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Curriculum Courses and Educational Content (6)

Do I REALLY need to know about the curricula in the new country?

Depending on the type of school you prefer, there may be important curriculum differences between the country you are coming from and the one you are going to. In order to learn about curriculum in your host country, on the top navigation pane, click Location Explorer and then select Explore by Location, select your country of interest (must be one shaded in blue) and then "Continue." On the right navigation pane select Curriculum

If you want to compare curriculum between the schools in your host and home country, on the top navigation pane, click Curriculum Comparison. Select the countries in the first boxes next to Curriculum. Next choose your children's age. By clicking on the yellow '+' in the curricula area you will be able to compare the curriculum in the host and home country.

How do I compare curricula?

If you want to compare curriculum between the schools in your host and home country, on the top navigation pane, click Curriculum Comparison. Select the countries in the first boxes next to Curriculum. Next choose your children's age. By clicking on the yellow '+' in the curricula area you will be able to compare the curriculum in the host and home country.

Is preschool or kindergarten mandatory?

In order to see the compulsory education years in your home location, on the top navigation pane, click Location Explorer, and then select Explore by Location, select your country of interest (must be one shaded in blue) and then "Continue." On the right navigation pane select Educational Structure. The chart will indicate which years are mandatory by age and grade.

Is the International Baccalaureate curriculum a good option for my child?

In order to learn more about the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, on the top navigation pane click Resources and then Backpack, then select under Educational Programs, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme.

What are the different educational approaches and options? For example, Montessori versus Waldorf, or progressive versus traditional

Montessori

The Montessori Method is basically a pedagogical system that stresses self-education, and independent, individualized instruction in an ungraded classroom where each child is free to progress at his own rate.

Waldorf

Waldorf Education (also known as Steiner or Steiner-Waldorf education) is a pedagogy based upon the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy*. Learning is interdisciplinary, integrates practical, artistic, and intellectual elements, and is coordinated with "natural rhythms of everyday life". The Waldorf approach emphasizes the role of the imagination in learning, developing thinking that includes a creative as well as an analytic component. Studies of the education describe its overarching goal as providing young people the basis on which to develop into free, moral and integrated individuals ,and to help every child fulfill his or her unique destiny (the existence of which anthroposophy posits). Schools and teachers are given considerable freedom to define curricula within collegial structures.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

The International Baccalaureate (IB) incorporates four different programs:  the Primary Years Program (PYP), for students ranging from age 3 to 12, the Middle Years Program (MYP), from age 11 to 16, the Diploma Program (DP), for those from age 16 to 19 and the IB Career-related Certificate ( IBCC) which is the newest offering from the IB for students aged 16 to 19.The IBCC incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB Programmes into a unique offering specifically designed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning.

 

What are the required national standardized tests in foreign countries?

On the top navigation pane, click Location Explorer and then select Compare by Location, select in the first box, your country of interest. In the age section, select the age of interest. Next click on '+' in the Nat'l Standard Assessment area.

Country Customs (3)

How will my child get to and from school?

On the top navigation pane, click Location Explorer, and then select Explore by Location, select your country of interest (must be one shaded in blue) and then "Continue." On the right navigation pane select Customs and Routines.

What is the school year in a new country? For example, school start dates and holidays.

On the top navigation pane, click Location Explorer, and then select Explore by Location, select your country of interest (must be one shaded in blue) and then "Continue." On the right navigation pane select School Year. You can also select School Life under Questions and Answers.

What should my child wear to school and what school supplies are needed?

On the top navigation pane, click Location Explorer, and then select Explore by Location, select your country of interest (must be one shaded in blue) and then "Continue." On the right navigation pane select  Customs and Routines.

Searching for a School (4)

How do I find information about specific local public and private schools?

On the top navigation pane, click Location Explorer, and then select Explore by Location, select your country of interest and then "Continue." For a list of private schools for countries shaded in blue, click on Selected Schools. For all other countries, the schools will be shown under Education Overview.

For information on public schools, on the top navigation pane, click Location Explorer, and then select Explore by Location, select your country of interest (must be one shaded in blue) and then "Continue." On the right navigation pane, under Selecting the School, select Road Map to Schools. 

Are there international schools that offer my country’s curriculum?

In order to see a list of schools in your new location, on the top navigation pane, click Location Explorer, and then select Explore by Location, select your country of interest and then "Continue." For a list of schools for countries shaded in blue, click on Selected Schools. For all other countries, the schools will be shown under Education Overview. The schools are shown by city and curriculum.

Should I send my child to a local (public or private) school or an international school?

For help on selecting a school in your new location, on the top navigation pane, click Location Explorer, and then select Explore by Location, select your country of interest (must be one shaded in blue) and then "Continue." On the right navigation pane, under Selecting the School, select Knowing Your Child and Road Map to Schools.There are also several Articles that should help under Resources.

Which school does School Choice International recommend?

School Choice International does not make blanket recommendations, however with the tools we provide under “Knowing Your Child,” we lead you through a series of worksheets to better know your child and then identify websites where you can find local or international schools that match your needs.  In order to find the worksheets, on the top navigation pane, click Location Explorer, and then click Explore by Location, select your country of interest (must be one highlighted in blue), and on the right navigation pane select Knowing Your Child. There are also several helpful Articles under Resources. However, if you feel like you need additional help, we offer consultations to help parents find a good educational fit for their children. For details see The School Choice Group website.

Using Global Education Explorer (4)

Where do I start?

Start by getting an overview of the countries you are interested in. On the top navigation pane click Location Explorer  and then select Explore by Location. Select your country of interest to get school information. For countries highlighted in blue; the Educational Options page will give you an overview of education in your selected country. Browse through the other tabs on the right navigation pane, such as the Overview, Education Structure, Curriculum and Assessments, and the Questions and Answers section.

How do I see information specific to my child’s age and year?

In order to see information specific to your child's age and year, on the top navigation pane, click Curriculum Comparison. Select the country and age you are interested in. By clicking on '+' you can see additional information on phase, assessments and curicula for your child's age group.

What aspects of Global Education Explorer can I share with my child?

While all the information in Global Education Explorer is child friendly, we recommend you click Location Explorer and then select Explore by Location (for countries highlighted in blue), the Questions and Answers pages (School Life, Academic Life and Customs and Routines) as well as the Local Vocabulary page. Depending on the age of your child, the Selecting the School section will help you discuss the schooling choices with your child.

What if my question hasn’t been answered within Global Education Explorer?

On the top navigation pane click Resources, then select Ask the Expert for answers to questions that other parents have had. You can also click on Contact Us for information on our consultant services.

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