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International Schools in Bangkok

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Thailand's international school system is large and varies according to fees and reputation. There are three tiers in the system. The higher fee schools, like NIST, are very expensive but schools in this Tier 1 category are considered the best. Tier 2 schools offer slightly reduced fees and include Bangkok Prep, RIS and TRAIL. Schools such as Ascot and Heathfield fall into Tier 3 and cater towards rich Thai families rather than expats. There are presently 65 international schools in Bangkok.

The curriculum must be approved by the Thai Ministry of Education, but the schools are free to differ from the national plan with some following the UK system, others the US system, and other the IB or a mixture. Families should look for ISAT and CoIS accreditation to gain an idea of how credible the school is. Care does need to be taken in Thailand as some schools are run just for profit. If a school is for profit based, find out who the backers are as this can have major implications for the way the school is run.

Managers and head teachers must be of Thai nationality, though often there will be a foreign head teacher overseeing the international curriculum and implementing the school policies.

Similar to the Thai public school system, most schools start between 7:30-8:00 until 14:00-15:00 with an extra hour of ECA (extracurricular activities). International schools may have different start and finishing times depending on the school. They will also have different holiday times, however if they follow an international timetable they are likely to have a six week holiday over July and August and the usual two week break over Christmas and Easter. Individual schools will be able to provide more details. In general, schools will also close for Thai national holidays.

The following documents are usually required to register your child with an international school:

  • Passport (with at least six months before expiry)
  • Non-immigrant ED visa
  • All documentation and records from the previous school your child attended
  • Birth certificate
  • Health certificate
  • Immunisation records

Accreditation Associations for International Schools in Thailand

List of International Schools in Bangkok

NIST International School (NIST)
Address: 36 Sukhumvit Soi 15
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel: 66 2 651 2065
Tuition Rates: 362,200 - 699,100 baht per year

NIST is one of the most expensive and prestigious schools in Bangkok. It is a Tier 1 school offering all three International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). Equivalency with the US Grade system follows recommendations made by the IBO. The school teaches Thai, Japanese, Mandarin, Hindi, German, Korean and English as Mother Tongue Languages, as well as offering French, Mandarin, and Spanish as second languages.

Bangkok International Preparatory and Secondary School
Address: 23 Sukhumvit 53
Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand.
Tel: 02-260-7890
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An international school, also known as Bangkok Prep, for children from 3-18 years old. It is a private co-educational school officially ordained by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The programme of study is based on the National Curriculum of England from Nursery to Year 13. In Year 12 and 13 students are prepared for Cambridge-approved A-levels. The school is triple-accredited by CoIS, NEASC, ISAT and ONESQA. The school is also a member of FOBISSEA as well as the Cambridge University-approved IGCSE and A-level examination center.

Trail International School
Address: 43 Soi 16, Ramkhamhaeng Road
Huamark, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: 66(0)2718 8779
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Trail School is one of the most established British-style international school in Bangkok, for students aged 2 to 18 years. It is a tier 2 school with a modified version of the English National Curriculum leading into a two year programme in which students prepare for University of Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) at the end of Year 11, followed by a further two years leading to the Cambridge Advanced Certificate in Education at the end of Year 13.

International School Bangkok (ISB)
Address: 39/7 Soi Nichada Thani
Samakee Road, Pakkret, Thailand
Tel: 02-963-5800; extension 1125, 1126; (outside Thailand) 662-963-5800 extension 1125, 1126
Tuition Rates: 443,000 - 803,000 baht per year

ISB was the first international school in the Kingdom of Thailand. ISB's curriculum is based on the highest North American standards and enriched with curricula from around the world to promote international perspectives. There are support services in place for students who learn English as an Additional Language (EAL) or who require learning support in Intensive Studies (I.S.). ISB offers high-school students the opportunity to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) in grades 11 & 12. The school is accredited by WASC and CoIS. Uniforms are required.

KIS International School
Address: Samsen Nok
999/124 Kesinee Ville, Huai Khwang, Thailand
Tel: 66 2 274 3444
Tuition Rates: 281,000 - 591,000 baht per year

Accredited by the CoIS and fully authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization in all 3 programmes. It is partnered with Washington International School, an IB World School in Washington, D.C. It is licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education and it is a member ISAT.

