The demand for international schools has spurred rapid growth, and between 2016-18 there were more than five new schools or new campus openings.
These include British public schools Wellington College International School, Brighton College Bangkok, Shrewsbury International School (City Campus) and Rugby School Thailand; two British curriculum schools – St Andrews International School Bangkok (Srivikon) and Bangkok International Preparatory School (Sukhumvit 77); and the English/French stream BCIS Phuket School.
The next two years look set to bring families living in Thailand even more choice with a smaller but still significant number of new schools and campuses, as well as some appointing new principals.
Read on to discover which schools are opening, relocating and expanding in 2019 and 2020. We begin with BASIS.
BASIS International School Bangkok (BISB) will open in 2019 with a pre-school through to Grade 5, and will add one extra grade every year up until Grade 12. As part of the US-based network of BASIS schools, this Thai outpost is the group's fifth international school; the others are located in China.
In line with all BASIS schools, it will offer an American-style education that prepares students for college and university. BASIS has a reputation for its science, technology, engineering and math-focused curriculum. At primary school level (Grades 1-4), we can expect a programme that is as much focused on academia as it is on "critical thinking, organizational skills, time management, study skills, and behavioural expectations"; this focus continues in middle school (Grades 5-7). In upper school (Grades 8-12), students complete one year in economics, enrol in diploma and AP courses, and work on various capstone projects.
Read our review of BASIS here.
North London Collegiate School (NLCS) will open an all-through, all-girls day school in central Bangkok in August 2020. It is planned to be a British school offering the UK National Curriculum up to age 16, with pupils sitting GCSEs, followed by the IB Diploma Programme in sixth form. It promises to bring "NLCS’ ethos of rigorous scholarship, extra-curricular excellence and outstanding pastoral care to Thailand".
The NLCS Bangkok campus, which will be the first all-girls international school in Thailand, will be located on a more than 30,000 square-metre site in the heart of Bangkok with "brand new, state-of-the-art, facilities designed specifically as an all-girls campus."
Read our review of NLCS Bangkok here.
King’s College School, Wimbledon will open its third international school in 2020, an all-through school for locals and expats living Bangkok. The new King’s College International School Bangkok will be an all-through British school for 1,500 students aged two to 18 years.
The campus in Ratchadaphisek-Rama III Road will include a sports complex with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a 600-seater auditorium, and specialist science, music and art resources.
Read our review of King's College International School Bangkok here.
Ruamrudee International School (RIS) will open a second campus in Ratchapruek in August 2019 for students from Pre K2 to Grade 5, with plans to expand up to Grade 12 in future years.
RIS is one of Bangkok’s oldest and most established schools. The all-through suburban Catholic school currently teaches an American curriculum to 1,200 students across its 28-acre campus in the Min Buri district. The new Ratchapruek school will be a smaller campus spread across a 4.3 acre-site in Bang Kruai.
The school says:
"The new campus will mirror the philosophy of RIS, namely its uncompromising dedication to a high quality international education that offers academic challenge, dynamic aspiration, and student-centred teaching and learning in a supportive and inclusive community".
Read our review of RIS (Ratchapruek) here.
Founded in 1999, this well-established, all-through Christian school is moving to a new campus in Chiang Mai with a capacity for 1,000 students. Facilities will include elementary and secondary classrooms, technology and arts studios, and sports facilities. The school teaches kindergarten through to Grade 12 and follows an American-style, college-preparatory curriculum.
All existing students will move to the new campus when it opens later this year.
Read our review of Grace International School here.
Mike Walton has been appointed as the new headmaster of Brighton College Bangkok from August 2019. Walton, who has led three schools in the UK and in Thailand, moves from his position at AKS Lytham school in the UK. He will replace the founding headmaster, David Tongue.
The school says: "Mike shares our passion for, and commitment to, academic excellence, the highest standards of pastoral care rooted in kindness, integrity and respect for the individual, and the preparation of pupils to play a full part in society with a clear aspiration to make a positive difference in the world."
Read our review of Brighton College Bangkok here.