One of Bangkok's largest kindergartens, Wells International School Thong Lor offers an American education up until Grade 2 and prepares students for the move to its nearby all-through school.
From its bright yellow and blue exterior to the toddler-friendly playground inside Wells International School Thong Lor gives a warm welcome to all students. Located in the residential neighbourhood of Thong Lor, this nursery and pre-school offers an American-styled education to children aged two through to seven years (nursery to Grade 2).
Wells Thong Lor is one of three campuses run by the school in Bangkok; this trio of schools also includes another kindergarten and early years centre in Bang Na and an all-through school in On Nut. They are all branches of the EverClever Education Group, a conglomerate of institutions that also includes the Bangkok School of Management and EverClever Language School.
Open since 1998, Thong Lor is the oldest of the Wells campuses; it was expanded and renovated in 2011 and is now one of the largest international kindergartens in Bangkok with around 220 students.
While the majority of teachers are from the US, Thong Lor is very much an international campus with students representing more than 15 countries worldwide.
The American-based curriculum here focuses on hands-on learning, engaging physical and mental activities to teach language and literacy, maths, science, health and social studies, PE and creative activities. At the primary levels (Grades 1 - 2), the curriculum is built upon the US Common Core Standards. This is a popular US framework for curriculum consistency across grades K to 12, and usually means that we can expect a strong focus on the arts, language, maths, science, PE and social studies.
As well as focusing on the core subjects – English, science, maths and social studies – the curriculum includes music, IT, drama, art, PE, Thai culture, Thai language, and modern languages (Japanese, Hindi, French, Mandarin Chinese and Mandarin Taiwanese).
Wells Thong Lor also follows the popular US Literacy by Design programme which develops reading, speaking and listening skills. Students then have the option of continuing their education at Wells On Nut, an all-through school taking students from kindergarten through to Grade 13.
In addition to the core curriculum, Wells Thong Lor encourages students to participate in a wide range of after-school activities.
Wells Thong Lor is located in the Wattana district in Bangkok, just a short walk from the Thong Lor BTS station. It was given a major facelift in 2011 and, despite expanding in size, it still retains a small and family orientated environment.
Classrooms are built around a central, covered playground filled with slides, swings and a driving track. Other facilities include a dance and music studio, computer lab, library, art studio, small gymnasium and multi-purpose media room. There’s also a shallow swimming pool, Fun Zone with tricycle track and sandpit, and a garden for science lessons.
Admission and fees
Enrolments are accepted year-round at Wells Thong Lor. Tuition costs, which are all-inclusive and at the lower end of the scale for Thai international schools, range from THB 200,000 for nursery through to THB 107,000 for K2 and THB 310,000 for Grade 1.
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