Shanghai High School International Division

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Shanghai High School International Division Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
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  1.  

    Rewarding, great benefits, and good work/life balance... if you are adaptable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shanghai High School International Division full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great benefits & time off
    -Many great coworkers
    -Free lunch
    -End of year bonus & automatic raises
    -Honors classes have many smart kids who really want to learn
    -Most facilities are great
    -Beautiful main campus
    -Excellent overall experience

    Cons

    -Minimal training
    -Often limited resources
    -It takes a lot for the school to fire bad apple coworkers
    -Some students do not put in effort & it is often difficult to fail those that deserve it
    -Existing curriculum quality varies, although this was being overhauled when I departed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Keep the perks & bonuses - they are a big draw for quality teachers
    -Don't be afraid to let teachers go who fail at their duties or disrupt the teacher community
    -Spend more on teaching resources & library books
    -Adopt the Dewey Decimal System to better sort library books and make books easily searchable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Easiest Gig in China

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shanghai High School International Division full-time

    Pros

    The lifestyle.
    The food
    Free rent
    No Bosses
    Easier to make friends than joining a Frat

    Cons

    No sick days!
    The food
    Not a lot of direction
    Language barrier
    No Training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Primary School section: Great, happy, and friendly place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shanghai High School International Division full-time

    Pros

    Amazing facilities.
    Cosy, clean, friendly living dorms.
    Great classrooms.
    Friendly co-workers.
    Little stress.
    Beautiful campus in a perfect location. Shanghai centre a short distance away.

    Cons

    The school is set in it's Chinese way and is very reluctant to changes or Western ides. (But you're in China so respect it!)
    Sometimes it's hard to find someone who will give you a straight answer. (Again, you're in China, they are afraid of giving you a wrong answer, losing face, so you have to deal with it and solve you're problem your self!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management are fantastic here! They work so hard trying to make the teachers happy and all they get are complaints from selfish, unappreciative expats . I think the people who wrote these terrible reviews about administration need to stop for a moment and realise how much pressure FAO are under, and how hard they work to solve you're problems! FAO are awesome and so caring! They appreciate their teachers and are only trying to do right by the school.

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  5.  

    Quite a few great teachers doing their best to help students, although working with the Admin can be very challenging.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - High School English Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - High School English Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Shanghai High School International Division full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary is excellent for this part of the world. The job can be pleasantly challenging, verging on stressful. The students are generally really, really great. Campus is one of the greenest places in the city. Met some great people here and learned a lot.

    Cons

    Experiences can very widely depending upon which school your are placed. The admin can be bad at recognizing experience, and rewarding talent. Because this is an international school, the turnover is fairly high. There is really only so far you can move up at this school. The pollution in Shanghai is horrible. Way too much test writing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company values are mixed up, at least to my mind. I think often it's "Give the students a good education so that we can get more money." Rather than, "Let's give every student a good education." The favoritism for AP/IB students (most students aren't even allowed to take part in these programs) is a good example.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Amazing introduction into the world of Education

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Shanghai High School International Division full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Lots of experience
    -great work-life balance
    - fun staff
    -Decent hours

    Cons

    - Lack of mentorship
    - Little training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More time off
    training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Management isn't great, awesome abroad experience, though!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Shanghai High School International Division full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This is a great place to work at if you're young and just out of college. Not much experience is required and you get amazing holidays and the pay is nice, you even get a lump sum bonus at the end of the year. You also have the chance to live on campus, so walking to work is ideal. The kids you will be teaching are fluent in English and intelligent for the most part. Depending on what section (primary, middle, high school) you are in, you will probably be sharing a homeroom with a Chinese co-teacher who is mostly in charge. As long as you do your job to the best of you ability, make nice with other Chinese teachers, and don't mess up too bad you will be fine. However, if you struggle at first or make some mistakes, be prepared to be talked about behind your back and for the Chinese higher ups to send one of your expat bosses to admonish you about it, just the way it is. Overall, I've made some wonderful friends from all over the world teaching here and I've been able to see a lot that China has to offer. Not to mention Shanghai is INCREDIBLE and has amazing nightlife and culture. The work load isn't bad and for the most part you can usually have your work done when school is over. Exams and testing are pretty intense but that is to be expected.

