International School Bangkok (ISB) was the first international school in Thailand. Founded in 1951, the school initially opened on the grounds of the U.S. Embassy. ISB is an independent, coeducational, inclusive, nonprofit day school offering an educational program for children ages 3-18 (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: ISB’s Board of Trustees consists of 11 elected persons and up to six appointed persons. The school encourages and benefits from active parent participation.
Curriculum: ISB is a learning-focused international school with a strong U.S. educational philosophy and curriculum, broadened and enriched with best practices from other nations. ISB offers a balanced program with a focus on the development of the whole student. ISB provides students with high standards of academic instruction, opportunities for service to others, and a well-rounded program of activities directed toward the development of their skills, talents, and self-confidence for lifelong learning. Graduates earn a U.S. high school diploma and may also elect to pursue the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program. AP courses are also offered to provide more options for students. At ISB, we provide support for a managed number of students with mild, moderate, and intensive learning needs, as well as for those who benefit from enrichment and challenge opportunities. We are able to meet the needs of most students in the regular classroom with differentiated instruction through accommodations and consultation.
Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, ISB has 600 total staff including 192 teachers, 105 of whom are U.S. citizens, 9 host-country nationals, and 78 third-country nationals. Our faculty represent 31 different nationalities. All teaching faculty maintain a teaching certification or credential and are licensed in Thailand.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, enrollment was 1,711 (PK – grade 12). Of the total, there were 470 U.S. citizens, 529 host-country nationals, and 712 third-country nationals.
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. ISB also has a 15-acre Environmental Wilderness Campus in Petchburi province. The school also has a newly equipped Golf Center with latest technologies for students.
Finances: Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $15,590 (U.S. Government families receive a 75% discount on Pre-K tuition), K-grade 5: $24,010; grades 6-8: $26,940; and grades 9-12: $28,340. The intensive needs program is additional U.S. $26,040 on top of tuition fees. A one-time registration fee per student of approximately $7,130 is also charged. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollar equivalents of Thai baht at the time of writing and may vary with the exchange rate.
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Thailand, Bangkok) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2022 and are provided by the school.