Moving overseas means leaving everything behind such as family, friends, work and schools just to name a few. Moving overseas with children will also bring the parents additional task to do, such as looking for schools for them. Many countries provide some local or international schools that is suitable for expats. If your family is moving to Thailand, below you will find some references for some good schools that may work for you and your children.
You should know that education in Thailand is provided by the Thai government. These types of schools are called “State School / Public School.” They are free for children up to age 13. But there’s a requirement to attend this free school, it is only for Thai nationals. And to be considered as Thai national the children must have at least one Thai parent and the birth must be registered in Thailand. Besides that, the education uses the national curriculum (Thai curriculum). The language used at these schools is Thai. So it will be difficult for expat who do not speak Thai. Also, the standard of education offered might not be considered high enough. But if you want your children to attend this public school, you need to pay fees, although the fee is not high as the fees at international schools.
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Below is information of different schools that may be a good for your child(ren):
- Private Bilingual School is a good choice for expat parent who can’t afford the high prices of international schools. These past years the education standard already using western-style teaching philosophies. English program also offered, but it is different for each school. And what you need to know more about is that these schools are very religious, and the curriculum used will likely include the religious faith.
- International Schools, as you may know, the standard facilities of international schools are different with local or public schools, so the fees for international school will be higher. The good point for international schools is that they are using the international curriculum, so this will be perfect for expat, since the education method will mostly same. But you need to know that the curriculum for each school will be different depending on which international standard the school has adopted. Some of the schools also offer multiple curriculums, such as IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and IB (International Baccalaureate).
The school are available at primary, lower secondary and upper secondary level. There is also some pre-school provided for age of three.
To get registered on international school you will need at least, your child’s birth certificate and your house registration document (Tabien Baan: it is Thai house book which issued by local government for house or apartment. Visit this link for more info about Tabien Baan: http://bit.ly/2r37mWt). There will be also some document needed according to the school request, such as passport, health certificate, and all documentation record from the previous school.
Some of the best international school in Thailand are located in Bangkok and Pattaya, such as Patana School, http://www.patana.ac.th and Shrewsbury International School, http://www.shrewsbury.ac.th .
You can also look for other best international school here: http://www.isat.or.th/schools
Fees for international school are very high. These fees differ from school to school and these fees will differ due to each student’s age. So, the parent should try to negotiate for the fees before the final enrollment. Also, please note if you choose the popular school, you must ready for the long waiting list. So, it’s better to prepare the admission and enrollment as soon as possible.
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