With an ever-growing population of upwards of 9 million people, Bangkok clearly has a substantial amount of schools for parents to choose from. From free government schools for Thai citizens to selective, very expensive international schools, Bangkok has it all.
Schools in Bangkok – Something for Everyone
Throughout Bangkok, there are some truly world-class schools that offer a variety of challenging and rigorous curricula. Parents are spoiled for choice as there are schools to suit every culture and budget. Schools are broadly categorised into two categories:
- Thai Schools
- International Schools
Between these two types of school is found a vast array of educational ideologies that parents can explore.
Characteristics of International and Thai Schools
International Schools – The idea behind international schools is that they represent the teaching and learning standards that would be found in the school’s home country. Often an international school in Bangkok, such as BASIS international school Bangkok, will have its own curriculum that it uses. Other international schools adopt a variety of curricula from countries including:
- The USA
- The UK
Thai private schools – Again solely for Thai students, these schools are considerably more well-funded than government schools and can charge up to and above 115,000THB per year. The English program at Thai private schools is often world-class, and many students will conduct most of their lessons in English (except Thai language and Thai culture studies).
Students at international schools are often encouraged to think like global citizens who are part of an international community of learners. They will hone their creative, teamwork, and leadership skills and will often study the liberal arts in great detail, taking regular lessons in:
- Logic – Problem-solving is a skill that is often undervalued in schools worldwide. Students will prepare to face the problems and challenges that a tech-heavy modern society presents.
- Mandarin – Chinese could eventually overtake English as the global language. Either way, with the contribution China is making to the worldwide stage, being competent in conversational Mandarin is smart, and could significantly improve one’s career prospects.
- Economics – A subject for the future leaders of the world, most politicians and business owners have studied economics at some stage in their lives. Mixing economics with other liberal arts, such as philosophy and business management, can ensure a student’s skill-set is ‘future proof’.
Whichever curriculum you want for your child, you can find it in Bangkok.