Upon joining the NIST community, you may have many questions about resources, policies, procedures and other aspects of the school. In addition to the information below, we are committed to supporting your transition to Bangkok and the school, and we have a member of the admissions team specifically dedicated to help you with this. The International Family Liaison can be contacted to discuss uniforms, school meal plans, transport to and from school, housing, and any other questions related to settling in. Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office if you have any questions that are not answered here.
Before your child(ren) starts school, we ask that you complete the online enrollment. This is a crucial step in preparing for your child(ren)’s first day of school. Once you have completed the online enrollment, you will be able to sign up for extra-curricular activities (ECAs) and parent-student-teacher conferences; access your child(ren)’s reports and grades; and order school lunch online. The online enrollment process also allows you to update your contact information and also outlines and requires you to agree to our school policies.
Students who join NIST in August are provided with a class schedule on the first day of school. Elementary students who join in January will receive it from their homeroom teachers. Secondary students who join in January must first select their language and arts classes, at which point they will receive their schedules.
The 6-Day Cycle
NIST is on a 6-day cycle. Each school day is lettered from A to F. NIST follows a published calendar for the 6-day cycle, which is included in this document and updated on the school’s website. The 6-day cycle was implemented to avoid the disruption caused by public holidays, which often fall on the same day of the week.
We strongly believe that schools should be hubs for the community, places where you can connect and learn from others. Dozens of events are hosted each semester to allow you to meet administrators, teachers and other parents.
- NIST Parent-Teacher Association (NIPTA): More than any other group, NIPTA provides a way for you as a parent to be involved in the NIST community and meet others who share your interests. In addition to hosting regular small events such as coffee mornings and luncheons, NIPTA also organizes major annual events such as Pinktober and Starry Nights, both of which generate funds that are directed toward charitable causes.
- Country Groups: For parents who wish to connect with others who share their languages or backgrounds, country groups are an excellent way to network and become involved in cultural events.
- Community Learning Hub seminars: These information and discussion sessions are organized throughout the year for both elementary and secondary parents. Topics range from positive parenting techniques to training sessions that provide guidance in accessing school information.
NIST uses several online systems to provide information for both parents and students. In addition to the main website and the Portal, the following sites will be invaluable for you in keeping up to date with our community:
- Veracross allows parents and students to check on attendance, grades and report cards, and also allows parents to update family information. The system is used to arrange sign ups for extra-curricular activities, parent teacher conferences, online enrollment and re-enrollment. The family calendar in Veracross is tailored to you and your family. Every new parent will receive a welcome email with your Veracross login information, which will also be used for the NIST Catering Campus Online and the Portal System.
- The NIST Link is a blog that provides daily updates for parents and students. It can be customized to your interests by selecting the types of posts you would like to see from the main menu. The Links menu section also connects you to the elementary class blogs and others within the community.
- The Portal System is a repository where many secondary curriculum documents are housed. It is a learning management system for secondary classes, though it is currently being phased out.
- The NIST Resources hosts many essential documents, including the parent handbooks and other comprehensive sources of information. These documents provide insight into policies, procedures and guidelines for both students and parents.
- The NIST Facebook page provides general updates that are not as comprehensive as those found in Veracross or The NIST Link. However, it provides a good view into the vibrant NIST community and allows you to interact with other members of the community online.
- Zenfolio hosts all of our school photos and are accessible to all members of the community.
We will use the photographs that you submitted during the online application process to create parent ID cards. In some cases we may ask for an additional photograph if the one that was submitted is not suitable. Please note that it is also important for us to have recent photos of each of your children so that our school database system is up to date. This is very important for security reasons.
The school provides one ID card per parent. If you would like to purchase additional cards for other family members or domestic staff/house help, you can do this by providing a photo at the reception desk at the school entrance. Additional cards are made for THB 300 each.
NIST Catering provides multiple services at the school, operating the cafeteria and kiosks around campus.
A semester meal plan can be purchased for elementary students, which includes both a morning snack and lunch. Students also have the option of bringing lunch from home. However, please note that equipment for heating lunches is not available at school. The average meal plan per semester is THB 8,600 per child in EY 1-2 and Year 1 and THB 9,400 per child in Year 2 to Year 6. Payments can be made using cash, credit card (plus 1.5% surcharge) or cheque.
Elementary parents must order their child’s lunch using their Veracross user names and passwords. Meals may be ordered up to one month in advance. Full details of this process, as well as video and print guides, are available on the NIST Catering page.
Secondary students do not buy a meal plan but instead register their finger prints (or purchase cards if you do not wish to use biometrics) and receive account payments using our kiosk payment machine. Students typically use an average of THB 100-120 per day for snacks and lunch.
For those families who choose to not use personal or public transportation, Montri Transportation Corporation offers private busing for the NIST community. This service includes multiple timings to accommodate students in extra-curricular activities and also provides monitors who will accompany students in early years and Year 1 to and from their classes. Parents who wish to sign up for the busing service should complete the bus service request form and send it to email@example.com.
Supplies & Technology
Secondary school students are issued a MacBook Air during their first week of class. This laptop is to be used at school and taken home to complete assignments. In order to receive the laptop on the first day of school, please make sure to read and sign the Acceptable Use Policy for Secondary and return the form to the Secondary Office.
Elementary students will use school laptops and iPads only while in school and when it applies to their learning. School laptops and iPads cannot be taken home. Elementary students in Year 5 and Year 6 are required to read and sign the Acceptable Use Policy for Elementary and return the form to their homeroom teacher.
The NIST Shop provides all school uniforms, as well as other NIST-related items. Depending on the number of sets of uniforms you wish to buy (1 or 3 complete uniform sets), please plan an allowance of approximately THB 5,000 per child. Payment can be made in cash or credit card (1.5% surcharge) only.
It is highly recommended that uniforms are bought before the first day of school. Should you be wish to purchase uniforms ahead of time, please contact our admissions staff at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
We provide basic stationery, including pens, pencils, paper, etc. However, students might find a pencil case useful, and they are required to bring a bag to school. From Year 1 upward, bags that can fit A4-size materials are appropriate. We also recommend sending a water bottle with your child. Water bottles can be filled up at the many water fountains around campus.
Teachers will provide information about any other supplies for each of their individual classes.
All secondary students have access to the use of a locker and must purchase a combination lock at the NIST Shop or bring their own. Elementary students do not use lockers.