International Schools – What to Think About When Moving Abroad

When considering children's education in a foreign country, most countries offer three alternatives: public schools, private schools, and international schools. This article concentrates mainly on the potential benefits and disadvantages of international schools although some considerations are also given to public school choice.

Classes in international schools are usually taught in English and academic results are generally very good. The curriculum is most often British or American in style with the use of high school grades and SAT scores or International GCSE at age 15/16 and A-Level or International Baccalaureate at 17/18, the latter is recognized by universities worldwide. In case you are moving to the Netherlands, you can opt for Amity International School in Amsterdam.

The lessons taught are also similar to those taught in the US or UK. Almost all international schools are paying (through grants and scholarships may be available) and the cost can be quite large. The average cost to the school at around EUR 10,000 per year but it should be remembered that the cost generally increases as students grow older.

For example, the average cost for children aged 12 or over was around EUR 20,000 per year. Furthermore, the costs for the dorm (as opposed to day) schools are much higher. In addition to the annual fee may also be wise to consider other costs that may be incurred when sending a child to an international school. These costs may include the cost of registration, purchase of uniforms, insurance, and transportation activities.

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