The international school system in Thailand demystified. The tier system, various curricula and top factors to consider when choosing a school – this is a handy guide for expat parents looking to move to Thailand.
Thailand, especially its capital city Bangkok, is home to many regional operating headquarters of multinational corporations from all around the world. Its openness to foreign talent makes it an attractive destination for international migration, especially. Expat parents do not have to worry about their children’s educational needs in Thailand as its international schools rank highly in all of Asia, with outstanding learning spaces and facilities that offer holistic, child-centered education.
International schools in Thailand usually adopt either international curricula recognised globally such as International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE), or the native curriculum of a different country. This ensures that children can resume their education without disruption after they migrate to a different country.
We look at the structure of the international school system in Thailand.
Tiers of International Schools
International schools in Thailand are typically categorised into three broad tiers, based on factors such as school history, facilities, funding and others. These categories are largely subjective however, and do not definitively indicate the quality of the schools.
Schools in Tier 1 are considered to be the “best” schools in the country. Typically owned and operated as foundation schools or by wealthy business families, they usually boast multiple national and international accreditations (e.g. ONESQA, CIS, NEASC etc.). Educators are often highly qualified, ‘Western’- educated from all around the world. With their world-class facilities, these schools naturally also charge a pretty penny as fees, which can be anywhere from 400,000 to 1 million baht annually.
Tier 2 schools are usually owned by large corporations or investors. They also have national accreditations and typically at least one international accreditation to their names. In comparison to Tier 1 schools, Tier 2 schools have a more equal mix of local and international educators as well as the larger student body. Fees are also relatively lower, in the range of between 200,000 to 800,000 baht a year.
Schools in this next tier are mostly owned by individuals or families. They usually hold just the national ONESQA accreditation with no international ones. Majority of the teaching and student body tend to be Thai, with fees ranging from 80,000 to 300,000 baht, significantly lower than that of the schools in Tier 1 and 2.
International School Curriculum
As expats in Thailand come from all over the world, Thailand’s international schools offer a wide range of curricula for students.
International Baccalaureate (IB) – This curriculum sets a high standard for success and places great emphasis on both creative and critical thinking. Some international schools offer one or more of the IB programmes – Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the
Diploma Programme (DP). Examples include NIST International School and Concordian International School.
British – The National Curriculum of English is the most popular international school curriculum in Thailand. It is highly student-centered and places great emphasis on achieving clear goals and standards. British curriculum schools include Bangkok Patana, Harrow International School, Shrewsbury International School, among others.
American – The American curriculum is the second most popular curriculum in Thailand, covering a wide range of courses that provide their students a holistic education.
Others – Other curricula offered in Thailand are Singaporean, Australian, German and French.
Things to Consider When Choosing a School
The high quality of the international school system across all tiers in Thailand means that parents will be spoilt for choice when choosing a school for their children.
One of the main considerations for parents is the accreditations that the school has earned. Studying in a school that has multiple national and international accreditations would ensure that the certification that the student receives at the end of their education is recognised around the world.
Another important factor that parents need to consider is their budget for annual fees. This will then affect the school facilities, class size and other co-curricular activities that their children will be involved in.
Location of the schools is also a crucial aspect of the child’s education, especially in a city like Bangkok which has inevitable traffic woes. While schools usually provide dedicated transport, the length of the commute can be very long.
Developments like SC Asset’s Chambers On Nut Station and BEATNIQ are located conveniently within 10min of reputed international schools like Wells International School, Australian International School, Anglo Singapore International School and Bangkok International Preparatory and Secondary School.
The expat community is set to grow as Thailand opens up further opportunities for foreign talent to complement the workforce in the country. This will help take the country forward towards its vision of becoming a leading education hub in the region.
Thank you for contacting us, we will get back to you as soon as we can.
