Our goal is to make the admissions process a seamless, exciting experience. Below are some of the most common FAQs about our program. We know that you are bound to have more questions—please contact us. We’re here to help.

Frequently Asked

  • What curriculum do you follow?

    As part of the BASIS Curriculum Schools network, we use the BASIS Curriculum. The BASIS Curriculum is an AP-infused, integrated liberal arts curriculum designed to provide a foundation of disciplinary knowledge that fuels critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.

    The BASIS Curriculum establishes what students are required to learn. Teachers are given the chance to decide the best way for their students to achieve what is required, appreciate the material while doing so, and accelerate beyond the material when desired or possible.

  • What year groups are you opening for?

    As of 2021, we are open for admissions in Early Years (PreK1-Kindergarten), Primary School (Grade 1-4), and Middle School (Grade 5-7) which includes:

  • What is the average class size?

    The class sizes are as follows:

    • The maximum Early Years Learning class size is 20 students
    • The maximum Primary and Middle School is 25 students

    In the Early Learning Program, the average teacher to student ratio is 1:4.  Each classroom has two teachers – an Early Education Teacher and a Teaching Fellow, both of whom have education degrees and 1 nanny.

    For Primary and Middle School – Each class has 2 teachers; Students work with a Subject Expert and a Learning Expert teacher.  The teacher to student ratio is approximately 1:5

  • What type of extracurricular activities do you offer?

    We offer a tremendous variety of extracurricular activities, always based on the school’s student and teacher interests.

  • Where can I find the academic calendar for 2021-22

    The Academic calendar is available on our website.
    Please see the link. https://basis.ac.th/wp-content/uploads/2021-2022_BISB_Academic_Calendar-3.pdf

  • With such an advanced curriculum, are resources available to help students who struggle?

    We recognize that the BASIS Curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and international schools present their own unique challenges. The support provided to students is one of the critical pieces that has made our schools successful. BASIS Curriculum teachers consistently communicate exactly what is expected of students–and make themselves available to assist any student who wants or needs that support, in and out of the classroom.

    That’s why BASIS International School teachers hold student hours (office hours) to provide additional help and support for students who request it.

  • Which standardized tests do your students take?

    Our students take internationally recognized tests such as the PISA and the ISA, in addition to the College Board’s AP® exams and PSAT®. The SAT® and ACT are optional but heartily recommended.

  • The curriculum is challenging; how do I know my child will succeed?

    From their very first day as a BASIS student, children see and understand how incredibly serious we take their education and academic growth. Ours is an environment that champions hard work and the belief that all students can achieve amazing feats when they put their minds to it. We are all a team—your child, other students, teachers, managers alike—and the team works together to ensure the success and empowerment of each student. The support your child will receive is unmatched;
    the culture that welcomes them each day
    to explore and learn is warm, spontaneous, alive with curiosity, and always nurturing. Our results are only possible because of our culture of learning. Teachers provide office hours throughout the school week for students.

    Read more about student services.

  • Any plan for a high school program?

    We already have all facilities and have been approved to open up to the 12th grade. However, due to the unique nature and academic rigor of the BASIS Curriculum, we opened through Grade 7 and will continue to open an additional grade each year thereafter.
    • y2022 open to G.8
    • y2023 open to G.9
    • y2024 open to G.10
    • y2025 open to G.11
    • y2026 open to G.12

    We have taken this ‘academics first’ approach to help ensure our students have an opportunity to matriculate through the BASIS Curriculum so they can meet the academic challenges in G6 through G12.

  • What resources will you have in your school for students with special needs?

    BASIS International School Bangkok does not currently have resources for many special needs, and we will also not maintain a school psychologist; however, our teachers and administrators have a long and successful record of supporting, challenging and inspiring students who require various learning accommodations.

    Ask any experienced BASIS teacher what a BASIS student looks like and they will give you this very straightforward answer: a BASIS student works hard, asks questions, and helps other people. All we ask is that the student is willing to work. At BASIS Curriculum Schools, we build on that educational competency. Above all, our strong and results-oriented support team of teachers and administrators never gives up on a student.

    For questions regarding your student’s specific situation, please contact your Head of School.

