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Korea, South In Asia (School): Canada Maple International School (CMIS) - International School - South KoreaCanada Maple International School (CMIS) is an international school located in Incheon, South Korea.

 

Address: 202-116, Songdo Munhwa-ro, Beongil 28, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, South Korea.

Website: Canada Maple International School (CMIS)

 

 

3.0/5 from 2 ratings.
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1 rating(s).
1 comment(s).
2 helpful voted.
Phoenix Rising from the Ashes
2 years ago.
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I must leave a review to temper the misleading negative review previously left. To be fair there are a few disgruntled teachers who understandably are upset and are trying to take it out on CMIS. CMIS is in the process of becoming a fully accredited international school. I know the owners personally and I can say that they were caught off-guard about the visa regulations (as were the owners of other offshore schools, and even some in the immigration office).

The owners did not want to divulge the visa issue to the public because they wanted to first find enough teachers for next year before announcing, in order to assure parents that the school will continue to operate. I don't necessarily agree with this, but it was their decision. Former teachers who think they are being heroic by airing this dirty laundry are accomplishing nothing except spreading discontent, which ultimately impacts the students at CMIS.

Everyone has a right to post their side of the story, and there are a few teachers who obviously have an ax to grind with the owners. This same teacher (presumably) leaked the visa debacle to parents via Kakao messenger. The official word is that the teacher requested a leaving bonus because he had to leave Korea unexpectedly. The owners offered 500,000 Won, which apparently wasn't enough, so he decided to tell the parents that the owners are liars and cannot be trusted. True, if you are on an E-2 Visa you may not teach anything outside of ESL. This had only recently (April 2017) been enforced by immigration. To the previous reviewer, the fact that these "dishonest" owners gave you a job and treated you more than fairly while you were there has apparently been forgotten.

For what it's worth, CMIS has secured enough F-visas to continue operating, and Manitoba is fully aware of what has happened. The school is also NOT operating illegally since they no longer employ E2 visas as subject teachers. I work at CMIS and I can say as a current employee, that those of us left behind are doing our best to make this a great school for the students. Teachers who left are free to blame and name-call, but what about those of us who are here sticking it out? We are here trying to pick up the pieces, which isn't made easier by former teachers doing everything they can to see the school fail.
The pros
CMIS is moving into Incheon Global Campus (IGC) from fall, 2017. The facilities are outstanding and on par with any international school in Korea.
Management puts the students first.
Every effort is made to accommodate teacher requests.
Salary and housing are more than adequate. Signing bonuses each year.
Management is interested in hiring the most qualified teachers it can find, which is not easy given the current visa restrictions. They could've hired anyone with an F Visa but they chose to keep the hiring requirements as high as possible (teaching license and 2 years' experience)
The cons
If you are on an E2 Visa you currently may not teach here.
The owners do see things from a Korean perspective, which may not always fit in with western teachers' worldviews. However Western principals are given a lot of leeway in how the school is managed and (previously) who was hired.
Institution Location
Incheon - Songdo
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Currently Employed at CMIS
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
  • MaryAnne Katherine 8 months ago.
    Why did you have to publicly humiliate my daughter that night and try to force her to admit private information about her body to her colleagues? Your type of harassment can lead to worse behavior. That's why there's now policies in all Manitoba Schools Abroad to prevent this type of harassment.
    You know we verified with a close friend of Louis, that he would not have approved of his grandson's behavior that night. (Don't worry, your real name was not used and we didn't mention that you were his grandson, just someone who had a very close, personal connection with him)

    You owe it to your Zaydee to treat women with respect and become a better person.

  • boboh 2 years ago.
    There apparently now are two criminal investigations into this school because they not only were operating under a hagwon license, but they moved the school to a building(s?) on a public university, which is illegal because the "rent opportunity" was not offered publicly to other businesses. The Department of Education said that they WOULD NOT enforce the law with regards to this school, which got a few people's blood pressure up. A little pot-stirring, a TV expose, and like magic the criminal charges are filed! Imagine that...
    The back-door dealings and agreements to "look the other way" by the Department of Education (A.K.A. corruption) involve everyone , including the mayor, so this is going to get messy. Very messy.
    My recommendation? If you are offered a job there, it's not safe now. It is going to get nasty, and probably very soon. Look elsewhere for the time being.
  • ffmich 2 years ago.
    Institutions that only have a hagwon registration are only allowed to teach limited subjects. Since CMIS is a hagwon it cannot and should not operate as a school according to Korean Law. Regardless of whether CMIS has E2 or F4 visa holders teaching, the institution itself should get proper registration before operating as a school.
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Risky teaching position for E-2 visas
2 years ago.
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CMIS at first glance seems like a very well run, reputable international school. However, they are not officially recognized or licensed as an international school in South Korea and are operating under a hagwon license. Because of this, they cannot issue E-7 visas to their teachers, which is the visa that is required to teach any subjects beyond language conversation. Instead, their teachers were placed on E-2s, which only allows an individual to teach English conversation. This resulted in 14 teachers receiving departure orders from immigration in June of 2017, banning them from South Korea for 1 year. 4 other teachers received fines with the amount based on their time working illegally at CMIS. The directors at CMIS have done their best to keep this information covered up and hidden from the students, parents, and future teachers. Please be very wary when taking a job here. If you are on an F-4, F-5, or F-6 visa, it is fine for you to teach subject classes. If you are on an E-2, according to immigration, you may only teach ESL or kindergarten. Also, please keep in mind that as of the date this was posted, the Manitoba education ministry had not yet been informed of the situation, so it is uncertain whether or not they will continue to authorize CMIS to use their curriculum and issue their degrees.
The pros
Decent salary; good location and housing; good working hours; long vacation times; always paid on time; pension, insurance, and taxes are taken care of; wonderful students and community
The cons
The owners are dishonest, and the school is operating illegally.
Institution Location
South Korea, Incheon
Yeonsu-gu, Songdo
Munhwa-ro 28beongil
Songdo Prugio Global Campus 28
(Near Technopark Station)

The school plans to move to the Incheon Global Campus (IGC) in Songdo in August of 2017.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
  • ddvies 9 months ago.
    Yes the school is now facing multiple lawsuits and continues to tell teachers that all will be ok. Owners continue to string teachers along with promises of becoming a *real* international school and relocation to a *real* campus, but this is all a sham. It is well known among many that the Owner has filed bankruptcy and has begun pooling what few resources he has left into a school in the southern part of the country. In short, CMIS' days are numbered. Well, in a logical world they would be. But the owners are a slippery couple, and they are very experienced at dodging the law and hiring the best attorneys to find ways to prolong the lawsuits until the plaintiffs either give up or run out of money. If you work here you are saying that you are OK with their illegal practices and I have no sympathy for you when you eventually lose your job!
    • MaryAnne Katherine 8 months ago.
      Read my story in the comment section of Phoenix Rising. It's the most recent response.
  • IsabelleGrace 9 months ago.
    My friend was sexually harassed by a popular teacher at CMIS many years ago. The owners ignored these problems. The other teachers who watched this harassment did nothing to stop the harasser in question.
    • MaryAnne Katherine 6 months ago.
      Only one person was to blame for this.

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