Shrewsbury International School
Address: 1922, Charoen Krung Road
Wat Prayakrai, Bang Kholame, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Tel: (66 2) 675-1888
Tuition Rates: 461,400 - 552,200 baht per year

English language international school .The teaching and learning that takes place in Years 7, 8 and 9 lay the foundations for the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE OR IGCSE ) courses in Years 10 and 11 and Advanced Level (A Level) in Years 12 and 13. It is accredited by CoIS, NEASC, and ONESQA and is affiliated by FOBISSEA.

Australian International School Bangkok (AISB)
Sukhumvit Campus Address: 162/2 Soi Sukhumvit 20. Klongtoey; Bangkok 10110 Thailand
Ramintra Campus Address: 999 Watcharapol Ramintra Road, Tha-Raeng; Bangkhen, Bangkok 10230 Thailand
Tel: 02 260 4575, 02 663 5495 - 7
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The Australian International School of Bangkok caters to children aged 18 months to 7 years. It is an English language school with an Australian based curriculum.

Adventist International Mission School (AIMS)
Address: 195 Moo 3, Muaklek
Saraburi, Thailand 18180
Tel: 66 3 672 0675
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English language curriculum with a Christian based foundation. There are Thai language courses for non-Thai students in grades 1 - 12. A co-educational school for students from preschool to grade 12. It is accredited by WASC, ONESQA, ISAT, Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventists (AAA) and is duly recognized by the Ministry of Education of Thailand (MOE).

Bangkok Adventist International School (BAIS)
Address: 12 Soi Pridi Banomyong 37, Sukhumvit 71 Road
Klongtan Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand 10110
Tel: 662-381-9406
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A private Christian school that provides education to children (Kindergarten to Grade 8) of both local and mobile foreign communities in Bangkok. It is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Thailand. It is accredited by WASC and ISAT.

Beaconhouse International School
Address: 166/1 Pattanakarn Soi 78
Prawet Bangkok 10250
Tel: 66 (0) 2722 2571-5
Tuition Rates: 40,000 baht - 60,000 per Term

This is a co-educational international school for children aged from 2 to 11. The curriculum is composed of British education with Thai traditions and culture.

Bangkok Grace International School (BGIS)
Address: 79/3-12 Lardphrao Soi 112
Wangthonglang BKK. Thailand 10310
Tel: 02-539-4516-8
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

BGIS is a Christian, co-educational school with Grades Kindergarten through 12. There is an ESL program. It is accredited by WASC.

Bangkok Patana School
Address: 643 La Salle Road (Sukhumvit 105)
Bangna, Bangkok 10260, Thailand
Tel: 66 (0) 2785 2200
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

One of Thailand's original British international schools, classes are available from Foundation Stage through to Senior Studies. Students in Years 10 and 11 follow a two-year programme leading to the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) or its international equivalent, the IGCSE. An IB World School, it is accredited by CIS and NEASC.

Berkeley International School
Address: 123 Bangna-Trad, Km.1, Bangna
Bangkok, Thailand 10260
Tel: 66 (0) 2747-4788, +66 (0) 2747-4888
Tuition Rates: 350,000 - 565,000 baht per year

An American, college-preparatory international school with an international focus in grades Pre-K through grade 9.

British Columbia International School (BCISB)
Address: 606 Kalaprapruek Rd. Bangwa
Phasicharoen, Bangkok 10160 Thailand
Tel: 662-802-1188, 802-2550
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The British Columbia International School is a private school which offers students the opportunity to graduate from Grade 12 with a Graduation Diploma issued by the Ministry of Education in British Columbia, Canada. BCISB graduates will also receive a Graduation Certificate from the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Thailand. Students are instructed in English with additional instruction in Thai language and culture. BCISB graduates will be eligible to enter Canadian and Thai Universities to further pursue their studies.

Charter International School
Address: 36 Chaloem Phrakiat Ratchakan Thi 9 Road
Prawet, Prawet, Bangkok 10250 Thailand
Tel: 66 (0) 27268283-4
Tuition Rates: 85,00 - 145,000 baht per year

Charter International School opens its doors to Thai as well international students. The school offers the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Years 10 and 11. It is accredited by WASC and CoIS.

Harrow International School
Address: 45 Soi Kosumruamchai 14, Kosumruamchai Rd.
Sikun, Don Muang, Bangkok, 10210 Thailand
Tel: 66 (0) 25037222
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Teaches the national curriculum of England through the medium of English and leading to IGCSE, A/S and A2 examinations. Boarding is available.

