Education in Thailand

Internationals schools: Government definition “An international School is an educational institution providing an International curriculum or International curriculum which its subject details has been adjusted or a self organised curriculum, which is not the Ministry of Educations.

International schools here in Bangkok and all Thailand rank on top in terms of quality and child centered education, which poses a big challenge to most of the public schools in both Bangkok and Thailand.

A vast number of Internationals schools have emerged to meet the needs of the growing expatriate population. Parents have the opportunity to enrol their children in English language schooling either in a British, American, or International curriculum, as they need be.

Its not easy to choose and choosing the right school for your children is extremely important and has to be done with great care. Most International schools here are (ISAT) International Schools Association of Thailand. 

ISAT publishes an annual guide to International Schools in Thailand and it also has a useful website at www.isat.or.th I would strongly recommend that you visit this website to assist in your school search. 

High quality education comes with a price in Thailand , cheaper alternatives might be English programme schools bilingual or English programme, if your children can speak Thai.

It is fair to say that none of the International schools in Bangkok and Thailand is really a foreign school since they are all accredited by the Ministry of Education in Thailand, basically for simple legal reasons.

The international schools use a foreign curriculum, as opposed to the national Thai curriculum, from the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Germany, Australia etc..

English programme schools teach the national curriculum in English, however some of the subject are taught in Thai language. 

Schooling in Thailand normally starts from around 18 months of age. In Bangkok and Thailand there are many institutions offering step approach until school entry and leading onto grade 12.

Preschool education or infant education is the provision of education for your child before the commencement of statutory and obligatory education between the ages of 0 or and 5 depending on the national laws. In British English nursery school or playgroup is the normal preschool education. In the United States preschool and Pre K are used.

Many International kindergartens in Bangkok and Thailand are not limited to the standard kindergarten years. They tend to start much earlier and offer early year education also all the way to year 12

In Thailand kindergarten is part of the preschool system of early childhood education. Children will usually attend anytime between the ages of 2 and 7 years.

Most international K 12 schools offer kindergarten education while other just focus on the kindergarten age group. its advisable to find the right place for your child in Thailand.

Please find here the list with the Kindergartens in Bangkok

Primary or elementary education is the first stage of compulsory education, it is preceded by pre school or nursery education and is followed by secondary education. It is compulsory for children to receive primary education in Thailand. The transition to secondary school or high school occurs at about 11 or 12 years of age.

Teachers are carefully screened here in Thailand for all levels of schools and generally most of the international school the teachers are from abroad, mainly British, American and Australian.

A wide range of university entrance qualification is available at Thai upper secondary International schools, reaching from IGCSE A and O level over US American high school diplomas.

Documents required for enrollment are usually copies of:

  • Parents & Childs passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Previous school records

An application fee is usually required by most schools, however it does not guarantee acceptance to the school.

Myself personally did most of my schooling in Asia as I grew up in the part of the world and i had the best time both educational and meeting so many different types of people and it has made me have a broader mind and my understand about the world is thanks to this.

Please find here the list with most International Schools in Bangkok