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Our community has cultivated a well-deserved reputation for excellence in academics over the past two decades. Being the first full International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in Thailand and a frequent early adopter of programme developments, NIST enjoys an unparalleled relationship with the IB, remaining at the forefront of progressive, research-based teaching and learning.

While most Bangkok international school curricula represent specific national approaches, the IB is a truly international curriculum framework that offers a complete continuum of learning to students from early childhood to high school. Through its focus on inquiry-based learning it provides children with the knowledge, skills and integrity that are necessary for success in an increasingly diverse, interconnected world.

We offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) as the core of our curriculum. These programmes are enhanced through our own subject content and instruction, Upon completing their studies in the DP, our students have consistently scored well above global and national averages in the IB diploma examinations, and have developed into engaged, global-minded individuals.

 

Pathways for Every Child

While the IB framework and principles serve as the heart of our programme, academics at NIST are supplemented by additional instruction in languages, the arts, design, technology and service. Through extensive student support systems, every student at NIST receives individual guidance in developing their unique strengths and passions.

Upon beginning Year 12, students may choose to pursue the full IB diploma, individual IB courses, or a combination of IB and NIST courses. Through formal reflections and work outside the classroom, they can also pursue the Global Citizen Diploma. Though all students who successfully complete their final year receive the NIST High School Diploma, through these pathways they can also distinguish themselves from their peers around the globe by earning individual IB certificates, an IB diploma and the Global Citizen Diploma.

 

Unique Learning Opportunities

Children learn best in an environment in which they are challenged according to their distinct interests and abilities. We strongly believe that modern schools cannot accomplish this solely through standardized programmes and curricula. In order to ensure that we can offer something to each and every student, we develop our own specialized programmes and also partner with top organizations worldwide to offer our students opportunities that they may not receive at other Bangkok international schools:

  • NIST X: Encompassing several activities and programmes that take place outside the classroom, NIST’s Experiential Education Programme (NIST X) aims to help students develop key traits and skills that have been identified as crucial to success in university and beyond.
  • Global Citizen Diploma: This optional qualification can be earned alongside the NIST High School Diploma and IB Diploma to highlight students’ accomplishments in the university admissions process.
  • Chelsea FC NIST Football Programme: NIST serves as the home for Chelsea Football Club’s International Development Centre in Bangkok. Chelsea coaches provide a large array of professional coaching for the NIST community, as well as opportunities for the larger Bangkok community.
  • Jr. NBA: Each summer the National Basketball Association hosts Thailand’s Jr. NBA programme at NIST. Beyond encouraging physical health, this programme helps children develop skills and positive attitudes.

The NIST Curriculum


NIST International School - IB Primary Years Programme

Early Years - Year 6

The PYP at NIST combines social and academic learning, as both equally contribute to future success. While the programme integrates all subjects within the IB units of inquiry, it also incorporates distinct subject-based lessons and learning opportunities outside the classroom.

 

NIST International School - IB Middle Years Programme
Year 7 - Year 11

NIST's MYP is recognized as one of the most progressive worldwide, often leading other schools in piloting new programmes and focusing heavily on service-based learning, the incremental mastery of key skills and reflection.

 

NIST International School - IB Diploma Programme
Year 12 - Year 13

The DP is the culmination of NIST's academic programme, tying together all previous learning and preparing students for future studies in universities around the world. Based on DP exam results, NIST students excel far above global averages.

 


 

Additional High School Courses

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Year 12 - Year 13

Rather than pursue the full IB Diploma, a small number of NIST students choose to enroll in a combination of IB and standard NIST High School Courses in order to earn individual IB course certificates.

 


 

Optional Programme

NIST International School - The Global Citizen Diploma
Year 10 - Year 13

Open to high school students, the GCD allows students to reflect on their learning experiences at NIST and in their own lives, and be formally recognized for their accomplishments in areas not traditionally measured through grades.

Welcome to NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand

Welcome to NIST!

“The community understands and has embraced the shift from an achievement-oriented to a growth-oriented learning model and its connection to developing lifelong learners.”
— 2018 NEASC Accreditation Report

Welcome to NIST International School

The first and only full, not-for-profit International Baccalaureate (IB) international school in Bangkok, Thailand

Book a School Tour at NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand

Book a School Tour

We encourage all families to make an appointment to tour the school. Your visit will offer you a unique view into our community and allow us to provide more in-depth information in order to help you make the best educational decision for your family.

Admissions

First and foremost, thank you for considering NIST as an option for your child. As you explore our site and admissions information, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about our curriculum, philosophy or any other aspect of the school.

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The IB Programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) does not merely promote a curriculum, but rather a mission to transform the world through education.

Academics

Our community has cultivated a well-deserved reputation for excellence in academics over the past two decades. Being the first full International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in Thailand and a frequent early adopter of programme developments, NIST enjoys an unparalleled relationship with the IB, remaining at the forefront of progressive, research-based teaching and learning.

Nikolaj Coster Waldau at NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand

Positive Impact

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
– William Durant – 

 

Extra Curricular Activities

NIST encourages all students to push beyond their limits through the Extra-Curricular Activities (ECAs) Programme, which offers more than 300 activities in areas as diverse as sports, drama, music, art, technology, academics, language, and social and environmental activism.

We believe in the power of education

We believe in the power of education

All of the members of the NIST community, past and present, see education as a force that can enlighten and transform.

Welcome to NIST International School

The first and only full, not-for-profit International Baccalaureate (IB) international school in Bangkok, Thailand

Get in touch with NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand

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We welcome your inquiry, and would be happy to respond to any queries you may have for you and your family.