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Diversity & Inclusion

We want a school that is inclusive in its orientation, seeking and encouraging diversity in staff and students. We want a strong moral atmosphere at our school where everyone is held to the highest standards…of tolerance and respect.

A New International School (11 January 1990)

When they gathered to plan the creation of the first new international school in Thailand in decades, our founding familiesmany of whom worked for the United Nationsimagined a community unlike others of the time. Their statement of purpose called for the creation of “an educational institution unique to the world”, one that promoted a truly international perspective that would draw upon the rich experiences of both the expatriate and Thai communities.

For more than 30 years, we have held true to their vision.

Many international schools in Thailand provide a quality education. Few provide enriching learning opportunities that allow children the opportunity to engage with peers from around the world; develop their sense of identity in a safe, nurturing environment; and receive the individualized support they need to flourish. Though we maintain high expectations of all students, our community is defined by our inclusive approach: a commitment to valuing every child regardless of their passport, skin color, gender, sexual orientation or needs.

Diversity at NIST International School Bangkok

A Truly International Community

Across the entire Bangkok international school community, students come from nearly every nation around the globe, and NIST is no exception. However, we are unique in committing ourselves to being truly international.

From our history with the United Nations to our adoption of the International Baccalaureate, we have sought to be independent, free from any one national curriculum or creed. We are now the most diverse school in Thailand, with our students representing over 60 nationalities, dozens of languages and a wide range of backgrounds.

Difference at NIST International School Bangkok

A Celebration of Difference

We also recognize that a truly international education must represent much more than a list of nationalities. Diversity at NIST encompasses differences in sexual orientation and identity, physical and learning abilities, and experiences and perspectives. It challenges us to confront our assumptions, to question our preconceptions.

But most importantly, diversity encourages us to grow and recognize that the most powerful opportunities for learning emerge from the discomfort of difference, and that it is that learning that ties us together as a community.

Equity at NIST International School Bangkok

A Commitment to Equity

We are all shaped by our circumstances, unique in our beliefs and values. These differences can and do lead to disagreement and debate. Yet our community is firmly committed to fostering a sense of belonging among every member of our community. Every individual deserves to be respected and appreciated for their differences.

In a world in which difference creates conflict and can often lead to violence, we believe it is important to consciously commit to equity for all individuals. Equally important, we must promote this belief both within and beyond our walls.

What Is the Impact of Inclusion?

The most common objections to inclusion cite the difficulties of integrating differences into the classroom or the perceived challenges in allowing all students to flourish in their learning. Yet these overlook the incredible impact every child can have on their peers.

We learned this firsthand from Astrid, one of our students who inspires her peers and enriches our own learning. Her influence on our community has been so profound that the Special Education Network & Inclusion Association (SENIA) created the World Changers Award to recognize her and other individual students who raise awareness about the power of inclusion.

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)

Contact NIST International School in Bangkok

Our Campus

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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We welcome all inquiries, whether you wish to enroll your child at NIST, apply for a position or partner with us.

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