  • How are students assessed?

    We administer regular assessments to ensure that students meet the requirements of their classes. Our Assessment covers three areas: Math, English/Language Arts, and Writing. The content of these exams is based on the foundational material for the grade students are applying for.

    For more information on what to expect on the Assessments, please read: https://basis.ac.th/blog/admissions-faq-what-to-expect-on-open-assessment/

    That’s why BASIS International School teachers hold student hours (office hours) to provide additional help and support for students who request it.

  • What is the Application process?

    We are now accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. Register for our interest list to receive updates from our admissions team. Read more about our application process at BASIS International School Bangkok.

  • How many children are enrolled in the school?

    Currently, we expect 330 students for the 2021-22 school year. This includes students who will matriculate from lower grades, together with new students who have recently enrolled. For the 2021-22 school year, we are open for PK1-G7.

    Our policy is to primarily accept new students into the early year learning and primary program only. While accepting some exceptional students, this is a rare exception and we strongly encourage interested applicants to apply before G5.

  • Where can we access the current fee schedule?

    The Fee schedule is available on our website. Please see the link.

  • How can I get more information about the school?

    You can make an appointment to visit our school and speak to our Admissions team. Or you can come to pick up a prospectus and some more information.

    Click here to join the interest list and receive email updates including upcoming events and opportunities to meet faculty and staff, admissions alerts, and deadline information.

  • How do you select teachers?

    We hire the brightest and most promising minds; individuals who are committed to sharing their subject matter expertise with students.

    When determining which teachers would be the best fit for our school, we consider a variety of important factors. For Subject Expert Teachers, we require a degree representing their expertise in a particular discipline and/or significant teaching experience in the subject they want to teach. For Learning Expert Teachers, we often look for candidates with degrees in either early childhood or elementary education. Our SET/LET teaching model is one of the cornerstones of our acclaimed curriculum.

    After several rounds of interviews, we invite finalists to the school to give a teaching demonstration. This is a 20-minute lesson where they demonstrate how they would structure their class. During these demos, we focus less on content and more on student engagement and interaction.

    Because we are in the fortunate position of often having far more applicants than we have job openings, we are able to be quite selective in this process. We only hire those teachers who can recreate that spark that is an unmistakable component of a BASIS Independent classroom.

  • What is the ratio of local to foreign teachers in the school?

    As of this year, we have around 40 expat teachers from Native-speaking counties such as the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and 9 Thai teachers. Our Chinese teachers teach Chinese Language and Culture classes only.

    Thai teachers have 2 positions:

    1. Teach Thai language and culture classes
    2. Teacher fellows co-teach with Expat teachers in early years’ class.This allows language development in both Thai and English simultaneously.

  • Do the teachers take part in professional development? How often?

    Newly recruited teachers partake in the BASIS Summer Institute for 6 weeks before the school opening of each year. For returning teachers, participate in training 4 weeks per year and have continuing teacher development throughout the year. At the BASIS Network Professional Development Camp (Summer Institute) teachers typically spend time either in the US or China and attend a symposium of training sessions.

    The BASIS network also has a system that assigns a subject expert advisor (SAD) which allows a SUPER teacher of a subject in the network to become a coach of the other teachers teaching the same subject/level. For example, there are over 40 humanities teachers teaching grades 1 and 2, the SAD will organize collaboration with the group and coach the teachers to share best practices and resources.

    In addition, teachers also have goals for furthering their professional development in which they work with the head of school to plan and report.

  • How can I apply for a teaching position?

    All teacher recruiting is managed by the US recruiting team. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit their website: https://jobs.basisinternationalschools.com/careers-in-thailand

  • What kind of transportation is offered?

    We have transportation options available to certain parts of Bangkok. Please contact our admissions team to see if we have a bus route in your area. If we have demand for routes in a specific area, we are often able to accommodate and create a bus route for that zone.

  • Do you offer boarding?

    We currently do not have any opportunities for boarding students.

  • Where are you located?

    We are located on Rama 2 Soi 54 (mile marker 5), less than 30 minutes from the Central Business District. The campus is next to Central Rama 2 and Central Park.