International schools in Thailand
Bangkok has about thirty international schools. The vast majority of them offer instruction in English but follow different programs.
There are three teaching systems:
These schools vary in size and cost. Some have been in Thailand for a long time, others are very recent, but all of them, in principle, have the same goal: to make young people aware of an international culture while training them to become responsible minds. Depending on the size of the school, the diversity of nationalities will be more or less important. On average, an international school of 800 students can have up to 40 nationalities.
International schools employ native English teachers who are certified in their home country and most of them hold TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate). Foreign language teachers are also native to the language they teach.
Classes usually do not exceed 20 students
Students with an inadequate English level may be placed in the English as an aditional language (EAL) class until they have caught up. Thus, this additional support may extend over a period of a few months to a whole school year, or even more if necessary. Assistants can also accompany a child throughout his schedule.
Some of these schools place great importance on mother tongues and often offer students the opportunity to continue learning their language. Thus, a French-speaking child will have French lessons in his schedule. Note that native language programs are subject to fees.
Anglo-Saxon and international systems
The Anglo-Saxon and international systems place the child at the center of the learning device, guide and support it. Students are regularly assessed by means of international (IGCSE, IB etc.) and internal exams.
All programs are adapted to Thailand, in order to respect the culture. The teaching of Thai is compulsory for all, with a larger volume of time for children of Thai nationality.
The admission process is simple: after contacting the school, the parents and the child will come to visit. Then, the child will be invited to spend a day at the school, during which time they will evaluate their ability to adapt and their level of English. He will follow the timetable of the class that suits his age. The school will finally make the decision to accept your child, or not.
The admission criteria vary from school to school: some will see the child’s academic ability as the most essential criterion, others will be more flexible and will instead select children according to their potential to adapt. Math and English tests can also assess the level of the child.
The level of English will not be taken into account for children whose registration concerns the nursery school
The cost is often high and can be adjusted by quarter, month or year. The amount to be expected is about 100,000 baht per quarter for the least expensive and 350,000 baht for the most expensive. It will be necessary to add to that the price of the canteen, the transport if necessary, the extracurricular activities, etc. Registration fees are also payable.
You can consult the list of international schools in Thailand at: http://www.isat.or.th/