 Comments)

• What are some locals customs (regarding eating, drinking and going out, family, socializing, etc.) that you find interesting for expats to know about? (169 Comments)

• Tell about your experiences in the local grocery stores. What can you get or cannot get? Which ones are your favorites. (216 Comments)

• What is the most challenging/difficult part of living in the city? (280 Comments)

Travel Information Comment Topics (6):

• Sample travel airfares from host city airport to destinations nearby. (431 Comments)

• Describe proximity of major airport hubs to the city center and give sample taxi, train, subway and/or bus fares to get there. (564 Comments)

• Popular travel websites to buy plane tickets or tours that are popular for expats living in the city and/or country. (279 Comments)

• Places to travel to outside the city by bus or train. (519 Comments)

• Are there many teachers that travel during the holidays? Where are they going? (347 Comments)

• What are the airports like in this city? (arriving, departing, shopping, customs, etc.) (382 Comments)
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Member Search Feature Update: Which Job Titles Do Our 19546+ Members Have?

October 8, 2020


We are getting more and more members every month. Currently, we have over 19546 (up 4369 members since January 2019). We are definitely the place to go for networking with other international school educators!

Out of these thousands of members, we have teachers who hold many types of positions.  Check out our Members’ Job Titles page to see how many we have in each of these positions.

Using the data from this page, here are the current Members’ Job Titles statistics: (8 October, 2020)

39 Activities Coordinators – (up 4)
13 Admission Coordinators – (up 1)
11 Admissions Director – (up 4)
107 Art Teachers – (up 28)
66 Assistant Principals – (up 15)
88 Biology Teachers – (up 19)

28 Business Office Workers – (up 2)
87 Chemistry Teachers – (up 23)
878 Classroom Teachers – (up 146)
19 Communications Workers – (up 2)
106 Counselors – (up 24)
132 Curriculum Coordinators – (up 30)

187 Department Heads – (up 38)
19 Development Coordinator – (up 5)
35 Drama Teachers – (up 4)
59 Economics Teachers – (up 11)
307 English Teachers – (up 58)
260 EAL Teachers – (up 43)

176 Foreign Language Teachers – (up 31)
20 Geography Teachers – (up 1)
117 Heads of School/Directors – (up 24)
78 History Teachers – (up 12)
105 ICT Teachers – (up 25)
7 Interns – (up 0)

75 Librarians – (up 16)
33 Marketing Workers – (up 5)
213 Math Teachers – (up 42)
90 Music Teachers – (up 16)
6 Nurses – (same)
303 Other – (up 58)

121 P.E. Teachers (up 33)
61 Physics Teachers – (up 13)
134 Principals – (up 33)
18 Psychology Teachers – (up 8)
95 Science Teachers – (up 12)
9 Secretaries – (up 3)

75 Social Studies Teachers – (up 12)
98 Special Needs Teachers – (up 23)
9 Speech Pathologists – (up 0)
44 Teaching Assistants – (up 14)

Biggest increases: Dept. Heads, Classroom Teachers, English Teachers, EAL Teachers, Math, Foreign Language Teachers and Principals.

Want to get a job at an international school in one of these positions? Log-on to International School Community and start contacting our members to get answers to your questions.  Many of our members definitely know about the life of an international school teacher at the schools they currently work at and the schools they have worked at in the past.

So where in the world do our current members live?  The members, who have stated so on their profile, currently live in the following regions of the world:

419 that are currently located in Asia – (up 99)
53 that are currently located in Caribbean – (up 9)
61 that are currently located in Central America – (up 15)
851 that are currently located in East Asia – (up 177)
201 that are currently located in Eastern/Central Europe – (up 36)
549 that are currently located in Middle East – (up 93)
116 that are currently located in North Africa – (up 25)
1007 that are currently located in North America – (up 114)
166 that are currently located in Oceania – (up 19)
758 that are currently located in South East Asia – (up 142)
172 that are currently located in South America – (up 38)
248 that are currently located in Sub-Saharan Africa – (up 68)
807 that are currently located in Western Europe – (up 109)

Looks like North America is still in the lead!  We recommend that all our members keep their profile as up to date as possible, so that their networking possibilities can be at their highest. Update yours today.

Check out all of our 19547+ members here.  If you are not a member yet, sign up here for free!

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ISC now has over 2150 international school profiles listed

September 27, 2020


At International School Community, we now have over 2150 international school profiles listed on our website!

The last 5 schools to be added:

Traill International School (Bangkok, Thailand)
Olive Tree International Academy (Hangzhou, China)
North London Collegiate School (Singapore) (Singapore)
Leeds International School (Galle, Sri Lanka)
The British College of Brazil (Sao Paolo, Brazil)

The top 5 schools with the most members:

American International School in Egypt (Main Campus) (New Cairo City, Egypt) – 30 Members
Copenhagen International School (Copenhagen, Denmark) – 24 Members
Western International School of Shanghai (Shanghai, China) – 23 Members
International School of Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – 22 Members
International School Manila (Manila, Philippines) – 22 Members

The top 6 most viewed schools:

British International School Moscow (Moscow, Russia) – 70640 Views
Colegio Granadino Manizales (Manizales, Colombia) – 38970 Views
American International School of Budapest (Budapest, Hungary) – 20524 Views
Bodwell High School (Vancouver, Canada) – 5255 Views
Haileybury Almaty (Almaty, Kazakhstan) – 4288 Views
International School of Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – 4217 Views

The last 5 schools to have something written on their wall:

Kyoto International School (Kyoto, Japan) – 63 Comments
School of the Nations (Brasilia) (Brasilia, Brazil) – 41 Comments
International School of Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – 135 Comments
Deutsche Schule Kobe – European School ‘s Wall(Kobe, Japan) – 50 Comments
United Lisbon International School (Lisbon, Portugal) – 0 Comments

But check them all our yourself!  Get answers to your questions about the international schools you are interested in by clicking on the geographic region of your choice.  It’s a great way to learn about different international schools around the world and gather information!  

