ISC Research, a leading source of international school data and research, revealed that the international school sector is changing to accommodate more local interest.
In January, they indicated that over 80 percent of international school students were children of local families looking for an alternative.
In an article in Relocate Magazine, Richard Gaskell, schools director at ISC research explained that while China continues to outnumber the world's international schools at 5,344, the demand continues to grow with at least five new schools opening in the next year.
Chinese international schools fall into four categories: expat schools, which don't have to offer local curriculum; private schools for Chinese citizens; Sino-Foreign Cooperatives, in which China partners with an international education partner to serve Chinese and expat students; and International Streams, which are private and designed for Chinese and expat students.
Asia as a whole also continues to see a rising demand for international education--not just a need, but a desire for more affordable schools. Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam expect an influx of students due to the increase in fintech and the internet economy.
Across Europe, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Paris specifically have seen increases in enrollment for upcoming school years, partly because these cities are seeing increases in international financial and medical industries.
Gaskell explained that families unable to find a school for their children is the biggest problem that employees of big companies like Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank have when relocating. Some are starting to reserve places ahead of the surge.