A decade ago, international schools were something unheard of. There were two kinds of schools, the ones that were run by the government and the ones that were privately owned and managed. They were either residential or were regular schools functional for 6-8 hours a day.
But now, there is a third variety of school, the international school, which is different although a privately owned and managed school is different from other private schools. There are many aspects that give international schools an edge over other privately owned schools. If you are looking for an international school for your child, you may want to make sure that you have chosen an international school that has the caliber to meet world class standards. Here are few tips that are characteristic of international schools:
Curriculum:you should check if the school’s curriculum adheres to international standards. Implementation of IB (International Baccalaureate) program is a must.
Faculty:check if the faculty at the school is internationally qualified. It is not enough if they know the subject well, they should be able to deliver it to the students in a way that makes them develop interest in the subject. You can check with the students and parents of students who are studying in the school.
Campus:The campus of international schools are generally cast, student friendly and one that supports various extra curricular activities at the school.
Accreditations:check if the school has global accreditations. Council of International Schools (CIS) and accreditation from International Baccalaureate Organization are important accreditations you should check for.
Website:a website speaks volumes about the school’s quality and its efforts to keep pace with the latest trends. The website design, content and online presence tells about the quality of the school.
Support: In order to help the students best, most international schools go an extra mile. They generally have Parent teacher associations that create a communication channel between the school authorities, parents and students. This makes the school accountable for any action it takes
I am a teacher at a reputed ib school India. I also head the middle school student council [http://www.myschoolcouncil.com/] at the school and encourage students to hone their skills through activities conducted by the student council.
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