    Cons

    No sick/personal days (if you MUST take off, they will guilt trip you) and don't expect much of a relationship with your fellow Chinese teachers. There also isn't enough support from the principals or foreign affairs office and parents pretty much rule the school. Parents, I would say, was one of the biggest hassles, but hey, it is China and they are paying for their kids to go there. This school may be an international division but they are still very 'Chinese' in their way of thinking and dealing with things, just gotta roll with it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust, support, and respect your foreign teachers more, offer personal/sick days, and if a problem arises with a teacher talk to them directly about it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Not good, but well

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Student in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Shanghai High School International Division part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities, environment friendly work atmosphere, and very excellent reputation in shanghai. Public transport is also convenient, and some allowance is added.

    Cons

    Too load work, many time wasted in work time. Too many limited in future development, and need time to adjust the work with other people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more time with employers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Not a real teaching experience. It is a difficult place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Shanghai High School International Division full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice campus
    decent pay
    living with other foreigners
    security on campus

    Cons

    Expectations are very low for the teachers and students in the middle school here at SHSID. At the middle school, on a daily basis, you can expect little to no staff professionalism. Many of the Chinese co-teachers only communicate to you when it is absolutely necessary. I worked with my teacher for a year but she was not warm or welcoming. There is no professional development. You learn about teaching from being in the classroom, not from any mentoring or staff development. The students, on a daily basis, run and yell down the hallways and have free reign of the school. They fly around the corner, bump into you and it is a circus. This was one of the hardest aspects of coming to work. They fail to do homework or come to school prepared. Of course, not all students are like this, but please don’t come to this school expecting rules of any sort or follow through with discipline. You are on your own and things seem to get just brushed under the table. The students are very entitled.

    “Teachers” here only need a bachelor’s degree in any subject. This should be your first red flag. The vast majority of foreign teachers are all white and between the ages of 21-35. You will hard pressed to find any type of diversity. It is basically a college fest with drinking and all the rest that goes on with heavy partying when work is out. You will want to get in with a clique here as soon as possible. They lack any type of real job skills and have no idea what a teacher in the USA is like or what the standards are. Here at SHSID, it is nothing like USA schools. The standards and accountability are way lower and can’t even hold a candle. I would not send my son/daughter here. While you are working at SHSID, please do not expect any communication what so ever. There is basically none and you will be confused the majority of the time. Be aware! The administration, if you can call it that, is very sneaky and talks behind your back. They know all the mistakes you make. There is a mole in your office. Big brother is watching.

    If I could of done it over again I would of gone to a different “international” school. Overall, I was not happy with this job. The money was the only good part. The school looks good on the outside but is a mess on the inside.
    Note: SHSID is not a real international school. It is a Chinese school with an international division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consult with real educators
    Evaluate teachers
    Update curriculum and technology
    Evaluate students
    Educate the native staff on professionalism and commuication
    Update email
    Update phone systems
    Commuicate with staff
    Get compete leaders in middle school
    Provide continued education for teachers
    Overall be more professional
    You have a long way to go. This school is sort of a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    too traditional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Shanghai High School International Division full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    School environment is always good.

    Cons

    the management and administration system is too traditional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be professional and modern.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    former teacher in SHSID

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Shanghai High School International Division full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, a lot of money is invested to the landscaping, so it is really beautiful.

    Cons

    If you want to get a taste of what communism is like, go to this school. No freedom for teachers nor students, and the school is very afraid of responsibilities. To avoid any responsibilities, the school bans all kinds of student activities, nor would they support or fund any of students' and teachers' creative ideas. This school demands good grades from students, besides that, they support nothing. Teachers are treated like factory machines, and there are too many local teachers working there, and this prevents the school from being a real international school. The other international schools in Shanghai DO NOT recognize SHSID as an international school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is not a single piece of advice I can give, it is a government school. A Communist Governnment school.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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