4 factors to consider when looking for an international school

Before deciding on a school, parents must consider fees, extracurricular activities, curriculum and the teacher-student body.


Before deciding on a school, parents must consider fees, extracurricular activities, curriculum and the teacher-student body. FMTNews

Before deciding on a school, parents must consider fees, extracurricular activities, curriculum and the teacher-student body.

For parents who want their children to receive a world-class education, international schools have become a new possibility. (Rawpixel pic)National schools have an exam-heavy curriculum while parents want schools to be more focused on their child’s development. They want their child to be a well-rounded individual instead of relying on memorisation of topics.

Parents are more than willing to dig deep into their pockets to see their children become true global citizens and receive holistic education.However, there are certain factors, apart from academics and location, that parents should consider before enrolling their children in international schools.

The budget allocated for your child’s schooling can be counted by evaluating how much you can spend on your child’s education per year, then multiply it by the number of years your child will spend in the school. This will help to narrow the options available to you.

Apart from academics and location, parents should also consider the price and the extracurricular activities that a particular international school has to offer. (Rawpixel pic)The stories of how students successfully receive a college scholarship by being active in their extracurricular activities are the envy and aspiration of many parents.

A child who likes to play basketball should be sent to a school that has a varsity team, not one that focuses purely on academics.British, International Baccalaureate (IB), American, Australian and Canadian curriculums are most commonly offered by international schools. Each offers different learning methodologies to suit students’ needs from primary to tertiary levels.

In international schools, the teacher and student body is largely diverse. These schools are often known to build cultural bridges among the faculty and students with its diverse students and staff.The student and teacher body has no race majority, thus, everyone is learning to become a global citizen.

As parents choosing a school for their child, different aspects of the school should not be the only thing to be considered.

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