What Makes a Tier-1 School?
What qualities does a school need to have to be considered a Tier-1 school? And who determines whether a school is Tier-1, Tier-2, Tier-3, and so on? In actual fact, these terms are highly subjective and really depend on a great number of factors and the person judging the quality of a school. What qualifies a Tier-1 school for one person might not even matter to another person. So let's examine some possibilities...
Here are TWELVE aspects to consider when determining what makes a "Tier-1 School":
No one can deny that teaching a group of interested, passionate and dedicated students is a teacher's dream. Many schools make this dream a reality by carefully selecting their student population, even going so far as giving scholarships to local students who show promise. A good question to ask is what are the criteria for a student to join the school?
Diversity & Inclusivity
Investment in School
Is tuition fully being reinvested in school facilities & programs, and teacher retention & professional development each year?
Word-of-mouth and school visits (PD workshops & conferences, sports competitions, accreditation visits) can help reinforce or update a school's reputation around the world. School Leadership teams can also greatly influence a school's standing on the international circuit. What is the school's reputation based on?
Curriculum & School Accreditation
Assistance & Support
Teacher & School Leader Qualification
Teacher Growth & Retention
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