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Healthcare and Education in Dallas
Have You Chosen Your Healthcare Plan Yet?
There is no comprehensive national healthcare plan in the United States. You are free to choose your own healthcare provider, be it American or international. But keep in mind that American health insurance can be rather costly, and various restrictions and special conditions come with it. Therefore, it would make sense for you to compare different insurance providers before signing up with one.
If an international health insurance provider seems like a better option for you, you should compare policies and find out which insurances doctors and hospitals in Dallas will recognize. Otherwise you might end up facing some hefty bills if you get sick. Other aspects you should pay attention to are how claims are handled, if your insurance provider can be reached twenty-four-seven, and how much your provider covers.
Do you want to find out more about healthcare and health insurance in the USA? Then take a look at our USA Extended Guide.
No Need to Worry: Hospitals in Dallas/Fort Worth
Hospitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area are among the best in the entire state, so you needn’t worry about receiving proper medical care if you should fall sick or get injured. There are over 100 hospitals in the area, among them are:
- Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
- Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth
- Medical City Dallas Hospital, Dallas
Of course, there are also various general practitioners and specialized doctors in the area. If you are unsure which one is right for you, ask friends or co-workers for recommendations. Your local insurance provider might also be of help in this regard. Alternatively, you can conduct your own search with WebMD's physician directory.
It’s Time for School: Education in Dallas
In the United States, children must attend school until the age of 16, and in many states, including Texas, until 18. After receiving their high school diploma, most move on to pursue higher education. Keep in mind, however, that schools can differ quite a bit in terms of quality and the opportunities they offer their students.
The US education system has no national standard, as each state or district is free to come up with their own standards of teaching. This means that, if you are planning on sending your children to a public school, you should keep this in mind early on, as they will have to attend school in the district where you settle. You should scout out a neighborhood that is close to some good schools.
If you go for private schools, however, your children could be offered more extra-curricular activities and even higher educational standards in some cases. However, aside from usually high tuition fees, some private schools also come with quite a few restrictions, such as a dress code or a special code of conduct. If you are unhappy with the schooling options in Dallas, homeschooling is always an option.
Our USA Guide article on Schools in the US offers further information on the school system, boarding schools, and homeschooling.
For Global Minds: International Education in Dallas
Many expats, particularly those intent on living in Dallas or the USA for a shorter period of time, might find that an international school is the best choice for their children. If you are one of them, you are in luck. Numerous schools in and around Dallas offer an international education. You can find an overview of some of the schools below:
- The Alcuin School offers a Montessori and International Baccalaureate education from 18 months through grade twelve. The program offers students an academic and creative environment that supports each individual in his/her unique learning process on their journey to becoming a life-long learner.
- The Dallas International School is the only international school in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex offering education in French and English. Their academic program includes the French National Curriculum as well as the International Baccalaureate. In addition, students can acquire a third or a fourth language during their school career.
- At the German International School of Dallas children from 18 months to five years are exposed to German language and culture. It is the only German language immersion program in Dallas/Fort Worth. The school follows the German Kindergarten philosophy where children learn through play experiences.
- The Westwood School offers education from preschool to high school. Their curriculum is based on the Montessori method combined with the International Baccalaureate. The students at Westwood School currently come from 46 different nations, so an international environment is guaranteed.
- The J.L. Long Middle School offers an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program to students aged eleven to sixteen. Students learn to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The program emphasizes intellectual challenge and cultural exchange.
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