With so many options, how do you choose the right school for vour family?
The educational landscape is booming in Portugal.
Families starting their search for an international school in the country are now spoilt for choice, especially in the Lisbon region where the number of English language schools has increased by 80% over the past five years, with no end in sight. Indeed, three more schools are set to open their doors in September 2023.
First, compile a list of your requirements, research schools that match these, and consider academic achievement, which is more easily measured at schools with students who have sat the IGCSE and/or IB DP exams.
However, what is not as evident is the support or lack thereof provided to students on both ends of the achievement spectrum.
The popular schools fill up quickly.
On a more practical level, I recommend starting your search as early as possible.
Visit all of the schools you are interested in and ask detailed questions.
Then dig in. Typically, the highest priority factors for families are curriculum, school culture, academic achievement, fees, and location.
Many families assume that the curriculum will not have much of an impact on their child’s learning experience and outcome.
However, it is one of the main reasons for discontent.
School culture and community should also be key considerations, as your child’s school will likely be a social focal point.
Our guide is in no way an exhaustive list. Don’t blindly follow others.
What works for your friends may not be right for your family.