The number of international schools is currently in the increase. There has been a great growth to many such institutions across the world. The main reason for this increase is the quality education provided and the amenities that students receive from such schools. Despite that, there are certain factors that a student should consider when choosing an international school. These schools are divided into three major categories, which include Original Expatriate, Broadly International, and Local International and Bilingual schools.
In these schools, the curriculum, teaching staff and the students are usually from a single nationality. For instance, it may be an American international school with an American curriculum, American teaching staff and American students, but it is only its location that is not in America; the schools are mono-nationalistic. For one to teach in such schools, they must first meet the requirements of the Ministry of Education for them to teach in the host country. Additionally, an Original Expatriate school normally prefers a minimum of 5 years of recent full-time teaching experience in a similar school that uses their curriculum. These schools normally have high numbers of applicants and are often reluctant to compromise on whatever they want.
Broadly International Schools
These schools typically exist in places where there are large numbers of emigrants from all over the globe. The schools serve students from different countries and they have a tendency of hiring teachers who in most cases are multi-ethnic. They use a specific curriculum foundation, which is regularly modified so as to address the necessities of their multi-cultural parent body and students. These schools comprise different ethnicities and various languages normally spoken at break time, however English is almost always the formal language used. For one to work in these schools they must meet the host country’s requirements of the Ministry of Education, visa requirements, and a recent post-qualification teaching experience (2 year minimum). The schools also look for culturally tolerant and adaptable teachers with good tracks of teaching in the subject they seek.
Local International and Bilingual schools
Local International schools serve mainly the population of the host country; however, it provides an international curriculum. The language of instruction is also different from the one used by the government schools of the host country. Bilingual schools also serve the population of the host country except that curriculum they use is of the host country. These schools, in terms of pre-requisites, are often more flexible though they must meet the visa and Ministry of Education requirements. Some may accept newly qualified teachers while others may need teachers with more experience. There is normally a wide variation in what these schools offer and require since they form the biggest category of global schools.
One factor that a parent ought to consider before enrolling their children in an international school is the teaching methodology; perfect method of teaching and well trained teaching staff has a significant impact on a student’s performance. Another factor to be considered is extracurricular activities since it helps in ensuring an improvement in the development of a child. Additionally, a parent should check on physical education and school infrastructure. Physical education helps a child develop new skills and it maintains their wellbeing.