According to research by the International School Consultancy, there are around 8,000 international schools spread all over the world, with an estimated student population of about 4.26 million students. It is also reported that Asia, among all other regions, has the fastest-growing number of international schools. Before, international schools are exclusive to children of foreign expatriates in the host country.
The growing number of students studying in international schools around the world is a manifestation that parents of local students are trusting the quality education these international schools can provide. Parents must have learned about the following benefits that international schools can pass on to their children.
More Understanding of the World around Them
Now that local students are accepted in international schools, they are exposed and have first-hand experience of different cultures, just as children of expats are also exposed to the local culture. Children who grow up in this kind of environment will be able to appreciate the cultures of other students and teachers and learn how to adjust to such an environment. In many ways, international schools can help your child to be more mature.
Students in international schools can also be more confident. This may result from his everyday encounter with students and teachers from other countries with different cultures and languages.
More Well-Rounded Personality
There will always be a language barrier in international schools during the first weeks of school. But children will always find ways to overcome such obstacles and deal with their classmates and teachers. By mastering the language barrier, students can know how to appreciate the different cultures around him.
In some international schools, they still operate as dorm schools, just like in the past. This will nurture the student to be more responsible and independent.
Talents and Skills Are Honed
With lots of activities, in sports, art and math contests, debates, robotics, and other areas, the hidden talents of students will undoubtedly be discovered and developed. A student will also hone his skills as he will be tasked to join clubs and other organizations, which will require him to contribute his opinions, talents, and abilities.
Preparation for University Life
In non-English speaking countries, studying in an international school means learning the English language and preparing for a bachelor’s degree in established universities and colleges in or outside of the country. International schools have partner universities where their students can pursue their higher education. And if a student has excellent grades, who knows if he will soon be studying in the most reputable university abroad for his bachelor’s degree?