Suppose you are like most parents out there, before deciding to send your child to an international school, you want to know more about it. One of the easiest ways to learn more about the potential school is by visiting their website. While that will give you all of the desired information on the curriculum used, a look at the staff, their mission statement, and more don’t always provide interesting facts.
Here are some of the most interesting facts we found about international schools in general.
Asia Is Home to the Most International Schools
It’s interesting to note that while international schools are found all across the globe, Asia is home to the most schools in the world. Asia has the most out of all the other continents because it is home to China, South East Asia, and the Middle East. All of these areas offer numerous international schools for their students to enrol. Many parents choose these schools because of the high standards outlined in teaching and learning. The United Arab Emirates is home to over 500 international schools, while China offers 480.
High Number of Students Enrolled in International Schools
In International schools all across the globe, there are currently over four million students enrolled. The interesting thing to note about this enrolment is that it is a 400% increase compared to the number of kids enrolled in these schools from 2000. The one mistake that people make when considering international schools is they think they are mainly for students of expatriates. While that might have been the case in years past, it is no longer true. Over 80% of the students enrolled in any international school, including Basis International School in Bangkok, are from local families.
To keep up with the number of students enrolling in international schools, the amount of schools is expected to double by 2025. In 2015, there were over 7,600 English-medium ones worldwide, so when you double that, there will be over 14,000 schools worldwide in less than five years.
Reputable International Schools Belong to Associations
There is no one agency in charge of assessing or standardising international schools. Instead, it is done by several international school associations. Each of these associations is designed to represent a certain group of international schools. For example, the EARCOS or East Asia Regional Council of Schools, the BSME or British Schools of the Middle East, and many others oversee the international schools.