Educating Your Expat Children In An American International School In Thailand

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Migrating to Thailand seems a daunting task, especially that you need to assess some factors which are as important as the others. For expat parents, the migration process can turn out complicated as you need to consider your children’s needs, especially the availability of high-quality education in an American international school in Thailand, which is a priority. The international schools in the country follow international curricula, so that expat parents are reassured that their kids can resume education without disruption once they move back to their home country.

Here is a short breakdown about the international school system in Thailand:

The 170 international schools in Thailand are categorized into three tiers, each depending on the history of the school, its facilities and where it gets its funding.

  • Tier 1

This category classifies the best international schools in the country. They are usually owned and managed by wealthy individuals or a foundation school, with multiple international accreditations to the names of the schools. Teachers are proficient and educated from around the world. The fees are high, mainly ranging from 400,000-baht to a million-baht every year.

  • Tier 2

In the second tier are schools owned and operated by investors and huge companies. These schools have at least one national and international accreditation just like Tier 1. They have fewer globally-educated teachers and majority of their students are Thai nationals. Tuition fees are lower about 200,000-baht or 800,000-baht per year.

  • Tier 3

The third tier are schools owned by individuals or families. Unlike the other tiers, these schools only have the national ONESQA accreditation. Most of its faculties and students are Thais. The tuition fees are lower, about 80,000-baht to 300,000-baht per year.

There are also four main categories for the international curricula in Thailand.

  • British

This is the most popular curricula offered to 52% of students in international schools. Examples are Bangkok Patana, the Bangkok International Preparatory and Secondary School, and the Harrow International School.

  • American

The American international school in Thailand is next on the list. The US-style curriculum provides various state-specific standards and covers a variety of courses to ensure a well-rounded education for its students. Examples are the American School of Bangkok and the Ruamrudee International School.

  • Others

Other curricula include Australian, French, German and Singaporean.

 

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