Finding the best schools for the kids is always difficult for parents who live in metropolitan cities like Mumbai, where many options are available. Location, ways to commute, parent’s review, academics, co-curricular activities, and opportunities provided for holistic development are usual checklists parents consider while deciding on the right school. Beyond the obvious factors, the curriculum has become essential to decision-making. Gone are the days we debated between State vs CBSE. International curricula such as the IB (International Baccalaureate) and Cambridge IGCSE are gaining more relevance than ever.
Between 2016 and 2020, the number of IB programmes offered worldwide has grown by 33.3%. Now, it provides four educational programmes to more than 1.95 million students aged 3 to 19 across over 5,500 schools in 160 countries. In India, IB is offered in more than 200 schools. On the other hand, with a global community of 10,000 schools, Cambridge International is more prevalent in India, as over 500 schools have chosen to prepare their students with an education from them.
The rising demand for international curricula shows that the education landscape in India is undergoing a progressive transformation. In fact, it is imperative for our children to understand the wider world and develop a global mindset in an increasingly globalised world. The multicultural environment offered by international schools is conducive to developing tolerance, expanding knowledge about other cultures, and shaping soft skills, which are extremely valuable in the modern labour market.
To understand the benefits of international schools and help you find the right one for your students, we have come up with a special issue featuring the ‘10 Most Promising International Schools in Mumbai.’ Providing excellent international education, these schools have created a chance for students to see a new way of life and embrace new opportunities in a variety of important areas. On the cover, we feature the Thane-based Podar International School, which offers a motivating and comfortable atmosphere that strengthens the students’ desire to attend school every day and thus, complete their academic cycle better.