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Overview of an int’l school #5 – Rainbow international School in Seoul

How great that each international school is unique!

In this overview of an international school, by the Asian, we would like to highlight Rainbow International School (Seoul).

“Eshraf Saglam, Founder of Rainbow school

Rainbow school is an international school established by Mr. Eshraf Saglam, a Turkish educationist in Seoul promoting multiculturalism and international diversity. With 260 students from 29 countries and 42 teachers from 6 countries the school is truly international and a role model for other schools to emulate. (www.rischool.co)

The School’s logo has 4 colours signifying the four major principles the management believes in.
1. Tolerance (green colour) : With a truly international student body and teachers from various countries, tolerance is one of the corner stones of School’s philosophy.
2. Integrity (Blue) : The blue colour in the school’s logo signifies integrity which they promote through various means.
3. Diversity (Red) :  The school promotes and upholds diversity.
4. Success (orange) : With all the above mentioned qualities , the school leads students on the path of success.

School Facilities

The school has an amazing learning management system which is entirely online.  Every student, teacher and parent is provided a login into the system.  In the system they have everything from attendance of the student, to homework assigned to them, grades, reading assignments, quizzes and so on. Also teachers give grades to students on every assignment along with remarks.

Every teacher maintains a blog where they upload everyday’s activity along with the homework which students can simply download from the blog.
The management system is quite extensive as it allows parents to see what grades their child has and why is he getting those grades. It allows teachers to gauge the grasping capability of the students, it also allows the teachers to check if parents are logging into the system and keeping a tab on their kid or not.

They have a comprehensive online library where books have been categorized for children of every grade. Also, parents can buy textbooks as well from the online library. The computer rooms have been equipped with latest high speed computers with latest software programs.

Each classroom has an active board, wireless active slate for teachers and individual remote controls for children so that they can answer questions sitting in their seats. Text books are provided as E-books so that children can access then anytime, anywhere at home for in-depth understanding and option of flexible learning. In addition to learning management system, online library the management has various other additional tools.

Students from grade 5 to grade 8 are provided with Ipad2 to introduce them to a variety of online programs and software purchased by the school. Widescreen monitors have been installed in each hallway for announcements and photo display.

School Programs

With just 1:5 student, teacher ratio which is lower than most international schools around the World the school aims to provide personal attention to each and every student.
With the learning management system they can dynamically gauge the performance of the students, and with the monthly PTA meetings communicate to the parents about the progress of their child.
Rainbow has a D.E.A.R – Drop Everything And Read Program where everyone from teachers, administrators to students leave everything and just read for 20 minutes during the day.
Also, they have home visits to check if children have a congenial atmosphere at home.

Various activities are planned by the school for every week and for every quarter. The School participates in various International Olympiads happening across the World from US to Istanbul, Korea etc.  The students have won accolades for their projects and at times have been the youngest to participate in such events.
In addition, the school boasts of a small indoor gym and a play area for kids on the terrace.

Future Plans

With accreditations like WASC already under its belt the School has started developing its own curriculum that lays emphasis on not just building fundamentals of science, technology and language but also inculcate basic human moral and ethical values that are universal which will eventually make them conscientious global citizens of the World.
The school plans to extend classes till high school as the children don’t want to shift to any other school after grade 8.

Overall, a school for the future.”

Currently there are 12 international schools listed in Seoul on International School Community. Some schools that have had comments and information submitted on them are:

Asia Pacific International School (8 Comments)
Seoul Foreign School (12 Comments)
Seoul International School (32 Comments)
Dulwich College Seoul (10 Comments)
• Branksome Hall Asia (8 Comments)

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Overview of an int’l school #4 – Makuhari International School

How great that each international school is unique!

In this overview of an international school, by Tokyo Families, we would like to highlight Makuhari International School.

“Being the newest addition to the international schools in the community, TF asked its principal Paul Rogers to explain what MIS offers to children.

1. What is the Makuhari International School?

Makuhari International School is the only recognised international school in Chiba prefecture. We are a new international school, having opened in April, 2009. We educate Japanese children who have returned to Japan from overseas or dual-nationality, and foreign children already residing here.

2. What qualities make MIS unique?

We are unique because we are the only Article One international school in the whole of Japan. As such, we have unique benefits as an international school. We are also the newest such school operating in Japan at this time. As such, we have no history to fall back on but make our own history as time goes on.

