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International Schools – a good solution for your child?

A good education is more than just a good education. To expand on that rather unusual statement, when someone says, 'They had the benefit of a good education', they are as likely to be referring to the experiences that came with their academic development as to the standard of the learning itself. Our formative years are our school years. They are the years when lifelong friendships are seeded, where perceptions, attitudes and opinions are founded and evolve, where the lens that we view the world through is calibrated and where we learn how to socialize, empathize and communicate with our contemporaries, both individually and collectively. While all this is going on, students have to somehow be academically engaged enough to produce good grades. It takes a special sort of school to bring all these elements together, and for a variety of reasons International schools are better placed than many to achieve this.

A Global Perspective

An International School offers students a truly international outlook, as their classmates will be a mix of local and overseas residents – likely from all corners of the planet. In addition to this, international schools teach international curriculums, often based on English or American syllabuses. International schools also tend to feature overseas teachers who bring their own experiences and styles to the classroom, and students tend to be taught in two languages – typically the native country of the school as well as English.

Good Teachers = Good Grades

International Schools have good educational outcomes for students, in great part because they attract good teachers who in turn receive good salaries. Quality teachers are attracted to International schools because they know they will be working in a well-funded and equipped environment with small class sizes allowing them the time to focus on students individually. Teachers also appreciate that International schools tend to be open to innovative and immersive teaching methods.

Moral and Personal Development

A students' emotional and spiritual growth is an important complement to their academic progress. International schools place value in shaping an individual's character and instil values such as compassion, discipline, diligence and curiosity into their students, helping to turn them into fully rounded global citizens ready to shape the future.

The schools below are exemplars of the qualities discussed above.

Leading International Schools in Austria 2020-21

Set within the rich cultural context of Austria, The American International School · Vienna is one of the top international schools in the country. Founded in 1959 and recently having celebrated its 60th Anniversary, AIS Vienna today serves around 800 students, representing more than 60 countries, from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 (International Baccalaureate (IB) or American diploma). AIS' core values -- nurture, include, challenge and respect -- ensure that students develop intellectually and interculturally while internalizing the commitment and leadership necessary in today's globally-minded world.

AIS Vienna provides comprehensive opportunities for learners from around the world. Students succeed academically, as well as in athletics, music, and visual arts. A variety of activities, including class trips to mountain ranges and service-oriented community projects, allow students to practice commitment, leadership, and meaningful self-reflection. AIS maintains a broad set of offerings to help serve students and be true to their mission.

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Leading International Schools in Austria 2020-21

Leading International Schools in Brunei 2020-21

Established in 1964, International School Brunei (ISB) has a strong reputation as a highly regarded internationally accredited school providing excellent education for 2 to 18-year-olds in Brunei. ISB's eco-accredited campus boasts world-class facilities to cater for their 1200 students. Comprising of Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Pre-University, ISB students work closely in a distinctive, happy, family atmosphere. ISB offers an adapted England and Wales curriculum followed by IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

With over 40 nationalities celebrated in their community, ISB is proud to be truly international. Whilst fully inclusive and not-for-profit, ISB's belief is that Everyone Excels. With results consistently above world averages, ISB is very proud of its high standards whilst valuing the contribution the students make in performing arts, music and sporting events. The school is committed to sustainability and eco awareness. ISB is internationally recognized for excellence in environmental action and learning.

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Leading International Schools in Brunei 2020-21

Leading International Schools in Cambodia 2020-21

Australian International School Phnom Penh (AISPP) is an international school located in the north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, offering a first-class education to expats and local students. The Australian Curriculum is delivered through the IB Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programs. Set in a stunning tropical garden campus, their students benefit from a holistic education, preparing them for future studies and careers around the world.

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Leading International Schools in Cambodia 2020-21

Leading International Schools in Hong Kong 2020-21

Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong (NAIS) is part of Nord Anglia Education's (NAE) global family of international schools. A through-train school known for its warm and friendly global community, made up of over 40 nationalities.

