WHAT WE DO

Services for schools

Whether you wish to grow your community, keep informed of best teaching and learning practice, or refine your development strategy, our data and intelligence services support the needs of international and independent schools.

OUR EXPERTISE

Market experts for 25+ years

ISC Research is the leading provider of English-medium K-12 international school data, trends and intelligence. We have been collecting market intelligence and data on international schools throughout the world since 1994.

We identify international schools using these criteria:

  • a privately operated school that has chosen to deliver a curriculum wholly or partly in English to some or all of its students between 3 and 18, in a country where English is not an official language; or
  • a privately operated school that delivers a curriculum other than the host country’s national curriculum wholly or partly in English to some or all of students between 3 and 18, in a country where English is an official language.

Regional breakdown of international schools
July 2022

  • Asia 57% 57%
  • Europe 18% 18%
  • Americas 13% 13%
  • Africa 11% 11%
  • Oceania 1% 1%

SERVICES

Market data and intelligence tailored to your needs

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International schools

Our services for international schools support all areas of your development strategy, providing the latest market data and intelligence including macro and micro environment analysis.

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Independent schools

ISC Research has supported independent schools with their international development plans for over a decade and has been the leading provider of market data since 1994.

INTELLIGENCE

International schools market reports

Whether you need global intelligence to inform your strategy, market-specific intelligence to find out more about a targeted segment, or specialist intelligence to learn more about practices and market needs, we offer a broad range of off-the-shelf reports based on in-depth research. And if you need something more tailored to your needs, we also produce bespoke reports.

International school governance practices

TitleOCTOBER 2022

This specialist report highlights changes in governance practices in international schools in 2022, but also calls for further support of the school community. Read more

Where is the international schools market growing?

TitleAUGUST 2022

This exclusive white paper explores where growth is occurring within today’s international schools market. Read more

What makes the international schools market different?

TitleAUGUST 2022

How do English-medium international schools differ from domestic K-12 educational offerings and what does that mean for school admissions and education suppliers? Read more

International Schools Annual Market Report

TitleAUGUST 2022

A trusted reference for data, trends and intelligence on the global international schools market in 2022. Read more

Western Asia Intelligence Report

TitleJUNE 2022

The report compiles comprehensive research into the international schools market to inform strategic plans required by leadership teams, consultants or investors, and to identify development opportunities. Read more

Eastern Asia Intelligence Report

TitleAUGUST 2022

The report compiles comprehensive research into the international schools market to inform strategic plans required by leadership teams, consultants or investors, and to identify development opportunities. Read more

South-Eastern Asia Intelligence Report

TitleJUNE 2022

The report compiles comprehensive research into the international schools market to inform strategic plans required by leadership teams, consultants or investors, and to identify development opportunities. Read more

The Online International Schools Report

TitleJUNE 2022

Although not new, online schools have gained popularity through the COVID-19 pandemic. As brands have established themselves within the international schools market, our team has delved into the specific nature of online schools in this report. Read more

Europe Intelligence Report

TitleAPRIL 2022

The report compiles comprehensive research into the international schools market to inform strategic plans required by leadership teams, consultants or investors, and to identify development opportunities. Read more

The brands and groups leading the world’s international schools sector

TitleAPRIL 2022

This white paper highlights the K-12 school groups and education brands that are emerging as major influencers within international education. Read more

Future of Assessment in International Schools

TitleMARCH 2022

This exclusive specialist report highlights the latest trends in K-12 international schools assessment and includes advice from experts and case studies highlighting opportunities and challenges. Read more

Edruptors 2021: the top international education influencers of the past year

TitleJANUARY 2022

Who are the opinion shapers within international education today? ISC Research has explored this question for the first time, identifying the key education influencers followed on social media platforms by people around the world. Read more

Positioning Report

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A comprehensive analysis of your school’s competitive positioning based on the very latest data and intelligence collected by ISC Research directly from international schools. Read more

Purchasing plans: the decisions international schools make and how

TitleNOVEMBER 2021

This white paper summarises the outcomes of our research into the ways international schools make purchasing decisions, and provides education suppliers with insights to develop a strategic approach. Read more

The International School Student Profile

TitleNOVEMBER 2021

Based on research conducted with international school students, alumni and staff over the summer, this report explores the profile of students that international schools attract and how this has resulted in market shifts. Read more

International Schools Intelligence Report

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Identify opportunities in your target market. This bespoke report compiles the latest data and analysis of international schools within your chosen segment. Read more

Recruitment and CPD in international schools

TitleOCTOBER 2021

ISC Research explored international school staff recruitment and continuous professional development through research conducted with international schools, recruiters and providers. Learn the outcomes in our exclusive specialist report. Read more

International school college counsellors share views on student pathways to higher education

TitleSEPTEMBER 2021

This white paper complements our latest research report on the pathway from international schools to higher education by sharing the views of international school college counsellors on the research results. Read more

The Pathway from International School to Higher Education

TitleSEPTEMBER 2021

Research on the impact of recent macro-environmental factors on the international school student pathway to higher education, exploring changes institutions have made to their undergraduate admissions processes. Read more

China Market Intelligence Report

TitleAUGUST 2022

The report compiles comprehensive research into the international schools market to inform international schools and education investors for strategic plans, and to identify opportunities for development or expansion. Read more

Benchmarking Report

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Find out where your school stands in relation to other international schools to strengthen your market position and refine your school’s key selling points. Read more

Teaching and learning in international schools

TitleJULY 2021

ISC Research has conducted research into teaching and learning practice within international schools to identify if it will experience noticeable shifts within the next two years due to the impact of COVID or other factors. Read more

The growing demand for international schools within a mid-market fee point

TitleMAY 2021

Our team has done further research to help you better understand this growing segment of the global international schools market.  Read more

Wellbeing in international schools

TitleMARCH 2021

A report highlighting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the wellbeing of students and staff in international schools. Read more

Why parents select an international school and the impact of COVID-19 on school choice

TitleFEBRUARY 2021

This white paper explores the common reasons why parents select an international school for their child and the impact of COVID-19 on their selection. Read more

Why and how independent schools open sister schools overseas and what next for this education sector?

TitleNOVEMBER 2020

Independent schools in the UK and United States are looking at diversification for alternative sources of income, one of which is foreign development. Read more

Inclusion in International Schools

TitleAUGUST 2020

This report uncovers research into inclusion in international schools over a period of 4 years. It sheds light on current inclusion practices, and provides understanding of how the international schools market has been adapting to the needs of ... Read more

Analysis of the historic response of the international schools market to local and global crises

TitleAPRIL 2020

In the light of COVID-19, this white paper highlights how the international schools market responded in times of crisis. Read more

Governance in international schools

TitleNOVEMBER 2019

ISC Research collaborated with the Principals Training Center to produce this first research published in 2019 into governance practices within international schools. Read more

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We are dedicated and committed to supporting the broader international schools community by providing data, trends and intelligence. Since 1994, we have guided schools with their growth plans, informed investors on new school development, helped universities to engage with international schools, and advised education suppliers that are supporting the market.