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VERSO International School Q & A

VERSO International School is a new all-through school for Bangkok that promises to be a “school of the future”.
At a glance
School type
International
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2020/21
No data
Availability 2021/22
No data
Annual fee average
THB 883,500
Annual fees
THB 720,000 - 960,000
Price band help
Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
2020
School year
Aug to Jun
Principal
Cameron Fox
Main teacher nationality
United States of America
Main student nationality
Thailand
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Welcome to the VERSO International School official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

If you have to highlight three strengths of your school, what would they be?

VERSO is a design-driven school where learning is project-based, interdisciplinary and highly personalized.
Our students are not placed into "grades" but in multi-age cohorts, which are more reflective of the real world. Our goal is to create teams of learning designers who know their students deeply and the team approach of many skilled educators working with a broad range of ages, skills and abilities is also important for a rich and supportive learning environment. Cohorts allow students of multiple age groups to work together with many mentors, learning designers and other students, exposing them broader levels of maturity and skills that students will model from their peers, learning from each other, looking up to students who have more advanced skills and working as a mentor to others whom they can help.
We are an international school that supports learners to develop a strong sense of personal and cultural identity, an ability to actively engage with the world around them, and the confidence to lead their own journey and pursue any path they choose.

Does your school have a waiting list? In which years?

We currently have a waiting list in some grade levels.

What are qualities and characteristics that define your school and its students?

VERSO is driven by design and we are a design thinking-inspired school.
We are very focussed on interdisciplinary, project- based learning and use American curriculum standards to ensure our learning frameworks are cohesive and research-based. Project-based learning is used by many schools around the world as it is a proven approach to engage kids in deep learning activities.
The way we structure our day in our school allows us to give kids the space and the time to do project work. About 70% percent of our day is spent learning in a project-based environment. We intentionally spend a lot of time listening to our students and understanding who they are as learners. This enables us to make learning highly personalized. Using a human-centered design approach, we help all students understand their personal and cultural identity.

VERSO students learn from an early age how to connect with the world around them through learning that is both local and global in its focus. We see great value in kids learning to make their own decisions, becoming self-aware and self-directed, and ultimately building the inner confidence to lead their own journey.
VERSO will be fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which will validate the integrity of the school’s program and transcript.

How many nationalities are represented in your school? How international would you say your school is?

We accept students of all nationalities and currently have over 15 nationalities.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

As we are in Thailand, we a large part of our student body are Thais.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

The student ratio in VERSO is 1:8

Does your school measure Value Added data? Please provide details of how you measure, and current Value Added benchmark scores.

Not at the moment.

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?

We do not offer any external examinations.

Please provide details of how well your school did in its previous external exams for students at 16 and at 18 years of age? Please provide sufficient detail to allow parents to have a view on how academic your school is?

Our school just opened in August 2020 from EY2-G9 and we do not have external exams. However, we are confident that our students will be able to transition to other schools worldwide.

What percentage of your sixth form that take exams at 18 go to university, and where, in general, do they go?

Our school just opened in August 2020 from EY2-G9 and we do not have any graduating classes as yet.

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

VERSO follows an American curriculum because it gives greater flexibility to design powerful learning experiences that are interdisciplinary, project-based and skills-focussed. Since we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to the curriculum, learning at VERSO is increasingly personalized. We chose the New York State Education Department standards because they’re comprehensive, research-based and internationally recognized. They also provide clear learning progressions for all students, outlining what learners should know and be able to do.
VERSO will be fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which will validate the integrity of the school’s program and transcript.
The entire school experience at VERSO is deeply personal for every student and we have the flexibility to remove a lot of the constraints that traditional schools can’t change. We see VERSO as offering students and our learning designers (teachers) a highly creative and collaborative environment where kids are active participants because learning has relevance and purpose.
At VERSO, our curriculum has 5 Key Learning Experiences
o Learning is Applied (ALX)
o Learning is connected to the world around us (Beyond the Walls)
o Learning is organized and managed using a customized online platform accessible by students, parents and learning designers (Course Compass)
o Learning is assessed through exhibition and presentations to authentic audiences (Show Time)
o Our behavior will be reflected in our commitment to Nam Jai, an important value in Thai culture that refers to genuine acts of kindness and generosity that comes straight from the heart, without expecting anything in return.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?

At VERSO we believe that children need space and time to play with friends, participate in well-being activities and have an opportunity for unstructured and creative play.
Therefore, we see home learning as an invitation for children to continue their Explore projects, following their passions and being responsible for their own learning.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?

