Chalk and talk schools are a thing of the past. The modern era has ushered in changes in every sphere of life, how could education be left behind? New age schools, known as international schools are taking over. These schools comprise students and staff who come from different cultures and teach syllabi which represent a global perspective. For expats, this could turn out to be the best option. However, don’t mistake any school which offers American, Canadian, the GCSE (British), the IB (International Baccalaureate) or the IGCSE (the international component of the British GCSE) international curriculum to be an international school. Schools which incorporate IB and the IGCSE are truly international schools. In India, you will find that most international schools offer a combination of IB, ICSE and IGCSE.
Is an international school worthwhile? If you’ve ascertained the standard of education in the school and can afford to put your child in one, it definitely is! When compared to the monotonous syllabus and teaching aids used in traditional schools, international schools appear to be a breath of fresh air for the new age learner. International schools in India offer a good mix of cutting edge teaching and internationalism built on the necessary foundations of an Indian culture. Not just that, even after students have completed their education in international schools, they are recognized and even offered scholarships in universities world wide.
Most international schools follow the International Baccalaureate which is accepted as an entrance for universities across the world. One can easily locate International Schools in the major cities of the world, although a few are located in green spaces; hill stations or outskirts of the city with options for boarding as well. International schools offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities that broaden the child’s horizon by offering sufficient academic exposure as well as providing new interests and hobbies.
Finding the right international school for your child could turn out to be tedious procedure. Answer these questions and make the process easier for you:
1. Which accreditation has been awarded to the school?
2. Does the school follow the Indian or American year?
3. What is the background of teachers in the school?
4. What are the activities in store for your child?
5. How will they help the child get used to the latest shift in location?
6. Will transport be taken care by the school itself?
7. What is the kind of food do they serve in the café?
Before you consider the international school directly, log on to its webpage and check all the details available online. Talking to colleagues who have returned after working abroad and have enrolled their kids in schools will help you find the best international school. It is an easy option for expats as well, in case their children are used to studying in an international environment. Remember that, not all children need the same things so it is really important to find the best fit for your child.