For the company to collect, process or use your personal data for the purposes as follows:
Communication and provision of various information relating to products and services of the Company and offer of any projects in which customers may be interested
Preparation of marketing plan and analysis, process, development and improvement of products and services of the Company
Transmission of information to any third party or business alliance of the Company in relation to products and/or services of the Company
This policy shall be used for personal data protection for clients of SC ASSET Corporation Public Company Limited and its affiliated companies (the "Company") which you provide personal data through online and offline channel such as site visit, website, mobile application, social media (“Platform”), allowing you to search for, visit, use products and services of the Company and/or its business partners such as:
Residential projects, i.e. condominiums, detached houses, townhouses, commercial buildings and other projects.
Baan RueJai Application by SC Asset.
News and promotions of products and services.
Any operation regarding products and services.
"Personal Data" means personal information that enables an individual to be identified, whether directly or indirectly.
"Cookies" means information that is sent from a website to each visitor’s computer while accessing such website.
2. Personal Data collection
2.1 The Company will collect your Personal Data that the Company received whether directly or indirectly which consists of;
Personal data such as name, last name, gender, age, nationality, date of birth, marital status, address, occupation, place of work, postal code, email address, telephone number, credit card, personal income, car that you are driving.
Data on your interests such as products and services, hobbies, social networking activities, sports, travelling, etc.
Data on your decision whether or not to choose products and services, such as reason of purchase or selection of residence, budget, purpose, other products that are used for comparison, comments and site visit information regarding products and services.
Data that specifies your location while using the website. If you enable the GPS system, you consent the Company to collect and process your location information. However, if you would like to conceal this information, you can install programs or turn off GPS on your mobile phone.
Necessary information to be provided to the Company and the Company is entitled to process such personal data as stipulated by law without consent as follows:
Data to be provided for complying law or performance or execution of a contract or other data as stipulated by law. If you do not give your personal data, the Company may not be able to proceed with such action requested by you or as the Company informs you or other consequences pursuant to the applicable law.
Data that is necessary for any lawful interest such as the collection of photo from the Company’s activities and etc.
Other Personal Data subject to your prior consent
2.2 The Company will collect your Personal Data only as necessary or for the purpose of collection and in accordance with the law. However the Company may collect and anonymise any data.
2.3 Method of Personal Data Collection
through the Company’s channel, e.g. electronic means, documentation, verbally, depending on circumstances etc.;
or through channel of the Company’s business partner / other service providers, e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tiktok, Line, etc., for the purpose of creation of your profile or agent. or
The Company has no intention to collect any Personal Data of a child whose age is less than that stipulated by law (the “Age Limit”). If you are younger than that of the Age Limit, please do not use the service of the Company or give any Personal Data to the Company.
In the event that you are a parent of a child whose age is less than the Age Limit and is aware that your child is giving Personal Data to the Company, please contact the Company and you may request to exercise your right instead.
In the even that you are a child of age that is less than the Age Limit and need to receive services and products of the Company, you are required to have a consent of your parent in place for the provision of your Personal Data.
3. Purpose of collection / use / disclosure of the Personal Data
4.Potential Receivers of Your Personal Data
4.1 The Company, business partners of the Company or any employee of relevant companies.
4.2 Agents of the Company who has been authorized to offer and sell the Company’s products and services, including agent or person hired by such person.
4.3 Other persons, including agent or person hired by such person who is arranging in connection with the Company’s products and services, the conduct of the marketing activities, the offer of the Company’s information, the development of the Company’s products and services, e.g. payment method, documentation system, technology, delivery of documents, research, etc.
4.4 Any governmental authority or supervision organization or any person to which the Company is required to disclose such data whether by laws, regulations or order in relation to the Company or pursuant to the Company’s agreement with any governmental authority or any other person.
5. Security of Information
6. Owner's rights
7. Marketing Activities and Promotional Activities
In the event that the Company has send any information relation to its marketing activities and promotional activities, including those concerning products, services or any interesting activities and if you have agreed to receive such information but would like to cancel such receipt, you may proceed by Call Center at 1749 .
8. Exceptions to the Confidentiality of Personal Data
9. Personal Data Retention