Can you put a price on a good education? In a word, no. Especially when it is your children who will be benefiting from it. Choosing a school for your children is one of the hardest and most consequential decisions a parent can make, and the implications of getting it wrong are hardly worth thinking about. That is why so many parents choose to place their child with an International School.
International schools originally sprung up in order to serve the children of parents who had moved overseas, but who also wanted them to be educated to the same standards, and to the same curriculum, as the one in their home country. The first schools were typically for British expats, with schools teaching the English syllabus, but more recently, many schools are offering an American curriculum, and international schools that align with French and German syllabuses (amongst others) are increasing in number. International schools have also evolved from exclusively catering to overseas students to enrolling locally born children, such is the educational advantage they offer.
What sets an international school apart from other schools?
As the name would suggest, international schools tend to have a diverse student population, giving students a peer group comprised of different cultures and backgrounds, helping to broaden their perspective of the world.
For the children of expats, an education at an international school can be especially advantageous, because if the parents' careers lead them to return home, their children can segue their academic development back to a local school, as they would have been learning the same curriculum overseas.
For parents living near an international school, sending their child there can often guarantee a much higher standard of education than she/he might have received from another local school – principally because the countries that tend to inspire the highest number of international schools globally are the same ones that tend to be accepted as having the best academic standards – with the USA and UK generally acknowledged as leading the way is this regard.
Finally, international schools tend to have better quality teachers, as they generally pay higher salaries and so attract the most qualified staff.