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. This includes partnerships with Chelsea Football Club, Harvard Business School and 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.

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.