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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About NIST

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How is NIST different from other international schools in Bangkok?

Thailand has a very high ratio of international schools per capita compared to other countries in Asia, providing parents with an immense number of choices. However, most international schools in Bangkok offer only British or American curricula, with few other options available. NIST is one of only three full IB international schools, and the only one with not-for-profit status and a central campus in the heart of the city.

The IB philosophy permeates our school, and our values of integrity, caring, community and growth are central to our learning and actions. To inspire, empower and enrich our students, we diligently work to provide unique learning opportunities that you may not find at other international schools in Bangkok.

What Does NIST Offer that Other International Schools in Bangkok Do Not?

In addition to activities that encourage and challenge, such as Action Week and Challenge by Choice, NIST partners with elite organizations around the globe to offer first-class programmes and resources such as the Global Citizen Diploma.

While there are many international schools in Bangkok, few can offer the expansive facilities, resources and programmes available at NIST while also maintaining a strong, caring community.

How multicultural is NIST?

NIST was founded primarily to serve the children of expatriate families living temporarily in Bangkok. We also welcome Thai and other long-term, Bangkok-based residents who are committed to the mission of the school and can contribute meaningfully to our community.

Approximately 25% of student population is Thai, while the remaining 74% represents over 75 nationalities. Learn more about our community here.

Can English language learners study at NIST?

NIST has a well-resourced English as an Additional Language (EAL) department, and in the elementary school we are able to accept beginner English language learners. Because of the curricular demands in the secondary school, we are able to support intermediate and advanced level English language learners.

English is the language of instruction in all year levels and it is important that students are able to successfully access the curriculum within our available EAL support resources. We may therefore limit the number of EAL students in each year level to ensure they have access to needed services and that strong English language standards are maintained throughout the school. However, in line with our values and philosophy, we do not charge any additional fees for this support.

Does NIST offer boarding?

We are a day school and do not have boarding facilities. Students must therefore reside with their parent(s) or other legal guardian appointed by their parents and live at a location within commuting distance to the campus.

How many students and teachers are there per class in each year level?

We recognize the need to maintain a student-teacher ratio that offers maximum opportunities for instruction and learning. In principle, the maximum number of students per class is as follows:

Year LevelClasses & StudentsTeachers & Assistants
Early Years6 composite classes, 18-19 students each1 teacher, 2 assistants
Year 16 classes, 20 students each1 teacher, 1 assistant
Years 2-46 classes, 23 students each1 teacher, 1 assistant
Year 5-66 classes, 23 students each1 teacher, shared assistant
Years 7-96 classes, 23-24 students eachN/A
Years 10-135 classes, 24 students eachN/A

Admissions

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What criteria do you use to make your admissions decisions?
In accordance with our mission statement, we serve children in Early Years to Year 13 who are committed to the mission of the school and can contribute meaningfully to our community.  We want every student to thrive, and NIST will provide learning pathways for students to flourish and positively impact others.

We are committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. NIST does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational, admissions or employment policies, but may take into account factors including an applicant’s prior educational and linguistic background for purposes of admission in order to fulfill our mission, and the availability of resources and services at the school.

NIST exists to serve the educational needs of students from international and internationally-minded families living in Bangkok, and we strive for a mix of students who represent diversity in nationality. It is the mission of the Admissions Department to help prospective families through the admissions process in reflection of our core values of integrity, caring, community and growth.

We consider several factors when we review an admissible application in order to make a decision whether to extend an offer of enrollment, including space availability, age, previous school records and teacher’s recommendation(s), siblings currently at NIST, IB programme experience, nationality, community involvement, availability of support services.

When should I submit an application?

We take applications for August admissions one school year in advance. Mid-year applications by families coming to Thailand from overseas may be submitted at any time throughout the school year. In all cases we encourage families to visit our campus, if possible, before submitting an application. This gives us a chance to meet with you, answer your specific questions and give you a personal school tour.

Will my child have to complete any tests before they can begin classes?

Each child must be assessed before being considered for acceptance at NIST. The results of the admissions assessment help determine whether a letter of acceptance will be offered.

What is the application timeline?

Once you have submitted an online application, we try to contact you within a week to acknowledge receipt of the application. Although these applications can be submitted at any time, we maintain a relatively constant schedule for our annual planning:

  • Mid-September: Applications for the following school year open.
  • September – December: Families are encouraged to make an appointment with a member of the admissions team to tour the campus or meet virtually.
  • January: Any outstanding records, such as report cards and transcripts, must be submitted.
  • February – March: The admissions team contacts families regarding assessment dates.
  • March – April: Admissions assessments take place, and the first acceptance letters are sent as spaces become available.
  • May – July: Acceptance letters continue to be sent as spaces become available.

Curriculum

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What is NIST’s curriculum?

NIST follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) framework for its curriculum, while also incorporating its own unique courses. However, a curriculum is not simply the content that is taught; it also includes teaching methods, approaches, resources and assessments. For a more in-depth explanation of each of these areas, you can download our prospectuses on our pages for the IB Primary Years Programme (Early Years – Year 6), Middle Years Programme (Years 7-11) and Diploma Programme (Years 12-13).

Are students grouped into classes by ability?

Class placement is not based on ability, but is instead carefully considered to meet the academic and social needs of each student. Educational research has consistently demonstrated that planned implementation of mixed-ability classes results in equal or superior levels of performance. In line with our philosophy of inclusion and diversity, our teachers, administrators and learning specialists work together to place students in learning environments that enrich all learners.

How much homework is assigned?

