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CityBangkok
CurriculumIB
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 21 students / class
Maximum 23 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: 541,800 ฿
to: 975,800 ฿
Address: 36 Sukhumvit, Soi 15, Wattana, Klongtoey-nua, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
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All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students

1,715

Number of nationalities represented in the school

64

Most common nationality

Thai

Ratio of local students to international students

25% Thai / 75% international

Native English speaking teachers

All teachers at NIST are fluent speakers of the language in which they instruct students. As supported by a significant body of research, employing highly qualified and experienced teachers is a far more important factor in student learning than focusing on their native language.

Language support for students not fluent in English

EAL support is offered for PYP and MYP students.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Swedish, Thai

Max. number of students per class

EY 1: 18
EY 2: 19
Year 1: 20
Years 2-13: 23

Average number of students per class

21

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

EY: 2 assistants
Years 1-2: 1 assistant
Years 3-6: Shared assistants

Use of technology in the classroom

Yes. In the elementary section all students are issued iPads for use, which are sometimes taken home (particularly during periods such as COVID-19). All secondary students are issued MacBook Air laptops.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes. NIST maintains a contingency plan that enables us to transition to online learning at any time.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

N/A

External examinations or assessments available

IB DP exam, SAT, ISA

Results in these examinations

IB DP results (5-year average): 36.1 (global: 30.2)
SAT results (5-year average): Reading & Writing - 636 / Math - 660 (global: 532 & 527)

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

Homework is differentiated based on year level and gradually scales as the learning becomes increasingly complex in secondary.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes

Learning support offered

NIST provides support for mild to moderate learning disabilities, and we maintain an extensive support department that provides support across a range of areas, including English as an additional language, speech language therapy, educational psychology, occupational therapy, behavioral coaching and enrichment support. Dedicated social-emotional counselors are also provided for every year level, and a fund is maintained to subsidize support in cases of high need.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Students who have unique gifts benefit from our dedicated enrichment team, which provides learning extension opportunities both in and outside the classroom.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Internal assessment

Waiting list

Yes

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

The deadline for Thai citizens (already residing in the country) is December for the next school year. Applications from overseas families are accepted year round.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

School start time

8:30 AM

School finish time

3:30 PM

Supervised care before/after school

Yes

School bus service available

Yes

School provided lunches

Yes

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes. Our in-house catering team, led by a professional Australian chef, provides a very wide range of dishes on a daily basis. In addition to various cuisines, the options include a salad bar, soup bar, potato bar, sandwich bar, pre-prepared items and baked goods.

Uniform required

Yes

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Students may choose from over 300 activities across eight areas: academics, creative arts, enrichment, music, performing arts, service, sports and STEM. Competitive inter-school sports are also offered through the Falcons sports teams, which include badminton, basketball, fencing, golf, gymnastics, rugby, soccer/football, softball, swimming, T-ball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.

Sports activities included

All students are required to take PE as a part of the curriculum. Students may also opt to join a competitive sports team.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

The NIST Falcons are a founding member of the South East Asia Student Activities Conference (SEASAC) and Bangkok Metropolitan Athletic Conference (BMAC).

Facilities at the school

The expansive NIST campus includes multiple libraries, a full theatre, science labs, swimming pool, recording studio, multi-purpose spaces, multiple gymnasiums, fitness centres, playgrounds and much more.

Sports facilities at the school

Multiple gymnasiums, swimming pool, tennis courts, soccer pitch, gymnastics centre, outdoor basketball courts

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The first and only full, not-for-profit International Baccalaureate (IB) international school in Bangkok, Thailand, NIST International School was established in 1992 with the support of the United Nations. The school now welcomes over 1,700 students who represent more than 60 nationalities, and provides all three IB programmes. Governed by the parent-elected NIST International School Foundation, our community shares a singular goal, encapsulated in our mission: NIST inspires growth, empowers individual excellence and enriches lives.

Teaching approach of the school

The IB permeates our philosophy and approach at all levels, and we are recognized as one of the best IB schools in the world. From the early years, in which play and exploration play central roles in developing inquiry as a skill, to the Diploma Programme, in which students direct their own learning and adopt a growth mindset, we cultivate learners who are reflective, passionate and caring.

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