Tailored approach to moving schools
Finding a school in another country for your child is never simply a case of looking at the highest rated schools and then just picking the top choice. You need to highlight the school that best serves your child’s personal educational requirements. At Santa Fe Relocation, we work to filter school searches based on what your child needs. Whether this is a detailed needs analysis or specialist educational assistance, we will coordinate with schools to make sure your child fits in.
To get started, simply get in touch with one of our specialist move coordinators. Once connected, they’ll manage the entire school searching process from start to finish. All you need to do is let them know what your educational requirements are and they’ll begin looking for the ideal school. Don’t hesitate to be specific, because the more details we have the more likely we are to find a school that works for your child.
Once we’ve highlight a selection of suitable schools, you can go through the list and compare the merits of each one. Any further questions will be answered by our specialists; we can make any necessary amendments if the list doesn’t quite work. After choosing the school, we will coordinate with the staff to arrange an interview (if required). We can also assist with any registration processes too; we know that they can often be complicated, ungainly experiences (especially if you’re not familiar with a new country’s school system).
What should I look for when choosing an international school?
Try and find out which curriculum the school offers. Generally speaking, an International Baccalaureate is a common curriculum for many international schools, but some also offer national English or American curricula. Ideally, your chosen international school will offer a continuation of the curriculum your child is currently on.
Classroom size is another thing to think about. Many parents search only for small class sizes, based on the apparently obvious benefit of more one-on-one time with teachers. This isn’t always the case however, as many international schools have additional support teachers that make large classrooms just as viable.
What about fees and costs?
This is a personal consideration of course, with many factors to consider. If you’re relocating with your family abroad for business purposes, your employer might be able to offer financial aid. It’s definitely worth checking anyway. If you’re just moving for the sake of starting a new life in a different country, then you should be aware that international schools aren’t known for being cheap. Many require additional enrolment fees on top of the yearly costs, which themselves can increase each academic year. Also, international school prices vary wildly depending on which country they’re in. You should think about contacting the schools on your list and requesting a breakdown of the overall cost per year.
Is it easy to apply to an international school?
Like the fees, applications vary considerably on a school-to-school basis. Many schools simply won’t accept applications if it’s already half-way through the academic year. This means you should make a note of the application deadlines for your chosen schools, so you don’t forget during the complicated process of moving abroad. It’s also important to check application deadlines before you get too caught up in the wonderful school activities, or the excellent results students are achieving. Sometimes it’s better to temper expectations rather than getting carried away!
Whatever you need for your international school search, we have the expertise and the skill needed to make it possible. We are Santa Fe Relocation, your one stop moving company. We get you from home, to new home and beyond.