What criteria do you use to make your admissions decisions?

The admissions process follows three stages:

  1. Completing the application, including the admissions assessments
  2. Being identified as admissible
  3. Entering the waiting pool

All children are unique, so we process each complete application individually. We must first be satisfied the child will be able to access and benefit from our educational programmes, meaning they must be admissible. This is why we require transcripts and perform admissions observations and assessments.

Admissible applicants will then be added to the waiting pool. We consider several factors when we review an admissible application in order to make a decision whether to extend an offer of enrollment. It is at this stage that we also give special consideration to families with UN employees when possible, in line with our relationship with that organization. Along with this, other factors include:

  • Age
  • Class size/space availability
  • English language proficiency
  • Previous school records and recommendation(s)
  • Siblings currently at NIST
  • IB programme experience
  • Nationality/ethnicity
  • Admissions test/academic ability
  • Extra-curricular/community involvement

Though all of these factors play a role in our decision, none guarantees acceptance, as they are considered as a whole. Placements for students who require EAL or learning support will also depend on availability of resources and the needs of our current students.

When should I submit an application?

Applications for August admission should be completed one 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.

What can I do to increase the chances of my child’s admission?

As a not-for-profit school, one of the few in Bangkok, our motivation is finding the most mission-appropriate students. This also means that we want parents who are well-aligned to our mission and ethos. But just as all children are unique, our admissions process takes into account a wide variety of factors, including the readiness of the child to access our curriculum; where additional support may be needed and our capacity for providing it; and our class capacity and cultural mix, which can vary between year levels.

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 to meet with a member of the admissions team and tour the campus.
  • 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.