Shanghai High School International Division

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAmazing 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not good, but well

    Student (Current Employee) Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    ConsToo 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 Senior ManagementShare more time with employers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Teacher (Current Employee) Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    ProsNice campus
    decent pay
    living with other foreigners
    security on campus

    ConsExpectations 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 Senior ManagementConsult 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    too traditional

    Teacher (Current Employee) Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    ProsSchool environment is always good.

    Consthe management and administration system is too traditional.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe professional and modern.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    former teacher in SHSID

    Teacher (Former Employee) Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Teachers are treated like factory equipment - neglected until they break

    Teacher (Former Employee) Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    ProsGood pay compared to other schools in the area
    Provided housing
    Beautiful campus

    Cons- Administrators really don't care about employees as long as they are working and making their "clients" (parents) happy
    - Put academic integrity on the back-burner compared to revenue from students
    - Administrators are very manipulative

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Teaching English

    Teacher (Former Employee) Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    Pros-Good Salary
    -Option to live on campus
    -Good benefits
    -Able to eat at school cafeteria
    -Good Teaching facilities, and location

    Cons-The administration is not flexible to other cultural views
    -No sick days
    -Insufficient teaching materials given to teachers
    -Unrealistic grading guidelines

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe administration needs to be more flexible in it's dealings with foreign expats and their cultural views, as well as provide better accomodations for sick leave/emergencies.

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