Many expat parents enrol their children in international schools. After all, it seems like the most natural option; beyond that, Lea Thurman, Head of Admissions at the Australian International School (AIS) in Singapore, shares how to pick the right school.
For many, academics are the most important aspect of schools. International schools tend to offer flexible curriculum options from their home countries.
And, while there may be a strong academic focus, students also typically have opportunities in sports, music and creative arts.
In addition to the ease of transition from your home country to Singapore and vice versa, the diversity and exposure to different cultures is a key benefit of an international school education. This helps broaden your child’s global awareness and enables him or her to make friends from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
When looking for a suitable school, consider your child’s passions and interests outside of the classroom, and pick a school that offers opportunities for him or her to join a group or team if this is of interest.
Location is also a key consideration when selecting a school – find one that is within a reasonable distance of where you live so the daily commute is as stressfree as possible.
What if you can’t find the right school? Don’t worry, because there are plenty of educational options in Singapore to fit your child’s needs.
Engage with the various expat networks and associations here, and browse through expat forums and groups on Facebook. Be open-minded about the school that’s right for your child. Keep in mind that each school can offer your child different holiday schedules, opportunities, activities and so much more.
From The Finder Kids (Vol. 21), November 2017
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