3. What is the curriculum like?

At Makuhari International School, our curriculum is Japan-based. This means we teach the same subjects and at least the same amounts of time for each.  In actual fact,  we teach longer hours than in most Japanese schools and certainly in English and maths. We add on to this Japanese curriculum base, content and objectives from other curricula, mainly that of the UK. This makes our program of study not only extremely full but also suitable for children going into a Japanese school system after leaving us or back to another international school.

4. How does the school’s ‘Article One’ status affect it?

Financially, we can offer lower tuition fees than many other international schools because of tax benefits that Article One schools have. Educationally, children who leave MIS at the end of Grade 6 have legally completed their elementary education and cannot be refused access to taking any entrance tests to Japanese junior high schools.

5. Are there any extra-curricular activities or clubs?

We offer at present over 20 after-school clubs (as well as after school care) ranging from such clubs as chess, frisbee club, homework, rugby, art and yoga club.

6. What facilities are available to students?

At MIS, we not only have excellently resourced classrooms (with the most up to date technology such as interactive SmartBoards) but also specialist rooms. We have a large media centre (including a library, museum and ICT study area), art room, science lab, music room, media areas for all

elementary grades, a multipurpose hall, ESL class and cookery room.

7. What kind of children comprise the student body?

At MIS, at present, around 60% of our children are Japanese returnee children, the other 40% are either dual nationality or foreign children.

8. What nationalities are the teaching staff?

We have teachers representing the following countries: UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, America and Japan.

9.  Are there services offered to students and parents?

We offer ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages) as a support for those children whose English needs assistance.

10. What opportunities can MIS provide?

MIS offers an excellent rounded educational experience for all children in our care. This experience is based around the Mission Statement at our school – ‘all children are unique and special’. Our class teachers are at the core of this process and we believe that we have employed the very best teachers we can. Ultimately it is our aim for all children to make as much progress educationally, socially, physically and emotionally as is possible during their time at our school.”

Currently there are 20 international schools listed in Tokyo on International School Community. Some schools that have some comments and information submitted on them are:

American School in Japan (19 Comments)
Canadian International School (Tokyo) (9 Comments)
International School of the Sacred Heart (5 Comments)
Nishimachi International School (7 Comments)
Makuhari International School (7 Comments)

Overview of an int’l school #3 – Ak Lu’ Um International School

How great that each international school is unique!

In this overview of an international school, by Michele Kinnon, we would like to highlight Ak Lu’ Um International School in .

Currently there are 18 international schools listed in Mexico on International School Community.

Making a choice about a child’s education is perhaps the most important decision a parent is faced with. All children have different needs and interests and investigating all of the educational options available is crucial to finding the school that is right for each child. Over the past decade, the educational options for families living on the Riviera Maya have increased exponentially. While just a few years ago, parents seeking a quality private learning institution for their children were limited to two or three options, there are now nearly a dozen schools to select from with even more opening their doors every year. All of the schools vary in their methodologies, student demographics and facilities. Several of the newer campuses offer tremendous sports facilities and opportunities for students to participate in a variety of competitive sports. Parents looking for a more holistic learning environment may now look to one of the region’s Montessori or Waldorf inspired schools, the most innovative being the Ak Lu’um International School located in Playa del Carmen.

Fundacion Ak Lu’um A.C., the Riviera Maya’s only not for profit privatized school was created in 2006 by educators Siobhan Bowers and Gabriela Nunez. This Waldorf initiative employs a Heart, Head and Hands approach to education and Learning through the Arts methodology is used to teach curricular subjects such as Math, Science and Social Studies. In addition to the nationally standardized curriculum required by the Mexican Government (SEP), children are taught art, music and environmental studies complimented the facilities of the self sustaining jungle campus established in 2008. Students maintain a garden and raise chickens, harvesting the organic eggs for use in the school’s kitchen, and participate in a myriad of activities designed to stimulate not just their minds and bodies but their hearts as well. Ak Lu’um School is completely bilingual welcoming students from all over Mexico and across the globe.

Parents with special needs students will also now find a viable option for their school age children. The Waldorf trained teachers successfully integrate physically and developmentally challenged children into mainstream classroom settings, providing a safe and inclusive learning environment where each child is encouraged to reach his or her potential. Currently, 36 percent of the student population is on full scholarship support, ensuring that qualified families are not excluded simply because of their financial position. Parents whose children are receiving tuition assistance are asked to participate in the daily operations of the school, making a valuable contribution with their time and skills.

