International Schools (USA)
Uprooting your children is just one of the dilemmas a potential expat parent faces when making their decision to move abroad. You don’t want to give them a huge culture shock, and there is nothing more terrifying than starting at a new school, especially if you don’t even understand or speak the local language.
International schools avoid the difficulties you would have sending a child to a local one as many teach and speak in English. The other children are often expats too so your child will find it a lot easier to make friends and settle into their new home.
We take a look at just some of the international schools in the countries listed in the Expathub country guides. This time, we focus on the United States.
United Nations International School (New York)
This unique school teaches students from over 120 countries and has a very close relationship with the United Nations. The schools ideology is underpinned by the ideals of the United Nations and offers most of its places to the children of UN diplomats and workers. It also provides places for families living in New York City and is highly sought after by expats living in the city.
The school teaches the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, and provides a rigorous comprehensive curriculum which prepares young people for the next phase of their education equipping them to be productive members of their communities. The school is spread over two sites with kindergarten to 8th grade being taught at a campus in Queens and grades 9 to 12 being taught at the Manhattan campus.
Fees: Tuition fees range from $27,430 (£17,115) for Kindergarten to $30,535 (£19,053) for 12th Graders. Extra fees add up to as much as $4,050 (£2,527)
British School of Washington (Washington DC)
The oldest member of the World class learning network, the British School of Washington is affiliated with other schools from all over the world. Founded in 1966, Washington International School (WIS) is a co-educational day school with 920 students in pre-kindergarten through to Grade 12.
The school aims to promote an international atmosphere by giving its pupils an authentic international experience. The school employs UK trained teachers which are a big help in helping UK expat children settle into their new school. The school provides a world class education with its pupils grading regularly in the top 5% in the world. For your child to obtain a place they must be assessed to see if they are a good fit.
Fees: These start from $11,420 (about £7,270) for part-time at nursery, up to $26,210 (about £16,690) for years 12 and 13.
British School of Boston (Boston, Massachusetts)
Based on a 40 acre campus this school teaches children from over 60 different countries, most pupils however are British expats or American, making the transition for your child an easy one. The school is part of the same network that its Washington relation is and provides a world class education. The schools global focus is evident in the qualifications on offer: the National Curriculum for England, the International Primary Curriculum, the International Middle Years Curriculum, the Cambridge IGCSE, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Pupils aged from three to 18 are encouraged to follow the demanding International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme as the best possible preparation for further education either in the US or back in Britain.
Fees: Tuition fees range from $13,100 (£8,174) to $28,700; (£17,908) one-time fees add up to $5500 (£3,431)