Choosing the Type of International School That Is Right for You

So you are looking into teaching abroad? Teaching at an international school can be a very rewarding experience. It is important to understand, however, that there are many different types of international schools and so it is important to choose the type of school that best fits your needs and that you would be most comfortable teaching at. Because after all, you will be spending the majority of your time here, so where you end up can make or break your international experience.

Regardless of the type of school you choose to teach at, the expectations placed on you by the administration will be very high. On top of your regular teaching, you will be expected to take part in a wider scope of school activities, usually providing some kind of extracurricular activity on a regular basis and taking part in occasional evening and weekend events. These events are designed to promote the school within the community.

Most international schools are independent non-profit establishments run by a board of trustees or something similar. There are for-profit schools as well, but at many of these schools profit is more important than the calibre of education. Although most international schools are multi-cultural, some privately run schools cater more towards wealthy local students. So before choosing a school, you should look into their student body population.

Another option is to teach at a US Department of State Affiliated School. These schools were set up to educate the children of Americans living and working overseas, and are often located in capital cities. The student bodies of these schools are not exclusively made up of American citizens though, which result in many of these schools having a more multicultural population.

If you would prefer to teach at a school that has a religious affiliation, there are a number of international schools that do. You can find information through your church and also on the internet. If you want to work in a school with Christian affiliations, you should look into the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). They have a network of affiliated schools that covers the entire planet.

You also have the option to teach through either the UK or US Department of Defence (DOD). In order to work for the US Department of Defence schools, however, you must be a US trained and certified teacher in order to be considered. You can visit either of their websites to see what vacancies are available and the terms and conditions of service. They both have central recruitment offices and the terms for the positions are the same for each DOD school.

As you can see, there are many different options available to teachers wanting to teach in an international school setting. No matter what your preferences, there should be an international school that will be the perfect fit for you. Just remember that in order to ensure that the school you choose is the perfect fit for you, it will require you to do some research and dig a little deeper into what the school has to offer.

Choosing an International School

Choosing a School Abroad

A major cause of concern for families moving abroad is the provision of education for their children. Many worry that schools in the destination country may not be able to offer the same standard of education that has previously been available in the country of citizenship. Research is vital prior to any move abroad in order to make the best decision for your family.

Many countries around the world, particularly those with a high proportion of expatriates, have a number of international schools which use familiar models of education such as American, British or other systems. These schools generally follow the curriculum of their chosen model and teach in their native language. A growing number of international schools follow the International Baccalaureate which is accepted as an entrance for university around the world. International Schools tend to be located in the major cities of the world, although a few are located in green spaces and these tend to offer boarding as an alternative to a long journey from home to school. Most good international schools offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities that broaden your child’s education as well as providing new interests and hobbies.

As well as the international school option, it may also be possible to enroll your child into a local bilingual school. The advantages of this would be that your child will quickly develop new language skills and would better assimilate into the local community. A downside however would be that the bilingual school would most probably follow a different system than your child is used to and there may be problems reintegrating back into schools at home or universities. An international school would be a safer choice, although these do tend to be more expensive than bilingual schools. Whilst a school may describe itself as an International School, it is important to check out the nationalities of the students on role as some international schools can have a student population comprising almost entirely of local students. In these situations overseas students can often feel isolated and unable to join in with the rest of the school community.

Careful Planning

Before enrolling your child in any school abroad, make a visit to the school and determine if the school offers the best for your child. Take your child with you on each visit so they also get a feel for the school. Some international schools will be selective and others may have long waiting lists. Make sure that the school you select is within traveling distance from home and there is adequate provision for transport to and from school. It is often quite beneficial to decide on a school first and then look for housing after.

Choosing an International School For Expat Kids? Things to Watch Out For

So, you’ve recently moved to Bangalore. You want your child to experience the same educational standards and enjoy the same school atmosphere that he is accustomed to, back home. Then, you should opt for an international school in Bangalore. Here are a few things to consider while choosing the right international for your child.

International in the school’s name doesn’t always mean international standards:

Just don’t go by the word ‘international’ in the school’s name.. It is common for many schools across India to use the word international in the name but offer local standards of education. So, it’s advisable to look beyond the name to see if the school really stands up to international standards in all aspects – right from infrastructure to quality of teaching staff to management policies and ethics

Is the curriculum international? Check to see if the school offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) system of education. Most schools in USA and Europe follow this model, so it would be easier for your child to adapt to this curriculum. Also, IB international schools follow a holistic approach to education with equal emphasis on academics and extra-curricular activities. So, there’s a focus on the all-round development of your child.

World-class facilities or just local fare? Check to see if the facilities provided are world-class. In terms of infrastructure, check if the classrooms are air-conditioned, the labs well-equipped. Check to see if the faculty is internationally-trained? Some international schools in India even have faculty members of different nationalities. Take a walk around the campus to make sure that it’s look, feel and appeal is truly international – a place where your child will surely feel at home.

Hot tip: Check out the cafeteria to see if the school’s truly global. One great way to find out if the school is truly international is by just visiting the cafeteria and tasting the food over there. If you can find some cereal for breakfast and spaghetti for lunch, you can be sure that you’re child will feel right at home in the new school. After all, you’re child needs to love the food and be well-nourished in order to enjoy the whole learning experience, isn’t it?