Ak Lu’um’s non-profit status allows for financial support from corporate and individual donors. Contributions go to expand and improve the physical campus, increase the curricular and extracurricular activities and allow more local children to be admitted on scholarships. This year Ak Lu’um has been chosen as the recipient of funds raised by Taste of Playa International Food Festival. Funds raised by Taste of Playa, scheduled for September 5, 2009, will provide clean and safe drinking water for the students, teachers and volunteers at Ak Lu’um International School for the 2009/2010 school year.

Each of the area’s private schools employs multilingual administrative staff members who welcome questions and visits from parents and can guide new families smoothly through the admission process. With all of the educational options available to families on the Riviera Maya, there is certain to be a school that is a match for your child, one that will support his or her individual interests while providing a well balanced curriculum. Look for a school where your child will be challenged and stimulated and you will help them pave their own road to success.

Overview of an int’l school #2 – Berlin International School: excellence in education

How great that each international school is unique!

In this overview of an international school we would like to highlight Berlin International School in Germany.

Currently there are 4 international schools listed in Berlin on International School Community.


Berlin International School (B.I.S.) is the leading, non-profit day international school offering a comprehensive education program for students aged 5 to 18 in the greater Berlin area at Campus Dahlem.

Almost 1000 students from more than 60 countries attend one of the school’s sections or Kita International, the independent Early Childhood Center (Early Childhood Center for children 3 to 5; Primary School for students aged 5 to 11; Middle and High School for students aged 11 to 18); all on one campus in the beautiful, leafy Dahlem in the south-west of Berlin (Zehlendorf), conveniently located close to the Kurfürstendamm and the embassies around Tiergarten.

B.I.S. is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and a Cambridge Exam Center and also authorized to offer the IBPYP and IB-Diploma Programme. The school is accredited by both the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in the U.S. and is a SAT Test Center. B.I.S. is also officially approved by the Berlin Department of Education.

At B.I.S., the focus is two-fold: excellence in education and the personal growth of every student. Students learn in a multicultural community where each person is respected regardless of nationality, race, or religion. Students discover the world, its people, and its cultures through direct experience. Through play, study, and the relationships they form, students at B.I.S. learn to appreciate their own strengths and to respect differences rather than fear them. Combined with academic rigor, this experience extends outside the classroom and equips students for success and global citizenship beyond school.

A strong academic program, centered around the traditional core disciplines, prepares students for entrance into colleges, universities, or other institutions providing tertiary education and training. B.I.S. offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) and a U.S. recognized High School Diploma. In addition, the school provides courses and learning support services which address the needs of a student body diverse in educational background and ability. More than 90% of the graduating seniors enter universities and institutions of higher learning worldwide.

The B.I.S curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all B.I.S. learners. It is relevant, challenging and engaging, allowing students to fully develop their potential in terms of the skills, attitudes, values and knowledge required to meet their current and future needs. Consequently, inquiry, problem solving, opportunity for creativity and team-working are key features.

Learning opportunities are not restricted to the classroom; the wider world is embraced to further support learning, personal growth and development

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) is followed at the Primary School. The Middle School curriculum for Grades 6 through 8 is based on best practice for this age group from national systems around the world, adapted for an international context. The High School offers a rigorous and balanced program of studies allowing students to progress to the International General Certificate of Education and the IB Diploma.

The curriculum is dynamic and responsive – it evolves, responds and develops in accordance with the needs of our students and contemporary research into learning and teaching, while maintaining the highest international standards. The on-going professional development of our highly skilled faculty is a key resource for improving curriculum and student learning.

External link: Berlin International School »

**This article was taken from the TheLocal website.

Overview of an int’l school #1 – International School of Budapest

How great that each international school is unique!

In this overview of an international school we would like to highlight International School of Budapest in Hungary.

Currently there are 5 international schools listed in Hungary on International School Community.

September 2011
ISB continues to be unique in what it offers through its international and two bilingual programmes.  It draws on the skills element of the English curriculum and adapts the content to meet the needs of its diverse community. This allows the school to offer an international experience whilst meeting the standards set in the UK. As ever the school has an experienced staff, drawing on international teachers from English speaking countries across the world, working in partnership with their Hungarian colleagues from the bilingual programme. Image
International ProgrammeISB offers a full international programme alongside its bilingual programmes. In particular the school can offer the opportunity for non-Hungarian speaking children to learn Hungarian and find out more about the country that they are living in.  This is a great chance to pick up an official EU language.

