Choosing the right school for your child can be one of the toughest decisions ever. A lot of thought and analysis goes into it, because of the various pros and cons associated with the plethora of educational options available nowadays. There are various types of educational curriculum and teaching approaches, which make it a really huge platter to choose from. After all, should you enroll them in a state school, a private school, or into an international school? While all kinds of schools available to children offer their own advantages, international schools offer a more complete experience for their students, which can be beneficial for their future.
Here are a a few of the benefits listed out:
Exposure to various cultures across the world
Interacting with different cultures and understanding their nuances is thrilling as well as eye-opening for a child as he or she learns about the world beyond their own residing city. Especially, with a curriculum like in Excelsior American School, wherein we offer International Baccalaureate, IGSCE, Cambridge International Examinations, and Montessori methodologies, a broad worldview is incorporated into the teaching process which engages students with multiple world cultures. Moreover, there are students from various nationalities who bring in diversity through their cultures and mingle with the local students to share the same, and vice versa. Interestingly, even the festivals celebrated are from across the world and are not just limited to the home country’s national holiday calendar.
Nurtured to become self-motivated and self-driven
The students in an international school are groomed with a global perspective and are imbibed with a critical thinking approach instead of rote-learning methods. By means of early-age classroom techniques like Montessori and practical labs, the students inculcate a self-inspired learning system within themselves. This is followed so that their learning doesn’t end with school but continues lifelong.
Individualized attention in classes
The student-teacher ratio arrangement is standardised in such a way that teachers are able to give personal attention to each child. On an average, it is usually around 10:1. This helps in ingraining the concepts of each subject within each student, accordingly to their respective learning capacity. It is ensured that students become confident and get their basics strong, as well as stretch beyond their textbook knowledge since they get more quality time to interact with their teachers.
A wide range of extracurricular activities
One of the primary ways by which international schools focus on nurturing and developing a child’s creativity and imagination is by focussing on extracurricular activities. Various clubs and competitions are initiated in which students can participate according to their field of interest. In fact, these range from imagination games, sports, creativity labs to mathematics and robotics. This not only helps in exploring their hidden talents and develops their confidence but also helps in improving their focus and drive.
Extra advantageous for higher education abroad
Studying in an international school opens doors for its students in the worldwide forum. In fact, studies have shown that students from international schools face relatively lesser limitations and restrictions when they apply for college/university abroad. The qualifying grading system is accepted easily and even expands their opportunities for applications and scholarships.