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This school was founded by Shunde Property Development Co., Ltd on September 1994. It is a non-profit private boarding school and it is Guangdong's top 10 private school.

Being an IB World School, it has more than 4,300 students, 650 professional local teachers, and over 100 professional international teachers.The school has also received the Guangdong Green School Award. We strive to build Guangdong Country Garden School into a place to nurture international talents and a bridge to enter the top world’s universities. To this end, we work to cultivate our students to be ethical, creative, knowledgeable, inquiring and caring young people who will do credit to a more prosperous country and a more peaceful world. Let’s contribute together to make a better world.
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Country Garden School, Beijiao, Shunde, Foshan, Guangdong

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Reviewed by CGSTeacher January 31, 2015

A real look at Country Garden

About Me
Teacher
I am a....
Expatriate teacher
I work in....
Secondary
Date joined
August 20, 2014
How many years have you worked at this school?
1
Approximate monthly salary
360,000RMB/year
Years of experience and responsibilities as a reference for the monthly salary
Masters + 4 years, subject teacher
Other benefits included in the package
  • Accommodation
  • Flights to home base
  • Medical insurance
Salary relative to cost of living in the area
High
Payscale transparency
Awful
Competency of management
Awful
Business owner ethics (if applicable)
Awful
Workload
Very low
Pressure to get high exam grades (if applicable)
Low
Professional development opportunities
Poor
Career progression opportunities
Poor
Parental Support
Poor
Special needs support
Awful
EFL support
Satisfactory
Overall job satisfaction
Not really satisfied
As a teacher, what are the major plus points for working here?
The salary is quite good although they list the salary before tax whereas other schools in China list it after tax. There are many teachers here and many chances to make good friends. My work load is really light (less than 20 hours of classes each week) and I am mostly left alone by administration.
What areas do you feel are in need of development?
The Chinese administration are businessmen with poor moral integrity. They are extremely unorganized and take any chances they can to take salary from teachers and make parents pay more for tuition and boarding fees. The lack of communication from the top is terrible and the lack of communication between Chinese staff and foreign staff is bad. They don't plan ahead and will tell you about class cancellations 3 hours after your class was cancelled. They also schedule events at inconvenient times (like weekly useless meetings from 7-9:30pm and last minute events on Saturdays) and have zero concern for their teachers. They will do their best to avoid paying bonuses and the insurance is the absolute minimum. There is very little professional development; their IB training consisted of a man reading off of a PDF for an hour while we sat there. We did have one useful IB training where IB teachers came to the school to help us. This place is 100% not an IB school. Not by a mile. Discipline and anything that administration would help with at a real school simply doesn't exist here. There are foreign vice principals but they have little real power. The location is also quite far from city convenience. It is located far from any metro and you often have to rely on shady taxi guys to get around and that's expensive. It is a 45 minute drive into Guangzhou.
What advice would you give to other teachers considering working at this school?
I would recommend going to another school instead of this one. The environment can be so stressful because of the terrible management and poor ethics from the Chinese managers. The salary is high and the requirements for skills are low so you can get a job here quite easily and save money. But understand it is not a real school. It's a shell of a school and it is missing so many basic fundamentals and the students are missing out on a real education.
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Reviewed by CGS Teacher June 03, 2015

