International schools are usually the best solution for an expat student (children of executives of multinational organizations, children of diplomats) changing environment and children of the elites in Thailand. There are three tiers used for categorizing the international school system in Thailand. The tier 1 category of international schools in Thailand, which is considered the best and attended by expat students, is the most expensive. Tier 2 category of schools offer slightly reduced fees than tier 1, while Tier 3 majorly caters to rich Thai families rather than expats.
The curriculum followed by international schools in Thailand; either British, US or International Baccalaureate curriculum, must have received approval from the Thai Ministry of Education and accreditation from an international body.
In Thailand, some international schools are profit based. Before enrolling your child in a profit based international school, ensure you make enquiries about the financial backers and stakeholders of such schools. This is for you to be aware of the impending implications that may arise based on the way such schools are run.
The following documents are usually requested for in order to enroll your child in an international school in Thailand:
- An international passport
- Your child’s previous school records and documentation
- Immunization records
- Health records
- Birth certificate
- Non-immigrant EDT visa
However, procedures for enrollment and admission vary from school to school and there are often limited spaces and possibly, preference for students based on their nationality. The fees for international school are usually expensive, but offer high learning standards of, smaller sizes of classrooms, top notch facilities, and extracurricular activities. Whereas some schools provide boarding facilities some schools, some provide only day programs.
Here are some known international school accreditation and membership bodies:
- Council of International Schools (CIS)
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
- Worldwide Education Service (WES)
- Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA)
- New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)
- International Schools Association of Thailand(ISAT)
- Federation of British International Schools in South East Asia and East Asia (FOBISSEA)
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