The Role of International Schools in Expatriate Communities - Bangkok Prep

The Role of International Schools in Expatriate Communities

When people move to a new country for work, it can certainly be a little daunting. With children, these anxieties can only be exacerbated, but thankfully, someone before has always put in the groundwork. International schools in expat communities are not simply educational institutions; they are a hub where both children and parents are given a place to belong and develop a much-needed social circle.
Throughout this article, we want to highlight just how vital international schools are for expat communities. These culturally diverse academic academies offer constant support for everyone as well as some of the best curriculums you can find. The immeasurable work of international schools can sometimes go unnoticed, so it is essential that people know the positives that international schools give to communities all over the world. Here are just some of the benefits:

Cultural Integration – International schools are a brilliant way to integrate a child into the local culture while preserving their own cultural roots. They are the perfect place to develop tolerance and understanding.

Support System – When families move to a new country, they need a support system. Thankfully, international schools offer a wide range of necessary support. They are able to provide counselling services to help families adjust to a new way of life; they also provide language support programmes to ensure no student is left behind. An international school will also act as a source of information and guidance to help families navigate the initial challenges of living in a foreign country.

Community Hub – You will often find that international schools become the focal point of an expat community. They will organise events and parent involvement activities where everyone can get to know each other. They will also host cultural celebrations and festivities so that everyone in the community can be involved with the local culture and traditions.

Preparation for global citizenship – International schools nurture global citizens by instilling values of tolerance towards all other cultures. Students will learn how to respect everyone around them and deal with situations using empathy and understanding. They become empowered thinkers, educated to act responsibly and contribute somewhat to their community. Through a diverse curriculum and exposure to different perspectives, expat children develop a comprehensive understanding of global issues and cultures that encourages awareness and critical thinking.

High-quality education – In many countries, the place to find the best quality education and most diverse curriculum will be an international school. They are devoted to providing the best quality and globally recognised education. Not only are their curriculums internationally recognised, but they also have leeway to add any additional program alongside it to create a more well-rounded and robust learning environment. Adhering to these standards promises academic continuity and transferable qualifications should you move to another country or school. On top of the academic excellence of international schools, they will also offer extracurricular activities. These are additional out-of-hour lessons that focus on a child’s hobbies, skills, and interests. This gives a child an opportunity to learn something new and focus on their athletic, academic, or creative dreams. Extracurricular activities only add to the community spirit by providing competitions, sporting events, school concerts, or theatre productions.

Cultural diversity – An international school will expose students to cultures and ethnicities from all over the world, giving them an understanding and appreciation of everyone around them. Having this exposure will ensure that every student has a unique experience of interacting in a diverse and accepting setting. This is true for parents too. Being part of an international school within an expat community will provide a social network from all over the world. Everyone involved is part of a community that celebrates and embraces each other’s culture and traditions.

Networking opportunities – International schools with a strong expat community create incredible networking opportunities for both parents and children. As well as providing a support network and fantastic friendships within a foreign country, most of the students and parents will be seasoned global workers. This provides a tremendous opportunity for people wanting to know more about a new possible country when it is time to move. Often, we see expat families in similar lines of work move around together. The networking doesn’t stop there, either. Students in international schools will develop a diverse social network and make friends who are likely to stick with them for life. So, when it is time to move into higher education or employment, they will have many options to choose from, giving them a massive advantage in their later lives.

Qualified and experienced faculty – Of course, this depends on what country you move to, but the majority of the time, international schools come with the highest qualified and experienced teachers. The staff at international schools will be able to provide an incredible education whilst being fully trained on how to deal with children who might be struggling academically or emotionally in their new environment. In some countries, you will not find teachers with internationally recognised qualifications unless you go to an international school.

Preparation for higher education – If your child wants to move on to higher education, then an international school is the perfect place to be. Not only do they offer qualifications that will usually be transferable to any university worldwide, but the support they receive will be next to none. There will be plenty of time focused on moving to university and taking on further studies. An international school will guide a student in the right direction and make sure they are fully prepared for a world beyond school.

