February 11, 2012
The overseas education of more than four million American children and youth since World War II is an unwritten chapter in the history of American education and represents the schooling of several generations under circumstances unique to human history.
Today the U. S. departments of Defense and State operate or assist more than 300 schools in over 100 foreign countries. Additionally there are more than 600 private American owned or supported schools abroad.
The mission of AOSHS is to collect, record, and preserve the unique history of educating American children and youth abroad; and to enhance public knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the contributions made by American educators and their students in the advancement of democracy around the world.
The American Overseas Schools Archives (AOSA) was first established on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff in 1989. The AOSA is dedicated to preserving the history and memorabilia of the kindergarten through grade 12 education of an estimated 4 million American children who attended more than 900 American overseas schools over the past 150 years.
In 1995 the American Overseas Schools Historical Society (AOSHS) was incorporated as a non- profit IRS 501(c)(3) organization. The AOSHS office and archives are located in Wichita, Kansas.
They even have a section called: Overseas Educator Information. There is much information about the teachers that work at these schools. There is a picture on this page showing a reunion of some overseas teachers in Japan. How cool to be reunited with the colleagues that you worked with in another country a long time ago perhaps. I know after being at my third schools now, I am already starting to lose touch with the teachers that I worked with at my first international school.
One part of their website has all the American Overseas schools and their alumni associations listed alphabetically. Some of the schools listed are:
There are many, many more schools listed on their website here.
Most of the schools listed on the American Overseas Schools Historical Society website are also found on International School Community. Some of the schools listed on our website can be found here (the number of comments and information submitted by our members is also listed next to each school’s link):
American International School Vienna (10 Comments)
Antwerp International School (11 Comments)
American Cooperative School La Paz (9 Comments)
There are many, many more American international schools listed on our website which can be easily searched on our schools list page.
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February 10, 2012
Using the School Profile Search feature on the main homepage of International School Community, we found the following stats about the 1097 international schools currently listed on our website. (Updated from our November 2011 statistics)
Age of School:
Schools more than 51 years old: 223 ( 26 )
(The influx of new schools continues to be increasing! I read somewhere that most new international schools in the world will be for profit schools. East Asia still continues to be the area that has the highest number of “new” schools, but instead of the Middle East area being the second highest (like during the last ‘stats’ blog entry), now the second highest is in SE Asia.)
(The UK curriculum schools are now slowly catching up to the USA and IB curricula, but the IB international schools still continue to dominate our website.)
(Non-profit schools are still in the lead for international schools represented on International School Community. For-profit schools are still on the increase at a higher rate than non-profit schools though. Soon they just might catch up and be on par with for-profit schools.)
(The clear winner still Western Europe, but East Asia is creeping up. It seems as if there are limited options really if you would like to work at an international school in South America as there just aren’t that many international schools there; the ones that are listed in South America on International School Community haven’t increased in the past few months like the other regions have.)
Feel free to make your own searches based on your criteria on International School Community. You can search using up to eight different criteria (Region of the world, curriculum, school nature, number of students, country, age of school, metro population and kinds of student). Members with premium membership are able to do unlimited searches on our website. If you are already a member, you can easily renew your subscription on your profile page. If you are not a member, become a member today and get 1 month free of premium membership.
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January 23, 2012
There are so many things to think about and search for information about when recruiting. Why not have all the links you need to reference all in one location?
Recruitment Resources for International Teachers: (Part 2)Issues regarding overseas employment:Is it still a good deal? Figuring out finances / package is a tough one. Usually there are many unseen costs and non-existent benefits that are usually taken for granted in the states. Many schools have been cutting back on salary and benefits so it pays to check out packages being offered currently versus those that have been offered in the past. There are no standards and every school is different! There are good schools out there, there are schools that use to be good, and there are and will always be some bad ones.
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July 4, 2011
Random year for international schools around the world: 1996
Utilizing the database of the 827 international schools currently listed on International School Community, we found 24 schools that were founded in 1996 (excepts about their founding are taken from the schools’ websites):
Shanghai Community Int’l School (Shanghai, China)
Shanghai Singapore International (Shanghai, China)
Suzhou Singapore International School (Suzhou, China)
“The SSIS was established in 1996 to provide quality international education to children of expatriate families in Shanghai. Currently, there are 2 campuses in Shanghai, MinHang Campus and XuHui Campus.”
Luanda International school (Angola, Luanda)
Busan Foreign School (Busan, South Korea)
“Busan Foreign School opened its doors to the Busan community and its surrounding areas in October of 1996. With only two students originally, it has since expanded to encompass nursery to twelfth grade, currently educating over 220 students from 25 different nations. In addition to the increase in enrollment, the curriculum has developed into a highly rigorous American standards-based program that offers students a wide variety of courses and activities.”
