One of the questions that people ask us educators is about the advantages of sending a child to an international school. Parents want to know what the benefits are and if it really is worth paying all the extra costs and fees. In my opinion, a child receives a better education and has a higher chance of success in the future. This article explains the advantages and disadvantages of sending your child to an international school.
What is an International School?
Before we look at the advantages and disadvantages, let’s describe what one actually is first. The main characteristic is that they promote a level of education that’s at an international standard. For example, the international school of Paris will educate and train their students using a different curriculum to the local schools. This has many advantages including preparing pupils for employment in a wider range of disciplines and giving them access to an international set of exams.
What are the Benefits of an International School?
The first and biggest advantage is that students get a level of education that meets a certain standard and is recognised on a global basis. The local curriculum in some countries isn’t as robust as others and sending your child here limits their knowledge and potential. An international curriculum, on the other hand, gives students access to a wider range of subjects and topics.
The next benefit is that the teachers are more trained and qualified. Teachers go through tighter screening and their teaching styles and methods havemore rigorous evaluations. And there are a higher number of facilities at their disposable to vary the way they conduct a lesson. In short, this makes the teacher better at educating your child.
The students also have a better approach to their learning and are taught to be more independent and to express their creativity in the classroom. When the learners are more involved, they’ll get more out of the activities. And it’s also worth mentioning that the overall behaviour in an international school is at a higher standard. Whenthere are fewer distractions, more learning will take place.
A higher percentage of students get better grades when they’re in an environment that’s more conducive to learning by a professional educator.
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What are the Disadvantages?
In the interests of impartiality, I should also point out the disadvantages of sending a child to an international school. The first is that the cost is much higher than getting a regular education. If you commit to the first year, you really should continue throughout their entire schooling to maintain the consistency. The curriculum can be very different and it may be difficult and detrimental to keep switching between international and normal schools. The next disadvantage is that depending on the school and what country it’s in, the school holidays may be different from the typical holidays.
The Takeaway Message:
Students are more likely to succeed and have a better future if they get their education at an international school. But, at the same time, you need to consider the costs and any inconveniences that may arise. From the point of view of an educator, the advantages vastly outweigh the disadvantages.