12 top international schools in Bangkok
published : 20 May 2019 at 16:54
Deck: Here are 12 of the best international schools in Bangkok where expat parents in Bangkok will want their children to study.
International schools in Bangkok and other regions of Thailand have been growing significantly in popularity. From traditional foundation schools to proprietary schools and the rise of overseas franchises, there is always demand for high quality international schools from both the local and expatriate communities. Here we round up some interesting schools that have been consistently high on the lists of expats doing school searches. To remain unbiased, This international school list based on alphabetical order.
Bangkok Patana School
This is one of the oldest international schools in Thailand and probably the biggest (around 2,000+ students). This school is situated a little away from the city centre around Soi Lasalle, Sukhumvit 105. Here, the students are able to choose between the school’s curriculum and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme which focuses on the big picture through a variety of subjects according to international university specifications.
Bangkok Patana offers a lot of outdoor activities, so the children can have new experiences. Moreover, there are clubs for enhancing their skills such as Tennis Club, Football Club, Swimming Club, Gymnastic Club, and Acting Club. Here, the children can gain both academic knowledge and acquire other skills at the same time.
Bangkok Prep, or Bangkok International Preparatory & Secondary School, is a top-ranking international school in Bangkok. It is especially suitable for those looking for a good school where you can still embrace your urban lifestyle after dropping the children off in the morning. There are two locations: Thong Lo (Primary Campus) and Sukhumvit 77 (Secondary Campus). The schools provide a British education from Early Years until Year 13, preparing students for admission to top universities around the world. Though the schools focus on a cosy learning atmosphere, they also provide facilities such as a 50-metre swimming pool, black box theatre, darkroom for photography, tennis courts, rock climbing wall, a big sport centre, and more.
Concordian International School
Concordian International School is a private international school located in Bangkok. The school is fully authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organization. The IB Program is implemented in three stages.
What makes Concordian unique is that students can take advantage of the rich multi-lingual Mandarin, English, and Thai environment. The school believes that fluency in more than one language helps students better communicate with and understand other cultures. Concordian aims to foster a positive learning environment that enables students to become critical and creative thinkers. The school is equipped with the latest technology and comprehensive facilities.
Early Learning Centre
Unlike the other schools on our list, Early Learning Centre (ELC) The City School only offers educational programmes covering Years 1-6. So if you decide that this is the right school for your children, you will need to look elsewhere once they have completed their elementary education. The ELC City School campus is situated in Sukhumvit Soi 49, close to Phrom Phong and Thong Lo BTS stations. The school has been landscaped to provide a natural retreat in the heart of the city where children can play, explore, and relax in between lessons. Because ELC focuses on younger children, they place a greater emphasis on physical and social development than some other schools, helping children interact with their peers and become more confident as they make their way through the first six years of their education.
Harrow International School Bangkok
One of the first UK branded international schools in Thailand, Harrow is one of the leading international schools in Bangkok following a British curriculum. Harrow focuses on empowering students to become leaders. They even have a Leadership in Action Course to build leadership skills in their students. Beside academic classes, sports, and recreation, other impressive activities include chess and archery. Furthermore, they embrace the prestigious Duke Of Edinburgh's International Awards, a competition to find winners in physical, emotional, social, and intellectual fields.
International Community School
Previously named International Christian School, International Community School (ICS) is located in Bang Na District of Bangkok. The school was founded in 1981 by expatriate families who wish to educate their children from a biblical and religious world perspective.
It follows an American curriculum and is jointly accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). At the 2017 count, ICS had over 1,010 students enrolled with over 22 different nationalities.
International School Bangkok
International School Bangkok (ISB) is one of the top international schools in Thailand. ISB was the first ever international school to open in Thailand. It opened in 1951, at which point it was called the International Children’s Center. The original mission of the school was to teach the children of US Embassy staff and other expats based in Bangkok.
A private American-style school in Nonthaburi Province, the school follows an international curriculum. ISB is a non-profit school and has a current student size of around 1,900, aged from 4 years old up to 18 years old. Students benefit from top quality facilities based on the school’s 37-acre campus.
Lycée Français International de Bangkok
Lycée Français International de Bangkok is a French international school founded in Thailand in 1957. Located in the Wang Thonglang District of Bangkok, it is an ideal fit for parents seeking a French speaking school for their children. The school has been awarded both Thai and French accreditation while following a curriculum based on the French education system for students from kindergarten up to baccalaureate (aged 3 to 18). Lycée Français International de Bangkok is a member of the International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT).
NIST International School
NIST (New International School Thailand) is located in the middle of Bangkok on Asoke Road. Considered one of the top international schools in Bangkok, NIST is an association between the school and the UN (United Nations). It was the first school in Thailand to apply the IB Curriculum.
NIST encourages children to be adaptive to the fast-changing world. It offers over 300 extra-curricular activities according to the children’s ages. These include sports, acting, music, arts, linguistics, and social responsibility activities. They are all aimed at enabling the children to live happy and fulfilled lives going forward.
RIS Swiss Section
RIS Swiss Section-Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok provides excellent language opportunities with students benefiting from a Swiss and German curriculum where German and English are the main languages of instruction. Teachers in German-speaking classes are from Germany, Switzerland or Austria, while teachers in English-speaking classes are native English speakers. RIS Swiss Section graduates gain direct access to Swiss, German, and Austrian universities and other universities around the world. Class sizes are small, and the school follows up-to-date student-centred methods of teaching from Nursery to Grade 12.
Shrewsbury International School Bangkok
Established in 2003, Shrewsbury has two international school campuses that offer an inspirational, co-educational education based on the English National Curriculum. The school’s Riverside Campus on Charoen Krung Road offers places for students aged 3-18 years. The City Campus offers primary school places for children aged 3-11 years. The upper secondary level offers iGCSE, AS Level, and A Level curricula providing graduates with access to leading universities around the world. Both campuses offer a wide-ranging, co-curricular programme, complemented by specially designed learning environments and performance facilities.
St. Andrews International School
St. Andrews International Schools in Thailand are part of the Cognita family of schools, with a network of around 70 schools in eight countries and over 40,000 students worldwide.
The schools offer international learning through a combination of the English National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Programmes. Each school campus is small by design with a supportive and nurturing community feel. The Sathorn, Dusit, and Sukhumvit 107 schools are located in Bangkok, while Green Valley is conveniently situated on the Eastern Seaboard between Pattaya and Rayong.