Tall Oaks International School (Accra, Ghana)
“The nursery was established in August 1996, to provide a safe, healthy and happy learning environment for children aged between 12 months and 5 years.”
Lekki British International School Lagos (Lagos, Nigeria)
“Welcome Lekki British School is the original British School in Nigeria. We opened our doors in 2000 to students and parents who are looking for a truly British School experience.”
Ocean of Light International School (Nukuʻalofa, Tonga)
“In 1996 as a response to a need from the community and as a social and economic development project, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Tonga established the school and registered it as a non-profit institution offering an international standard of education to the population of Tonga. Licensed by the Ministry of Education the school is now a well-known institution in Tonga. The school opened its doors on March 3rd, 1996 with nine students, one teacher and one assistant teacher, covering classes one, two and three. By the end of the year the roll increased to 20. The following year approval was granted by the Ministry of Education to add classes 4, 5, and 6. More teachers were hired and the roll increased to 56. By then the Board realized the difficulties of enrolling children to class one from the grass root level with no English background.”
American Academy for Girls Kuwait City (Salwa, Kuwait)
“The Al Jeel Al Jadeed Educational Institute opened The American Academy for Girls (AAG) in September 1996 to only 79 students from kindergarten through to grade five. Today, AAG has approximately 860 students from pre-kindergarten through to grade twelve.”
Qatar Academy (Doha, Qatar)
Jeddah Knowledge International School (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Horsholm International School (Horsholm, Denmark)
The International School of Azerbaijan (Baku, Azerbaijan)
“Since its foundation in 1996 TISA has served both the expatriate community and those in the local community who are seeking an international education.”
Qsi International School of Chisinau (Chisinau, Moldova)
“QSI International School of Chisinau, a non-profit institution that opened in September 1996, offers high quality education in the English language for pre-school (beginning at age three years), elementary students (through the age of 13 years), and an expanding secondary program (currently to age 15). The primary purpose of the school is to meet the needs of the children of foreign expatriates living in Chisinau who require this type of education with a view to continuing their education in their home countries with a minimum of adjustment problems.”
The International School of Bucharest (Bucharest, Romania)
“ISB was founded in 1996 in a rented building with a total of just 17 pupils to meet the needs of the English-speaking community. Within a couple of years the school had grown in both size and scope. In order to serve an increasingly mobile international community, the curriculum gradually took into consideration the practices and requirements of a number of different systems.”
Pechersk School International (Kiev, Ukraine)
Canadian International School Bangalore (Bangalore, India)
Hanoi International School (Hanoi, Vietnam)
“In 1996 a joint venture company was launched following an agreement between the Centre for Education Technology (CET) and International School Development Inc. (ISD). The joint venture ship was on the basis of 30% interest to CET, which is the Vietnam side, and 70% interest to ISD, the US side. The company then opened Hanoi International School in late 1996 using premises leased from the school next to today’s HIS. The student roll at the end of the first year was 54 from Pre-School to Grade 11. Within that first cohort of students, 15 nationalities were represented. On the teaching side there were 13 teaching staff, including the Principal, and 16 Vietnamese support staff.”
Sekolah Ciputra (Surabaya, Indonesia)
“Much has been achieved since Yayasan Ciputra Pendidikan founded the school in 1996. Today Sekolah Ciputra is an international school and one of the most highly regarded IB World Schools in Indonesia. We believe that our International IB students are truly global citizens.”
International School of Skopje (Skopje, Macedonia)
St. Andrews I.S Green Valley (Pattaya, Thailand)
Arqam Academy – Doha (Doha, Qatar)
Dasman Model School (Kuwait City, Kuwait)
British International School (BIS) Phuket (Phuket, Thailand)
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June 15, 2011
A teacher who is inspired can inspire students and other teachers!
According to the blog: This project began as an idea back in September 2008,the idea being to unite schools all around the world, in some way, potentially as a celebration of the London Olympics, 2012. The people involved asked themselves to think of an idea of uniting schools all over the World. The idea suggested was for all schools to do a collage of Peace, where children created their picture of what Peace meant to them, and to have it displayed at the Olympics. That idea was then turned into another idea of creating a Peace Quilt. They got in touch with the not-for-profit organization PEACE ONE DAY and Jeremy Gilley. POD have gladly made their Global Education Resource available free to all schools. This was perfect for them, as Peace is something they were very committed to, knowing that it is a wish all children have. This was the beginnings of this exciting project.
Of course international schools around the world have already started to participate. There have been numerous international schools that have already got involved. Some of them are:
There are more international schools that participated (check out their pictures here):
and the list goes on….
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