Find out more

If you are interested in signing your child up for an international education and want them to gain qualifications that are accepted by universities worldwide, contact Bangkok Prep. We are proud to offer a world-class curriculum, unbeatable student support services, and a selection of extracurricular activities that would be hard to find anywhere else in Thailand. At Bangkok Prep, we prepare our students for a life of absolute success, so get in touch today.

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The Head of Primary at Bangkok Prep emphasizes the importance of primary education in shaping students’ lives academically and socially. The school aims to prepare global citizens capable of facing life’s challenges in an ever-changing world. With a dedicated team of educators, Bangkok Prep sets high standards, encouraging students to dream big and work hard towards their goals.

Aligned with the National Curriculum of England and Wales, the school’s curriculum is adapted to reflect Thai culture and society. Teaching follows an innovative thematic approach, integrating real-life contexts with academic rigor to develop well-rounded individuals. Learning is personalized to cater to diverse abilities and talents, fostering mutual respect, trust, and inclusivity.

Bangkok Prep’s primary curriculum extends beyond statutory requirements, focusing on engaging cross-curricular themes to facilitate high-quality learning. Emphasizing active and interactive learning experiences, the curriculum encourages exploration, questioning, and collaboration. The school aims to nurture students’ curiosity, helping them discover lifelong passions and talents while preparing them for a fulfilling future.

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When choosing Bangkok Prep for your child, you’re welcomed into the school family, ensuring a warm and supportive environment. The admissions process begins with completing a brief enquiry form, followed by an invitation for an introductory visit and tour. Conveniently located on Sukhumvit 77, Bangkok Prep offers both Primary and Secondary campuses. Upon deciding on Bangkok Prep, applicants submit their application form and required documents. Assessment sessions are then scheduled based on the applicant’s year level, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours. The assessment includes various activities and tests tailored to different age groups. After assessment, the admissions team evaluates the application and notifies the family of the decision within 1-2 weeks. Successful applicants receive a formal offer letter and an invoice for initial fees, including placement, security, and registration fees, which must be paid within the specified timeframe to secure the child’s place.

Early Years

At Bangkok Prep, the Early Years curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage framework of England, emphasizing thematic topics and child-led learning for a stimulating and enjoyable school experience. It nurtures learning through play and focuses on developing concepts, skills, and positive attitudes across various areas including personal, social, emotional, communication, language, physical, literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design. The curriculum prioritizes individualized learning, ensuring continuous progress while maintaining confidence and a can-do attitude. Specialist sessions in Thai language and culture, music, library, physical education, and swimming further enhance learning opportunities. Supervised by native English teachers and Thai-speaking teaching assistants, children immerse in language acquisition through the immersion method, preparing them for the international community. The Early Years program prioritizes outdoor learning environments, valuing them as essential for children’s wellbeing and development. It serves as ideal preparation for the transition into primary school and provides resources for parents on the Foundation Years website.

Secondary School

Bangkok Prep prides itself on being a distinct international secondary school in Bangkok, prioritizing student needs and providing a stimulating learning environment. Central to this is the pastoral system, where each student is assigned to a tutor group led by a Form Tutor, ensuring personalized care and support. The curriculum evolves to meet students’ changing needs, offering a core curriculum supplemented by option subjects as students mature. Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) focuses on a broad curriculum adapted from the English National Curriculum, fostering personal growth. In Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11), students choose option subjects alongside a core curriculum, culminating in IGCSE examinations. Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) sees students specialize in Advanced Level courses while also engaging in a core curriculum and receiving support for university applications. Bangkok Prep fosters a warm, inclusive community and actively participates in regional competitions and events. The school encourages student involvement and leadership, ensuring a thriving learning environment. Contact information is provided for further inquiries.

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