WELCOME to ISB’s New Family Portal
Warm tropical greetings from the Office of Admissions.
On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration, congratulations on your child’s admission. We are thrilled your family is joining our vibrant school community – it’s where you belong!
We hope this page can help you feel informed and assured about the many important details before the start of school for your child. There may still be some steps remaining and we have outlined everything that you need to know and need to do to be ready before that first day.
You are always welcome to contact us at email@example.com or by phone at +66 2963 5808 if you have any questions.
We anticipate your arrival with pleasure and look forward to seeing you soon.
With our best regards,
Your Admissions Team
John, Rosalind, David, Sun, Tang, Natt
So let’s get started!
We have divided the portal into the sections below. Please click to access your section of interest or just start scrolling down to learn all about your family’s transition to ISB.
Here’s what needs to be completed before the first day.
A. Submission of any pending documents as directed by the Admissions Office. If you are not sure if you need to submit any further documents, please check your child’s OpenApply checklist. If you remain unsure, you are welcome to send us a message and we will be happy to help.
B. Medical Forms must be submitted as soon as it is possible and the forms must be approved by the Nurse before your child(ren) can start attending classes on campus. For many families, this is one of the last forms they submit on their child(ren)’s behalf so if you have not yet sent us these forms, please do not worry. In the event that approval is not granted, we will be in touch with you directly with what needs to happen.
– Please share any serious medical concerns about your child, such as anaphylaxis, epilepsy, poorly controlled asthma, and insulin-dependent diabetes with the nurses directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The form and your email should communicate this information about your child even if you shared it on the application. The information on the application is not transferred to the school nurses. The medical form with the doctor’s signature is the form that is followed by the school.
C. Submit copies of the family’s visas stamped in the passports or proof of Thai nationality.
D. Local Contact Information – This is required before your child’s first day of school. This is important for us to have in the event of an emergency. We understand you may not know this information prior to your arrival and much like the medical forms, this is usually one of the final submissions. It is important to keep in mind that we will need local phone numbers for all parents/guardians and also at least one local emergency contact. Please visit your child’s OpenApply checklist to complete this form.
If you are either living in Bangkok or arriving before the start of the semester, you are welcome to visit the campus. Please make an appointment with our office before you visit. We will use this opportunity to complete any remaining steps in the enrollment process, give your family a tour of the campus, help you purchase school uniforms and supplies, obtain ID cards, and of course, answer any final questions you may have.
This is what you need to know about your child’s first day & Orientation.
Below you can find Divisional Information for Monday, January 10th, the first day of Semester 2.
The Elementary School (ES) orientation will be divided into two sessions. The first will be online on December 16th, at 8am (GMT+7) and serve as an introductory session with the ES Principals and Counselors who will help your family learn about the nuts and bolts of the ES. A recording will be available for those families who cannot attend live. The next session will take place on January 13th and will go into detail about the school’s vision, pedagogy, philosophy. We will also share information with you about how to support your child through their transition to ISB. Your child will also be assigned a buddy or two that will help them get settled in.
Students who are entering Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten in the Early Childhood Center in the ES will have a brief orientation session with the counselor as well as a time to meet their teacher before the first day of school. Pre-Kindergarten 1 students will have a careful and controlled start to their ISB journey and what this will look like will be communicated in detail to parents during your meeting with the teacher. Please view the welcome letter from the counselors to learn more.
On the first day of school on campus, all ES students will need a backpack, water bottle, hat, and the correct ISB uniform (Polo or PE). The counselors will make sure to inform you about which uniform your child should wear on their first day. Your child will be picked up by their counselor or teacher at the turnstiles at the ES entrance.
The Middle School (MS) families will have orientation in the morning on the first day of school, January 10th. The schedule will be shared closer to the date. This orientation is for both the students and their parents. For students starting later in the school year, orientation will be conducted with the counselor in a 1:1 appointment.
The High School (HS) families will have orientation in the morning on the first day of school, January 10th. The schedule will be shared closer to the date. In addition, all the new Grade 10-12 students are required to have had their official transcript submitted by their former school or they are to hand-deliver it on this day with the former school’s official’s signature on the back flap of a sealed envelope. For those starting later in the school year, orientation will be conducted with the counselor in a 1:1 appointment.
Please note that orientation plans may change depending on the situation in Thailand regarding COVID-19.
PTA Welcome Wai event
Welcome Wai is a PTA committee made up of parents who welcome all new families to the ISB community. A Welcome Wai event for all new families that have joined ISB this academic year will be scheduled shortly after Semester 2 begins. This is a great opportunity to connect with other families. You are cordially invited to join us to meet with other new ISB families and enjoy some refreshments and snacks.
School Campus Key Safety Measures
Please find our key safety measures below:
- All those on campus must wear masks.
- Social distancing of 1-2 meters must be adhered to.
- Hand washing (with soap and water or gel) must take place frequently – before entering each learning spaces or when learning activities change.