We believe in assigning homework not as “busy work”, but rather as a means of reinforcing concepts, building connections and practicing skills. The amount of homework students receive thus varies by year, teacher and subject. In general, NIST teachers provide enough work to challenge students, while still allowing time for activities. Additional details are available in the parent handbooks.

Living in Bangkok

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What is the traffic like? Does the school provide transportation?

Traffic can be quite heavy in Bangkok, especially during rush hour, when a 15-minute drive on major roads can quickly change to an hour-long journey. To help families avoid the traffic, the Montri Transportation Corporation provides daily pick-up and drop-off services throughout the city. Additionally, students who travel on the BTS or MRT can take a courtesy shuttle from locations near the BTS to and from the school.

For more information about transportation and busing services, please visit our transportation page or contact the Admissions Office.

Where do most families live?

One of the great advantages of NIST is its central location in downtown Bangkok. We’re within easy reach of shopping centers, hospitals, dining, green spaces and entertainment the city has to offer. As a result, most NIST families choose to live near the school, and near public transportation. This also helps to substantially reduce the commute time to school.

We are unable to provide specific recommendations for condos, apartments or homes, but many real estate sites can be found through a Google search.

School Day

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What time does school begin and end?

The daily schedule for students varies based on their year levels:

  • Early Years: 8:30 AM – 2:15 PM
  • Year 1: 8:00 AM – 2:15 PM
  • Year 2-6: 8:00 AM – 2:55 PM
  • Years 7-9: 8:30 AM – 3:20 PM
  • Years 10-13: 8:30 AM – 3:25 PM
Do students need to wear a school uniform?

Yes, each child attending NIST must wear the school uniform. Uniforms can be purchased at the school shop, which is open from Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Does the school provide lunch and snacks?

NIST Catering operates the elementary and secondary cafeterias, as well as cafés in the Secondary Building and The Hub. All students have accounts created for them through the NIST Catering Campus Online system. This system can be topped up with funds via credit card or cheque, or by cash through the kiosks on campus.

Parents may choose to purchase a meal plan for elementary students, which includes a light morning snack. Secondary students are able to buy snacks and lunch with either cash or through their NIST Catering accounts.

Can my child be involved in activities?

Yes. NIST offers a wide range of activities for students in Years 2 to 13, and a more limited selection is also available for students in Early Years 2 and Year 1. These activities usually take place immediately after school, with activities for EY2 and Year 1 running from 2:15 to 3:00 PM, and activities for Year 1 to Year 13 typically running from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.

Times may vary for some activities, particularly sports. Additionally, some activities–most often those provided by external groups–require an additional fee. You can find out which activities we are currently offering through this link.

Our Admissions Philosophy

In accordance with our mission, vision and values, we serve boys and girls from 3 – 18 years old who are committed to the mission of the school and can contribute meaningfully to our community. We want every student to thrive within our stimulating and challenging academic programme, so all candidates must be able to access the curriculum within our available resources and services. We exist to serve the educational needs of students from international and internationally-minded families living in Bangkok, and we strive for a mix of students to provide a culturally diverse learning environment.

Do You Have More Questions?

Our admissions staff will be happy to provide you with more information about our community, and you are also welcome to schedule a time to tour our campus.

NIST Admissions Office

36 Sukhumvit Soi 15, Klongtoey-nua
Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand
Tel.: +66 (0)2 017 5888 ext. 1120
Fax: +66 (0)2 253 1193
admissions@nist.ac.th

Monday – Friday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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    Our Aspiration, NIST International School in Bangkok

    Our Aspiration

    We strive to expand traditional models of education, to foster principled, good people who will flourish throughout their lives and in turn make a positive impact in the world.

    Welcome to NIST International School

    As the first and only full, not-for-profit International Baccalaureate (IB) international school in Bangkok, we inspire and empower individual excellence, and enrich lives.
    Welcome to 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.

    Joining the NIST Community

    Selecting a school can be a difficult decision for families, and we hope to work with you to help you make the right choice. We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

    The IB Mission at NIST Internation School in Bangkok

    The IB Mission

    The International Baccalaureate does not represent only a curriculum, but also a mission to transform the world through education by fostering thoughtful, principled learners.

    An Education that Inspires & Enriches

    Though we have cultivated a reputation for excellence in academics, we believe education is inextricably tied to wellbeing, character and action. Through learning comes joy.

    A Lasting Impact, Service Learning at NIST International School in Bangkok

    A Lasting Impact

    Many of our alumni go on to work for NGOs and non-profits, become activists and reformers, and even create their own social enterprises.

    Transforming Lives through Service

    We believe service must be woven into the fabric of our learning, not as single projects or donations, but rather as the core means through which we translate learning into sustained action.
    The NIST Falcons

    The NIST Falcons

    Our Falcons athletes participate in over a dozen competitive sports, from basketball and volleyball to gymnastics and fencing, with other schools around Bangkok and Southeast Asia.

    Opportunities beyond the Classroom

    We grow when pushed beyond our perceived limits. The NIST Activities Programme offers students the opportunity to challenge themselves through more than 300 activities, including sports, the arts, technology and more.

    We believe in the power of education

    International & Inclusive

    As one of the most diverse international schools in Thailand, we seek to be inclusive and value difference as a catalyst for individual and collective growth.

    A Vibrant Community Built on Shared Values

    "Respectful, healthy, ethical relationships and interactions create a true sense of community at NIST."
    (2018 NEASC Accreditation Report)

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    Nestled in Bangkok's central business district, the NIST campus sits in close proximity to Asok BTS Station, and Sukhumvit and Petchaburi MRT Stations.

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