KIS is in its 21st year and is one of only three full continuum IB (International Baccalaureate) schools in Bangkok. All IB programmes (PYP, MYP, and DP) are challenging, accessible inquiry-based frameworks or curricula that are very well-regarded around the world. The IB diploma for students in grades 11-12 is recognized as one of the preeminent set of high school curricular standards in the world.
KIS' smaller size compared to many schools in Bangkok aims to intentionally blend a student-centered approach to academics, activities, and self-discovery within the context of a smaller school community (currently KIS has about 800 students).
Finally, it is KIS' carefully curated sense of community that is observable to both first-time guests and long-term KIS families that creates a welcoming and enjoyable environment for learning. While I am one of the older learners at KIS, I am excited to come to school every day!
KIS intentionally strives for diverse national representation amongst its student body and teaching faculty. Towards that end, it uses nationality guidelines in its admission processes to ensure that it remains truly international. For both our foreign and Thai students, it creates an environment for global understanding and sharing of perspectives while offering a rigorous and well-rounded programme.
There are 55 different nationalities at KIS, all learning together in a multicultural, English speaking environment.
What criteria do you use when recruiting teachers?
We hire certified and experienced teachers from around the world, many with advanced degrees. In fact, we seek out teachers who are particularly experienced and heralded for their teaching of the IB programmes and who have a love of students and learning. Whatever their background, KIS teachers engage their students and want the best for them. KIS has very rigorous child protection standards that are a critical part of our hiring process and each candidate that makes the final stages of the hiring process will have had three different people from our hiring team interview them.
While students at KIS are engaged in a challenging curriculum, KIS supports a balanced approach to life. Activities and Sports are available for students over the course of the week and weekend, but students and families can choose the level of involvement. One of the skills that our curriculum teaches at an early age is how to pace oneself and manage the work in a balanced way. While each individual learns that lesson at differing stages of life, KIS offers an atmosphere that prioritizes the work to be done and a balance of those priorities with other elements of life that we all value.
Many families and students want engaging, globally-minded environments that treat students as individuals. One of the benefits of private schools is that they usually place an emphasis on those experiences, superior academic programs with smaller class sizes, and excellent facilities.
How affordable are international schools in Thailand?
Cost at schools within Thailand does vary. A major cost at some of the larger schools comes because of new and modern facilities as well as the expense of experienced, well-credentialed, and English proficient faculty which many schools hire based on their school mission and vision and the demand for a more authentic international experience for students.