International schools in Singapore charge between $30,000 and $40,000. This is more than half the tuition in local schools. The struggle many parents have is why they should spend so much in international schools when they could save if their children went to local schools. However, it is important to appreciate the value of taking your child to an international school before writing it off because of the cost.
Interaction with students from various cultural backgrounds
International schools allow children to interact with students from different countries. This makes it possible for these children to become global citizens – to learn about the countries their peers are from, their culture, and their way of life. Understanding that there is more to the world than their surrounding helps students to be more open to what is on offer globally.
Students also appreciate the importance of tolerance since they learn that their differences are not necessarily a bad thing. This interaction will also prepare them for the different cultures they will encounter later in life. It helps students to develop social skills that will help them learn how to approach people from various ethnic backgrounds.
Most of the international schools have IB programs
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program used by the different schools focuses on the personal and academic development of the students. This system of education challenges children to achieve their potential by setting personal goals that teachers guide them to attain. This education system helps students to find their place in society by contributing positively to the community. The focus of this education system is to encourage the all-round development of children, including the use of other elements such as sports and music.
Exposure to languages not taught in local schools
The Singapore Ministry of Education has a bilingual education policy. English is considered the first language and is taught in all government schools. When students get to primary and secondary school, they are expected to learn a second language. This second language is considered the “mother tongue”. The languages taught are either Malay, Mandarin, or Tamil. International students, depending on the schools they choose, will have the opportunity to learn foreign languages such as French and German.
International advanced education opportunities
After secondary school, students from international schools can seek places in universities that are affiliated with the education system they studied. For example, a student who studied in a school offering the British education system can comfortably apply to undertake an undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge because the UK education board recognizes the certificate and education system.
Students in international schools also have a wide range of possibilities when it comes to their career choices. They may choose to remain in Singapore or explore opportunities internationally. Some countries do not accept academic qualifications from the local education facilities unless the applicants undertake a bridging course or examination which will determine if they are qualified or not. Students who studied in international schools face less scrutiny because the educational demands of the system they studied are recognized and appreciated.
When considering whether to take your child to a local or international school, it is vital for you to review the long-term benefits of the sacrifices you make today. Besides looking at the outcome at the end of your child’s education, you will notice the positive changes in his or her personality development due to the nature of the international school curriculum.