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International Schools in Bangkok

June 12, 2024
With a plethora of options, finding the right international school in Thailand can be a daunting task. This comprehensive guide is designed to simplify your search and equip you with the valuable insights needed to make an informed decision.
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Relocating to Thailand? Find the perfect international school for your child’s quality education, along with your ideal house or condo for rent in Bangkok.

With a plethora of options, finding the right international school in Thailand can be a daunting task. This comprehensive guide is designed to simplify your search and equip you with the valuable insights needed to make an informed decision.

As you set your sights on the vibrant city of Bangkok, you're likely to encounter a dynamic real estate market and a vast array of international schools. The city is a tapestry of neighborhoods, each with its unique charm and a selection of educational institutions. If you're leaning towards a house for rent in Bangkok, you might find yourself drawn to the leafy, tranquil suburbs. On the other hand, if a condo for rent in Bangkok is more up your alley, the city center offers a myriad of options, with the added advantage of being close to a number of prestigious schools.

Researching Schools: Start by exploring various international schools in Thailand. Look for those offering a curriculum that aligns with your child's educational needs, such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) program or a national curriculum from your home country. Consider factors like facilities, extracurricular activities and school reputation to refine your options. Location and accommodations are other important considerations, be it a condo for rent in Bangkok or a house for rent in Bangkok.

Accreditation and Recognition: Make sure your chosen international school is accredited and recognized by reputable educational authorities. Affiliations with organizations like the Council of International Schools (CIS) or the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) are key indicators of quality education and compliance with international standards.

Curriculum and Language of Instruction: Thailand hosts a wide range of curricula, including British, American, Australian, Canadian and the International Baccalaureate (IB).

In Bangkok, there are numerous international schools, and finding the best fit for your family’s needs can be challenging. That’s where CBRE can help. We offer comprehensive assistance with school listings, taking into account factors such as office proximity and preferred areas. So whether you're looking for a house for rent in Bangkok or a condo for rent in Bangkok, we can help you find a home near the right school for your child. We also facilitate school visits to provide insight into the environment and academic curriculum, which plays a significant role in shaping the children’s experiences throughout the year.

Some of the predominant curricula available in Bangkok include:

1. International Baccalaureate (IB): Known for its inquiry-based learning, holistic approach and emphasis on critical thinking and international-mindedness, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) offers three uniquely tailored programs for students aged 3 to 19.

•  The IB Primary Years Program caters to students aged 3 to 12, emphasizing the creation of a strong foundation for its students as independent thinkers and inquisitive learners.

The IB Middle Years Program serves students aged 12 to 16, offering a rigorous academic framework that reinforces previous learning while teaching students the relationship between school subjects and real-world contexts.

•  The IB Diploma Program is designed to optimize success in university, higher education or the workforce. Aimed at pupils students aged 16 to 19, it spans two years and has earned high praise from educational institutions worldwide.

International schools offering the IB curriculum in Bangkok include Bangkok Patana School, International School Bangkok (ISB), NIST International School, Ruamrudee International School (RIS), Regent’s International School and St. Andrews International School Bangkok, all of which are surrounded by various houses and condos for rent in Bangkok.

2. U.S. Curriculum: This curriculum follows the standards set by the U.S. education system, which emphasizes a well-rounded education, extracurricular activities and student engagement. The U.S. Curriculum is internationally accredited and recognized by organizations like the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA). Schooling begins at age 5, with grade levels typically classified as Kindergarten (KG), Elementary School (Grades 1-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School (Grades 9-12).

International schools offering the U.S. curriculum in Bangkok include International School of Bangkok (ISB), Ruamrudee International School (RIS), BASIS International School Bangkok, American School of Bangkok (ASB), Berkeley International School, Bangkok Adventist International School and Ekamai International School. At CBRE Thailand, we can help you find the perfect house for rent in Bangkok near these esteemed schools.

3. U.K. Curriculum: Typically based on the National Curriculum of England, this curriculum is recognized for its structured approach and high academic standards. In the English curriculum, grade levels are referred to as “Year”, serving students aged 3 to 16.

- Early Years (for children aged 3-5)
- Year 1-2: Ages 5-6
- Year 3-6: Ages 7-10
- Year 7-9: Ages 11-13
- Year 10-11: Ages 14-16 
After Year 11, students typically take A-Level exams over two years to prepare for university.

You can find a variety of options for a condo for rent in Bangkok close to schools offering the U.K. curriculum. These include Bangkok Patana School, Bangkok Prep International School, Brighton College Bangkok, Denla British School, Harrow International School, King’s College International School, Regent’s International School, Shrewsbury International School, St. Andrews International School and Wellington College International School. If you prefer a larger living space and a homely environment, there is also a range of houses for rent in Bangkok within convenient distances of these internationally recognized institutions.

4. Singapore Curriculum (SIN): Renowned for its robust emphasis on mathematics and science, this curriculum prioritizes problem-solving skills and academic excellence. In Thailand, students studying under the Singaporean curriculum typically learn three languages: English, Thai and Mandarin (Chinese). The grade levels mirror those in Singapore. However, the final two years of high school are focused on equipping students for university entrance.

International schools offering the Singaporean curriculum in Bangkok include Anglo-Singapore International School, Glory Singapore International School, PPMAS-Singapore International School, Singapore International School of Bangkok, Thai-Singapore International School and St. Mark’s International School. Located in various neighborhoods, these schools are in proximity to countless houses and condos for rent in Bangkok.

*Each curriculum has its strengths and weaknesses, and the best fit depends on your child's learning style, interests, educational ambitions and potential university choices. It's crucial to research and visit schools, engage with teachers and students, and evaluate how each curriculum aligns with your child's needs and aspirations.*

While navigating the educational landscape is a significant part of your move to Bangkok, it's just as important to find the right home base for your family. Whether you're looking for a condo for rent in Bangkok or a house for rent in Bangkok, CBRE can help you find a home that not only meets your living needs but also situates you conveniently close to the school of your choice. Our real estate listings in Bangkok are comprehensive, covering a wide range of neighborhoods and housing types to ensure you find the perfect fit.

Please refer to CBRE’s listing of houses or condos for rent in Bangkok near internation School. These properties offer competitive rates and are rare finds. Secure them while you can.

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Theerathorn Prapunpong
Head of Residential Leasing
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