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American School of Bangkok (Green Valley) Review

American School of Bangkok (ASB) is an American curriculum boarding and day school with standout features including mindfulness classes, a university preparation programme and a golf academy.
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School year
Aug to Jul
Principal
Ryan Barnick
Main teacher nationality
US Citizen
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A mix of nationalities
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American School of Bangkok (Green Valley)

American School of Bangkok (Green Valley) Review

School phase
All through
Curricula taught
Availability 2018/19
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Availability 2019/20
radio_button_unchecked No data
Annual fee average
THB 498,500
Price band help
Premium
Status
Open
School year
Aug to Jul
Principal
Ryan Barnick
Main teacher nationality
US Citizen
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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First Published:
Tuesday 20 February, 2018

Updated:
Thursday 15 March, 2018

American School of Bangkok (ASB) is an American curriculum boarding and day school with standout features including mindfulness classes, a university preparation programme and a golf academy.

The American School of Bangkok (ASB) is very much an American-style school; the majority of teachers come from the US followed by Canada and the UK, teaching is heavily influenced by American methods including MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing, high school students can study AP courses, and it follows the US two-semester system.

ASB has two campuses - Green Valley and Sukhumvit; the larger Green Valley campus is located in the Samut Prakan province, close to Bangkok Airport. The school offers pre-K through to Grade 12 at its modern, state of the art campus in the grounds of the Green Valley Country Club, which has libraries, soccer fields, two swimming pools, tennis courts, theatre, computer labs, and dance, music, drama, art and video production studios; students also have access to Green Valley's golf course. Boarding facilities are available for up to 100 students from six years and above.

The curriculum
The rigorous American curriculum includes English, social studies, science, maths and language arts, as well as a wide choice of elective courses including entrepreneurship, business, marketing, foreign languages, music, art, drama, IT, design and technology. Students can take AP courses in high school, and there's a university preparation programme for students taking the SAT and iBT TOEFL tests for college/university applications.

There's also a very international and progressive angle to this all-through school. ASB offers a unique mindfulness programme to all students that focuses on self-awareness, emotional intelligence and mental development. Also, students at the Green Valley campus have the opportunity to start learning golf at the age of five years, and students aged 13-18 can sign up after school for a training programme at the International Preparatory Golf Academy; this is Asia's only junior golf academy that offers full time golf training, full time academics, dormitory and college placement services. The ASB team consists of a junior world champion and eight national champions, so it's fair to say that a love of this sport runs throughout the school. 

The school is a member of the Bangkok International Schools Athletic Conference (BISAC) as well as the Thailand International Schools Athletic Conference (TISAC), and it fields teams in many sports.

A full review will be posted shortly.

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