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Yew Chung International School of Shanghai is a co-educational international school in Shanghai. The schools' campuses are situated in Pudong and Puxi. It is operated by the Yew Chung Education Foundation. As the first international school officially recognised by and registered with the Chinese government in 1993, YCIS Shanghai is considered a leading international school in Shanghai. The school's unique multicultural and bilingual approach to education is recognised globally, and is just one of the features that sets the school apart from others.

With four campuses in prime locations in the Puxi and Pudong areas, the school accommodates the entire age range of Early Childhood Education (ECE), Primary, and Secondary students from the expatriate community. Expat students come from over 50 countries and regions, and are educated by teachers from more than 20 countries under an international curriculum that creates truly global-minded graduates.

YCIS Shanghai is a fully accredited school, recognised by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the Council of International Schools (CIS), and the National Center for School Curriculum and Textbook Development (NCCT). In addition, the Secondary programme is authorised as an accredited Cambridge International Examinations Centre and International Baccalaureate World School (IB World School). As an IB World School, we are proud to offer the IB Diploma Programme as part of our international curriculum.
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3.5  (2)
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Overall rating 
 
3.8
Overall Quality of Teaching 
 
3.5
Quality of School Leadership 
 
2.0
School Facilities 
 
3.0
Computer and ICT Provision 
 
4.0
General Happiness of Students 
 
4.0
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3.0
Reviewed by Guest September 08, 2013

Bizarre but interesting place

About Me
Teacher
I am a....
Expatriate teacher
I work in....
Secondary
How many years have you worked at this school?
2
Approximate monthly salary
21,000 RMB per month after tax and before bonus
Years of experience and responsibilities as a reference for the monthly salary
2 years experience beforehand
Other benefits included in the package
  • Accommodation
  • Bonus
  • Education for your children
  • Flights to home base
  • Medical insurance
Salary relative to cost of living in the area
Very high
Are you paid on time?
Always
Payscale transparency
Good
Competency of management
Poor
Business owner ethics (if applicable)
Satisfactory
Workload
Medium
Pressure to get high exam grades (if applicable)
Medium
Professional development opportunities
Good
Career progression opportunities
Satisfactory
Parental Support
Good
Special needs support
Satisfactory
EFL support
Good
Overall job satisfaction
Fully satisfied
As a teacher, what are the major plus points for working here?
I met some of the most interesting and bizarre fellow teachers of my life here and still keep in touch with the closer friends I made here. Expats to China in general tend to be an interesting sort as they tend to be quite adventurous, social and want to explore what Shanghai has to offer. I was sent on IB training in Greece for a week and IGCSE training in Kuwait and gained valuable experience teaching these curriculums which I had never taught before. You could go down to Human Resources and ask about the overall pay scale if you so chose, however the money we made was excellent so I never bothered. The apartment they set us up with was beautiful and quite big. Many of the teachers lived in the same area which made meeting up easy. The management was pretty trusting of it's staff and left them to their own devices for the most part. The area was pretty and the subway system is extremely convenient and inexpensive. The pay was very good at the time although I'm not sure how good it is now since inflation in Shanghai is a lot more than before. I loved my time at this school and in China! I honestly haven’t had as nice an experience in a school or area ever since.
What areas do you feel are in need of development?
Leadership was lacking and constantly changing among the higher positions. The 'welcome back' orientation that all teachers had to do every year over several days was mostly a complete waste of time, and only something you'd need to do the first year instead of every year.
What advice would you give to other teachers considering working at this school?
I believe it was a great experience, especially for staff that had less experience and a lot to gain.
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Overall rating 
 
3.1
Overall Quality of Teaching 
 
3.5
Quality of School Leadership 
 
1.0
School Facilities 
 
4.0
Computer and ICT Provision 
 
4.0
General Happiness of Students 
 
4.0
Sense of Community Within School 
 
3.5
Quality of Canteen Food 
 
2.0
Extra Curricular Opportunities 
 
2.0
Student Behaviour 
 
4.5
Involvement in Wider Community 
 
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Reviewed by Guest September 08, 2013

A Mixed Bag

About Me
Teacher
I am a....
Expatriate teacher
I work in....
Secondary
How many years have you worked at this school?
2
Approximate monthly salary
25000 RMB (+20% Gratuity when you leave)
Years of experience and responsibilities as a reference for the monthly salary
3 years as classroom teacher
Other benefits included in the package
  • Accommodation
  • Bonus
  • Flights to home base
  • Medical insurance
Salary relative to cost of living in the area
Very high
Are you paid on time?
Usually
Payscale transparency
Awful
Competency of management
Poor
Business owner ethics (if applicable)
Awful
Workload
Medium
Pressure to get high exam grades (if applicable)
Low
Professional development opportunities
Poor
Career progression opportunities
Satisfactory
Parental Support
Satisfactory
Special needs support
Satisfactory
EFL support
Satisfactory
Overall job satisfaction
It’s nothing special
As a teacher, what are the major plus points for working here?
Good location in expat district. Not too far from centre of shanghai. Good standard of living afforded from Salary and for single teacher, can save a fair bit of cash during your time here.
As a teacher, you are left alone to teach the syllabus how you wish. Not too many people interfering with how you do your job. Facilities are not bad. Owners (rich HK owners) will sporadically inject cash into the school and boost the resources.
Teachers from all parts of the globe. Australia, NZ, UK, US, Canada etc.. but there are down sides to that also. Clashes between teachers due to cultural differences are quite common and can be both frustrating if you're involved, but amusing if you're not!
Students are well behaved, although a large proportion of them are Korean and are only "doing time" in an international school so they can get easy credits for Uni back home. Their real studies take place after school in cram school academies. Therefore many of them lack motivation and will fall asleep in class.
What areas do you feel are in need of development?
Integration between the western staff and local staff is deliberately suppressed. The school must please local communist leaders and this involved keeping chinese staff separate from decadent western staff. But in practise you can still make good friends with them anyway...that's just a bit weird.
As with most Chinese businesses, the business ethics are very questionable. They claim to be non-profit and christian, but don't be fooled. Owned by a super-rich HK millionaire, it's all about the money and expansion of the business, with very little care for teacher welfare. There is no published payscale, and they will try to get away with paying you as little as possible, so don't take any nonsense from the HR department. They are a very slippery team.
Management is poor as there seem to be so many secrets and strange decisions, based on keeping influential people happy. In my opinion, it's only the hard work and conscientious teachers that hold the place together. But I would say that as I was one of them!!
What advice would you give to other teachers considering working at this school?
Like many international schools, it's not fantastic, but it's an easy life and can be a lot of fun working there. Kids are nice and just take the rough with the smooth and you'll be fine. Salary isn't bad in the end and you'll have a great time in Shanghai! Maybe don't take your kids there though if you're worried about pollution - and don't forget if you're gonna move to China, you better learn a bit of Chinese. It will help enormously ;)
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