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Why is International School Education Gaining Such Importance?

Rupali Karekar
Jul 30, 2021
Schools

“Top reasons why International education is gaining popularity and points to remember when you are choosing a CBSE High School.” 

A good school not only aims to develop your child academically but also works on their overall development of skills and morals. Instilling such values from an early age ensures that the child grows to become a successful individual who is also conscious about the community and its surroundings.

And, an International school possesses all these qualities and much more. Aspiring to provide the best of the best for your child, students of an International School become part of a genuine and dynamic international community, where they’ll have invaluable access to a wide range of cultures, faiths, languages and perspectives.

This is just the start of why an International School is beneficial. As you read more, you will also understand why the international school education community is gaining such importance.



Range of Curriculums that fall under International School Education

As mentioned earlier, an International School Education exposes your child to variants of backgrounds and languages from all over the world. This is only possible due to the vast global curriculums that each school adopts.

But, choosing the right one for your child can get confusing from all the options available. But don't worry! The following overview will help you gain a better understanding of the types of international school curriculums and how to select the right one for your child.

Broadly Speaking, Curriculums Can Be Grouped Into Two Main Categories

1. National OR State Curriculums

These curriculums are set and perfected by the National Education Ministry or Board of specific countries or states. And, each state or country has their own teaching techniques and values/ morals that they want their students to learn. International schools adopt one or multiple of these curriculums to provide a range of material and comfort for their students of all ethnicities and backgrounds.

There are endless examples around the world, but some of the most commonly taught by international schools include national and state curriculums from the following countries:

● United Kingdom

● France

● India

● United States


2. Non-Country-Specific Curriculums

These are curriculums that are not associated with any country in particular and instead are set by an internationally recognized education body. They are usually known for their universal reach and excellent after graduation programs for their students. 

And, not only this but non-country-specific curriculums specifically follow a more holistic learning approach when compared to other curriculums.

For example, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) develops and administers its own international curriculum, and it is widely recognised internationally and is offered at approximately 5,200 schools around the world. This curriculum is offered via four separate programs:

● IB Primary Years Program (PYP)

● IB Middle Years Program (MYP)

● IB Diploma Program

● IB Career-related Program

Why is International School Education Imperative for You?

Most schools and curriculums they offer are concerned about their students' academics and results which aren’t enough for the students of the 21st Century. This is where international schools come in, as they not only aim to progress their student’s results but also, their overall development.

And, that includes refining their pre-existing talents or giving them the facilities and opportunities to cultivate new talents and values. Not only this but an international school also puts a grave focus on their students personal well being. Lastly, as mentioned earlier, an international school opens up opportunities and exposure on a global level.

These are the few qualities that make studying at an international school superior to other schools.

Along with this, there are a few more reasons mentioned below that you should definitely take a look at so you as a parent/guardian can make an informed decision.

Other Top Reasons for the Increased Popularity of International Schools

1. A catalyst for a leading change

The world of international school education is a melting pot of individuals and learning with a global perspective ensures students are exposed to different cultures, ethnic groups, religions and languages, enriching society in the process and broadening the academic experience for everyone involved.

It also, of course, establishes a multicultural learning environment which makes it the ideal setting for increasing students’ cultural awareness and fostering their understanding and appreciation of those who come from a different background to their own. 

2. A growing global trend

Education is at the forefront of global development and, with globalization making it easier than ever for families to move abroad for work and study opportunities, it’s easy to see the appeal of pursuing international school education.

With over 10,282 international schools and 5.36 million students studying in it, it only goes to show the reach of international schools. But, that’s not the only reason why international schools are such a trend. It is also because parents/guardians also need a progressive environment for their children; which, an international school certainly provides for in every aspect.

3. What does this mean in terms of educators?

After their own house, children spend the most time in school and its educators. So it is important that an educator is nurturing as well as well versed with their subjects.

And at an International School, the faculty and educators are carefully handpicked after various interviews on the basis of their qualifications in their subject of interest.

Not only this, but educators in International Schools often go through training sessions in order to be up to date about the current topics. And as international schools strive to be progressive it becomes one of the main factors that their school teaches the students about influential topics of that time.

How Does Choosing a CBSE High School Play Into This?

As mentioned earlier, The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is dependable and one of the mightily recognised boards from India. Thus, a CBSE high school curriculum is the preference of millions of parents/guardians.

CBSE high schools continually reinvent themselves to stay relevant with the times and to fit a diverse range of cultures and languages. Unlike the old school memory-based learning, CBSE high school curriculum follows a more application-based/ practical theory of learning which has earned them an all-time high success rate. 

The course structure focuses on their students' holistic and academic development by implementing interesting and interactive classroom sessions and fun extracurricular/co-curricular activities and clubs.

But like any other curriculum, CBSE high schools have their own advantages as well as disadvantages. And like any good parent/guardian, you would look to make an informed decision when it comes to your child’s education.

Also Read:- Proven Ways To Recognize the Best Curriculum for Your Child at a School

Advantages

● The study in CBSE high school is easy compared to other boards which result in a stress-free study environment for the students.

● Easy accessibility of the CBSE high schools throughout the globe.

● The main concentration of CBSE is on mathematics and science so that students can easily understand the subjects when they go for professional studies.

● CBSE also runs the various talent search examinations in the country and provides the scholarship to the deserving candidates and the syllabus of these examinations are also less. So, the candidates having talent can take benefit of these schemes. 

Disadvantages

● In CBSE, there is less focus given on giving real-life knowledge to students.

● The CBSE high school syllabus deals only in the theoretical manner in all the subjects and there is no emphasis given on real-life concepts behind the science. In spite of the syllabus being application-oriented, it does not offer room for effective understanding.

Therefore, it is important to choose an international school that provides a holistic CBSE curriculum and tries its best to impart all-round development to all its students

Final Thoughts

Overall, Choosing a particular curriculum will only give you a little information on what a student is being taught. The real advantage lies with which school you choose. And, many International schools have a holistic learning experience.

So, it is on you to choose the right one for your child and enjoy their experience of learning and turning into successful adults


Rupali Karekar

Ms Karekar comes with over 20 years experience in content writing and content strategy in fields from journalism and content marketing. As head of international communications, she has been actively interacting with stakeholders like the student, teacher and parent community to ensure open channels of dialogue and passage of information between all parties. As a result, the school initiatives and stakeholder performances find the right platform and voice to share their achievements.

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