QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN EXPLORING AMERICAN SCHOOLS
Like all institutions, international schools range widely in terms of quality and reputation. When investigating American schools, it is important to do your homework. Make sure, too, that an institution’s mission, vision, and core values reflect those of your family. As you evaluate educational options, be sure visit school campuses, speak to students and parents, and ask the questions below.
- Does the school offer a rigorous curriculum, such as International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP)?
- What percentage of students are international?
- What percentage of faculty are foreign?
- Is the school accredited? If so, by whom?
- What are the school’s affiliations?
- Is the institution nonprofit or for-profit?
- Is the school nonsectarian or religiously-affiliated?
- What percentage of graduates attend college abroad?
- Which colleges/universities do graduates attend?
- Does the school have a strong alumni base?
- What arts, athletics, activities, experiential learning, and service learning opportunities does the school offer?
- How does the school utilize technology?
- Is there school bus transportation?
For information on the US State Department’s directly- and indirectly-supported American schools worldwide, please visit www.state.gov/m/a/os/c1684.htm.
This article, in its abridged form, was published by the American Society of São Paulo in the April/May 2019 FORUM newsletter.