An International School promotes 'International Education' in an international environment by adopting an international curriculum or a national curriculum which is different from that followed in other schools in that country. In India, many parents aspire to put their children in international schools to give them an opportunity to learn foreign languages like French, Spanish, and German and so on and to obtain qualifications for seeking employment or higher education in a foreign country.
With an aim of providing a 'practical environment' and not merely theoretical knowledge for learning, international schools provide robust infrastructure and enriching study techniques to impart competitive learning. The schools have well-qualified faculty with extensive experience in their fields of teaching who encourage students to become active compassionate and life-long learners. The diverse and multicultural learning environment stimulates open-minded thinking and promotes mutual understanding among students.
Delhi has always been regarded as the educational hub in India. Even private schools have English as their medium of instruction. International Schools in Delhi and NCR are known to be among the best in the country. These schools cater to local and expat population.The advantage of these schools with respect to expats’ is that they maintain the expat’s language of instruction and curriculum as followed in their home country. This gives students constantly on their move a sense of continuity in their studies. International schools in Delhi offer a good mix of cutting edge teaching methods and internationalism built on necessary ‘Indian Ethos’ foundations.
Most of the top-rated international schools are located in South Delhi where it is often difficult to get admission. But, the rapid growth of the NCR region in the past decade has increased chances of admission in these international schools. The tuition fees charged in international schools varies through out Delhi and NCR. It can be as high as 20,000 US Dollars per year and an additional 15,000 US Dollars in the most expensive schools. It is best for parents to visit the websites of these schools before seeking admission.
International schools focus on classroom discussions and introduce public speaking as early as in KG class through daily assemblies and presentations. Students are taught to learn more than mere content which allows them to apply basic principles in new and creative contexts and not just limit themselves to gain knowledge by retention and regurgitation.
Speaking skills and self-confidence are further enhanced through training for various competitions, debates and external examinations. Smart-classroom for effective online and off-line learning and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for hands-on experience for students are other salient features of these schools. Nursery and kindergarten children and taken often on site-visits to enhance their knowledge through seeing and learning outside classroom environs. Older students are taken on visits to planetariums, sites of cultural significance, scientific research establishments and so on to broaden their horizon of learning.
International schools pay equal attention for the physical well-being of students by providing courts and fields for outdoor and indoor games. Personalized attention is given to students and keeping in mind individual differences in learning abilities, by maintaining a student-teacher ratio of 20:1. These schools also participate in student exchange programs with other countries in order to widen and better the system of education in both learning and teaching spheres.
With heavy traffic congestion in Delhi and NCR, parents should choose a school in close proximity to their homes, especially for young children. In most of these schools, the academic calendar year begins anywhere from April to August. Enrolment for the same commences around 1st September or 1st November. For those moving in from other countries, mid-term admissions are also entertained.
Parents who believe that intelligence lies not in imitation but in making extrapolations and connections and want their children to see similarities between cultures and gain a healthy respect for mankind with all their differences should opt to educate their children in one of the international schools.