As a parent, you obviously want the best for your child and your choice of school is an important one, which demands careful consideration. Being just around the corner is not a good reason in itself to choose a school, and with that in mind, here is some information on international school education, which is generally regarded as the best in the world.
International School Education
The majority of Thailand International Schools use the British National Curriculum, which is delivered using a student-centred approach by qualified UK teachers who are contracted directly from the UK. There are a few that teach the US National Curriculum, which is ideal for those who come from the Americas, while most International Schools are K-12, which means they accept students of all ages, from kindergarten to Year 12.
Active Learning Strategies Give a Better Learning Outcome
There is a lot of research that tells us active learning strategies bring a better learning outcome, as the students are actively engaged in the learning process. Unlike traditional passive learning where the teacher instructs from the front of the class, a learner-centred approach gives students more responsibility for their learning, plus it teaches them critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which are essential in this modern world we live in.
Excellent Academic Performance
Some would say that student GPAs are the most important thing about education and when you crunch the numbers, international schools have the best academic performance across the board and for most parents, getting into the university of your choosing is a paramount goal. Click here to find out why English is important in high school.
International Education Opens Doors
When applying for university admission or a job, having an international school education is a big plus. It shows that the applicant has enjoyed a high level of education that covers every aspect of learning and that counts for a great deal. International school students all speak great English, which is yet another plus; many foreign universities will not accept non-native English-speaking students unless they have an acceptable IELTS score.
Another reason that Thai parents choose an international school is the English language; when a Thai student enters the kindergarten grade, their English is likely to be minimal, yet within a couple of years, the English language becomes second nature and they are typically fluent by Year 9. English is the global business language and without this skillset, job opportunities are limited. Learning any new language can be challenging and if by the age of 12, basic English is not present, it is always going to be an uphill journey to English fluency.
If you are thinking of sending your child to an international school in Bangkok, start with a Google search to bring up a list of school websites and book tours of the institutions you are interested in.