American School of Bangkok (ASB) is an American curriculum day school with standout features including mindfulness classes and a university preparation programme.
Bearing the motto "The School of Leaders", American School of Bangkok (Sukhumvit) aims to deliver well-rounded individuals by incorporating mindfulness into its rigorous US curriculum. Opened in 1983, this all-through school for pre-K through to Grade 12 has around 500 students from more than 40 different nationalities.
ASB has two campuses - Green Valley and Sukhumvit. Smaller and cosier than its sister campus in Green Valley, ASB (Sukhumvit) has some impressive modern facilities including computer and science labs, a music, drama and art studio, auditorium, creative play area, basketball court, soccer pitch and access to swimming pools.
This 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.
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.
ASB offers a unique mindfulness programme to all students that focuses on self-awareness, emotional intelligence and mental development. Students have access to research and self-learning centres, as well as cutting-edge technology across the curriculum. Also, the school has a strong sporting streak; it 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. As well as offering a wide variety of sports clubs and after-school activities, ASB has implemented mandatory community service hours for all students.
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