Canadian International School Kunshan (CISK) Shanghai
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2.3 from 6 reviews
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About Canadian International School Kunshan (CISK)


Canadian International School Kunshan (CISK) is an international school in Kunshan authorized by the Jiangsu Department of Education. Our school recognizes the importance of our Chinese context while offering the Ontario curriculum and the International Baccalaureate for grades 11 and 12. English is the language of instruction for all of our classes, with the exception of our Mandarin classes.

Our campus is gorgeous with facilities that support our amazing community of learners. As an IB World School offering the Diploma Program, our students have the opportunity to attend top ranked universities around the world. In addition, the Diploma Program is recognized as the best program for preparing students for success in university. Our foreign teachers and local teachers and co-teachers work together to ensure that international mindedness and our Chinese context are evident throughout our programs. All of our staff are selected on the basis of their professional education and experiences, as well as for their caring nature.  

Through the dedication of our teachers, we able to provide outstanding academic programs and an exceptional offering of clubs and school activities. We truly are a welcoming, caring and learning school community with high expectations for all members of our community.

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Curriculum

Canadian,IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Max Class Size

Unknown

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6 Reviews of Canadian International School Kunshan (CISK)

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Overall 2.33
Facilities 2.17
Academics 2.33
Teachers 2.33
Sports 2.17
Music & Arts 2.33
Science & Tech 2.17

Reviewer Nationalities

American (1) Taiwanese (1) Chinese (1) British (1) Canadian (2)

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Max Yan, 05/04/2022 @ 05:50:45
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Not honest when sign up to school. Told all teachers are qualified and over 80% native speaker. Some teacher not even attend college. Bullying and inappropriate behavior. No facility and school is shared campus with 2 other school.

Jimmy, 04/03/2022 @ 12:11:53
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We remove our kids from CISK in January. It lose over 50 students in 1 year. Bad quality school is expensive. No facilities. Lazy teachers. No honesty. More will leave later.

Anoy, 04/03/2022 @ 07:30:13
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Excellent school to work in. Enjoyed it.

Anon, 12/02/2022 @ 06:45:52
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The perfect example of a workplace to avoid. Absolutely toxic and unprofessional. The mission of the "school" is to make money and that is about it. CISK is purely a business and not even a well-run one. There are extreme inconsistencies in salaries and treatment when it comes to teachers and it is all based on connections and personal favors. The administration is constantly changing multiple times a year, incompetent people being put in high leading positions which leaves the few decent teachers suffering to do their job. Many foreign teachers are unqualified and some do not even have a bachelor's degree, while still getting paid more than qualified teachers because their spouses are administrators. If you are looking for a real school, CISK is to be avoided. You will not be hired to teach but rather to obey and take the blame for anything that does not go well while getting underpaid and overworked.

Dave, 31/01/2022 @ 23:51:25
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An awful place at CISK or Canadian international school kunshan. During the interview process they promise teachers a salary. When you arrive on the first day they make teachers renegotiate (they do this while you're between visas so you can't refuse their offers). The school will hire any forigners including those with no experience or no college level education. They do this through business and spouse visas. As a result the quality, professionalism and salary is low (similar to a training centre). The school is known as a bottom feeder school taking in students with academic, behavioral and mental health problems from other schools in Shanghai and Suzhou. Disruption is common and unless you have experience with special education you will have difficulty teaching. There are alot of management in the school but most are inexperienced and demand pointless meetings and paperwork resulting in a high workload (as much as 4 hours worth of meetings a week). Staff turnover is high at about 70% a year. This figure would probably be higher but most teachers are forced to sign 2 year contracts. As a result of high turnover there are few resources and no solid curriculum meaning that you make things up as you go. Managements favourite lie about this is "you will build the department yourself". To top things off the school withholds important documents from teachers when they leave the school (not sure of this is out of spite or lack of organisation), but this can affect your application for further jobs after your employment there. Untrained teachers make it a dangerous place for students. Overall best avoided.

Fred Cooper, 21/10/2021 @ 08:17:04
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In general CISK is an excellent school. Classes are small and the teachers are supportive.

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