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Fed up with the air pollution in CM, we are planning to move at Jan 2021. Will try to schedule visits during July.

Crossed off the list:

 

Regents / St. Andrews / ISE - a bit too expensive for my budget.
Phoenix / ISC - caters to the younger ages. Kids will be 8 and 11 on enrollment.

 

Mainly looking into the following three:

 

GIS - I read good reviews here and fees seem reasonable enough. Will definitely check them out. Any recent opinions?
Tara Pattana - a newer school I understand, the location is easier with accommodation but how do they compare with the other schools?
Mooltripakdee - a different (Montessori) approach, significantly lower priced than the others. Are they accredited at all? I see they recruit NES homeroom teachers for 50,000 baht. That isn't much.

 

Some important qualities for me in a school: Effort made by school to hire and retain good teachers in order to minimize turnover. Teachers should be well compensated. A culture of proactive communication with parents. Openness from management and staff to hear feedback when necessary. Sufficient enrichment / extracurricular activities to make things more lively for the kids. Rich content in classes and homework rather than busywork.

 

I will appreciate any replies. Obviously the current covid-19 period brings a lot of uncertainty to schools and it's difficult to know how they will cope, my assumption is that organizations with solid managements, good track record and sufficient budget will handle this time better than others.

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we sent our boy to Assumption in Sri Racha.really good school he did well ,nowhere as expensive as Regents ,we had a friends boy go there ,he did not rate it highly .

Anyway our son did well ,went on to University and is now in a great job earning very high money for a Thai .

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13 minutes ago, bert bloggs said:

we sent our boy to Assumption in Sri Racha.really good school he did well ,nowhere as expensive as Regents ,we had a friends boy go there ,he did not rate it highly .

Anyway our son did well ,went on to University and is now in a great job earning very high money for a Thai .

Thanks. Which program did he go to?

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James Swan is the headmaster at Tara & is a decent man who really seems to care about his school & the pupils.

He's young & ambitious (my children don't go there as we live a fair bit out.)

Further south I would choose St Andrew's with a good young team of teachers & strong leadership.

Phoenix is basically a decent kindergarden & I would not recommend any child over 6 to go there, it's a Thai school with some foreign teachers imo.

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2 hours ago, SidJames said:

James Swan is the headmaster at Tara & is a decent man who really seems to care about his school & the pupils.

He's young & ambitious (my children don't go there as we live a fair bit out.)

Further south I would choose St Andrew's with a good young team of teachers & strong leadership.

Phoenix is basically a decent kindergarden & I would not recommend any child over 6 to go there, it's a Thai school with some foreign teachers imo.

Thank you. St. Andrews would be my first choice too but their rates are too high. I guess I'm mostly interested in "Tara vs. GIS" comparison.

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25 minutes ago, bolt said:

you should look at Maryvit Pattaya

http://pattaya.maryvit.ac.th/

lots on expats send the kids there its north end of the city.

Thank you for the reply. My understanding is that Maryvit is essentially a Thai school, possibly with an English / Bilingual Program. That's not what we're after.

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7 hours ago, XGM said:

Thanks. Which program did he go to?

The English one ,mind you his English is perfect as he went to school in the UK for about7 years when we were back there . they have a mini bus that picks kids up and delivers them back to Pattaya.

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20 hours ago, bert bloggs said:

The English one ,mind you his English is perfect as he went to school in the UK for about7 years when we were back there . they have a mini bus that picks kids up and delivers them back to Pattaya.

About 40min from the Pattaya I see.

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3 hours ago, XGM said:

About 40min from the Pattaya I see.

Actually we live in Banglamung ,so about 20 mins , on wednesday we used to pick him up late as he was an army cadet ,which meant when he got older ,he did not have to join the army .

it was a good school ,also made some very good friends ,which you need here in Thailand in business😉

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I'm doing a similar thing with kids the same age, moving from Bangkok..After a little research and some knowledge of the schools in the area, the no 1 choice at the moment is Satit School..seems to tick most boxes and has a huge campus for the kids to enjoy and it's both for primary and secondary students..prices are not cheap (for English program) but not expensive either.

 

Any thought on SATIT?

 

My opinions on others with limited knowledge...

 

St Andrews/Tara Pattana/Regents - Way too expensive, plus ST Andrews is too far out.

 

Mooltripakdee - Don't like the look of it. Seems a little backward.

 

GIS - First I've heard of it.

 

Marywit - Hear it is very strict and give students a ridiculous amount of homework.

 

Assumption in Siricha - Heard good things, but sorry in this country I don't want my kids in a minibus for 1.5 hours every day (if you live in central area)

 

Have a look at BEST SCHOOL, meant to be good, but fairly expensive by memory.

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On 6/15/2020 at 1:17 PM, XGM said:

Thank you for the reply. My understanding is that Maryvit is essentially a Thai school, possibly with an English / Bilingual Program. That's not what we're after.

They are all Thai schools (Thai curriculum) unless they are International schools such as Regents/St Anrews/Tara Pattana (I think)

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3 hours ago, Keyser Soze666 said:

They are all Thai schools (Thai curriculum) unless they are International schools such as Regents/St Anrews/Tara Pattana (I think)

Yes, we are only looking at International Schools. I've made the decision to stick to those early on when we moved here (5 years ago) and I'm happy with it.

 

Mooltripakdee is also an International School but as far as I've seen they aren't accredited by any organization out of Thailand. An accreditation isn't a guarantee for quality but it does gives some extra incentive to keep certain standards.

 

GIS = Garden International School (in Ban Chang). It looks good. Get mostly favorable reviews in this forum too.

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Fair enough. Just really based on a gut feeling, as I'm certainly no expert, but I would lean towards Tara Pattana, based on good reviews and location.

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I see that Tara Pattana state they are more selective, while Garden accept anyone with "a chance to succeed" (subject to space). This perhaps implies a higher level of students at Tara Pattana, however my initial impression is it's the other way around. Anyone has kids learning at either of those schools and can comment?

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