Thursday, October 2, 2008
Once known as "American" or "British" schools, the concept of an "international" school is now a fixture in the world's major cities as well as many other locations scattered across the globe in smaller cities and even in countryside settings. Students from many countries take courses in a variety of languages and curricula. In the school where I am teaching, for example, students make take a college-preparation American curriculum, complete with Advanced Placement offerings, or an international European-style curriculum, the International Baccalaureate.
Today, representatives from more than twenty U.S. colleges and universities will visit our campus to speak to high school juniors and seniors.
Although the majority of students in my school are Thai nationals, students from over 35 countries attend. This spreading phenomenon reflects our growing global community. Even in the midwestern United States, urban schools often have over twenty countries and languages represented by their student population.