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International Schools
International Schools

In recent years, the phrase ‘International Schools' has come to refer to schools that confer an intrinsic global or international outlook in minds of their students. Unlike the first International Schools, these schools can also have a significant local student population as parents in the host country, eager to broaden the horizons and experiences of their children, enroll them as pupils. Typically, these schools will teach an international curriculum, say English or American, and will have English as their primary teaching language. This helps to prepare pupils for a relatively seamless transition to higher education institutions beyond their country of residence.

Some of the main factors you should consider when deciding on an International School are:

The Academic Experience

Some International Schools have a strictly academic focus, purely concentrating on following the curriculum and exam success. Others offer a broader experience, balancing educational excellence with sporting, artistic or cultural emphasis, and some have a combination of all these sectors. It's important to research this area thoroughly and visit the schools on your shortlist.


When deciding what school would best suit your child, the most fundamental thing to ask yourself is whether you want them to follow your home country's national curriculum, or one with more of an international outlook, such as the International Baccalaureate schools.


As many International Schools also offer boarding opportunities, parents have the freedom to send their children overseas if immersion in another culture is desired. Some children will want to remain close to their family, but others will flourish elsewhere, with an all-encompassing, independent experience that comes from being part of a residential school away from home.


Founded in 1959, The American International School · Vienna is the oldest English-language school in Austria, offering a unique combination of a nurturing, family atmosphere with a challenging educational environment backed by its history of academic achievement. School programs focus on academics, but also on the development of students’ creative and leadership abilities and emotional intelligence.

AIS Vienna serves around 800 students, representing over 60 countries, from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 (IB Diploma, Austrian Matura Equivalency, or American Diploma). The school recognizes individual learning styles, making every effort to differentiate instruction, allowing students to reach their full potential in different areas, be it in academics, athletics, or in visual and performing arts.

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Bahrain Bayan School is a bilingual national school serving the Arab Bahraini community. The school holds accreditation from an Arabic and American/English based curriculum, accredited by the Ministry of Education, IB, and MSA. BBS has been rated “Outstanding” by Bahrain’s National Authority for Qualifications & Quality Assurance of Education and Training (BQA) in October 2016, KG1 through Grade 12. The school currently offers the IB High School Diploma program and its graduates attend highly competitive colleges and universities in the United States, United Kingdom, and in other locations around the globe.

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Leading International Schools in Bahrain 2019


‘Achieving Excellence’ is the motto of Jerudong International School, Brunei and is clearly evidenced in all areas of this British International and IB World School.

A thriving boarding school of 1700 students (55 nationalities, 185 boarders), 40% Bruneian, JIS has established itself as a leading school in Asia. With almost 200 highly qualified teachers primarily from the UK, the 120 acre single campus close to both coast and rainforest, offers a unique, educational opportunity. The exceptional, purpose-built facilities include a Performing Arts Centre, 27 Science laboratories, extensive Sports facilities, libraries, classrooms and award-winning Outdoor Discovery Centre.

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Hong Kong

The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is the largest International School organization in Hong Kong. For over 50 years, they have been nurturing talent and preparing young men and women to be the global leaders of tomorrow.

Former students of ESF’s 22 schools can be found worldwide. Their proud history means that our alumni have been shaping the world in which we live for decades.

Their outstanding results are a testament to our exceptional teaching staff, who care for every single student and work with them to unlock their potential. At the heart of their success is our approach to education – ensuring that every student is an active participant in their own learning.

Established in 1976 and one of Hong Kong’s leading International Schools, Kellett School, the British International School in Hong Kong offers an exceptional education comparable to prominent independent schools in the UK. Kellett is a co-ed through-train school with campuses on Hong Kong Island (4-11 years) and Kowloon Bay (4-18 years). Kellett follows the English National Curriculum, including GCSEs, IGCSEs and A levels. As children progress through the school, they learn with growing independence in a challenging and stimulating environment, and as a result achieve consistently strong academic results with many going on to study at the world’s leading institutions.

