In developing a philosophy to guide 3e development, we recognize that increasing globalization and migration around the world dictates that we must take a visionary approach to education for these young 21st century learners. In response to that challenge, we determined that our mission at 3e is to develop critical thinkers and passionate learners who can move confidently and fluidly across cultures. At 3e International School, we believe that will require that children spend time in a high-quality bilingual, multicultural learning community. Children from many different nations at 3e are immersed fully for half a day in Mandarin and in English for the other half. Children who enter 3e speaking neither Mandarin nor English must move through the stages of learning a new language and using it productively.
At 3e, our overriding goal is to help children move toward greater self organization and understanding of how to be successful in the social and cultural world in which they will live. This requires us to be sensitive to them as individuals, to help them learn to value and respect others, and to provide engaging, meaningful experiences so they can build skills in every developmental domain. We recognize that we need to also work closely with 3e parents on the multitude of ways in which they may continually support and evaluate their children's progress. If we do our job right, the children who attend 3e are more likely to grow into adults who have fewer biases against others who are different from themselves, and they will be prepared for the work and tasks they will surely have to accomplish in an exciting and new global era.