International schools prepare students to be thoughtful and global leaders. Whether you need assistance starting a school or with the many aspects of school management, our proven approach for best-in-class international schools can help your campus flourish.
We are pleased to work with educators, philanthropists, private investors and investor groups, public and privately-held corporations, government leaders, other nonprofit organizations, and a myriad of entities who share the desire to create thriving, world-class international schools.
Nicolas Mathieu and Alain Roland
All the plans are not yet determined, but your vision is clear: Create a world-class international school that prepares students to be thoughtful, global leaders and that will strengthen the community and honor the local culture.
Starting a school requires a deep understanding of what makes a successful international school. When you work with us, we shape and deliver your vision through key phases, customizing the approach and implementation to best meet your needs. From campus planning, financial plan, school policy documents, staffing school leaders and teachers, creating effective marketing plans, to curriculum development, we are ready to help you.
How can we expect to develop learning to meet the needs of 21st-century learners when the buildings we work in still follow the same ‘industrial’ concepts we have used for years?
The usual concept for school buildings has traditionally been the classroom layout, each belonging to a teacher, all connected by corridors. Students move from room to room either based on their age or based on the subject they are being taught at that time. Rooms, furniture, and displays are usually fixed. This model matches the traditional, industrialized and standardized model for education that has been in place for many years. Rectangular boxes, joined by straight corridors are cheap and easy to build.
The real world does not work in isolation and we know that learners do not learn best in isolated classrooms. Connectivity is everywhere, and modern schools must be willing to adapt.
We can help you to create or to adapt a building where each space has a particular learning function, from quiet reflection to research, discussion, collaboration, and presentation.
Your business plan should clearly set out your objectives: A self-sufficient school.
How many teachers do we need? How do we balance quality, durability and value for money? How much art paper do kindergarten students use? How do we fill an empty biology classroom?
We can work with you regarding your feasibility study results, funding plan and expected financial outcomes, give you recommendations to maximize your overall budget and to reduce unnecessary expenditures.
What policies and procedures do we need? How can we best organise HR, finance, admissions, attendance, security, curriculum, assessment and reporting?
From small single-section schools to large all-age schools, designing administrative systems, creating policies and writing procedures are essential start-up activities. Such systems, policies and procedures provide the foundation for your school and having them in place very early in the process can make all the difference between a smooth, seamless, enjoyable school start and a rocky, fragmented, stressful start. Systems give a school structure and policies bring consistency, both of which are essential characteristics of a successful organisation.
To achieve excellence in education, we need to have the right people in place and, above all, a vision of excellence shared by all the school leadership.
Where to find and how can we attract the best teachers, support staff or school administrators?
Each school is unique, so it’s important to have a recruitment plan that is specifically tailored to your school’s unique needs, and the key characteristics that you and your school community value.
We engage in a thoughtful review process of every candidate’s qualifications, character, and fit so you can confidently hire a person who will make your school shine.
These days parents and students have an increasing range of options when it comes to choosing a school.
How can we make your school stand out from the other and how can we attract new enrollments and raise your public profile?
We can help you to create and optimize your school website in order to deliver your vision to the target audience.
As soon as your school is open, we create in the family community the desire to share our high-quality projects. We use e-marketing in the form of thank-you notes, newsletters and more. We send professional pictures of their children life in the school. We use social media to post announcements, events and for parent input.
Teachers are also active marketers of your school. We can help your staff to be part of, trained for and involved in the marketing strategies throughout the year.
The purpose of our international school curriculum is to give every child an opportunity to meet the high expectations of your school vision.
Our curriculum was developed for 10 years by education specialists Alain Roland and Nicolas Mathieu. It includes integrated activity books with math activities, reading, counting, science and activities to develop fine motor skills and fits with the best international education standards.
In accordance with your vision and your local context, we can create an integrated programme including a variety of creative activities for learners: English, French, Russian, Art, Choreography, Gymnastics, Music, Robotics, Chess, Library activities, Theatre...
International school accreditations are the symbol of excellence in education. It provides surety to your community that you are reaching the best standards of care and education for your learners and staff.
How soon can we get an international accreditation? Which specialists will we need to hire?
We provide unique and customized advisory support while building action plans and internal competencies for obtaining international accreditations.
Searching and ordering high-quality school equipment and supplies that meets the requirements of a world-class international school is not an easy task.
Where can we find sports and playground equipment, musical instruments, science laboratory equiment, art supplies, uniforms, digital equipment and furniture?
Based on our experience and your international school’s needs, we can source school equipment and classroom supplies.
In a successful international school community, students are not the only learners. School leaders and educators are continually seeking ways to develop their skills and ways of thinking.
It is essential that we commit to work with all internal stakeholders, to collectively develop a strong staff professional development proposal that identifies and shares the vision of an international school.
We can create an internal and external professional development plan of your staff, including launching programs that enrich a wide range of skills, mentoring and peer education.