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best schools in bangkok chosen by expats

A snapshot: schools in Bangkok considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English speaking expats.

Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with  next to their names. 

 (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate


International schools

American School of Bangkok – Green Valley

American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 450 students

Founded in 1983 and operating on two separate campuses, both offering a full American curriculum. The Green Valley campus in an appropriately verdant setting, not only offers academic training, leading to scholarships at major global universities, but is also home to the only junior golf academy in Asia. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Australian International School Bangkok

Australian curriculum/ Cambridge 2/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned

The school has a separate campus in a residential area in central Bangkok for children starting in nursery and continuing to year one. The main campus, a short distance away caters for students from year one to year 12. The school is also intending to offer year 13 university preparatory courses to satisfy the English proficiency requirements of universities in English speaking countries.

Bangkok Patana School

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ I/GCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,200 students

Founded in 1957, making it one of the three ‘grandes dames’  of Thailand schools. The school probably houses the largest percentage of UK passport holders (nearly 25 per cent) of any school in Bangkok and offers an English education up to IGCSE and then the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Not only one of the oldest but also, the largest international school in the city and accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Bangkok Prep

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ I/GCSE/ A Level; ages 2-18; co-ed; day independent; privately owned; 1,150 students

Divided into primary and secondary campuses, roughly three kilometres apart and both with easy access to sky-train stations, Bangkok’s answer to the traffic mayhem. Another school that has sizeable UK and US cohorts with students also coming from other nationalities, such as Australian and Japanese as well as local families. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Berkeley International School

American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 450 students

One of the newer and smaller schools in Bangkok, opening its doors in 2010. The curriculum is all-American and the students mainly (around 70 per cent) come from US, UK or European families. Strong SAT scores with 20 per cent of students scoring over 1,400 (top 5 per cent globally). Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Brighton College International School

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned

Established in 2016, on a sparkling purpose-built campus in the east of Bangkok. Emphasis on languages with compulsory Thai and Mandarin up to year four. Run in close partnership with their parent Brighton College UK, which recently was judged number one in the UK’s Independent School of the Year awards. The ratio of local students as opposed to children of other nationalities is roughly 60:40.

Concordian International School

PYP/ MYP/ IBDP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day independent; privately owned; 960 students

The school offers an all-through International Baccalaureate curriculum but it runs a trilingual (English/Chinese/Thai) programme until the end of grade four, after which all classes are taught in English. Far the largest student cohort is local (85 per cent). Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

ELC International School – City

Adapted; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned

The only one of the five nursery and pre-schools in the group to teach a specially adapted curriculum up to the age of eleven. The school caters to 40 different nationalities in the centre of Bangkok and is accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Harrow International School Bangkok

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ I/GCSE/ A Level; ages 18 months-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 1,665 students

Established over 20 years ago, the school has been entirely re-built and refurbished since 2015 and sits in a spectacular location on the edge of the water. Operated under a license granted by Harrow School, London with close connections to its famous sibling. One of the larger schools in Bangkok with a student community that is around 80 per cent local. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

International Community School Bangkok

American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,010 students

A middle-aged school by Thai standards, as it was founded in 1993. A strong Christian ethos and accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).. Only just over 50 per cent of its students coming from local families with the remainder coming from around 20 other nationalities. Also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

International School Bangkok

American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; private non-profit; 1,650 students

The oldest international school in Bangkok, founded in 1951 for the children of United Nations and US diplomats and still considered by many as one of the top tier schools in the country. Unusual for offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma as well as the traditional American graduate qualifications. The school has a sizeable American cohort, parents elect the governing body and it is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

KIS International School

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 800 students

One of the relatively rare all-through International Baccalaureate schools in Bangkok, although they don’t offer the IB Careers Programme. Founded in 1998, the school has been renovated recently with additional sports and arts facilities and is branded with the acronym KIS – Knowledge, Inspiration, Spirit. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Lycée Francais de Bangkok

French curriculum/ Brevet/ French Baccalaureate; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; state; 1,100 students

Some of the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) schools, in the Far East, have been established for over 50 years but this is a relative newcomer, only opening its doors in 2003. The school is divided into the classic section and the British international section, the latter with additional English language teaching but still following the French curriculum. Also, an option for Thai speakers to have an additional four hours (per week) of teaching in Thai.

