Passport to a global future through comprehensive education in these schools
From classrooms to the White House, the ability to assess one’s own thinking has always been the top priority. Critical thinking goes beyond memorizing and is more than just dissent for the fun of it. It is the ability to reason well by constructing and evaluating various reasons that have been or can be offered for or against the beliefs, judgments and actions of the candidates – and acting on those reasons. It is an asset for any career and is particularly important in the new knowledge economy.
Take a look at the academic track record of successes today and many of them did not come from schools that dictated a single focus on grades and core academic subjects. Many have built a solid foundation from a dynamic and comprehensive education that teaches them to be critical thinkers, skilled artists and a big heart. From an early age, they forge a character that prepares them not only for the greatest opportunities in life, but also for personal happiness and a gracious role in society. Here are four international schools in Asia that do just that:
King’s College International School Bangkok
Located in the heart of Bangkok, with strong links to the highest ranked King’s College School at Wimbledon, King’s College International School Bangkok is where students are helped to grow with great hearts and great minds.
King’s Bangkok develops the whole child. Here, students achieve academic excellence and pursue their passions through the after-school program. From day one until graduation, inside and outside the classroom, they are looked after in every way.
Located in the prestigious Ratchada-Rama 3 district of Bangkok – with easy access to the financial district and downtown – King’s Bangkok offers an unparalleled learning experience for students aged two to 18. From early childhood to elementary and secondary school At school, learning here is exciting, inspiring and sparks creativity.
Teachers are the heart of the school. They are interviewed by King’s Wimbledon, ensuring that the standard of the teachers is the same as that of one of the best performing schools in the world. In fact, many of them have taught at King’s Wimbledon before. All staff embody the values dear to King’s Bangkok: good manners, kindness and wisdom. They ensure that the girls and boys of King’s Bangkok are recognized not only for their many talents, but above all for their courtesy and humanity.
The collaboration with King’s Wimbledon goes even deeper. The quality curriculum, systems and audits reflect King’s Wimbledon. These are the standards that have led to such success in the UK. In 2020, 98.7% of all GCSEs / iGCSEs were A * -A (or 9-7) and 99% of all A levels were A * / A / B. Each year, around 25% of students go to Oxford or Cambridge, and over 90% attend their first-choice university.
A unique mix of clubs, societies and extracurricular activities further enriches the King’s Bangkok experience. All active, creative and service activities (social responsibilities) are encouraged; summer camps, student exchange programs and internal events ensure that students always have something to be excited about coming to school. Applications are now welcome for boys and girls ages 2 to 15 (JK to Grade 10) for the 2021 school year. Years 11 to 13 will open in subsequent school years. Register your interest here.
American School of Singapore
Created in 1956, American School of Singapore (SAS) is one of the largest, most diverse and innovative international schools in the world. Here, students brainstorm, research, interview, plan activities, make connections and contribute to community needs.
SAS students have all kinds of opportunities for excellence and growth, from courses in personalized advanced subjects to college preparatory programs and semesters abroad. The school offers 25 Advanced Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the AP Capstone Diploma Program. SAS also offers experiential learning activities outside of the classroom, such as field trips and community services, with the help of proactive, child-centered counselors.
That’s not all. SAS students learn through extracurricular activities that include everything from sports, music and dance to social and environmental awareness. “At SAS, the emphasis is on both academic and extracurricular activities, at a pace suitable for students, in a culture that fosters opportunity,” explains Ritu Kapoor, parent of SAS.
“We have wonderful opportunities to learn here at SAS, to model the learning values we aspire as a community: our desired student learning outcomes or DSLO,” says Superintendent Tom Boasberg. “These DSLOs start with character (our five core values) and include creativity and critical thinking: how can we make the world a better place? They also include collaboration and communication: how do we work together? Next comes content knowledge: what do we need to know? And last but not least is cultural competence – a sense of global connectivity and the understanding that what we do in one place impacts places across the world.
Beijing Dulwich College
AT Beijing Dulwich College (DCB), education goes beyond books, bricks and mortar – it builds a bridge to the world. This is where the values of resilience, trust, respect, integrity, responsibility, openness and caring are instilled in children aged three to 18.
DCB’s primary language of instruction is English, with a bilingual approach in Mandarin and English in early childhood.
DCB is a member school of the Dulwich College International family, building on over 400 years of tradition and experience from its founding college in London. At 10 international schools at Dulwich College, educators are guided by the mission of driving effective and innovative pedagogy at every age and stage of a student’s learning journey.
The “Dulwich difference” is in the philosophy of putting students first. The school’s academic program focuses on what matters most in learning – relevance, enduring understanding, and multidisciplinary connection. From early childhood to IGCSE and IB programs, the faculty develops advanced course offerings that inspire students to think deeply and fuel students’ love for learning.
A key part of the Dulwich learning experience includes clubs and activities organized around music, theater and cinema. Students benefit from the dedicated art room, green screen cinema studio and large music rooms.
“Our rigorous academic program is complemented by a balanced program that includes a range of opportunities for students to excel. Along with academic excellence, students show passion through artistic pursuits, in sport and make a difference to others through ongoing service learning projects ”, said Anthony Coles, Director of the College. “We want our students to have the skills and motivation to make a difference in the world, and character and values are integral to how we educate them. “
Marlborough College Malaysia
Located on a secure and spacious 90 acre estate, Marlborough College Malaysia (MCM) is guided by the principles of compassion, companionship and conversation. Here, students join faculty in pursuing questions, not just answers; by discovering ideas, not just facts; and enjoying the journey, not just the destination.
Very rigorous academics, a caring community, qualified teachers, student-centered learning, and college prep courses – these are the characteristics that ensure student success at MCM. The academic programs here provide students with a myriad of opportunities and challenges in a supportive environment. The IGCSEs and the school’s International Baccalaureate Diploma program open the doors to many of the world’s top universities.
What sets the college apart is its range of extracurricular opportunities. From sports to music and art, each offers challenge and comfort as an essential part of a meaningful holistic education. They develop students’ understanding of global issues and their responsibilities as global citizens. “The offer of extracurricular activities is a real strength of the college”, according to the COBIS 2021 report.
“With our common DNA and close ties to Marlborough UK, we value and instill breadth of experience, intellectual rigor, creative joy and athletic excellence,” says Alan Stevens
Masters from Marlborough College in Malaysia. MCM students participate in a wide range of activities outside of the classroom – from sports, music and art to theater, activities, outreach activities, and educational trips.
* Some of the institutions featured in this article are Business Partners of Study International