All expats, moving to Thailand, are naturally expected to enroll their little ones in any of the countless international schools found within and around Bangkok. For those who’ve probably gone through the whole experience before, getting one is never a big deal.
This, however, doesn’t mean that international schools are exclusive to expats, foreigners immigrating to stay in this beautiful country or pretty much any foreigner’s kids. Neither does it mean that they are entitled to only choosing one school, never to switch to another one in the future.
Local Thai kids can attend international schools as well!
Locals too can choose to enroll their kids in an international school – it is perfectly okay. The current sorry state of the Thai curriculum necessitates taking such a bold step. Besides, local kids now form at least 46% of all kids in these prestigious schools.
Furthermore, the entire 110+ Bangkok international schools are always open to accepting new registrations. And for parents who know the benefits that come with a foreign curriculum, nothing possibly stops them from taking the risk.
But when exactly can you enroll your child in an international school?
In all honesty, reasons, and situations that necessitate this huge decision vary from one person to another. We’ve only listed down some of the most popular ones.
• If you need them to pursue a broad, globally recognized curriculum
The fact that international schools follow a foreign curriculum incorporates what’s taught in class, and extra-curricular activities give the learner a huge competitive edge after graduating. The curriculum is universal, student-oriented, and grants the child a chance to continue studying abroad later.
Also, nearly all of them – British curriculum, International Baccalaureate and any of the various American curricular, are much superior in securing college and university admission. Colleges abroad are usually familiar with what it entails and thus admit those who’ve gone through it much easier than those who pursued the Thai curriculum.
• When you have no trust in local exams and qualifications
The local education system isn’t as efficient in measuring the competence of a student as a British or American curriculum. Examinations results can be tampered with to give false impressions. National accrediting bodies aren’t trustworthy enough as well.
This sharply contrasts with the standards of the exams and qualifications offered by internationally-accredited learning institutions. The results a kid gets are the accurate representation of the child’s academic and off-classroom abilities. And for both the parent and the teachers, making the right career path for the kid based on the outcome becomes a lot easier.
• Better facilities and teachers with a broader scope
Kids learning in an enabling environment tend to perform way better and even go to as far as surpassing their abilities. This is possible in a modern campus where everything a kid needs to excel is made available, including highly trained teachers on stand-by.