Heathfield International School
Address: 10/22 Moo 4, Sukhapiban 3 Road
Ramkhamhaeng 132/1, Saphansung, Bangkok 10240 Thailand
Tel: 66 2372 2679-80
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A tier 3 school, Heathfield International School is a British community-driven school providing a quality, balanced English language education for international communities, which reflects the values and traditions of Heathfield School UK.

International Community School (ICS)
Address: 1225 The Parkland Road
Khwaeng Bangna, Khet Bangna, Bangkok, Thailand 10260
Tel: 02-338-0777
Tuition Rates: 223,600 - 378,200 baht per year

This school offers an American-style, Christian, college preparatory curriculum to the international community of Bangkok. Courses are available from kindergarten to high school.

International Pioneers School (IPS)
Address: 20 Radjruam Charoen, (Charoen Nakorn Soi 14)
Klongtonsai, Klongsan, Bangkok 10600 Thailand
Tel: 02 8623030, 02 4384741
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

IPS accommodates students from ages 2 to 16 (Kindergarten through Year 13) and leading to IGCSE examinations. The Curriculum is based on the British National Curriculum and adapted to meet the needs of local and overseas students. IPS is formally recognized and licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education.

Kevalee International School
Address: Soi Hathairaj 37, Hathairaj Road
Tel: 0-2906-6427
Tuition Rates: 50,000 - 91,500 baht per year

An international kindergarten school from pre-kindergarten to high school. The school was licensed by Thailand's Ministry of Education.

Modern International School (MISB)
Address: 125 - 135 Soi Pobmit, Sukhumvit 39 Rd.
Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand
Tel: 0-2258-8216, 0-2258-8222
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

MISB is affiliated to the British National Curriculum offering classes from Early years, Primary stage to Secondary Stage and prepares students to take the CIE ISCSE and A'Level examinations.

Pan-Asia International School (PAIS)
Address: 18 Chalermprakiat Rama 9 / Soi 67
Kwang Dokmai, Pravet, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: (66 2) 726 6273-4, (66 2) 347 2280-3
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This is an international IB school offering classes from kindergarten to grade twelve. It follows an American curriculum, based upon the standards and benchmarks provided by the Common Core Curriculum of the USA. Students in Grades 11 and 12 have the option of studying the IB Diploma curriculum. The school has been fully accredited by WASC and the Thai Ministry of Education.

Niva International School
Address: 18 Soi Phokaew 3 Yeak 9, Ladprao 101
Bangkapi, Bangkok Thailand
Tel: 662 9484605 to 7
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English language international school from kindergarten to secondary school. Niva Overseas School is a private study center catering to overseas students who wanted to prepare and sit for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education examinations. Although originally a British curriculum school, Niva IS has always incorporated American and other international elements in its program. All subjects at Niva IS, with the exception of Thai, Chinese and modern languages, are taught in English language.

Rasami British International School (RBIS)
Address: 48/2 Soi Rajavithi 2, Rajavithi Rd.
Phayathai, Bangkok, Thailand 10400
Tel: 66(0)2-644 5291-2
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This British International School uses the Early Years areas of learning through Advanced Level (A' Level) education. Boarding is available. The school is accredited by ONESQA.

RC International School
Address: 25/3-4 Ruam Rudee Soi 1 Ploenchit Rd.
Lumpini Phatumwan Bangkok Thailand
Tel: (66) 02-254-4380
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

International school offering quality education based on the British Curriculum for children ages 18 months to 13 years old. The school is accredited by the ISAT, ONESQA, and Thai Ministry of Education.

Saint John's International School (SJIS )
Address: 1110/8 Viphavadi-Rangsit Road Latyao
Jatujak Bangkok, Thailand 10900
Tel: 66 2 513 8575
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The primary school follows the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the Secondary school follows an American style curriculum, but allows for students to take the British GCSE exams should they choose.

Singapore International School of Bangkok (SISB)
Address: 498/11 Soi Ramkhamhaeng 39 (Tepleela 1)
Wangthonglang, Wangthonglang, Bangkok 10310 Thailand
Tel: 66 (0)2-158-9191
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

SISB is founded on the twin principles of the Singapore National Curriculum with nursery to secondary sections. The school is accredited by ISAT, CoIS and Cambridge International Examinations.

St. Andrews International School Bangkok
Address: 9 Pridi Banomyong 20/1
Sukhumvit Soi 71, Prakanong, Bangkok 10110 Thailand
Tel: (66)2 381 2387 - 8
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

International school with classes from the early years to high school. Students should be fluent in their native language as well as English. There are native language programmes for Japanese, German and French. It is accredited by ISAT, CoIS, and is an IB World School.