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In August 2015 Ascend’s Middle School programme opened with huge success. Spanning standards 6th through 10th, its programme offers one of the most exciting models of Education in Mumbai. In April of 2018 Ascend International School received accreditation for the IB MYP programme. IB schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Ascend believes is important for our students.

Ascend was the first school in Mumbai to introduce Project Based Learning (PBL) methods. PBL is a student-centered 21st Century educational model. PBL students develop high level critical thinking skills. They demonstrate flexible knowledge, effective problem solving strategies, and deep understanding of content through collaboration and active learning. Similar programmes in the US, have a proven track record of producing students who are university bound, driven to learn and successful in their chosen academic fields.

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Aoba-Japan International School is a leading International School in Tokyo. Its’ students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 experience learning to develop as empathetic and compassionate global leaders for the future. As an International Baccalaureate World School, it successfully delivers the Primary, Middle and Diploma programmes in the cultural context of Japan. Not only is the school favored by many families from a diversity of nationalities, increasingly Japanese expats returning from overseas postings see the school as a good fit for their children.

They believe that an entrepreneurial mindset is at the heart of what they do here at A-JIS. For them, entrepreneurship embodies a social responsibility that supports the building of a prosperous and socially justice society.

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Widely regarded as the leading International School in Seoul, South Korea, Seoul Foreign School (SFS) accepts students of all ages. Established in 1912, SFS offers an unrivaled 100-year legacy of academic excellence, international diversity and a commitment to educating future global citizens and leaders.

The school is the number one choice of International Schools in South Korea. Accommodating 1500 students SFS offers two different pathways. The school is both a K-12 IB Continuum World School and Foundation to Year 9 British School following the English National Curriculum. It’s a friendly, close-knit multicultural community committed to excellence in education with a welcoming student body and an incredible selection of extra-curricular activities.

Seoul Foreign School comprises an Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and British School. Whatever your child’s age, learning style and interests they will have a first-class education. Each school is housed in its own building and has its own Principal and dedicated faculty.

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Marlborough College Malaysia is the first independent, British boarding and day school to open a campus in Malaysia. The Preparatory School takes pupils from age 3 and the Senior School includes a Sixth Form to age 18.

Pupils entering Marlborough College Malaysia join a community steeped in the tradition of placing compassion, companionship, and conversation at the heart of its educational philosophy and a history, spanning over 175 years, of holistic education and academic excellence.

Whilst maximizing academic potential is an essential requirement of any school, the co-curricular aspect is a vital part of developing an all-around person. The spacious 90-acre campus with outstanding facilities allows for excellent opportunities in sporting and outdoor pursuits.

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Compass International School Doha is a private co-educational day school situated over three campuses within Doha. The Rayyan and Gharaffa campus offers Early Years through to Primary and the Madinat Khalifa campus offers Primary and Secondary education. The International Primary Curriculum, English National Curriculum, IGCSE and International Baccalaureate are offered. Specialist bi-lingual classes are available at the Gharaffa campus for Dutch Language and at Rayyan Campus for the French Language.

Compass International School Doha is part of Nord Anglia Education family of schools with over 55 schools worldwide offering partnerships and links with institutions such as The Juilliard School of Music and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which offers a wealth of unique experiences and will help its children connect with their future.

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In Santa Clara International School, when you walk into a classroom, you’ll see hands raised, small groups assembled, presentations underway. You’ll find teachers creating collaborative partnerships with students, encouraging them to discover and connect. You’ll observe children engaged in meaningful hands-on projects that build skills and excite creativity.

You’ll also see classrooms that are without children because the class has taken their learning into the field. The teaching philosophy is that learning happens everywhere: in the classrooms, in the city, in a museum, in a farm, on just a walk around the neighborhood.

At Santa Clara, they draw on many different educational sources to bring their students the best possible learning experience. It’s not hard to see that their teachers and students benefit from the educational beliefs and practices.

