11/13/2020 - RC International School
Really a very helpful article thanks for sharing and keep on sharing!
RC International is one of the most preferred CBSE schools in Chikkabanavra premier educational institutions in Bangalore and has attained unparalleled status and stability
with its own sprawling campus.
01/21/2020 - RC International School
Really a very helpful article thanks for sharing and keep on sharing!
RC International is one of the most preferred CBSE schools in Chikkabanavra premier educational institutions in Bangalore and has attained unparalleled status and stability with its own sprawling campus.
01/16/2019 - Bussy Girl
I agree wholly with Connie Buford that a school that promotes international mindedness in its students by teaching international history, culture and perspectives is an international school. What is important is not the appellation or the diversity of the student or teacher population but rather that the emphasis is on international education and global citizenship.
The article is very insightful. Thank you.
02/21/2018 - kyuukyambi
Its very brilliant and resourseful
04/28/2017 - Kian
I just visited your blog/site and thought you made some really great points.Very Informative Article…
02/19/2017 - jt
Its really not clear of what an international school exactly is. But i would suggest that it is a school that provides an environment that suits every student according to the global standards of life irrespective of their nationality.
11/23/2015 - momluk
We are planning to setup an international school in Bangladesh.
09/10/2014 - adri
I enjoyed reading it so much because I love the filosophy goals of this kind of schools and agree on the basis of the 3 aspects to be taken into account to consider a school international:an international curriculum, multinational student and faculty bodies
I used to teach History at a school like this in Buenos Aires,Argentina in the nineties and I would like to have a go overseas in the near future.
09/03/2014 - Cobweb
Thanks very much for your efforts in here.
i administer a local Arabic school that i would like to transform into an international school with an international curriculum, how may you help me achieve this in term of curriculum design, accreditation, parents community, affiliation, infrastructural and the like?
i will be very happy to hear from you.
03/19/2013 - Cindy
This is a good question and observation that you have made because you’re right, we are seeing a new crop of schools emerging with these labels of Global or World schools.
I think in many ways they’re interchangeable and reflect the growing recognition that countries and school systems all over the world have come to understand and embrace that today’s schools need to have a global or world focus in education. It’s no longer adequate to stick to a “national curriculum” when students will graduate into a global economy that’s more interconnected than ever before. This trend has been happening for quite some time and is only going to increase with each passing year. It’s not uncommon to have an employee working in Delhi for an American company or a Chinese manager relocated to the United States to handle North American operations.
The traditional international school was created and set-up to accommodate the children of expats (be they foreign service/diplomatic workers or employees of multinational corporations) and this expat community moved around the world as their companies or governments posted and relocated them from one country to another. The international school put all of these students together with a common curriculum and outward focus that prepared them to attend university in any country of the world, and ultimately, prepared them to live and work anywhere in the world.
Today some of the Global and World schools that you speak of may also have an international student body composed of the children of expats living overseas, but many of these emerging schools consist of local national students whose parents and educators recognize that in order to be competitive and fully prepared for today’s economy a more global perspective is needed. To fill this need, new schools, both private and public, have been created to address this growing need and trend.
I hope this addresses your question and I can safely predict that we’ll continue to see more international, world, or global schools emerging in every corner of the world!
03/19/2013 - SN
So how's an international school different from Global and World schools, terms which are also making significant entries in schools.
09/07/2012 - Cindy
To answer your questions (all great questions, by the way), we asked the experts to clarify these distinctions. We spoke with Bambi Betts, CEO of the Principals' Training Center, and here is how she answered your questions:
Q: What is the difference between community school and international school?
A: Each school is independent and typically private. Many schools include international in their name. This means different things to different people but essentially means that the school welcomes those from varied nationalities and generally promotes the skills and attitudes of global citizenship through its curriculum. -
Q: What do host countries benefit form international school?
A: This varies according to the laws in the country. In most, children from the host country are welcome, as long as they can meet the language requirements and the school is a good match with the type of education the parents desire. In some countries host country children are not allowed by the government to attend private, international, non-government schools ( eg China).
Q: From the point of civic, social and moral responsibilities, how do international school address such issues in relation to the national or local students of the host country?
A: This is completely dependent on the laws, incorporation arrangements and sentiments in each country.
Hope we have answered your questions, and all the best to you!
09/05/2012 - Hailemichael
I do appreciate the points discussed in this article. Would you please comment on the following questions too?
