growth in international schoolsThe growth in international schools

International schools were originally established to meet the educational needs of expatriate children. They were mainly in locations where local education did not provide the necessary language and curriculum provision.

In recent years, however, demand for international school places has come increasingly from local populations. Parents who can afford an alternative to public education may decide to send their children to an international school in the area. These schools provide an environment designed to create opportunities for students to attend a broader range of universities around the world which, in turn, offers great global career prospects.

This interest in international school places from local families has filled a vital gap for many schools during times of global crisis, when expatriate workers and their families have been repatriated, especially during a global pandemic!

International schools market


The effect of Covid-19 on the international school market

The international schools market has maintained growth over the last 12 months despite the impact of the pandemic. Even though many industries have been devastated by the impact of Covid 19, many international schools have been able to maintain their operations despite sometimes severe disruptions.

  • Data from ISC Research showed that between January 2020 and April 2021, the number of international schools worldwide rose a modest 0.2% from 12,193 to 12,221.
  • This meant the number of students in international schools rose by 0.9 percent from 5.58 million to 5.65 million and staff numbers have increased from 525,500 to 548,000.

How Search Associates screens schools

At Search Associates, we strive to connect teachers with quality schools. Our business model relies on word of mouth and repeat business, so we want educators to be happy!

The way we do this is to thoroughly screen schools. Click here to find out what schools need to do to be accepted as a Search Associates member school. We decline nearly 50% of new school applications that seek membership each year. Why? Quite simply, because they do not meet our standards and most importantly, would not meet yours.

Each year the schools also need to verify the information they upload to their profile.

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