When it comes to choosing international schools, many expats feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice. At the same time, however, it’s possible to feel like nowhere really stacks up to the standards of home, leaving many parents feeling hopeless when they try to place their kids in international schools.
Parents experiencing either of these worries might also find their task made even more difficult by the lack of published league tables. Here is a brief rundown of English-speaking schools that have been named among the elite institutions in their area, broken down by curriculum.
American School of Warsaw
The American School of Warsaw (ASW) offers “open arms and a welcoming smile” for new students. ASW boasts a student body made up of children from more than 50 countries, prioritizing discovery and experience in offering a world-class education. The school’s PK-12 academic program puts a strong emphasis on computer training and technology, while their holistic approach to learning means that ASW “teaches the whole child”, treating each new attendee as part of the school family.
THINK Global School
THINK Global School (TGS)’s novel approach to learning sees students live and learn in four countries each school year. The traveling high school believes its uniquely nomadic nature enables students to make a strong connection between their studies and their physical location.For example, students read Homer while tracing Odysseus’ journey through Greece.
THINK Global School has small classes, boasting a 1:5 faculty/student ratio, and has invested in making the latest technology available to students. The school promises new attendees “infinite opportunities to pursue your passions” and says that students will make “unforgettable connections” between their education and the world surrounding them.
The American School in Switzerland
With a diverse student body made up of more than 65 nationalities speaking 35 languages, The American School in Switzerland (TASIS) is one of the most diverse elite international schools. TASIS promises students they will become global citizens by learning about and celebrating cultural differences.
Dulwich College International School
With campuses in both Shanghai and Beijing, Dulwich College International School is affiliated with the college of the same name in London. Among its claims to fame are a “traditional public school atmosphere” and a faculty that is almost exclusively English speaking.
The Garden International School
Based in Kuala Lumpur, The Garden International School is the largest international school in Malaysia.
The school offers a friendly atmosphere that balances academics with extracurricular activity, and the establishment encourages students to learn new languages like Mandarin.
Australian International School (AIS)
While there are many local international schools in Singapore, AIS is the only Southern Hemisphere school that offers an Australian curriculum-based education for students aged 3 to 18.
Australian International School Malaysia (AISM)
Set by a lake in a gated estate near southern Kuala Lumpur, AISM is the only school that follows an Australian curriculum in Malaysia. Its student body hails from Australia, Malaysia and more than 35 other countries, and the school speaks proudly of its students’ achievements in academics and sports.
Finding the right international school for your children might take some effort, but the rewards of a solid and well-rounded education are immeasurable.