International schools can be found in just about every major city outside the United States. These are schools which offer instruction in English as well as the usual kind of college preparatory curriculum you'd expect to find in an American high school, public or private. Advanced Placement courses or International Baccalaureate programs will generally be available.
In many major cities which have a lot of Americans you will even find so-called American schools. Your children will almost feel as though you never left home. Whether you choose to expose your children to a true international school with children from all over the world as well as a few local children or decide that sticking with an American school is best is a decision you will have to make based on what you feel is best for your children.
There are several sites you can use to research schools. For example, using our hypothetical transfer to Berlin, a search of the Council on
|Private Schools||Public Schools|
|Administration||Local school support staff manage the day to day operations.||Local school and district layers of administrative staff support the day to day operations.|
|Admissions||Selective. Students must meet whatever admissions standards are set.||Students must meet residency and age requirements. Students are admitted without regard to academic ability.|
|Arts||All kinds of arts programs are essential in a private school education. Orchestras, bands and choirs are part of the performing arts offerings. Fine arts and theater are also part of the program.||Arts programs are generally considered extras in a public school budget. They are usually the first area of expense to be cut when savings must be found.|
|Class Size||Private schools generally have small classes with 12-15 students the norm.||Depending on the staffing in a local school public schools can have as many as 25-35 students per class.|
|Curriculum||Private schools teach the subjects they wish to teach as well as meeting the state minimums. They use a variety of assessment methods to determine how a child is performing.||Public schools must teach what|