As a parent, it is your responsibility to find a good school that will be able to address the needs of your children. But finding a good school is often difficult as there are so many of them out there. If you live in Singapore, you will have to choose between an international school and a public school.
Of course, both are great, but if you are an expatriate and you plan to send your kids abroad to study in later years, then you should send them to an international school. There, they will be taught basic and complicated academic concepts that will help them in later years. They will also have an opportunity to socialize with kids from different nationalities.
Since international schools are becoming more and more popular, you may assume that all of them are great and will be able to address the needs of your kids. But that is far from the truth, as no two international schools are completely the same. While there are some international schools that are top-rated and have very high teaching standards, there are others that aren’t up to standard. To narrow down a good one that will suit the needs and preferences of your child, there are some important questions you must ask yourself. In this article, we are going to be looking at a few of them.
Is the school accredited?
Only choose schools that have been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges or The Council of International School. Accredited schools have a comprehensive and articulated curriculum that match a specific standard. The accreditation process ensures that academic institutions has high safety standards, is mission-driven, have a strategic plan, and a positive learning environment.
How good is the school’s website?
The website of a school says a lot about it. So, if it is poorly designed or doesn’t really express the value the school has to offer, chances are, they don’t know what they are doing and probably won’t be able to address the needs of your child.
A good school website should have a calendar showing the various activities and events that are going to happen; weeks and months to come. Everything from sporting events to parent meetings should be there. The site should be up to date and contain parent and student reports.
Does the school value language?
Most international schools in Singapore use English to teach their students. Students in these schools may also be required to learn the local language. To sum it up, a good international school should teach its student to speak and communicate in the English language.
Do they have access to top-notch teaching tools and technology?
Student and teachers in international schools should have instant access to high-tech teaching and learning tools in their classroom. A good international school will value and invest in technology. You should see students using tablets and laptops in their classrooms. You should see teachers using protection systems and whiteboards.