International School Community has the following 2171 international schools listed on our website (last updated on 27 September, 2020)

Results: (185) Countries, (811) Cities, (2171) Schools, (37965) Comments

Asia (212)

Caribbean (39)

Central America (45)

Central/Eastern Europe (114)

East Asia (325)

Middle East (293)

North Africa (68)

North America (109)

Oceania (31)

SE Asia (335)

South America (100)

Sub-Saharan Africa (175)

Western Europe (325)

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ALL Members Have Free Premium Membership for 48 Hours!

September 12, 2020


Are you an International School Community member that wants to submit some comments but currently doesn’t have premium membership?

48 hours of Premium Membership Promotion: Right now EVERY member on our website has premium membership access for 48 hours. Just log on and enjoy free, full access to our website.
This 48 hours free promotion will expire on 15 September, 2020 (11:59pm PST)

Don’t forget to submit comments during this time (which are done so anonymously, by the way) because during the next 48 hours you can get EXTRA premium membership added your account.

Normal members get 1 month of premium membership added to their account for every 10 comments they submit, but for the next 48 hours, they can get even more!

Here’s how it will work:
• Submit 40-59 comments = 6 extra months will be added to your account
(for a total of 10-11 months of premium membership!)
• Submit 60+ comments = 12 extra months will be added to your account
(for a total of 18+ months of premium membership!)

** This submitting-comments promotion will expire on 14 September, 2020 (11:59pm PST). Total comments submitted can be on one or more school profile pages (FYI: there are 66 comment topics on each school profile page), and they must be submitted between 12 September, 2020 and 14 September, 2020 (11:59pm PST). All submitted comments must be at least one full, complete sentence; the more details, the better! The extra months will be awarded to each member’s account between 15-18 September, 2020.

We want members who participate and share what they know to have free premium access to our website. For it is them that keep our website up to date and full of useful comments! We just passed 37800+ submitted comments by the way, on more than 1150 school profile pages!

After you submit some comments, check out the other things you can do with premium membership access:
1. Check our the latest posted job vacancies.
2. Take a look at our compare school salaries page. (769 schools with 1363 comments about salaries are listed on this page)
3. Make a search on our Comments Search page. Find the specific comments you’d like to read about, faster!
4. Do unlimited school profile page searches and check out our easier to use/updated school results page.
5. Contact one of our 19300+ members and use our Member Search feature to find someone to network or ask a question to.
6. Go to our School Comparison page and compare 94 schools using eight different comment topics. Who will win?

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ISC Helps You to Compare the Salaries at 750+ International Schools

August 19, 2020


A survey that we did a few years ago made it clear which information international school teachers want to find out about when recruiting; and that is Salary Details.

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What if you are only considering working in Shanghai? Or maybe you are only interested in working in Germany and flexible about the city in which you would live. It would be invaluable information if you could access details about the salaries of all the international schools in that area of the world. Once you are able to take a look at the different salary details of a number of international schools, it could help you make a better decision on whether to accept an offer or not or which school you should put most of your focus on.

Compare School Salaries page: A unique feature on International School Community

Currently, we have over 1367 individual comments about international school salaries that have been submitted on our website (August 2020).  The specific comments and information about salaries have been submitted on 769 different international schools (August 2020).

The topic related to salaries (that members have left comments on) is on the Benefits tab which can be found on each school profile page.  The comment topic is called “Average monthly salary after taxes and in what currency (explain taxation situation). How often do you get paid throughout the year?”  Members are encouraged to leave informative details on a typical teacher’s monthly take-home salary at that school.

When you first visit the School Salaries page (premium membership access is needed), you will find that all the international schools (that have comments about salaries on their profile pages) are listed in alphabetical order. You can have a browse though all the schools there. But if you want to just view the schools from a specific region, country or city in the world, then make sure to use the Filter button on the right.  The filter feature allows you to filter the schools listed here and narrow down the list. You can more quickly find the specific schools at which you are most interested in checking-out.

For example, let’s say you are only interested in working at an international school in Central/Eastern Europe.  Just click on the Select Region tab and select Central/Eastern Europe. After that, press the green Search button and voila…only the schools matching your criteria show (currently 48 comments from 28 different international schools).


To see the exact salary comments, just click on the school. Here are some examples:

You could say that international schools like to keep their exact salary details secret.  Rarely do you find specific information about take-home salary on their websites.  Even on other websites where international schools display their vacancies, specific salary details are sometimes hard to find.  In turn, our Compare School Salaries page is quite special, useful and unique!

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