Education and Schools in Bangkok
For expats moving to Thailand with children, education is often a high priority. Unless their children are Thai, they won't be allowed to attend public schools in Bangkok – this may be for the best as they are usually are overcrowded, internationally uncompetitive, and teach only in Thai. There is, however, a host of suitable schools in Bangkok for expat parents to consider for their children.
The system of education in Thailand means that expats will be restricted to choosing between the private and international schools in Bangkok, which are thankfully plentiful and usually have a good reputation.
These schools offer expat parents all that they would expect of a good school, including high-quality amenities, a wide selection of extramural activities and highly qualified teachers.
Private schools in Bangkok
Many students attend private schools that follow foreign curricula. The private schools in Bangkok are usually popular with wealthier Thai families and give expats a cheaper alternative to international schools.
The fact that local children usually make up the majority of the student body means that expat pupils will be exposed to local culture more than they might be in one of the international schools in Bangkok.
International schools in Bangkok
Bangkok’s international schools usually follow the curriculum of other countries, the most popular being the British and American systems.
Some schools only accept students of a particular nationality; many require prospective students to write entrance tests, and at almost all international schools, the number of places is limited so the application process tends to be rigorous.
The International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT) lists all the member schools and, although there are other schools that offer a good standard of education, all ISAT members meet international standards. The best international schools in Bangkok can be very costly, depending on the age of the child, and will usually have a fairly long waiting list.