Thailand, Bangkok: International School Bangkok

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Campus of the International School Bangkok
Date: 12/20/2011 Location: Bangkok Thailand Description: International School Bangkok - State Dept Image



International School Bangkok (ISB) is an independent, coeducational, nonprofit day school, which was founded in 1951. ISB offers an educational program for children ages 4-18 (PK-grade12). The school year extends from approximately mid-August to early June and is divided into two semesters. A summer program is also offered.

Organization: A 13-member Board of Trustees is elected by parents of students enrolled in the School. The School encourages and benefits from active parent participation.

Curriculum: The curriculum is based on North American standards and international best practices. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is offered in grades 11 and 12 along with Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Instruction is in English, with the School using a child-centered approach. Students have extensive learning opportunities in the fine and performing arts, athletics, technology, and community service programs. There are also programs for students with mild learning disabilities. Approximately 98 percent of graduates attend universities. The School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and chartered by the Thailand Ministry of Education.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 234 faculty members. All teachers at ISB are certified and average 8 years of experience at ISB, with approximately 85 percent holding advanced degrees.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,845 (PK-grade 12).

Facilities: Located just outside the center of Bangkok, the 37-acre campus is situated in a gated, family-oriented community where children can walk or ride their bikes to school. The School offers state-of-the-art facilities for academics, athletics, fine and performing arts, and other programs to support a high quality educational experience.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the School’s income is derived from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Pre-K: $13,591; Kdg.-grade 5: $20,851; grades 6-8: $23,516; and grades 9-12: $24,644. A one-time registration fee of approximately $7,961 is also charged. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollar equivalents of Thai Baht.)

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