We have designed VERSO to give students a holistic education. Health and wellness are key components to this. We want students to understand that their mental and physical well-being is just as important as their academics, and that school is a place for kids to learn how to be healthy, happy and connected. Wellness and physical activity combined with strong social and emotional support is part of the daily life at school for all students. If you look at the school in terms of its facilities, the emphasis on sports alone tells you how important the physical wellbeing of our students is. Wellness is a key design principle for us.
We have recently collaborated with elite sporting partners including PG Tennis Academy, Bayern Munich FC and Best Swim Academy to offer coaching and training to our students, with more sporting partners in the pipeline.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

At VERSO we are bringing a holistic approach to health and wellness across our community. On a daily basis, we empower everyone to build positive habits and behaviors around fitness, nutrition, and mental wellbeing. School is much more than just a place where a curriculum is taught. Schools serve a variety of functions that support society and shape the future. Take for example the current COVID-19 crisis which has dramatically disrupted our global education system. The forced shift to online learning is making students, teachers, and parents really appreciate the critical roles that schools play in our daily lives. At VERSO we believe in developing healthy, happy and capable students who have the confidence to lead their own journeys, Every day we look for ways to nurture, shape and inspire people of all ages to become their best selves.

How do you promote healthy eating?

We encourage healthy eating for all members of our community and our Learning Designers and other adults on campus role model healthy eating behaviors and attitudes.
We recently had Two Michelin Star Chef Martin Blunos on our campus to cook special dishes for our community. He spoke on his cooking, engaged with the students and highlighted the nutritional value of the dishes.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students? How does it promote a balanced diet?

Yes, our cafeteria is managed by Epicure Catering.

What is the approximate average cost of a lunchtime meal?

Morning Snack and Lunch is included in the tuition fees.

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

7.45am - 2.45pm

Is there a school uniform?

Yes, we have school uniforms and these are available for purchase from the school shop.

Our school uniforms comprise: polo shirt, shorts, skorts, joggers, hoodies, sports shorts, caps and bucket hats

Please advise on your discipline policy?

We have shared the VERSO Care and Safe Guide with our Middle Loop families.
The VERSO care and VERSO safe Guide is published to help create a respectful and caring culture and environment. We hope this guide outlines our current stance on how we can build healthy boundaries and support our learning community.
This guide will develop and be shaped as our school grows. This is our starting point and we wanted to share this with our families.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?

This is communicated by our Learning Designers to the students and parents via various digital tools. We also arrange regular conVERSOs, which are one-on-one meeting sessions between parents and teachers and parents an students. 3-way conVERSOs are also arranged among teachers, parents and students twice during the academic year.

SHOWTIME is also held regularly at VERSO, providing the opportunity for the school to share the students' learning journey with parents, guests, learning designers and their peers through organized exhibitions and presentations.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?

At VERSO, we have regular conVERSOs, which is a one-on-one conversation between our students and teachers and teachers and parents, around learning incorporating reflection & intentional feedback to inform next steps.

The 3-way conVERSOs are also arranged among teachers, parents and students twice during the academic year.

Students in the Middle Loop (Grades 5-8) are also provided with VERSO 360, which is an overview of their learning experiences that is collected, analyzed and evaluated by the learning designers, who will assess our Future Ready Skills that have been identified as our focus areas. VERSO 360 serves two strong and clear purposes for families. (1) It provides an update to parents on their child's learning and (2) it is another way to offer feedback and assessment on their child's learning progress.
A digital platform called Head Rush is used as the tool to communicate progress.

Which languages are taught at your school - please detail any as a first as well as second language?

Currently, Thai and Chinese are taught at VERSO, in addition to English as the language of instruction.

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?

We have a dedicated Student Success team with specially qualified Learning Designers who work with students across the school to ensure they are getting appropriate support whenever they need it.

Do you offer a dedicated prayer room/s for students? For which faiths?

We currently do not have dedicated prayer room/s and are happy to accommodate to our students' needs, if required.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

We offer personalized and individualized teaching to the students.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

We have a dedicated Student Success team with specially qualified Learning Designers who work with students across the school to ensure they are getting appropriate support whenever they need it.

Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?

We have a dedicated Student Success team with specially qualified Learning Designers who work with students across the school to ensure they are getting appropriate support whenever they need it.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?

We have a dedicated Student Success team with specially qualified Learning Designers who work with students across the school to ensure they are getting appropriate support whenever they need it. We currently do not have an expert at the moment.

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?

We currently do not have an educational psychologist.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

The VERSO parent group is currently being formed and we should have one that works collaboratively with the school in 2021.

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?

We believe in a culture of volunteering and welcome parents to play an active and supportive role in the school.
We want parents to feel connected and involved. In the Hub, we provide a fully-equipped Parent Lounge designed for collaborating, connecting, and communicating.

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?

This is something we will look into in the near future.

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?

We regularly hold workshops for parents and communicate with our families through our newsletter and CoCo, our internal communication platform.
We are also offering tennis lessons every week to parents with Thailand's former #1 tennis player, Paradorn Srichaphan and are putting together a schedule to share with parents regarding the use of our world-class athletic facilities.

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