International schools are generally considered as schools that serve the needs of an expatriate population and provide a predominant internationally recognised curriculum. The most popular international curriculums offered are International Baccalaureate, UK and American curriculums.
With these different curriculum models, how do you know which one best meets the needs of your child?
The first thing to consider is the curriculum itself. Professional educators will generally agree that any of the above mentioned curriculum models are based on high-quality teaching and learning practices. They prepare students for top universities in the world.
The arguments against any particular curriculum model are generally based on personal experiences. Parents from the UK are naturally going to lean towards a curriculum they are comfortable with, while American parents tend to lean towards IB or American curriculum models.
Regardless of the curriculum model, a high-quality international school should aim to develop well-rounded, globally-minded students who can think critically. Modern and progressive education is about whole-person development. With this in mind, good international schools have extensive programs that encourage students to actively participate in sports, the arts and also community service. Strong international schools have a belief that global citizens contribute to their communities through service leadership.
Credibility is an important factor in choosing an international school for your child.
Here are a couple of things to look for in a good international school:
Student Achievement: International schools must lead with a rigorous curriculum that stretches students to maximize their potential. Here are some questions to ask regarding student achievement:
· Does the curriculum develop critical thinking?
· How do they do this?
· Is instruction driven by data?
· What if…