So interesting, our top 40 school profiles with the most views page.
Are the ones at the top those “Tier one” international 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 Al Hada International School (13 total comments), which currently has around 170967 views. Who wouldn’t want to work in the Middle East?!
Here are some of the other top schools on our list (along with a sample comment from its school profile page):
International School of Chile (Nido de Aguilas) (48 total comments) Santiago, Chile
“I found the interview process to be very random and not very organized. The ES principal was not someone I am excited to work for. That said, the school has a good reputation and is in a great location…”
British International School Moscow (42 total comments) Moscow, Russia
“Not recommended to use shipping. I moved with suitcases. Most apartments are fully furnished and the paperwork and red tape make it highly discouraged to relocate with anything other than luggage. The school was very up front with this and explain the nightmare that is Russian bo…”
The Universal American School (22 total comments) Salwa, Kuwait
“UAS facilities are air-conditioned including an indoor swimming pool, multi-purpose play court, fully equipped gymnasium, a 400-seat auditorium, large library, and a multi-purpose hall. Students have access to three computer labs, science labs at all levels, music/band rooms, large…”
International School of Elite Education (13 total comments) New Cairo City, Egypt
“No taxes have to be paid. Salaries are in USD. Monthly salary, average is between 1800-1900 USD…”
“For me personally, many aspects of my job was discussed during the interview. Talking to teachers before coming to Manizales also helped clear up some of the unknown areas. For some of my colleagues, however, this wasn’t the case, and there were some unexpected surprises…”
American International School of Budapest (55 total comments) Budapest, Hungary
“In secondary, the meeting schedule for the school year is mapped out in advance and the meeting of the week (Tuesday for MS and Wednesday for HS) rotates between full faculty meetings, department meetings, grade-level meetings, and no meetings when it is a week where grades are d…”
Leman International School Chengdu (21 total comments) Chengdu, China
“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…”
International School of Kuala Lumpur (135 total comments) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“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.”
Western International School of Shanghai (481 total comments) Shanghai, China
“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!”
Copenhagen International School (391 total comments) Copenhagen, Denmark
“This year CIS went to a recruiting fair in London. The director mentioned that he wants to make sure our school ‘stays visible’ at these fairs every once and awhile. There weren’t that many vacancies this year, which is typical because people tend to stay here a…”
Singapore American School (313 total comments) Singapore, Singapore
“Short-term disability benefit. Worldwide health insurance coverage.”
NIST International School (403 total comments) Bangkok, Thailand
“Campus is south of the city. Apartments are being built around it and public transportation links near the school are improving…”
Concordia International School (Shanghai) (180 total comments) Shanghai, China
“The school buildings are quite modern. Many students walk to school as there are many neighbourhoods near the school.”
American International School in Egypt (Main Campus) (64 total comments) Cairo, Egypt
“This is a bit of an issue at AIS. They seem to hire people without checking references and most interviews are just over the phone or Skype. Several people get fired a year due to behaviors that I am sure would have shown before hiring should AIS do face to face interviews and…”
Canadian International School (Hong Kong) (168 total comments) Hong Kong, China
“A fair number of teachers make multiple stops on their way back to “home” in Canada, USA, Europe, Australia, or New Zealand. Since these are long flights (~10-18 hours), it is easy to find extended layovers en route.”
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Each international school is unique, that’s for sure.
Of course, many top international schools of the world have unique qualities that make them special. However, let’s not forget about all the other international schools (big and small). Even for-profit international schools have cool things to offer that maybe non-profit schools are not able to have.
What then are these unique qualities?
Some international schools have a unique make-up of students. They are from over 80 or more different countries, all coming together in a perfect, diverse blend. The students are also super kind and considerate which make classroom management a non-issue.
An international school can also be unique for the extra-curricular programme it offers. Maybe it has a newly constructed olympic-sized pool with an effective and inspiring staff of swimming teachers. The school might also be the only one that offers unique sports like fencing with a fully functioning fencing facility.
Many international schools dream of having their own garden. Especially one that the students can tend to during break or class-lesson times. This garden can also be unique because the school kitchen can incorporate the newly picked food into their menu.
Another unique quality about international schools could be related to the teachers themselves. Maybe they have the perfect set up for effective collaboration to happen (we all know that many international schools don’t have this luxury). Additionally, the teachers have ample planning time to create inspired lessons. The director maybe even has carefully selected new teachers to join the teaching community that fit very well into the school’s mission and vision.
A unique quality that many teachers seek out is a school that is well-resourced. Having all the materials and equipment is definitely a dream come true, especially when working at an international school. A school that has well-established connections with getting materials ordered and delivered in a timely manner is not an international school to overlook when recruiting.
And the list goes on and on of the unique qualities that international schools can have.
It is important to celebrate the good things about our schools. These good things can inspire the students and staff to do their best and bring the community closer together in the school’s vision and mission.
Luckily, International School Community has a comment topic on our school profile pages related to the unique qualities of international schools, so you can stay the most informed as possible. It is called: “Name some special things about this school that makes it unique.”
There are a total of 313 comments in this comment topic (June 2015). Here are a few that have been submitted:
“KICS is bringing a concept of 21st century inquiry-based education to a country very much in need of such access. It isn’t a school for every teacher though. Teachers who do well are motivated by this vision. They also need to be into educational technology for learning. If they arent then they can struggle.” – Khartoum International Community School (Khartoum, Sudan) – 65 Comments
“The physical facilities of the school are excellent. The technology infrastructure is really good. It is a one-to-one programme with new Macbook airs from grade 5 to 12. The size of the school enables a lot of varies extra curricular activities which would be hard to support in a smaller school.” – American School of Warsaw (Warsaw, Poland) – 29 Comments
“There is a very welcoming environment at all levels. Anyone can walk around and sense the positive “vibe”. Often we get remarks that, though the school is not small, much of the social ‘feel’ is indicative of traditionally small schools (e.g. friendly, open, welcoming, etc.)” – International School of Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – 84 Comments
“Well because of the dream of Eugenia, the director of the school for 20 years, there is a strong sense of multi-lingualism in the school. This school is leading the way in terms of language policy.” – The Bilingual School of Monza (Milan, Italy) – 27 Commentscontinue reading