NAIS educates children for the future, enhancing its curricula through collaborations with the world's best organizations including MIT and Juilliard. Through opportunities to learn from the best, experiences beyond the ordinary, and the encouragement to achieve more than they thought possible, NAIS helps students succeed anywhere through a unique global educational offer. NAIS follows the frameworks of EYFS, IGCSE and IBDP. With a focus on individualized learning, the school's rigorous curricula ensure that students have a creative and challenging learning experience. Students across the NAE family produce final year results well above the world average with one in three students admitted into the world's top 100 universities each year.

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Leading International Schools in Hong Kong 2020-21

Leading International Schools in Indonesia 2020-21

Sampoerna Academy is a fully integrated international school, from early learning to G12, with multiple campuses across Indonesia's major cities, Greater Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan; leading the way with tailored international curriculum & STEAM-focused learning, educating future world leaders in and beyond the classroom.

Sampoerna Academy pairs each learning development stage with the world's strongest curriculum, IEYC (International Early Years Curriculum) for early learners to K2; Cambridge Pathway, Singapore Math and HSK Mandarin Chinese Standard Course for Primary & Secondary and encourages active inquiry and learning by integrating STEAM perspectives (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) in Project-Based Learning settings. A truly transformative approach to learning.

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Leading International Schools in Indonesia 2020-21

Leading International Schools in Korea 2020-21

Founded in 1973 by Mr. Edward Adams, a descendent of a well-known missionary family that established schools and universities in Korea, Seoul International School (SIS) adopted its tagline, Excellence in Global Education. Author of over 30 historical books on Korean culture, Mr. Adams managed Seoul International School for 28 years and developed it into one of the top international schools around the world which serves the educational needs of both the local and international communities in Seoul, South Korea.

SIS is accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and provides a globally minded, American-style education for students of all ages. The entire school community takes pride in SIS' many student-centered programs, modern facilities, and world-class faculty who lead our students toward attendance at many of the finest colleges and universities in the world.

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Seoul Foreign School (SFS) is an international day school in Seoul, South Korea. Established in 1912, SFS strives to inspire excellence and build character in each of its students, every day. The 25-acre campus is home to four sections—elementary, middle, high and British—serving nearly 2000 students from around the world. The two curricular streams on offer, K-12 International Baccalaureate World School and Foundation to Year 9 British School, provide educational options to pupils ranging in age from 2-18 years. SFS faculty are recruited from around the world, and are among the very best educators, leading students not only academically but in extracurricular and service-learning activities.

The SFS campus offers outstanding facilities, including two gyms, four playgrounds, a state-of-the-art 700+ seat performing arts center, a 25-meter/six-lane indoor swimming pool and at the heart of campus, a large athletic pitch. Campus facilities are regularly updated and upgraded; at the northwest corner of campus sits the brand-new High School building, completed in 2018.

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Leading International Schools in Qatar 2020-21

The American School of Doha (ASD) is a Pre-K through Grade 12 school that is an educational leader in Qatar and throughout the MENA region. Although over fifty percent of their students are North Americans (45% U.S. citizens & 10% Canadians), diversity is viewed as a strength of the school and is one of the experiences that our students refer to most when reflecting on their education at ASD.

ASD is the only school in Qatar offering both the AP Capstone and IB Diploma programs. The consistency of ASD's growing academic achievement comes from a committed and knowledgeable community, who are dedicated to helping students choose the program and/or courses that fit their needs and goals. "High school teachers, students, parents and the entire school community are to be commended for their efforts to support the collective goals of the high school. Over the past three years, enhancements in data gathering and analysis, and supporting systems have improved our students' capacity to succeed in external examinations and gain entrance to the colleges and universities of their choice." - Michael Roberts, HS Principal

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Compass International School (CIS) is one of Qatar's premier British International Schools. Educating over 1700 students ages 3 to 18 across four campuses, CIS combines the best of British and International Curricula with a personalized approach to learning and one-of-a-kind educational opportunities to deliver excellent outcomes for children at all levels. A truly international community, Compass has over 77 different nationalities represented amongst its student body.

Founded in 2006, CIS joined Nord Anglia Education in 2013 and in 2019 the school opened its fourth location with the addition of the state-of-the-art campus in the Al Themaid area of Doha. With four locations, Compass International School is well-positioned to offer families a choice of internationally accredited academic and language-based curricula.

