Every parent wants to provide their kids with a head start in life!
In today’s globalized and increasingly competitive world, high-level primary and secondary education is the fundamental foundation of a successful life and professional career.
Luckily, Bangkok is a cosmopolitan city offering parents a wide choice of world-class educational institutions with varying educational curriculums.
Many of these schools offer holistic approaches to teaching, expansive campuses and a wide selection of extracurricular activities; all aimed at providing their students with a balanced mix of personal and academic development.
Let’s jump in and have a look at 10 of Bangkok’s top international schools:
*Before starting, please note the list of schools is presented in an unbiased and random order.
1. Bangkok Patana School
Address: 643 La Salle Road (Sukhumvit 105), Bangna, Bangkok 10260, Thailand
Telephone: +66 (0) 2785 2200
Thailand’s oldest British international school was established in 1957 and embodies the best of British values with an international outlook. From Nursery to Year 13, the curriculum links to the English National Curriculum.
They offer primary school options that comprise the first three key stages of the English National Curriculum, and nurture learning through child-centered approaches. Aside from class teachers, Bangkok Patana employs specialist teachers who educate students in art, music, PE, ICT, Thai culture and modern foreign languages.
10 and 11-year-old students at the secondary school follow a two-year program leading to the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) or its international equivalent, the IGCSE. Key stage 4 pupils benefit from an excellent foundation for the Senior Studies Program. Senior Students follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program or can choose to follow a modified version in order to get the Patana certificate.
Bangkok Patana also offers Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) for academic staff. The school is a non-academically selective, not-for-profit IB world school that’s accredited by CIS.
2. Bangkok Prep – Bangkok International Preparatory & Secondary School
23 Sukhumvit 53, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand (Primary Campus)
Sukhumvit 77, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand (Secondary Campus)
Telephone: +66 (0) 2 700 5858
Spread across two campuses in Sukhumvit, Bangkok Prep is a CIS-accredited British Curriculum International School with over 1,200 students aged 3 – 18.
Their program is based on the National Curriculum of England and offers a rigorous I/GCSE program to 10 and 11-year-old students as a precursor to the Cambridge-approved A-levels available to study in Year 12 and 13. In August 2016, Bangkok Prep introduced the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which is an element of the ACA Baccalaureate and prepares students for worldwide university education.
Students who have graduated at Bangkok Prep have been offered admissions to universities of their choosing, some of which are among the top universities across the globe including Chulalongkorn University, Imperial College London, UK, the British Columbia (UBC) in Canada, and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, to name just a few.
Bangkok Prep has devised 11 life values and boasts various sports teams such as tennis, basketball, football, volleyball and rugby teams that participate in competitions and events.
Bangkok Prep is affiliated to Cambridge Assessment International Education and Bangkok International Schools Athletic Conference (BISAC), and is a full member of FOBISIA, TISAC, and the International Schools Association of Thailand.
3. Concordian International School
Address: 918 Moo 8, Bangna-Trad Highway Km. 7, Bangkaew, Banglplee, Bangkok 10540, Thailand
Telephone: +66 (0) 2706 9000
This school is authorized to implement the International Baccalaureate Organization’s Primary Years Program (IB-PYP), Middle Years Program (IB-MYP), and Diploma Program (IB-DP).
Condordian International School is also accredited by NEASC, CIS and the Thai Ministry of Education.
This school is proud to provide outstanding facilities from nursery to Grade 12 students that include a playground, a grand theatre with seating for over 560 students, music, art and sports facilities such as basketball and soccer fields, tennis, squash and volleyball courts plus a swimming pool, and more.
Concordian prides itself in helping students achieve excellent IB scores and its alumni have been admitted to numerous prestigious universities.
4. Harrow International School
Address: 45 Soi Kosumruamchai 14, Kosumruamchai Rd, Don Mueang Subdistrict, Don Mueang District, Bangkok 10210, Thailand
Telephone: +66 (0) 2503 7222
Harrow International is an English National Curriculum School that’s rich in tradition, both in Bangkok and as part of a family of schools dating back to 1572.
The school which is also accredited by ONESQA and OPEC has a curriculum that places strong emphasis on literacy (reading, writing, speaking and listening in English), mathematics, and digital literacy. The school also provides extra-curricular activities such as creative arts.
In the Early Years Center, the Pre-Prep and Prep Schools, their pupils are taught a bespoke Harrow Bangkok Curriculum that incorporates the best of England’s educational practices complemented by global influences.
Students in the Senior School study for IGCSE, AS and A Level-examinations that are internationally recognized qualifications that enable access to top universities around the world.
5. International School Bangkok (ISB)
Address: 39/7 Soi Nichada Thani, Samakee Road, Amphur Pakkret, Nonthaburi 11120 Thailand
Telephone: +66 (0) 2963 5800
ISB first opened as the International Children’s Center on the grounds of the US Embassy in 1951. It was Thailand’s first international school, and it serviced US Embassy families and other expats in Bangkok at the time.
ISB offers the Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP) alongside their ISB Curriculum.
This school has a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, an Elementary, Middle and High School, as well as an International Baccalaureate Program.
At ISB, art is not regarded as an optional extra, but as a core part of their curriculum. The school features seven visual arts studios, twelve performing arts classrooms, twenty-seven music practice rooms, two multi-purpose art galleries, and two fully equipped theatres.
