According to the International School Consultancy group (ISC), there are currently 8760 English-Medium International Schools worldwide as of April 2017. The market is continuing to grow at a rapid speed which means more and more opportunities are becoming available for teachers to make the move into International Education. In the last 12 months, the biggest market growth has been in Asia with 587 new schools opening, followed by Europe with 89, Americas with 62, Africa with 26, and lastly Oceania with 2 new schools.
The most common International School types include IB (International Baccalaureate) Schools, British Schools, American Schools, Canadian Schools, and Other International Schools. The schools categorised as 'Other' are schools which offer a blend of National and International Curricula, often teaching local students only. It is also important to note that not all 'International Schools' are equal, i.e. standards and academic integrity can vary greatly, for example, some schools may offer an IB programme but may not necessarily be an International School in any other respect.
With all of these schools out there, how can you decide which is best for you? Choosing the curriculum and type of school you are most familiar with or that will further your employment prospects when you return to your home country is the best place to start. Below you will find pages which outline the differences between the major International School Curricula, give a break down of the main types of International Schools, and provide comprehensive lists of schools under each of the main categories. Just scroll below to find out more!