Bangalore is fast becoming a multi-racial, multi-cultural society and hence there is always an increasing demand for International Schools. Being truly international is determined by the curriculum followed, making it easier for children to adapt as parents shuttle between countries. Many international schools in Bangalore follow International programs like International Baccalaureate (IB), International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and other American Curriculum. Many international schools in Bangalore feel that IB Diploma program is an entry card for placements to good professional colleges overseas.
According to many parents and teachers, International School curriculums integrate several methods largely US, UK and Canadian based. International Schools emphasize on extracurricular activities, good facilities, low teacher-student ratio, practical-based learning and balance between study and play. Many parents in Bangalore believe that the deciding factor should never be international tags, fancy brochures, attractive campus and glamorous talks. Bangalore has a privilege to be a host to many top International Schools of the country according to many parents and academicians.
A list of best International Schools in Bangalore includes the countries top like American Friendship Residential School, Akash International School, Bangalore International School, BGS International School, Buddhi School, Canadian International School, Dayananda Sagar International School, Deccan International School, Ebenezer International School, Freedom International School, Gitanjali International School, Greenwood High School, Gear Innovative International School, Gopalan International School, India International School, Indus International School, International Academy For Creative Teaching, Inventure Academy, Jain International Residential School, Mallya Aditi International School, Mission10x Wipro Ltd, Oasis International School, Prakriya Green Wisdom School, Primus Public School, Royale Concorde International School, Ryan Global School, Sarala Birla Academy, S G International School, South East Asian International School, Sri Devaraj Urs Internatonal Residential School, SSB International School, Swaminarayan International School, Stonehill International School, The International School Bangalore (TISB), TREAMIS World School, Trio World School, Vibgyor High- Bangalore, Venkat International Public School and Vidyashilp Academy.
The Canadian International School follows a Canadian International curriculum and has teachers from Canada and US, it also conducts a Montessori method for the kinder-garden section. The higher classes follow an Ontario Secondary School Program. The student body in this school is a mix and match of kids from various nationalities like Canada, Singapore, China, UK, France, Taiwan, Japan etc. Some good international schools like TRIO World School, Bangalore International School, The International School- Bangalore, National Academy for Learning International Schools, Mallya Aditi International School and Ebenezer International School follow the IGCSE International programs from pre-kinder-garden to grade 5 to grade 12. In most of these schools the child needs to complete 3 years of age by August when the session begins. Grades 9 and 10 follow the IGCSE program from Cambridge International University and 11 and 12 graders study another program the IB Diploma. Most of the schools mentioned above have both day scholars and residential boarders.
Some good international schools following the IB curriculum include Stonehill International School, Canadian International School- Bangalore, Indus International School, The International School Bangalore, Sarala Birla Academy and TREAMIS World School. Extracurricular activities in schools include swimming, squash, billiards, golf, horse riding, tennis, scrabble, dance, theatrics and in some schools even web design. Those children with good 10th standard grades and consistent academic record can do an IB Diploma.
Sessions of most International Schools in Bangalore start in August and admissions to international schools is open throughout the year.
Indus International School near Sarjapur, Bangalore offers IB, Primary Years Program up to Grade 5 and Cambridge Examination for Grades 9 and 10. They also offer IB Diploma program for grades 11 and 12. The campus is around 40 acres, spacious with mini stadium for track and field sports too. Inventure Academy follows both Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE) and IGCSE, which makes it popular among parents and students. This international school has tennis and basketball courts, cricket pitch, football and hockey grounds. Many International Schools adhere to a maximum of about 30 kids per class to ensure proper attention and guidance to every child.
Another fairly new International School with good campus and facilities is TREAMIS World School near Electronic City. Students here have an opportunity to choose from either Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or IGCSE curriculum. They have a huge size swimming pool with patient instructors. Another school one could consider checking is Bangalore International School which started way back in 1969 and is truly international. Kids here follow the Cambridge International Primary Program and IGCSE and the school is known for its academics and extracurricular engagements. They also have a hostel facility, which is off campus; though authorities claim its well supervised.
If looking for best International schools in Bangalore, you need to visit and start the process by October or November. In most of the above schools, admission to Grade 6 and above is after a written test. For lower grades the schools usually meet the parents and child and decide. Keep the reports and recommendations from the childs previous school/playschools the child has attended at hand.
This article has been written by Amitava Sen Working for JustInternationalSchools.com, one of the trusted sources for information about International schools in Bangalore.