Poor excuse for a school

About Me
Teacher
I am a....
Expatriate teacher
I work in....
Secondary
Date joined
August 26, 2014
Approximate monthly salary
25000rmb
Years of experience and responsibilities as a reference for the monthly salary
3 years teaching experience undergrad + teaching degree
Other benefits included in the package
Flights to home base
Salary relative to cost of living in the area
High
Are you paid on time?
Usually
Competency of management
Awful
Business owner ethics (if applicable)
Awful
Workload
Low
Pressure to get high exam grades (if applicable)
High
Professional development opportunities
Awful
Career progression opportunities
Awful
Parental Support
Awful
Special needs support
Awful
EFL support
Awful
Overall job satisfaction
Completely dissatisfied
As a teacher, what are the major plus points for working here?
The salary is good in comparison to other international schools in the area however there have been several instances where administration has threatened not to pay teachers their salary due to mistakes they made and tried to cover up. Your salary is not ensured and you cannot trust that it will be paid to you. Some teachers at this school have been deducted pay for taking needed sick days, which was never listed in our contracts. The school will try to control you by threatening to cut your salary if you do not abide by regulations and policies that they decide to just make up last minute which you did not to agree to in your contract. It is incredibly unprofessional and juvenile.
I have met some wonderful staff members here but we are all affected by a negative toxic environment. You may be assured that every lunchtime conversation solely revolves around complaints about the school.
What areas do you feel are in need of development?
The reality is that not only is this not an IB school at all but it is not a school period. It is the biggest scam I am sad to say I fell into. It is missing a base foundation that is required for a school to exist. There is severe disorganization, poor treatment of staff, no regard for student learning and development, administration that will try to take advantage of you left and right, facilities that are very poorly maintained and barely any teacher resources. There is no excuse as to why this so called "school" should be this awful as they have been around for 20 years which goes to show that conditions will not change. Before arriving to this school and reading all of the poor reviews out there I had just thought that they were written by expats who could not crack it in the Chinese business-like system. However I have worked for other international schools in China and can attest that this school is by far the worst thing I have ever encountered! It proves all those poor reviews right and then some. I am not usually one to bad mouth or go on a rampage but I would never wish, upon anyone, the stress and frustration that I have encountered while working for country garden school.
What advice would you give to other teachers considering working at this school?
If you want to save yourself a major headache you will be wise to not apply at this school! Once you are here it is difficult to just leave especially if you have financial obligations.
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General Happiness of Students 
 
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Sense of Community Within School 
 
0.5
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Reviewed by CGS July 05, 2015
Last updated: July 07, 2015

Guangdong Country Garden pretend school

About Me
Teacher
I am a....
Expatriate teacher
Date joined
July 31, 2014
How many years have you worked at this school?
1
Approximate monthly salary
25,000
Years of experience and responsibilities as a reference for the monthly salary
5
Salary relative to cost of living in the area
Medium
Are you paid on time?
Usually
Payscale transparency
Good
Competency of management
Awful
Business owner ethics (if applicable)
Poor
Workload
Very high
Pressure to get high exam grades (if applicable)
High
Professional development opportunities
Awful
Career progression opportunities
Awful
Parental Support
Poor
Special needs support
Awful
EFL support
Awful
Overall job satisfaction
Completely dissatisfied
As a teacher, what are the major plus points for working here?
The major plus point is you only have a 1 year contract,if you last that long.
What areas do you feel are in need of development?
The school is a for profit school. The foreign principals can be seen drinking at the nearby hotel during office hours.
What advice would you give to other teachers considering working at this school?
Run for the hills!
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Reviewed by Guest December 17, 2015