ISB also offers students a world-class sports program, a transition program to practice their English skills, and a lot more.
6. NIST International School
Address: 36 Sukhumvit Soi 15, Klongtoey-nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Telephone: +66 (0) 2017 5888
NIST International School was founded in 1992 and is one of Thailand’s oldest international schools. It is one of a kind in that it is free from any one philosophy, creed or system.
NIST was Thailand’s very first full International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. By 1999, the school offered all three IB programs. Today, it is one of the leading IB schools in the world. NIST was also Thailand’s first school to receive triple accreditation; they were approved by CIS, NEASC, and ONESQA.
NIST offers the Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP), and the Diploma Program (DP) as the core of their curriculum. Completing the DP studies, their students score consistently well above global and national averages in IB diploma examinations.
NIST also provides after-school buses for students who participate in one or more of the 300+ extra-curricular activities (ECAs) after their classes. ECAs consist of sports, drama, music, art, technology, academics, language, and social and environmental activism, and many more.
The school represents over 60 nationalities with 25.3% Thai students who form the largest group, as well as a significant number of pupils from North America, Australia and Europe. There are also many students from elsewhere in Asia plus South America and Africa.
7. Regent’s International School
Address: 601/99 Pracha-Uthit Road, Wangthonglang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand
Telephone: +66 (0) 2957 5777
Regent’s International School is a CIS- and ONESQA-accredited day and boarding school for students aged 2 – 18. The school offers primary and secondary schooling with various scholarships for students who demonstrate academic excellence.
Their primary curriculum consists of two key stages for children aged 4 to 11 and for students aged 11 to 18, the secondary school curriculum program follows the English National Curriculum, IGCSE, then the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma course.
Regent’s IB students regularly outperform the world’s average in the highly prestigious International Baccalaureate. With many of its students granted access to the world’s top universities such as UK’s Oxford and Cambridge universities and the Ivy League university in the US.
8. Ruamrudee International School
Address: 6 Ramkhamhaeng 184, Minburi, Bangkok 10510, Thailand
Telephone: +66 (0) 2791 8900
Ruamrudee International (RIS) – which is Thai for “Union of Hearts” – is a Catholic school and it was established in 1957. It was one of Asia’s first schools that were accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Thai Ministry of Education.
The school prides itself in having graduates that score far above the world’s average in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
RIS is one of the few schools in Southeast Asia that offer their students these two world-class programs. Students can choose from a huge selection of over 50 IB and 20 AP classes.
Each year, their students go on to study at many of the world’s top universities and colleges including Harvard, Stanford, University College London and many others, as well as 43 medical schools.
The school offers personalized studying in an Alternative Day Program. This allows students to work in small groups in a purpose-built specialized classroom, or 1:1 on their individualized programs.
RIS features outstanding facilities such as a fitness center, a soccer field, a pool and a yoga room, and there’s a school clinic on the campus. There are recording and ceramic studios, tennis courts, a robotics lab, a coffee shop and a canteen, and more.
9. Shrewsbury International School
– 982 Rim Klong Samsen Road, Bang Kapi, Huai Kwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand (City Campus)
– 1922 Charoen Krung Road, Wat Prayakrai,Bang Kholaem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand (Riverside Campus)
+66 (0) 2203 1222 (City Campus)
+66 (0) 2675 1888 (Riverside Campus)
Shrewsbury is another leading international school in Bangkok for children aged 3 – 18, situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in the very heart of Bangkok. Their community comprises 40 nationalities and 1,736 students. It was established in 2003 and has 2 campuses.
The school has an overall child:teaching staff ratio of 10:1, which facilitates higher support for the youngest learners, and it is proud of 70% A* or A grades at GCSE.
Shrewsbury provides an English National Curriculum that’s adapted to their international community; EYFS to KS5. The curriculum delivers a structured learning journey from the age of 3 to 18 years.
The Early Years Foundation stage (age 3 years) is followed by a sequence of 5 “Key Stages” that culminate in the advanced A-level program (ages 16-18). The school also offers assessed examinations and the attainment of (International) General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) qualifications.
Shrewsbury is accredited by CIS, ONESQA, and HMC, and is a member of FOBISIA and BISAC. It’s also a certified test center for Cambridge International and EdExcel examination boards, SATs, and Duke of Edinburgh International Award.
10. St Andrews International School
– 9 Pridi Banomyong 20/1, Sukhumvit 71, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand (Primary School)
– 1020 Sukhumvit Rd, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand (High School)
+66 (0) 2381 2387 (Primary School)
+66 (0) 2056 9555 (High School)
St Andrews follows a version of England’s National Curriculum that’s been tailored to their international community. It prepares their students for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP).
There’s a maximum of 900 primary school and 1,000 high school students who come from more than 50 countries. The age range is between 2 – 18, and the average class size is 15 – 20. 8 languages are taught at St Andrews, 4 of which are European ones and the others are Asian.
The curriculum reflects the best of British and international education and incorporates Thailand’s culture. The stages comprise the early years foundation stage, followed by 4 key stages and the International Baccalaureate.
St Andrews features a number of sports facilities as well as creative and performing arts, gardens and recreational areas for quieter activities.
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