One of the biggest concerns of expatriate parents is how might an overseas move affect their children‘s education.
International private education is usually the ideal choice for globally mobile families. The reason being that its curriculum is adapted to the requirements of a globalized world. Given that, the education system of international schools usually provides similar standards of schooling around the globe and maintenance of mother-tongue literacy skills. This results in a smooth transition between schools as the student does not have to accommodate a completely new syllabus. The schools may follow an educational curriculum from countries such as the US, Germany, or France. Furthermore, the UK is home to some of the best international schools.
The application process
International schools have a rolling admissions policy. They accept applications throughout the year, without needing to assess or meet the applicant. It is a selective process where the school makes admission decisions based on previous school records and teachers’ recommendations. Spaces are usually limited, and enrolment can vary depending on the school.
Tuition fees can be expensive. However, benefits to learners include smaller class sizes, more specialist teachers, first-rate facilities, and more extra-curricular activities. If a visa is required to reside in the UK, the schools will only offer a place to the student if the visa is secured by their first day at school.
Advantages of International Schools
The main advantage of international schools is that they accept applications throughout the entire academic year. This makes it an easy option for families relocating during the year that don’t have the time to meet the deadline of a local school.
Moreover, most international schools offer IB (International Baccalaureate), a worldwide standardized international curriculum. IB is recognized worldwide and globally focused whilst complying with state education guidelines. Schools also offer US SATs and APs.
The diverse enrolment of nationalities and cultures in these schools enables students to feel more welcomed. They surround themselves with like-minded people and are less culturally isolated. Equally, teachers have a better understanding of the specific needs of expat children. This enables them to deal with children suffering from culture shock. The multicultural environment of these schools results in students developing an international mind. Children will be more capable to adapt quickly and respect different cultures.
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