Is Ingenium An “International School?”

Preparation for a Globalizing World

Because its students are English-speaking, and its facilities, performance, and management aim at global standards, it is often asked if Ingenium is an “international school.”

An international school, properly so-called, is characterized by some kind of international accreditation that allows for the transferability of the student’s education across international schools. Normally, it will have a high proportion of a moving population as well as a transient and multinational faculty,  because international schools “cater mainly to students who are not nationals of the host country, such as the children of the staff of international businesses, international organizations, foreign embassies, missions, or missionary programs. (Wikipedia).”  These requirements  entail the correspondingly  high costs that, tuition-wise,  set  international schools apart.

In this sense, Ingenium  is not an “international school”. A most obvious difference is financial: Ingenium’s  tuition cost is a small fraction of that of international schools. But a more fundamental reason is this: Ingenium School is a consciously Filipino school. Not only does it seek to root its students strongly in the Filipino culture, but its aim is to develop its students to become future leaders in the Philippine society. Thus rooted in Philippine culture and society, students of Ingenium possess the self-identity to relate positively to other cultures and societies.

While not an “international school” in the proper sense,  Ingenium school welcomes foreign students and, as explained below, makes special efforts to accommodate the special needs of foreign students who will go for university studies in the Philippines.

However,  because quality basic education knows no bounds, Ingenium school, in this sense, is “international.”  Ingenium students who have transferred to foreign schools have been accelerated to higher levels and have taken leadership position in their schools and reaped academic honors.

In an even more fundamental and deliberate manner, Ingenium School is “international” in that it prepares its students for a globalizing world.  The key feature of this globalizing world is the capacity of individuals and institutions to appreciate and adopt, to unite  and enrich, to  collaborate and enhance the talents and resources of differing cultures towards common objectives. For such a globalizing world, Ingenium consciously prepares its students, and again, it does so, “one student at a time.”

Thus, Ingenium is envisioned to be a relatively small school–small enough so that each student is cared for individually, yet large enough so that the student can interact with a wide range of other students. Thus the “small size” makes it possible to nourish a culture of cooperation and appreciation among all the students, cutting across differences of age and sex and talents with varying ages and backgrounds, personalities and interests, talents and charisms.

For students with some kind of foreign backgrounds (e.g. children of mix-cultural marriages, or returning Filipino students from abroad,  etc.) this setting offers great advantages—for themselves and for the other students. On the one hand, the other students are able to interact and bond with students of varying cultural backgrounds; on the other hand, the “foreign” students themselves are able to deepen their familiarity with the Filipino culture. And for such students who plan to take university studies in the Philippines, Ingenium is developing a Filipino language program to prepare them to meet the Philippine university requirements.