- Parents must check temperatures before sending children to school. Temperatures will also be taken before boarding Montri buses and before entering campus. Anyone with a temperature of 37.5 degrees or above may not enter the campus
- Only students, staff, and those with appointments may enter the ISB campus. We will welcome parents back on campus as soon as possible.
- Frequent cleaning and disinfection will take place.
- Students and adults who are unwell should stay home.
- Turnstiles are installed at all entrances and these check IDs, the completion of the self-declaration form, temperatures, and mask-wearing at the same time.
- Hand gel dispensers are installed outside all learning spaces.
- Foot sanitizing pads are placed at each entrance.
- Acrylic screens are placed on tables in the cafeterias.
- Additional handwashing stations are installed by the playgrounds.
- Sensors are placed on water fountains and soap dispensers.
- A tent is installed on the Chevron Parking lot with more seating to allow for social distancing during lunch.
- A positive pressure air filtration system and new (quieter) air conditioning are now installed in all of our learning spaces.
School calendar and starting times
Have a look at the School Year Calendar to get an idea of what will be going on throughout the year and to help plan your family’s holidays.
Here are also the school day starting and ending times for each division. Note: Supervision for ES students is provided from 7:00am. ES students are to arrive at or after this time. Grade 11 & 12 students who have a Higher Level IB Diploma class as first on their schedule on a particular day, will start at 7:20am that day.
|Uniforms and Supplies|
The uniform consists of a polo shirt with the school emblem with a choice of khaki or black shorts, pants, or a skirt. Each school division has a different uniform color (ES, MS, HS) but all students have the choice of wearing the school’s white polo shirt. Students are allowed to wear their own bottoms as long as the items are plain khaki or black and free of branding or labels. ISB uniforms can be purchased on campus year-round at the Book Store from 7:30am-2pm. This year, we have also made uniform purchases available online.
Physical Education (PE) uniforms consist of a white or yellow top with black shorts. These are required at all grade levels. Students are also expected to have appropriate footwear for PE.
ES students wear PE uniforms to school on the day they have PE classes. MS and HS students must change into their PE uniforms before their PE classes.
For school supplies, we advise you to wait before purchasing any items prior to your arrival.
Transportation to and from school
Half of the student population resides in the Nichada Thani housing estate which is where ISB is located. Many of these students have the wonderful option to come to school on foot, on their bicycles, or be driven to school in a family golf cart or car. This short commute to school is very safe for children to complete on their own as the roads in Nichada Thani are monitored by guards at all times. Please note that helmets are required for all students, parents, and ISB employees who wish to ride their bicycles onto campus.
For Elementary School Families
Morning Drop Off:
- Supervision is available on campus beginning at 7:00am until 7:35am.
- Please drop off students outside of the ES main entrance (Grades 1-5) or at the Early Childhood entrance (Pre-K to KG).
- As students enter the turnstiles area, administrators, teachers and IAs will be present to greet students and direct them to their learning spaces.
- Pre-K dismissal is at 1:10pm.
- KG-Grade 5 dismissal begins at 2:20pm.
- Parent pick up:
- Pre-K: Parents of Pre-K1 and Pre-K2 students may enter the early childhood playground for pick up.
- KG: Students will be in the early childhood playground waiting for pick up. There will be a covered waiting area for parents/mae bahns to wait outside the early childhood entrance. The teacher or IA will bring the children to the parent/guardian (students will pass through the turnstiles to be picked up).
- G1-G5: Students will pass through the turnstiles then meet parents/guardians along the front of the school next to the first letter of their last name.
- Walkers and bikers will be dismissed first, followed by bus-riding students, and then those receiving a car pick-up. In order to reduce congestion, we encourage students who live in Nichada to walk or bike.
- Students who take buses will be guided to their buses.
For Middle School Families
- MS students may only enter through the entrances next to the Business Office, Chevron, Sarawanville entrance, or through the Sports Complex gate. ID Cards are required.
- Before classes start, MS students are able to wait in the cafeteria and must maintain a physical distance of 1-2 meters. Seating is prepared for this.
- At dismissal time, students will exit campus by the Business Office or Chevron. Students must maintain 1-2 m physical distance as they move through the halls and exit campus.
- All MS students must proceed immediately to their bus, vehicle, bicycle, or to the walking gate and exit campus unless involved in an afterschool activity or club, in which case students need to move directly to their activity or wait in the cafeteria until the activity starts.
- If MS students are being collected by a parent or guardian, then the adult must wait at the front of the school next to the corresponding first letter of their last name.
For High School Families
- HS students may only enter through the entrances next to the Business Office and Chevron, Sarawanville entrance, or through the Sports Complex gate. ID Cards will be required.
- Before classes start, HS students are able to go to the outdoor tent in the Chevron parking lot or the Library and must maintain a physical distance of 1-2 meters.
- At dismissal time, students will exit campus by the Business Office or Chevron. Students must maintain 1-2 m physical distance as they move through the halls and exit campus.
