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Global Indian International School, Bangkok is one of Thailand's most affordable international schools - and the country's only school to offer the CBSE curriculum.
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School phase
All through
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Availability 2021/22
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Status
Open
School year
Mar to Apr
Principal
Sopa Sittisruang
Owner
Global Schools Foundation
Main teacher nationality
India
Main student nationality
India
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Global Indian International School, Bangkok

Global Indian International School, Bangkok Review

School phase
All through
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2021/22
No data
Availability 2022/23
No data
Price band help
Value
Status
Open
School year
Mar to Apr
Principal
Sopa Sittisruang
Owner
Global Schools Foundation
Main teacher nationality
India
Main student nationality
India
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Global Indian International School, Bangkok is one of Thailand's most affordable international schools - and the country's only school to offer the CBSE curriculum.

The Global Indian International School (GIIS) Bangkok is Thailand's only Indian curriculum school. Popular with the Indian expat community in Thailand, GIIS is an all-through school that runs from Nursery to Class 12; it follows the international Global Montessori Plus programme in the early years, and then India's CBSE curriculum from Classes 1 – 12. GIIS has established itself as a school that focuses just as much on non-academic activities – sports, the arts, and community service – as it does on exam results. Its low fees and small class sizes are also part of its appeal.

GISS is owned by the not-for-profit Global Schools Foundation (GSF), which is widely recognised for its highly structured and disciplined ethos.

The curriculum
CBSE subjects include Tamil, visual and performing arts, economics, and accountancy. The backbone of all GIIS schools is the Global Schools Foundation's education methodology, which it calls Nine Gems. According to GSF, this holistic learning programme "meets the changing needs of a growing child and his/her evolving personality".

Specifically, these nine 'gems' are Academic Excellence; Sports Excellence; Visual and Performing Arts; Personality Development; Innovation and Creativity; Entrepreneurship and Leadership; Universal Values and Ethics; Community and Care; and Skills Development. Reading between the lines, the Nine Gems model equips students with skills such as problem solving, critical, analytical, and creative thinking, and teamwork. GIIS claims to be fusing the best of Eastern and Western education models, and its schools are certainly moving away from India's traditional academic approach to education.

Co-curricular activities (CCAs) range from bhangra, needlework, and folk painting to a Bill Gates IT club, robotics, and creative writing. These activities seem to be taken very seriously by the school, and students are strongly encouraged to take part. Like all GIIS schools, there's a house system here that encourages healthy competition in music, dance, cultural activities, and sport.

All class groups are taken on educational trips, local and international, and students have the opportunity to get involved with some impressive leadership initiatives. While GIIS is not one of Thailand's sportiest schools, it does have the facilities to run a pretty substantial sports programme. As well as running a Gold Squad programme to develop talent in football, cricket, badminton, basketball, and tennis, the campus has sports courts, and cricket and football pitches.

The campus
GIIS Bangkok has a large riverside campus in Pathum Thani, on the outskirts of Bangkok's centre. Facilities include science labs, library, theatre, yoga studio, auditorium, cricket ground, and badminton courts.

Admission and fees
Compared with other international schools in Thailand – but in line with other Indian curriculum schools on the island – GIIS' fees are low. In line with the Indian curriculum, the GIIS school year runs from April to April, and all new students are required to sit a written entrance exam from Class 1.

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