If you are an expatriate living in Thailand with a family, there are a lot of things to consider. Where will you live? In an apartment or a gated community, downtown, or father out in the sprawling suburbs surrounding the city? Both have advantages and disadvantages, but there are very nice options available with some diligent searching.
The other big decision you will face is where will you send your children to school? The Thai public school system is not really a viable option unless your kids happen to be able to read and speak Thai already, unlikely given that you are an expat! Fortunately, there is an excellent option available for you: Send your children to international school in Bangkok. International schools are recognized worldwide for their excellence in education. They teach a curriculum that is modeled upon Western school systems that will feel familiar to you and your children. Let’s have a look at some of the many advantages international schools can bestow:
Languages – English is the standard language for the majority of international schools in Thailand, although other languages are on offer (including Thai!), the core subjects are all presented in English. It is well established that English has taken its place as the global lingua franca, and children who grow up fluent in it are most likely to succeed in the international marketplace as adults. Moreover, your children will have other language courses on offer to choose from, giving them the advantage of being multilingual! It’s a simple equation, the more people they can converse with, the more useful connections and contacts they will be able to make in the future.
Curriculum – International schools offer a more diverse and comprehensive curriculum than schools might have in your home country. There is an emphasis on cultural studies, foreign languages, and world citizenship that gives students an international perspective which is a big advantage in today’s globalized society and economy. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as exploration of artistic interests and passions, make for a very well-rounded educational experience.
Diversity – Children from all corners of the world attend Thailand’s international schools, resulting in a student body that is a model of diversity. This gives the students direct experience with many cultures, traditions, and languages, which fosters an understanding and acceptance of others who may be different from them. This open-mindedness and ability to accept and celebrate others’ differences produce an empathetic adult with superb interpersonal skills who can thrive and survive anywhere, making them truly world citizens. It’s an experience that they will use and treasure all their lives, as they help shape the world into a better place.
When seeking your child’s new school, make sure they are accredited by the Thai Ministry of Education. Ask a lot of questions and have a chat with the teachers to get the right fit for your child.
Relish knowing that your children will have a bright future with Thailand’s excellent international schools!