There are solid private international schools in Mauritius and some of them are following well regarded international programs, Though there are solid schools, you have to be aware that they can't keep up with the level of a public school in countries with a very well developed educational system (such as many (northern) European countries, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand). Not to talk about private schools in such countries.
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Three private international schools in Mauritius are following the popular International Baccalaureate and are offering one or several of the programs available. The International Baccalaureate Diploma is an internationally recognised diploma awarded by the Geneva-based International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). The IB Diploma Program has been offered since 1968. Originally designed for diplomats' children because of its international character, the IB is now offered worldwide in English, Spanish or French. The four programs of the International Baccalaureate are:
- Primary Years Programme, Age range:3-12
- Middle Years Programme, Age range: 11-16
- Diploma Programme, Age range: 16-19
- Career-related Programme, Age range: 16-19
The Westcoast International School is following the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). The IMYC is the International Middle Years Curriculum, which is used by over 1000 teachers in 103 schools across 50 countries worldwide including Sweden, Sudan, Latvia, Malta, Laos, Indonesia, and Turkey. According to their body organisation, it is a challenging, internationally minded and concept-focused curriculum, which helps develop engaged and active learners. With specific subject and personal learning goals, it provides a clear structure to develop knowledge, skills and understanding whilst making subject learning more connected.
All these programs theoretically shall enable a student to switch to another country/school seamlessly. Theoretically, because at the end of the day this will depend on the level achieved by the student/class/school. If the required level to enter the same class at another country/school is not reached and the student can't keep up, it will obviously lead to repetition of classes.
Because a high grade education and training of teachers does not exist in Mauritius, very well qualified teachers have to come from abroad or have enjoyed a high grade education and training there. Mauritius has certainly some attraction but not enough to get a critical mass of very well qualified teachers. Schools are often also tempted to keep the image, and to fill positions in exactly this perspective. Thus you might see lots of faces which are coming from a country with a high grade educational system, but which not necessarily went trough a high grade teacher training there. Or they have no experience. Or they are simply not good teachers. While one can see the origin from their face, one can't see the curriculum. Did you ever ask yourself why one can't find all the teachers with their curriculum on the website of such a school? Or to put it the other way around: A school who has teachers with a high grade education, training and experience would certainly use that as a promotion first.
Another key issue is infrastructure. Public schools in well developed countries typically have much more resources available than private schools in Mauritius. Subsequently the infrastructure is significantly less well developed and there is typically a lack of special rooms and infrastructures for many fields of study.
Another very problematic issue: Private schools in Mauritius are often mainly driven by business criteria and not by educational ones: Business first, school second. Thus for example the criteria for a children to start a school is often not the beginning of a term, but the availability of a space. Classes are often comparatively large while the number of teachers is limited and there are open positions. There is a well established marketing which presents the school in the best light - websites, visits of schools by parents, etc. - but the effective situation in daily school classes is maybe "a little bit different".
All this might not be a very important aspect at younger grades, but becomes increasingly important at middle and higher grades. We nevertheless analysed the most important international schools in Mauritius and we recommend you the following 3 schools which we identified as the best ones available on the island right now.
The Westcoast International Primary and Secondary School is located on the scenic west coast of Mauritius. Westcoast International Secondary School is the only English-medium secondary school on the west coast of Mauritius following the International Middle Year Curriculum (IMYC).
Le Bocage International School is an English-medium, private international school offering educational services to boys and girls from the ages of 11-19.
Northfields is one of Mauritius' leading independent international private schools. Set amidst an open and leafy campus in Labourdonnais village, Northfields is one of the most well-known schools in Mauritius. Northfields provides an all-round English-medium education for just over 390 boys and girls aged 9-18.