No Other Choice

About Me
Teacher
I am a....
Expatriate teacher
I work in....
Secondary
Date joined
December 25, 2014
How many years have you worked at this school?
1
Approximate monthly salary
25,000 yuan/mo
Years of experience and responsibilities as a reference for the monthly salary
5 teacher
Other benefits included in the package
  • Accommodation
  • Flights to home base
  • Medical insurance
Salary relative to cost of living in the area
Medium
Are you paid on time?
Usually
Payscale transparency
Poor
Competency of management
Awful
Business owner ethics (if applicable)
Awful
Workload
High
Pressure to get high exam grades (if applicable)
Very high
Professional development opportunities
Poor
Career progression opportunities
Satisfactory
Parental Support
Satisfactory
Special needs support
Awful
EFL support
Poor
Overall job satisfaction
Completely dissatisfied
As a teacher, what are the major plus points for working here?
You can see China and explore.
What areas do you feel are in need of development?
More time off and fewer working hours. Teachers must work 40 hours during strange hours. Evenings happen sometimes. The administration is very bad and there are many bosses.
What advice would you give to other teachers considering working at this school?
If you are uncertified or just teaching to travel it can be good. Do not invest your career here for long. The environment is dangerous and random. I have seen people fired for no good reason. Power is applied randomly and to control speech. Chinese colleagues control everything including the white principals. People of colour are sometimes discriminated against by leaders and most leadership positions are given to men. Women and people of colour who got leadership jobs have been fired - it's rumored for trying to make a real difference. The experience here depends completely on who you get in the lottery of bosses and co-workers. Happy people do exist, but are a rarity these days.
It is very common to have multiple bosses with unclear roles at Country Garden and this leads to confusion. There is tension between foreigners and Chinese teachers in many situations. Lies from bosses are commonplace because pressure comes down on everyone to achieve. Positive results go unnoticed. Mistakes are punished but rarely communicated until contract renewal time when xxxxx talks to you. Gossip abounds with local teachers and there is no attempt at cultural sensitivity or understanding. This school is Chinese: plain and simple. Working hours from 11:50-12:30 and 5:30-6:30 do not count towards mandatory 40 hours. The Internet frequently goes out. There are no materials given for teachers to do their job. You will get emailed if your hours don't add up and the clock-in/clock-out 1984-style system has been known to make mistakes. Transportation is hard and scooters are dangerous.

---edited to remove names of staff
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0.5
Quality of School Leadership 
 
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School Facilities 
 
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Computer and ICT Provision 
 
1.5
General Happiness of Students 
 
3.0
Sense of Community Within School 
 
0.5
Quality of Canteen Food 
 
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Reviewed by mlchan March 11, 2016
Last updated: March 12, 2016

Getting worse

About Me
Teacher
I am a....
Expatriate teacher
I work in....
Secondary
How many years have you worked at this school?
7
Approximate monthly salary
25000
Other benefits included in the package
  • Accommodation
  • Education for your children
  • Flights to home base
Salary relative to cost of living in the area
Very high
Are you paid on time?
Usually
Payscale transparency
Awful
Competency of management
Awful
Business owner ethics (if applicable)
Awful
Workload
High
Pressure to get high exam grades (if applicable)
Very high
Professional development opportunities
Satisfactory
Career progression opportunities
Awful
Parental Support
Awful
Special needs support
Awful
EFL support
Awful
Overall job satisfaction
Completely dissatisfied
As a teacher, what are the major plus points for working here?
Students are amazing. They are well behaved and generally very respectful. Class management simply is not mandatory.
What areas do you feel are in need of development?
Administration, resources, transparency.
What advice would you give to other teachers considering working at this school?
Stay away from this school. It was before a very Chinese school which is expected from a school in a rural area in China. However, every year in the last 6 or 7 years it has gotten worse. 4 new international administrators were brought in and within a year only 1 is remaining. This year will see the biggest employee turnover I have ever witnessed. The remaining international principal is a dictator, who has made things worse. There are multiple counts of him using verbal abuse and misleading / flat out lying to teachers. There is more than enough evidence to prove this, please ask for emails of atleast 3-4 teachers so you can talk to them first before taking the job. This year, they actually lowered the salary of everyone who is coming back, furthermore, I was offered a contract which was signed by me and then later retracted by the international principal. His reasoning was that it was only signed by me and not by himself yet so therefore it was not legal. All of this happened in March, past the point of getting a new job. Please read all the reviews and speak to multiple teachers before accepting the job, also read the contract very carefully. We have to work 40 hours a week not including: time before 8 am, a 2.5 hour lunch period, and a 1 hour dinner period. It is totally normal for teachers to go home at 6pm and still get called in for missing hours. You must clock in and clock out after which you are accountable for your hours up to the minute and there is never any mention of overtime pay if you work over your weekly hours. Furthermore, expect to work atleast 2 evenings every week. We have meetings Thursday nights from 7:30-9 that are mandatory and someone just reads a PPT slide word for word in chinese or very poor english. The senior section has meetings friday evenings.

Don't believe anything the international principal tells you, he will lie and mislead you and then when you get here, he will turn on you and verbally abuse you.
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