The process of finding a school in a city you don’t know is not only daunting, but can be frustrating – especially if there are limited options and long waiting lists!
The difficulty in finding a suitable school is also a well-known barrier to an employee accepting an international assignment.
The key to success is to remember that, in addition to your organization, there are three vital stakeholders in the process: the child, the family and the school.
To satisfy the needs of each, you have to be well informed on:
- The child’s needs, interests, previous experiences, current situation, etc.
- The family’s needs and preferences
- The available schools (size, philosophy, approach to teaching and approach to new students)
This article presents a few tips for global mobility professionals and assignee families navigating the international school experience.