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The International School of London (ISL) Qatar has a strong presence both locally and internationally as a pioneering educational institution. The school has an outstanding reputation for high academic standards, prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) programs and an impressive record of admissions to the best universities worldwide.

ISL Qatar prides itself as the only school in Qatar that offers a Mother Tongue Language Program in over ten languages. The community believes that identities should be valued and nurtured through integrating the modules to the school's international curriculum. The institution is a member of ISL Group that has a tradition of 40 years of outstanding educational achievement.

The school is authorized by the IB Organization as an IB World School and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It is a member of the Council of International Schools, British Schools in the Middle East and Association for the Advancement of International Education.

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Leading International Schools in Singapore 2020-21

Stamford American International School, is a world-class IB-authorized International school in Singapore for grades K2 to 12, and the only school in Singapore with multiple graduating pathways for your child's own unique future.

Stamford American cultivates a culture of optimism, excellence, and empowerment for everyone by developing the mindset and skills to thrive in a complex world. They also care deeply about the success of every student and find ways to connect them with their passion.

The Class of 2020 graduates completed the IB course with a 94% pass rate, well above the Global rate of 78%. Of the students who completed the IB course, 5 students achieved results over 40, out of a total of 45.

Moreover, their strength in language programs was demonstrated by 27% of students receiving the IB Bilingual Diploma. This is not surprising given the diverse make-up of Stamford American's Class of 2020 which represents 38 nationalities, within a wider community of 75 nationalities.

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Established in 1991, Overseas Family School (OFS) is recognized as one of Singapore's leading Pre-K to Grade 12 international schools. Distinguished by its long history and incredible attention to student care, OFS serves a vibrant multicultural community of approximately 70 nationalities and is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment where all students can dream, achieve and succeed.

OFS is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and was one of the first international schools in Singapore to offer the versatile and highly-respected International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) for Pre-K1 to K2, the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for Grades 1 to 5, and the International Baccalaureate (IB) programs for Grades 6 to 12. All students who complete Grade 12 and earn the required credits will graduate with the award of OFS High School Diploma. This diploma program is accredited by WASC and is recognized around the world. The International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) curriculum is also offered.

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Leading International Schools in Singapore 2020-21

Leading International Schools in Taiwan 2020-21

Founded in 1949, Taipei American School is a large independent school, one of Asia's top college preparatory schools, offering an American-based education with a truly global perspective. They offer both AP and IB courses for their students, allowing their learners to personalize their courses to their learning goals.

The flourishing campus, located in a northern suburb of Taipei called Tianmu, houses all three divisions — Lower, Middle, and Upper School — so that students can learn, grow, create, and dream on one campus.

TAS students are known for an unmistakable culture of excellence; for their passion for humanities, languages, the performing arts, sports, all things STEAM, and more; and for their strong commitment to being their best selves and being of service to others.

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Leading International Schools in Taiwan 2020-21

Leading International Schools in Vietnam 2020-21

American International School Vietnam (AISVN) is a private, coeducational, university-preparatory school for students from Early Years to Grade 12. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, AISVN offers the full curriculum of the Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Diploma Program (DP). With the IB, their students engage in active inquiry-based learning and are encouraged to develop internationally minded thinking. AISVN is externally authorized by the IB as well as by the Council of International Schools (CIS) in Europe and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in the US.

This international and innovative curriculum is complemented by Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Music and Sport programs. AISVN aims to prepare students for an excellent academic career in universities across the world and for life abroad. AISVN graduates go on to study at top universities around the world.

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As the most established International School in Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) represents a culturally diverse group of families and teachers from over 60 countries. The community is united in the common purpose to build a Culture of Achievement that is Energized, Engaged and Empowered. As a leader in the field of international education with a renowned reputation, ISHCMC is proud to deliver three International Baccalaureate Programs in its own unique manner. Students construct an understanding and knowledge of their world through carefully developed learning experiences and inquiries that develop a deep understanding of important concepts in global contexts.

Progressive in its view of education, ISHCMC is preparing students for their futures. Its educational approach is set within modern learning environments designed to develop both learning and social skills that have been identified as being important for the future. ISHCMC has built two outstanding campuses that encourage collaborative learning opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities that encourage the development of the whole child whilst encouraging students to explore their passions and find their identity.

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