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With many 1000s of schools in most countries in the world an international school education could provide an education different from the state sector in a particular country. An international school essentially is a fee paying school that is not connected to state education and accepts local, national and international pupils.
A school may also choose to deliver lessons in a certain language, such as lessons delivered in English for an international English school.
International School Curriculum
Schools have the choice to offer the national curriculum of a certain country or a mixed curriculum from another country and the host country. Qualifications offered at an international school vary from state and international qualifications from different examination boards.
An international school accepts pupils of nursery age to 20 years old in some countries, although many schools specialise in certain age ranges, and for younger age pupils from 3 to around 11 years old.
Academic Entry Requirements
Schools have their own entry requirements and an assessment involving written, oral and some schools a physical test. Written tests are taken before a pupils acceptance that take the form of a formal test that includes mathematics and English and of course a face to face interview with a member of the school staff.
Some schools specialise in a certain subject area, such as science and offer other subjects in addition. The vast majority of international school pupils will study a range of subjects at each stage of their education. A well balanced education that encompasses academic, oral, spiritual and physical well being of pupils is the aim of an international school.
Each school has the choose to choose their own curriculum and offer subjects, although a number of countries insist English Mathematics and science is part of the core curriculum.
Boarding and Day International School
Most pupils will attend an international school and go home at the end of the school day, although schools may offer boarding, where pupils live and study at the school for each term.
International School Funding
Each school is self funding from fees payable, sponsorship and other financial arrangements. An international school does not receive any government or local authority funding. Many schools around the world are owned by commercial companies which may support the school financially.
Who Checks an Independent School?
All schools are periodically checked for standards by government bodies and possible affiliation to international school councils. Schools may have a board of governors who are responsible to monitor progress and academic standards of their school and do have the authority to imitate change. Owners of a school will certainly wish good standards and efficient running of the school.
Written by: Education Tay RCB