New International School Thailand (NIST)

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,650 students

A school with a larger contingent of westerners than some of its competitors. ‘New’ is somewhat of a misnomer as it was founded in 1992 (with the support from the Bangkok branch of the United Nations) but it has grown into one of the larger international schools in Bangkok, as well as the first school in Thailand to offer three stages of the International Baccalaureate programme. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Regent’s International School

International Primary Curriculum/ adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 650 students

The founder, chairman and owner of the school is Dr Virachai Techavijt, who established the school in 2000. A school mainly catering for Thai, Chinese and Korean children. Offering an English curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and inspected by the Educational Development Trust (EDT) for British Schools Overseas (BSO).

Ruamrudee International School

Adapted American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 1,200 students

The third of the international schools in Bangkok to have been founded in the 1950’s. Over 60 per cent of the students come from Thai families with cohorts from the USA, India and Japan, prominent among the remainder. An American education but offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma as an alternative qualification. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Rugby School Thailand

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 670 students

Opened in 2017 by the Teepsuwan family in partnership with the famous Rugby School in the UK as the first of its intended network of international schools. The intention being to keep as close as possible to the original ethos (boarding houses etc) but with a local twist for each school and a second venture is due to open in Japan in 2022. Brand new, purpose-built campus boasting a gigantic 10,000 square meter sports hall.

Shrewsbury International School Bangkok

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,740 students

Unsurprisingly, given its origins, the school has a British cohort but Thai students are responsible for nearly three quarters of the enrolment. On two campuses, a newly built primary school and an all- through school, producing very high grades at both GCSE and A Level. The school provides an all English curriculum, is a member of the Head Masters Conference and is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

St Andrew’s International School

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,640 students

One of Nord Anglia Education Group’s stable (over 65 global schools), catering to approximately 50 per cent local students and benefitting from the group’s collaboration with the Juilliard School in New York (performing arts) and MIT (STEM). Slightly unusual by Thai international school standards in actively promoting a comprehensive SEN programme throughout the school. Inspected by the Educational Development Trust (EDT) for British Schools Overseas (BSO).

St Stephen’s International School (SIS)

International Primary Curriculum/ International Middle Years Curriculum/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 430 students

Possibly, the highest percentage of Thai students amongst the international schools, with comparatively few other nationalities, although there is usually a small number of students from British families. The school was founded in 1998 and is accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Wellington College International School Bangkok

Adapted National Curriculum for England; ages 2-13; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 300 students

Opened in 2018 as the first international Wellington network school outside China. At present only teaching through to year 7 but intending to expand and offer both A Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The first school in the world to achieve the highest level of accreditation (COBIS Patron’s Accreditation) from the Council of British International Schools, within the first year of opening its doors.

Wells International School

Adapted American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 750 students

Founded in 1999 and operating on multiple campuses in Bangkok, as well as a brand new international branch at Yangon, Myanmar. Offering an American education to a wide range of nationalities from Europe and the Far East with a sprinkling of Americans and Canadians. Owned by a local education group, which also owns the Bangkok School of Management. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Phuket

British International School Phuket

National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma/ American High School Diploma; ages 8-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 760 students

Opened in 1996 and a member of the British International Schools group. Offering an English medium education with the option of the International Baccalaureate Diploma or the US qualifying High School Diploma. On a large green campus and hot on sport as well as sending graduates to top universities around the world. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

United World College International School (UWC Thailand)

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 5-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 460 students

Founded in 2009, offering an all-through International Baccalaureate education. Located an hour’s flight away from Bangkok to the north of Phuket. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

For more information on the schools above, please go to  each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.


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