Photo of Shanghai schoolchildren by alokemon on Flickr.
On his blog, Micah Sittig discusses choosing between international, local-Chinese and in-between schools for your children. The post focuses on Shanghai. Highlights include:
Even at good international schools, the teacher turnover rate is high.
Some international schools not only replicate the educational but also the social environment back home.
International schools cost almost 30k per year.
“The best local schools are the ones run by or attached to the more prestigious universities…”
“…you won’t find a “progressive American-style education in Chinese” by turning to private Chinese schools; they are still Chinese at the core (reminder: this can be good or bad, depending on what you want).”
In-between schools are still figuring out who they are: They must follow bureau of education regulations and have a bilingual program without strong English departments.