Are you looking to Start an International School with an IB or IGCSE Cambridge Affiliation

Experts at LIFE will prepare you with the right information, guidance and consultation

We at LIFE understand why schools and parents alike are looking for International boards, there has been a huge increase in number of students going out and studying in universities abroad after their higher secondary (Class XII) boards. The total number of Indian students overseas increased from 66,713 in 2000 to 3,01,406 in 2016. With admissions in elite institutes in India becoming heavily competitive, it is natural for students to look for avenues abroad and explore option in the US, UK, Australia and other countries who boast off a better educational infrastructure. The growing aspirations of Indian students to access to global education reflects an expansion of high to middle-income families. All this is leading to parents increasingly looking to make their children study at international board thereby streamlining admissions later abroad.

The advent and adoption of International School are on the rise in India, as of August 2018 there are 432 IGCSE Schools and 152 IB Schools in India. Let us through this post understand International Schools and how can one start an International School in India.

At LIFE Educare, we can help you with the entire planning, set-up, affiliation process coupling with our curriculum, recruitment, finance and audit solutions. In all we are a One Stop Solution for individual promoters, groups or existing trust/ societies looking to build an International  school.

The Champion Team of International School Consultants at LIFE EDUCARE

Dr Dhirendra Mishra

IB IGCSE Board Consultant Dr Dhirendra Mishra at LIFE EDUCARE

Dr Mishra has been at the forefront of the international board in India and has been the part of the first team of teachers trained in India to start international board at the prestigious Good Shepherd International School, Ooty in Tamil Nadu. After starting on his own as a consultant, he has helped several schools in official and unofficial capacity to adopt international board. Working with Good Shepherd International School, Ooty as teacher and House Master and The Nepal International School, Biratnagar, Nepal gave him the exposure of International Education. It was at Nepal that he started his Administrative career when he took charge of setting up and running of the whole school. He currently serves as the CEO at LIFE Educare.

Mr Sudhakaran Balakrishnan
Sudhakaran Balakrishnan IB IGCSE Consultant IndiaSudhakaran Balakrishnan is an educator with over 36 years of experience in ICSE, IGCSE, GCE A-LEVEL and the IBDP curriculum. Beginning his career working for the Royal Government of Bhutan’s education department, he was exposed to international education at a very young age. Majority of the these 36 years have been associated with international curricula. Sudhakaran Balakrishnan has had a varied career helping in the implementation of international curricula successfully at different schools. His last assignment led him to Boston, the ‘Mecca of education’ in the United States. At Newman School, Boston MA, he helped the school implement the IB diploma program successfully.
Sudhakaran Balakrishnan firmly believes that International Education is the education for the future. And the problems currently facing humankind can only be tackled by exposing the younger generation to a well balanced international curriculum. A curriculum which provides young people with opportunities to gain knowledge about themselves, society, the environment and the delicate balance that exists between the environment and economic development.
“An education that provides opportunities to gain knowledge, develop values and problem solving skills is essential to young minds.”

What are the International Schools?

An international school is a school that promotes international education, in an international environment, either by adopting a curriculum such as that of the International Baccalaureate, Edexcel or Cambridge International Examinations or by following a national curriculum different from that of the school’s country of residence. this definition from Wikipedia kind of sums up International Schools.

So, how can you start an IB School or IGCSE in India

Infrastructure Requirement for IB School or IGCSE Schools

Unlike CBSE or ICSE, IB Board or ICSE board doesn’t ask promoters to show a specified area or plot of land, the operating word here is Adequate. The fact of the matter is taking an IB School authorization is easily a 30 Lac Rupees affair, besides that there is a recurring fee every year plus each and every student has to pay roughly about 30,000 per year to the IB Board. IB schools have a higher fee than the CIE schools because of higher affiliation fee for the school, professional development fee, recurring fee, etc. So only the schools which charge a very high premium fee and accordingly build infrastructure can afford IB.

The word for resource requirement is ‘Adequate’ and the infrastructure they look for is – Physical and virtual learning environICSEments, facilities, resources and specialized equipment The laboratories and studios should provide safe and effective learning environments Appropriate information technology facilities Adequate library/multimedia/resources Systems to guide and counsel students through the programme(s). This is the list of Program which IGCSE offers;

Primary – The Cambridge Primary Curriculum is administered for learners within the age bracket of 5 to 11 years.

Secondary 1 – The Cambridge Secondary 1 Curriculum is typically administered to learners of 11 – 14 years.

Secondary 2 – The Cambridge Secondary 2 Curriculum is meant for learners of 14 – 16 old, and offers two routes of learning. A student has an option of studying for either the Cambridge IGCSE certificate or the Cambridge O levels. The IGCSE certificate is again divided into Core and Extended, whereas Cambridge O level is a qualification equivalent to Cambridge IGCSE & the UK GCSE, and help students prepare for Cambridge Advanced programs and other progression routes.

Advanced – The Cambridge advanced curriculum is typically for learners aged 16 – 19 years old who need an advanced study to prepare for university and higher education.

There are 3 different routes through which a student can pursue and complete the Cambridge Advanced curriculum.
A Levels & AS Levels
Pre – U
AICE Diploma
IGCSEIGCSE stands for International General Certificate of Secondary Education, Cambridge University. The Indian office is located in Mumbai.

The Cambridge curriculum is flexible and offers as many as 75 subjects for Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) (grade 10 level) and 55 subjects for Cambridge International A Level (grade 12). These subjects are selected as per local demands and can be taught alongside the national curriculum. The schools are given freedom to frame their own curriculum that best suits their national context without losing focus on International education.

IB BoardIB International Baccalaureate (IB), formerly the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), is an international educational foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and founded in 1968. The process of Affiliation is called Authorization in IB Boards, as of August 2018, there are 152 IB schools in India, in comparison to IGCSE, IB is a tougher procedure and is a time-consuming process.

IB offers 3 educational programs, namely

PYP or Primary year program for KG to Class-5
MYP or Middle year program for Class-6 to Class-10
DP or Diploma program for Class-11 and Class-12