- What is the difference between community school and international school?
- What do host countries benefit form international school?
- From the point of civic, social and moral responsibilities, how do international school address such issues in relation to the national or local students of the host country?
07/11/2012 - Cindy
You would most likely be qualified for being a counselor at an international school.
07/10/2012 - Emmy
Hi, I am a licensed clinical social worker with many years of experience working with families and children. I have taught two college courses also.
Would there be any kind of position that I might be qualified for?
02/27/2012 - sasi
I love this article, indeed it is true in some places international school is pure business.
10/28/2011 - Cindy
Thank you for your positive feedback and interest. Yes, this is a hot button topic as the term international school is being used loosely in some places and it means different things to different people.
You are more than welcome to use excerpts for your piece and welcome your sharing it when it's done.
Thanks and best of luck!
10/27/2011 - Ricardo Sigwalt
Congratulations for this great article. I'm the Communication Assistant at the International School of Curitiba (www.iscbrazil.com) and I'm writing an article to the next issue of our magazine* about the criteria to be an International Education. Then I came across your article that says exactly what I need, so I was wondering if I could use some excerpts of it as quotes in mine, and of course give all the credits and the link to this website.
Here is the link to the online version of our magazine: (http://www.calameo.com/read/000646841a4b2d63eecdf)
- Ricardo Sigwalt -
09/22/2011 - Cindy
Thanks for your comments -- yes there is a wide range of types, styles, management structure, etc. among international schools. Please see Forrest Broman's article, International Schools -- Know Before You Go article --he clearly lays out 5 key points teachers should look for when making the decision on where to teach.
If you're interested in getting back into international teaching, I encourage you to subscribe to TIE, so you can immediately choose between hundreds (even thousands during peak periods) of international teaching jobs at top international schools.
09/21/2011 - Bill
I happened upon this article and for me having taught in international schools 11-12 years ago, found it addressed the issue head-on. It is well known among teachers in the international school community that there is quite a bit of disparity among international schools. We may not have been able to define it as some have attempted here, but you just knew when you saw it and when you worked there. I'd imagine with the growth of these schools around the world this is more of an issue. Thanks for clearly laying out the issues and information and it's making me interested in getting out there again!
08/31/2011 - Rani
I love this article! Great statistics!
08/30/2011 - Cindy Nagrath
Great question! There are two main transitions that kids in international schools often have to make – the academic and the social.
For the children of expats who travel frequently from country-to-country, parents generally enroll their children in schools compatible with their home country. So for example, British parents tend to seek British international schools, Americans will often seek American or American international schools, and Canadians may prefer Canadian overseas schools. These nation-specific programs are often preferred when parents know that their child will soon be returning to their home country, and wish to insure that their child is on track to continue their grade placement without missing any requirements or having to repeat a grade.
In addition to these types of schools, the vast majority of international students are enrolled in schools that are not beholden to one system or another, but simply termed, international school. These schools accommodate a wide range of students from many different countries and educational systems. Generally speaking, the international schools follow a curriculum that makes transitions relatively smooth, as the curriculum is compatible with other international schools, along with that of many nation-specific educational systems.
Furthermore, international schools teach in English as that is the one common denominator for all students. (Please look for our upcoming article, "International Schools – Understanding the Differences" for more detail on this subject.)
As far as the social and emotional transitions that children experience, most international schools are well equipped to handle these matters with their students. In fact, many students of these schools, have been referred to as third culture kids (TCK’s). This term was originally coined in the early 1960’s by a sociologist named, Ruth Hill Useem after her second year-long visit to India with her three children in the early 1950s. This phenomenon refers to children who have spent a significant portion of their childhood living in a foreign country or culture. Because they have travelled with their parents overseas and have spent their developmental years outside of their passport country, they have adopted three cultures – their parents or their home country’s culture; their host country’s culture; and a third culture -- which is a unique mix of the two, along with the various foreign cultures they have been exposed to through friendships and classmates from all over the world. TCK’s, because of their frequent travel and lack of time spent in their home country, often find that they have more in common with other TCK’s than they do with kids from their passport country. In fact, many, report a feeling of reverse culture shock upon returning to their home country.
08/28/2011 - Gail
Do the international schools make the transition easier or harder for those students whose parents may move from country to country over the term of their children's school years? Are there similiarities of curriculum which would make the adjustment more comfortable?