Bilingual Programme

The bilingual programme offers students the opportunity to study the full Hungarian curriculum as well as experience an international based education to develop English skills taught by native speaker teachers.   Growing in popularity is the Advanced Bilingual programme which enables students to have a more international/English-based programme as well as core lessons in Hungarian Language/Literature and mathematics. For both of these programmes students must be fluent in Hungarian.
ISB’s Prep classes offer a bridge between Kindergarten and school introducing basic literacy and numeracy skills.  Many children attend the International Prep class to build up their English skills and others to develop their Hungarian whilst preparing for Grade 1.

Teaching

Many teachers have been at ISB for a long time giving the school stability, whilst at the same time the school can draw on the new ideas of those starting there in August.  This blend allows ISB to build on its well-established programmes from Prep through to Grade 8. (Year 1 to Year 9 in England). ISB’s international teachers come from the UK, USA and New Zealand.
The ELL (English Language and Literature) scheme is a core element of all of the school’s education programmes. This has been developed to meet the needs of a wide range of language abilities drawing on resources commonly used in the UK and US.
All the main teaching rooms are equipped with data-projectors and have the option of interactive whiteboard facilities.  Use is made of digital technology to encourage and enhance communication skills.

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Extra-curricular Programmes

The school has an extensive after-school programme.  Basic supervision is covered in the school fee and a wide range of activities are offered on a subscription basis: Cooking, chess, football, art and crafts, dance, swimming, piano, guitar, drama and more. Last year ISB held its first open chess tournament for young children building on the internal tournaments it has held over the past few years.
Last May the school’s Middle School football team participated in an international tournament in Poland and plans to go to Bucharest this coming year.  Throughout the year the school aims to have competitive matches for all age groups.
Over the years ISB has developed its performing arts, taking advantage of the large multi-purpose room complete with full-size stage, lighting and sound system. All children get the opportunity to perform at regular assemblies and the school also puts on  longer performances. Children taking piano lessons take part in piano recitals.
Last year Grades 5 and 6 visited London and the South Coast whilst Grade 7 and 8 went to Berlin. Visits like these and local ones are an important feature of the school’s programme aimed at broadening the students’ learning experience and are closely linked to the curriculum.
Each February the school organises a ski trip for its children and their families.
Most important of all, ISB continues to deliver high standards of education, especially in English Language and Literacy in a stimulating, challenging, supportive and friendly environment.

Vision

ISB is a long-established international and bilingual school with a very clear vision for its own development. The vision is based around the three pillars of providing:

1. Excellent teaching.
2. A safe inclusive and stimulating environment for learning,
3. Two linked programmes: international and bilingual education.

This third aspect makes ISB a unique school in Hungary.
The school benefits from being in the leafy environment of the Buda hills, surrounded by quiet forest. Classes are small as the school believes in a close, supportive approach to the social and academic development of every one of its students. There is a strong tradition of parental involvement and support. The teachers come from a variety of national backgrounds. They are well qualified, and well experienced for this particular kind of teaching. ISB is a member of the CIS (Council of International Schools).

Facilities

The main school building houses Science, Music, Art and computer facilities, a theatre, and a very well-stocked library. All the main teaching rooms are equipped with data-projectors and access to interactive whiteboard facilities. There is a playground next to the school building. On the campus site there is a sports hall and extensive playing field areas which are used for sports activities.

Special events

Special celebrations and projects are held throughout the year, such as International Week, Sports Day and Book Week. Day trips and residential trips are also a feature of school life, which include the Middle School residential trip to the UK.

Step Into English

The school offers an English language course from late September to early May for children who would be enrolled in the following year. This programme is aimed at building up the children’s communication and study skills in English as well as familiarising them with the school.
The school is committed to providing excellent education at an affordable price.

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Facts & Figures

Address: District 12, (1121) Budapest, Konkoly-Thege u. 21.
Tel.: +36 1 395 6543
Fax: +36 1 395 5376
Email: 
contact@isb.hu
Internet: www.isb.hu
Principal: Mr Mark Davies
Age range: 5-14
Languages:  International Programme – English   Bilingual Programme – Hungarian and English
Advanced Bilingual Programme – more lessons in English
Fee structure

Tuition fee 2011 /2012
International: 9,800 Euro – 10.900 Euro / year
Bilingual: 1.800.00 HUF – 2.100.000 HUF / year

No. of students: 125
Campus facilities: Purpose-built building in Budapest’s greenest area with theatre, sports hall, playing field, playground, dining room.

**This article was taken from the The Budapest Times website.