Thursday, March 28, 2013

2013 China School Whitelist Compiled By CFTU - 2016 UPDATE NOW AVAILABLE

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After three long months of tedious work by the China Foreign Teacher Union Volunteers (Thank you Cindy, Michael, Keith, Jean, & Alys!)  The Whitelist is finally completed. There are close to 1,000 schools that have been reviewed and recommended by our teaching colleagues throughout China.  If more of you had nominated and endorsed schools where you have worked for 6 months or longer, this list would have been substantially bigger. So please do not make any assumptions about a school or university that does not appear on the list - unless of course you find it on our blacklist at this link.

To keep everything in proper perspective, please remember that in China there are over 19,000 schools in operation, but not all of them utilize foreign teachers. The vast majority of these schools (over 90%) are indeed properly licensed, legitimate, and mostly honorable. Most all the public schools, international schools, and public universities fall into this 90% category.  The problem schools are almost always the privately-owned Chinese schools that use agent recruiters extensively to find their foreign teachers. The problematic schools, when discovered are added to our blacklist on a monthly basis. The Whitelist however is updated quarterly (every 90 days).  Hopefully next year year, more of you will participate in the annual survey.  Now here is Part I of our 2013 China School Whitelist for your protection. These schools appear in no special order as we did not want to suggest one school is better than another. Scores are for CFTU internal use only related to unresolved complaints, years in business, pay scale, etc. Even the best schools have one or two complaints filed against them over the years.

If you are a CFTU member, you know how to obtain your own complete copy and key code from our main website at:  Over the next month we will try to index the schools according to grade levels and regions.  Since we are staffed completely by volunteers, we ask for, and thank you for patience.  ;-)

BTW... if you have news items or events to share and you don't know how to post comments on this site, email your pertinent details with up to one high  photo to at least 10 days in advance of your event.  Please keep it clean and civil or it won't get posted.

Here They Are!

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  1. Guys, I am considering working in China next year and would love a copy of the whitelist but cannot for the life of me find a sign up page or a link that works to get the list

  2. Guys, I am considering working in China next year and would love a copy of the whitelist but cannot for the life of me find a sign up page or a link that works to get the list

  3. The blog is great, but too bad no one actually responses to emails. I had sent 2 asking questions based on suggestions.

  4. White List! Are there Recruiters in Shanghai that are reputable? And if so, can you provide?

  5. After reading all blog files and links and being constantly disappointed with China's corrupt system (much appreciated though, thank you CFTU!), finally I come across this shining yet incomplete whitelist with the promise that I would be sent the complete one... But nothing. I never received white nor black list either.


You are welcome to add your comments, ideas, and suggestions below: Specific questions should be sent by email UNLESS you are on the Blacklist page. We do not accept requests to "please check ABC school" if you are not a current CFTU member. If your school is not on the White List, then check the blacklist.: