Dual pricing at international schools legal, experts say

According to several legal experts interviewed by TIS Monitor, international schools in Thailand are allowed to give fee discounts based on nationality and to charge foreign nationals less than Thais.  Many international schools in Thailand face a challenge creating an international environment on campus, with the desired mix of students from different countries being hard […]

Families left in limbo as Rugby School remains silent over court verdicts

The recent court rulings against members of the Teepsuwan family raise important questions about the future status of Rugby School in Thailand. On February 24, the Criminal Court in Bangkok sentenced Mr Nataphol Teepsuwan to seven years and four months in prison for his role in the sometimes violent street protests that rocked the Thai […]

New school to shake up mid-Sukhumvit market

Reversing the trend towards higher fees, Astra Academy will offer international education at strikingly lower rates than nearby, more established schools. In recent years, several new international schools have opened in Bangkok. With grandiose campus areas and first-class facilities, several have positioned themselves in the upper price segment, with annual fees approaching one million baht.  […]

Thailand’s largest schools lagging behind in student-teacher ratios

Despite high fees and well recognized brand names, some of Thailand’s largest international schools are worse than average in terms of their student to teacher ratio. Thailand’s largest international schools pride themselves on the quality of education given at their prestigious establishments. But some of them fall below average when we look at the important […]

Going for gold! Olympians to train swimmers at Rugby School

Rugby School in Pattaya is investing heavily in its swimming program – and has hired a highly experienced swimming coach and Olympic competitor. The ultimate goal is to have the best swimming program of all the international schools in Asia. “We already have fantastic training facilities, and now we are focusing on building a great […]

When small classes become a big deal

International schools in Thailand may have much lower student-teacher ratios than public schools, but the ratio can still vary widely between schools. Avoiding public schools with large classes, and instead enrolling children in schools where teachers have enough time to pay attention to the needs of every student is one of the major reasons for […]

Contradictory laws regarding schools duty to publish fees

While most international schools in Thailand publish their fees online, some still refuse to. Thai regulation is contradictory and somewhat vague about schools’ obligations in this. Losers are families trying to choose a school for their children. As part of our research TIS Monitor has visited the websites of close to 120 Thai international schools […]

When size matters: Looking at Thailand’s largest intl’ schools

According to official figures obtained by TIS Monitor, Bangkok Patana has the most students of any international school in Thailand, with second place going to St Andrews NAE Sukhumvit 71. Some families deliberately choose to enroll their children in large schools with high numbers of students. A larger school usually means a wider selection of […]

Successful handling of the coronavirus could open new opportunities

The coronavirus pandemic continues to cause loss of life and disruption around the world. Despite the ongoing vaccination campaigns, new lockdowns and restrictions are being introduced in many countries, complicating peoples lives and creating a lot of stress. While some see the vaccine as a beginning of the end of the pandemic, it could still […]