- All students must proceed immediately to their bus, vehicle, bicycle, or to the walking gate and make their way home unless involved in an afterschool activity or club, in which case students need to make their way to their activity.
- If HS students are being collected by a parent, then they can wait at the front of the school next to the first letter of their last name.
Buses at ISB
For families living outside of Nichada Thani: ISB utilizes Montri Bus Company. Students are picked up from their residences each morning and are offered departure times from school in the afternoon which accommodate the school-sponsored after-school activities and sports programs. Not sure where to live downtown? Take a look at our map to see where the buses pick up and drop off the students. It is important to note that the bus schedule does not accommodate the schedules of all of the community activities.
Each bus has a Montri employee that acts as the bus monitor with all buses having communication systems that allow Montri personnel to keep in direct contact with the school. You can sign your child up for the bus services by completing the School Bus Services Registration Form.
Buses will leave ISB at the following times. Please note that the second and third buses are not door-to-door services and that these times may change in the future.
1:20pm for Pre-Kindergarten 1 & Pre-Kindergarten 2
2:35pm for Kindergarten to Grade 5
3:00pm for Middle School and High School
Second buses – these buses leave after extra-curricular activities
4:00pm for Elementary School
4:10pm for Middle School & High School
5:10pm for Middle School & High School students only; Tuesday departure at 5:20pm, Friday departure at 4:50pm)
Please contact Montri Transport for the nearest drop-off point to your home.
Activities at ISB
With all the activities on offer at ISB, your children will be able to make the campus their second home. Whether it’s sports, arts, community service, there’s something for everyone. You can review the activities available at ISB by visiting the Student Life page and there’s even more on the ISB Athletics and the Community Activities pages. There truly is something for everyone, even the parents who can join the Adult Education classes or help run/organize activities for children.
Learn about ISB’s Divisions & Student Handbooks
Please click the links to learn more about our Early Childhood Center, Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. You will be able to find information about the schedules, curriculum, programs, and what awaits your child at ISB. In addition, we advise you to click on the links below to review the divisional handbooks to learn more about school expectations and further general information about each division.
Learning Resources, Reading Lists, and Resources for English as an Additional Language (EAL) Students
We are happy to share with you our suggestions for some learning before your children join us at ISB. Please visit our Learning Resources page to discover internal and external resources for your children to For, reading lists, please visit ES Hub page to discover books for your ES child or share our library page with your MS and/or HS child(ren) for a wealth of resources for how to find and choose their next books. For the students who are going to be part of our EAL (English as an Additional Language) program, we encourage them to visit our EAL Resources page. They will find links to resources that will help them develop and practice their English language abilities. We recommend that you share these with your child(ren) and encourage them to practice a few times a week between now and their first day of school. With regular practice, your child(ren) will be able to have a good and strong start at ISB both socially and academically.
Connect with a current ISB family & Student Ambassadors
As a new family to our community, if you would like to get in touch with an ISB parent, or someone from your home country in our community, please contact our Welcome Wai parent group at email@example.com. This is a great platform to ask your questions and learn from those who have already done it about anything and everything to do with moving to and setting yourselves up in Bangkok. If you wish to get in touch with our PTA, we are happy to share with you the PTA Board Members their contact details for the 2020/21 academic year.
For new students who would like to get in touch with our current students, please read the steps below:
- Elementary School Students – For those entering grades 4 and 5, you will be contacted by a current student and be able to ask them questions. Once you arrive at ISB, you will have an opportunity to meet them in person as well. You will be assigned a classroom buddy upon arrival. For the younger students, they will have a classroom buddy to who they will be introduced on their first day of school.
- Middle School Students – Our Student Ambassadors will get in touch with your family before your child would start school and they will be your child’s go-to person at the start of the year. They will help your child get around the campus and introduce them to new friends.
- High School Students – Ask your child to complete this form and one of our Student Ambassadors will reach out to them.
Final bits and pieces to think about.
Transcripts: Students entering grades 10-12 must have an official transcript(s) from their previous high school(s) for ISB transfer credit, graduation requirements, and future university applications. To do this, parents must request the previous high school(s) to send the official transcript(s) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If electronic delivery is not possible, the school must send the transcript(s) via post or give a copy to the parents to hand-deliver to ISB. If hand-delivering, the transcript(s) must be in a signed and sealed envelope. Please arrange to obtain the signed and sealed transcript(s) prior to your child(ren)’s last day of school and do not open it. The transcript(s) can only be accepted and used by ISB if received in a signed and sealed envelope. If it will be sent by post, please ensure the envelope is addressed to the address below:
Registrar, High School Counseling Office
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL BANGKOK
39/7 Soi Nichada Thani, Samakee Road,
Amphur Pakkret, Nonthaburi 11120 Thailand
That’s it from us but if you have any other questions or if we can be of any help at all, please feel free to get in touch.
We can’t wait to see you soon!