Welcome to the website of International School Bangkok (ISB).
We hope that the information we have provided about our school is useful to you. If it isn’t, please contact any of us at ISB and we will do our very best to help.
ISB is the oldest international school in Thailand and it will soon celebrate its 65th birthday. ISB has a proud history of providing a quality international education in Thailand and has had a profound impact on different generations of students, teachers, parents and staff.
The modern facility we see today is a far cry from 1951 and the original wooden building on stilts that represented our first “campus” on the grounds of the U.S. Embassy in central Bangkok. It is also very different from the days on our Sukhumvit campus when enrollment soared to over 3,600 students during the Vietnam War and two school sessions per day were needed to accommodate the large number of children.
This will be argued fervently by past generations of ISB students, but the ISB students of today are the most fortunate in the school’s history. We are blessed with a magnificent and beautiful campus, all the technology we can wish for, superb facilities for athletics and the arts, and a great learning environment.
Most importantly of all, however, we are privileged to have 220 of the best educators from around the world, an international student body of almost 2,000 students and 60 nationalities, and a wonderfully capable and supportive Classified Staff.
A good school is not about the facilities and the resources, however, but about the people and its core beliefs. Our core beliefs are represented well in our Mission Statement:
Through outstanding teaching in a nurturing and supportive environment, ISB inspires students to:
- Achieve their academic potential
- Be passionate, reflective learners
- Become caring global citizens, and
- Lead healthy, active and balanced lives
These four bullet points represent the main “transportable gifts” that we want ISB students to take away with them when they move to college or to other schools. ISB has a long tradition of educating students for success in the world community and we look forward to many more years of continuing with this tradition. The world community will change as will pathways to success, and our job is to make sure we provide the most relevant educational experiences to our students.
One important way to remain relevant is to be very intentional about the kind of learning that our students are exposed to. To this end we have developed our own “Definition of Learning” that values thinking, understanding, reflection, questioning and inquiry.
Learning is the primary focus of our school and we recognize learning as a life-long adventure. ISB values meaningful and transferable learning where we construct understanding by developing and applying knowledge, skills and attitudes. As learners, we develop and show our understanding when we:
- Apply our learning to new situations
- Inquire to extend our learning
- Create solutions
- Communicate our learning effectively
- Make connections across our learning
- Reflect critically on our learning
If we can help you with anything, please make contact with us and we will gladly follow up.
Dr. Andy Davies
Head of School