St. Stephen's International School (SIS)
Address: 998 Viphavadi Rangsit Road
Lad Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900 Thailand
Tel: 66 (0) 2513 0270-1
Tuition Rates: 232,500 - 480,000 baht per year

The curriculum of this international school uses the National Curriculum of England and Wales (NC) and The International Primary/Middle Years Curriculum (IPC/IMYC). The Thai National Curriculum also has an important place at SIS. English is the language of instruction at St. Stephen's except for the teaching of Thai and Mandarin. Students take IGCSE exams and also, in the Sixth Form, their A Levels as well as the Thai High School Diploma.

The American School of Bangkok (ASB)
Sukhumvit Address: 59-59/1 Sukhumvit Road Soi 49/3 Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand
Green Valley Address: 900 Moo 3 Bangna-Trad Road Km. 15 Bangplee, Samutprakarn 10540 Thailand
Tel: 66 (0) 2620 8600
Tuition Rates: 90,000 - 272,500 baht per year

The American School of Bangkok has four Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs). There are 2 campuses catering to pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 American curriculum in boarding and day school. The school is accredited by WASC and EARCOS.

The Regent's School
Address: 601/99 Pracha-Uthit Road
Wangtonglang, Bangkok 10310 Thailand
Tel: 66 (0) 2 957 5777
Tuition Rates: 96,500 - 183,000 baht per year

This international school is based upon the Early Years Foundation Stage, the English National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Programme. In Years 10 and 11 students follow, the international examination courses offered by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) (IGCSE) and EDXECEL (GCSE). Boarding is available. An IB World school, with accreditation by CoIS and ISAT.

Trinity International School (TRIS)
Address: 30 Sukhumvit Soi 36 Lane 2
Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel: 0-2661-3993; (Overseas) 66-2661-3993
Tuition Rates: 132,500 - 155,160 baht per year

A private Kindergarten through Grade 12 Christian institution. It teaches the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) principles and beliefs. The school is accredited by Ministry of Education in Thailand and ISAT.

Concordian International School
Address: 918 Moo 8 Bangna-trad Km.7 Road
Bangkaew, Samut Prakan 10540, Thailand
Tel: 66 2 706 9000
Tuition Rates: 9,650 - 8,950 baht per year

This international school offers courses from early years to graduation. Instruction is in English. An IBb World School, it is accredited by CoIS, NEASC and the Thai Ministry of Education.

French International School in Bangkok

Lycée Français International de Bangkok
Address: 498, soi Rhamkhamhaeng 39 (Thep Leela 1)
Wangthonglang Bangkok 10310, Thailand
Tel: 66 2 934 8008
Tuition Rates: 195,670 - 337,328 baht per year

Curriculum is based on the French system operating under the auspices of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs and is run in conjunction with the AEFE (Agency for the Teaching of French Abroad). Instruction is in French, with additional courses in English and Thai.

German International School in Bangkok

Swiss School Bangkok
Address: 6/1 Ramkamhaeng 184 Road
Minburi, Bangkok 10510 Thailand
Tel: 66 (0) 2 5180 340, 42-44
Tuition Rates: 74,800 - 292,500 baht per year

This is the only international school in Thailand with a curriculum based on German language instruction. The school is officially supported by the Swiss and German governments and their educational authorities. The school provides one curriculum in two profiles with either English or German as the first classroom language.

Ruamrudee International School Thailand (RIS)
Address: 6 Ramkhamhaeng 184
Minburi - 10510 Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: 66 (0) 2791-8900
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A Tier 2 school accredited by WASC and provides the IB program. The school curriculum is drawn from the English language model, with a German language path offered. Digital Citizenship is emphasized as part of the Values program.

For more information refer to the International Schools Association of Thailand and The Good Schools Guide International.

For a complete listing of International Schools in Thailand, refer to our expat services site Expat-Quotes (select the country and look under the education tab).

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The IB program is offered by a number of private schools. It is taught under the supervision of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. All students study languages, social science, experimental science, mathematics and arts.

The IB is divided into three programmes covering the following age ranges:

  • Primary Years Programme (PYP) ages 3-12
  • Middle Years Programme (MYP) ages 11-16
  • Diploma Programme (DP) ages 16-18

Update 4/11/2015


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