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We have decided to move to Phuket and are now visiting Schools to see which one is the best school but from what we have seen they are all super expensive. We have looked in Bangkok last year and we find that you get much better value for money. From what we have seen it really seams the cheaper schools offer exactly the same as the surprisingly expensive schools. I would really appreciate any one's advice 

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BIS and UWC are certainly on a par with the more expensive Bangkok schools but I'd say Headstart, BCIS and KIS are mid-range and prbably cheaper than most Bangkok equivalents, from the research I've done.

 

However pricing has been hit for many by the strength of the baht and the weakness of certain other currencies.

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1 minute ago, madmitch said:

BIS and UWC are certainly on a par with the more expensive Bangkok schools but I'd say Headstart, BCIS and KIS are mid-range and prbably cheaper than most Bangkok equivalents, from the research I've done.

 

However pricing has been hit for many by the strength of the baht and the weakness of certain other currencies.

I'd also like to throw in Palm House International school. Both my kids are there and in general I'm happy. Especially the small classes, around 10 pax maximum, are IMO a real advantage.

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1 minute ago, stevenl said:

I'd also like to throw in Palm House International school. Both my kids are there and in general I'm happy. Especially the small classes, around 10 pax maximum, are IMO a real advantage.

Yes, a good option for primary level at a good price. Also Oak Meadow is a cheaper option with an American-based curriculum but I'm not quite sure what qualifictions you get at the end of it!

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I appreciate all the replies. We visited Headstart, British International and then a small school called Buds International. We were really shocked that such a small school with half of the prices offer all the same prestation for much less money. So I wanted to get some feedback. Thanks for mentioning these schools. We are looking for a school where we can find quality education for our budget without having to waste the money. I think we are happy with Buds. Has anyone heard or been to Buds?

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Also we have been looking at housing and believe it best to be centrally located in Chalong area. How is like bringing kids to school in the morning. We are still looking for a house but only decide on that once we have decided on a school. How was your experience in that regard??

 

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57 minutes ago, Erika Schmiderdeker said:

I appreciate all the replies. We visited Headstart, British International and then a small school called Buds International. We were really shocked that such a small school with half of the prices offer all the same prestation for much less money. So I wanted to get some feedback. Thanks for mentioning these schools. We are looking for a school where we can find quality education for our budget without having to waste the money. I think we are happy with Buds. Has anyone heard or been to Buds?

I did not know Buds except for their kindergarten, so really can't comment on their primary.

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Buds has a high turnover, the Filipinos work non-stop with minimum breaks. The teachers do not stay for long. They actually get paid on the 21st. of the month, to stop teachers from leaving.  Yes, they withhold 21 days!.

 

For the mid-range schools, KIS and Headstart are ok. BCIS is new and they have some good facilities. Just beware, just because the school has INTERNATIONAL in the name, does not mean that it is.

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If ur american look at QSI: american teachers, follows the american system ( non of this "A-O" level stuff) very good teacher -student ratio. Its not as fancy looking as BSI but the quality of the education is far better.  My daughter attend her last 3 years there after 5 at Dulwich ( BIS)

also less expensive

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Chalong is also a decent option, particularly if you're considering Buds. Also handy for BCIS and Oak Meadow, not too bad for Headstart and QSI.

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On 10/16/2019 at 11:14 AM, Erika Schmiderdeker said:

I appreciate all the replies. We visited Headstart, British International and then a small school called Buds International. We were really shocked that such a small school with half of the prices offer all the same prestation for much less money. So I wanted to get some feedback. Thanks for mentioning these schools. We are looking for a school where we can find quality education for our budget without having to waste the money. I think we are happy with Buds. Has anyone heard or been to Buds?

Buds as a school is very new, was a nursery only for a long time, we took our son to the nursery years ago (old location on ChaoFa Eats) when he was about 3, went to pick him up at lunch time and found ant bites all over his legs, never went back. 

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An off topic post and the replies have been removed. 

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Shouldnt put kids into nurseries that have no elementary/secondary schooling.. not that great of an idea to take them away from their friends and dump them into a group of already established friends.

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I think you will find everything here in Phuket is more expensive, even renting property

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