As long-time readers know, I am a single lady without children (and I’m looking for an international teaching husband if you happen to know of one available– :)) so I can’t personally vouch for any of the following information. However, many people ask me for names of schools where families should work, and I’ve always just kinda said, “you should probably look in the Middle East or SE Asia”. Today I’ve decided to spend a little time finding a better answer.
Based on my own research and comments I’ve read online, I’ve compiled a list of international schools that I would like to work at if I had kids one day. When I was looking at schools I was asking the following questions: do they provide good housing and not a matchbox sized apartment? Is it relatively safe? Is there an international student body so your kids won’t be the only foreigner? Is there good local healthcare in case your kid gets in a serious accident? Will tuition for at least one student be provided by the school? Is there a good environment for outside activities or will pollution keep the kiddos homebound? Can you afford childcare?
No school will be perfect, so you have to prioritize what you are looking for. Again, I don’t have children of my own, but after asking around and doing a bit of research this is the list of schools that I would look at first:
Schools in Africa
American International School of Cape Town– very international, close to beach, lots of outdoor activities available, 1-2 tuitions provided, good package
American School of Lusaka– green campus, very diverse, two tuitions, good package
American School of Mozambique – green campus, right on the ocean, tuition for two kids
Cairo American College– I know a family with two kids who has been there for about three years now and they love it. They pay for two children.
Harare International School– diverse population, safe, pretty area, competitive package
International School of Kenya– beautiful climate and country, competitive package, international
International School of Uganda– great climate, housing for families and a very friendly country
International School Tanganyika– close to the ocean, very inclusive and diverse school, 1-2 tuitions, great package
Lincoln Community School of Ghana– 1-2 tuitions, very international, great package
Luanda International School of Angola– close to beach, very international, great savings potential
Schools in Asia
American School of Japan– Super safe, great activities. I remember that when I was in Japan I would see kids who looked to be in kindergarten taking themselves to school on the metro.
International School of Bangkok– many cultural events, fantastic package, very international
International School of Kuala Lumpur– very safe, fantastic package, tons to do
Mercedes Benz International School– Very international, would pay for 80% of 2 children tuition
Shanghai American School– great education, fantastic package, 1 provided tuition per teacher, be careful of pollution
The Overseas School of Colombo – great campus in the suburbs, 2- 3 tuitions provided for a teaching couple, great package
Vientiane International School– 2 dependents per teacher, great green space, and good benefits
Schools in Europe
American International School of Bucharest– 2 tuitions, suburban school, great package
American International School of Rotterdam– small classes, international, green, safe
American International School in Vienna– tuition, green campus, very international, good package
Anglo-American school of Sofia– close to the mountains, suburban area, 2-3 tuitions, great package
International School of Amsterdam– very international, wonderful city, very safe
International School of Dusseldorf– international, great services, beautiful school, culture
Quality Schools International– They actually have schools all around the world. One reader said that they are very supportive of families.
Switzerland is often at the top of places for expat families to live for a great quality of life. Top international schools there would be Zurich International School, International School of Geneva, and the International School of Basel.
Schools in Latin America/Caribbean
American School of Guatemala– I interviewed with them and I absolutely loved the school. I would be a little cautious about the crime rate, though. Would pay for one or two children (if a teaching couple).
Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln (Buenos Aires)- suburban, 3 or more tuitions, great package, wonderful city
International school of Port of Spain– close to the sea, good package, suburban housing, diverse
Mazapan School in La Ceiba, Honduras– great outdoors, good resources, check safety
The International School of Panama– 2-3 tuitions included, fantastic campus, ok savings potential, fun city.
Schools in the Middle East
The American School of Doha– will take up to 3 children, supposedly one of the nicest compounds in Doha, great benefits
The American International School of Muscat– 2-3 tuitions included, near the mountains, great package
The KAUST School– very safe, great package, nice campus
Saudi Aramco Schools – 3 or more tuitions, fantastic savings, extremely safe.
This list was compiled after only a few hours of research, so I am sure I missed lots of great schools! If you have any recommendations I would love to hear them in the comments below!