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Inspiring teachers, outstanding academic results, a tried and tested history, and a commitment to extraordinary care are some of the many reasons why Singapore American School has gained an international reputation as a school on the leading edge of innovation.

Singapore American School was founded in 1956, and as one of only a few esteemed non-profit schools in Singapore, it remains a true community school. For over six decades, SAS has provided students from preschool to grade 12 an exemplary American education with an international perspective.

SAS attracts and retains dedicated and passionate faculty who bring strong skill sets and instructional delivery to their classroom. There are 375 full-time faculty and over 75% have earned master’s degrees or Ph.D.’s. The school invests heavily in professional development and continually sends teachers across the globe to discover innovative ideas and best practices from influential educational institutions.

Home to students from over 70 nationalities, Stamford American International School (SAIS) is one of the top international schools in Singapore, well-known for being a diverse and inclusive school.

SAIS aims to inspire students to create their unique future by being the country’s first and only school to offer the full International Baccalaureate (IB) and American Advanced Placement (AP) courses, allowing students a choice of multiple pathways to graduation.

The school has two purpose-built campuses – The Early Learning Village and Woodleigh campus. Located only 2.6km apart, both campuses are easily accessible in central Singapore.

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Leading International Schools in Singapore 2019


Taipei Kuei Shan School is an International Baccalaureate World School offering all three programs – PYP, MYP, and DP. It is fully accredited by the Taipei City Government Department of Education and a member of the Association of Christian Schools International. Kuei Shan was established in 1963, founded by Professor Hsiong Hui-Ying as a research project to improve Taiwan Education. With a student body of 80% Taiwan nationals and 20% from more than 10 countries, it provides a lively campus community for more than 700 students by blending educational excellence and an international perspective with Christian values.

At Kuei Shan, they celebrate their distinctive place in PreK-12 education – where teaching, learning, and faith guide the mind in understanding the complex diversity of God’s creation and prepare the whole person for service and leadership.

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Leading International Schools in Taiwan 2019


Bromsgrove International School Thailand (BIST) provides boarding and day school education for students aged 2-18 years.

Being affiliated with Bromsgrove School, UK enables them to draw on over 460 years of experience in education. Their ambitions are bringing the best aspects of that history, focusing on the development of students and providing them with a traditional ‘British’ education in an international setting.

BIST follows an enhanced form of the English National Curriculum, which they are proud of the positive influence they have on education. 
The great deal of importance is placed on the students’ ability to work independently and to develop their own critical thinking.

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Proud to be the first for many important milestones in Ho Chi Minh City, International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) has a rich history yet is always innovating through pedagogy, curriculum, facilities and opportunities beyond the classroom. Students are educated to construct an understanding of knowledge and of their world through carefully developed learning and social skills. ISHCMC offers a progressive educational approach set within modern learning environments.

In 2018, ISHCMC opened a state-of-the-art Secondary campus boasting unique facilities such as Vietnam’s first Innovation Center, professional theater, recording studios, NBA-sized basketball court, rooftop sports field, 25m 8-lane pool, food and design teach spaces. The existing campus continues to undergo extensive remodeling to meet the needs of younger learners by offering new learning suites including a Fab Lab, Food Tech, extensive Art studio, Film studios, Makerspaces and studio learning concept.

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Tabor Academy offers summer programs in marine science, global connections, and a traditional day and residential camp. Whether children want to discover new sports, enrichment, or arts in their traditional camp, explore the ocean environment in their Marine Science Camp, or make global connections in their Gateways Program, there is something for everyone at Tabor Academy during the summer.

Tabor Summer Camp - A day and residential camp for children ages 6-17 with activity options in the arts, athletics, and enrichment and a Leadership in Training program.

Tabor Marine Science Camp - A day and residential camp for children entering grades 8 to 12 that immerses campers in an ocean environment.


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