What to consider when choosing an international school for your children
Moving your life and family to a new country is an exciting moment. It can also be daunting and bring many questions and also some challenges, from how to make a major relocation to one
Moving your life and family to a new country is an exciting moment. It can also be daunting and bring many questions and also some challenges, from how to make a major relocation to one of the main decisions every family needs to make which is the school to send your child to. Among these, one of the most important choices is between a national or international school.
In this article, we are going to talk about some of the many benefits of sending your child to an International School in Spain as well as introducing you to our partner AIS International School, based here in the Costa Blanca.
In your search for the right school, it is well worth taking a look at local international schools and British schools to weigh up the pros and cons compared to national schools in your new location. In order to do so, here are four good reasons why choosing an international school for your child might just be the best decision you ever make.
International Schools Promote a World Outlook
In our increasingly globalized world, it is becoming more important that our children understand the wider world and its place within it. International schools are enriched with a diverse school community which provides students with the skills and knowledge to equip them should they find themselves working or living in other countries. These culturally diverse spaces allow students to connect with children from all over the world, in addition, the teachers are often culturally aware and come from many different countries. At AIS International School, there are over 30 different nationalities of families in the school community and the team comes from all over Europe, South America, and Israel.
Break Down The Language Barrier at an English Speaking School
In most international schools the main language is English; so if you’re coming from an English-speaking country, your child will be able to integrate more quickly. Moving countries and schools can be challenging enough, so removing the language barrier will make the transition much smoother for them and take a weight off your mind too.
They’ll also have the opportunity to learn the host country’s national language and most likely another one or two. At AIS International, in the playground, they speak both English and Spanish. If your child needs support in learning the national language including Valenciano, these are included as part of the curriculum and there are additional support classes available.
International Curricula and the British Education System are Recognised Around The World
This is a key factor to consider in your choice of school. Not only will a British or international curriculum equip them with education and qualifications that are globally recognized, but it will also mean that they can move seamlessly from one school to another if you move cities (or countries) again. At AIS International School, they teach the British curriculum, one of the most advanced educational systems in the world, internationally recognized and convalidated with the Spanish system for Bachillerato or university entry.
International Schools Support Vibrant Student Communities
When you join the community of an international school, you suddenly find yourself surrounded by people just like you who have faced similar challenges, share similar experiences, and understand you and your lifestyle. You and your children will have the opportunity to meet and share time with other ex-pat families, as well as meet local families and the school staff who can empathize with your child’s situation and are adept at helping new students settle in.
AIS International School places great emphasis on the school community. Parents are able to assist in class, meet in craft groups and join in family excursions and festivals that are held regularly with the participation of the whole school community.
International schools are often found in capitals and other major cities that provide an education based on an international curriculum for an international community. The beauty of AIS International School is its captivating rural location while only being 10 minutes from key towns and cities here on the Costa Blanca.
AIS International School is a privately owned BRITISH SCHOOL based in Alfaz del Pi on the Costa Blanca, with a STEINER-WALDORF INSPIRED educational model, dedicated to offering a UNIQUE and HOLISTIC learning experience.
AIS follows the British National Curriculum complemented by a Steiner Waldorf perspective and Mindfulness practices, ensuring that equal emphasis is placed on the solid academic foundation, artistic expression, and socio-emotional development. It is a place for children to be authentic; to be able to grow, develop and learn in a supportive and creative environment.
“The need for imagination, a sense of truth and a feeling of responsibility, – these three forces are the very nerve of education.” R.Steiner
Learning through working in co-operation with one another and from an experienced and engaged teaching team who offer a personalized approach to the development and support of the wellbeing of each individual child.
If you’re looking for a new school for your child in the Costa Blanca, get in touch with the team at AIS to find out more about them and the AIS educational approach: