Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is a dream location to live and learn in – well-connected for travel and paradise-grade gorgeous, it offers a rare combination of global mobility and idyllic living. More and more families are recognizing this and choosing it as their new home.
Finding a good school that will prepare their kiddo for the global world is one of the primary concerns for ex-pat families relocating to a new place. Luckily, a part of Phuket’s allure lies in its fantastic international schools which cleverly take advantage of this incredible location and its vibrant community, promoting not only learning in an international setting but passion and well-being as well.
There are about a dozen international schools in Phuket and we’ve highlighted the best among them to help you get going!
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UWC Thailand is an IB World school that offers a holistic, mission-centric, mindful education built around the creation of a deliberately diverse community and a sustainable future for all. Its students represent over 60 nationalities and there is no dominant culture – besides the culture of cultivating genuine happiness. The school introduced a pioneering element into its curriculum called Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness (SEL&M). This is only one of the tools UWC equips its students with so they can grow and succeed academically and (inter)personally – there’s also activities that compliment the academic and experiential courses, outdoor education, service learning, and much more!
UWC Thailand, 115/15 Moo 7 Thepkrasattri Road, Thepkrasattri, Thalang, Phuket, 83110, Thailand, +66 (0) 76 336 076, email@example.com, uwcthailand.ac.th
As its name suggests, HeadStart aims to give children the very best possible start to their learning journey and inspire a love of learning that will serve them for a lifetime to follow. The school offers the English National Curriculum and continuously builds and supports its team of dedicated professionals – after all, its dynamic teaching staff is the driving force behind its engaging learning programs and outstanding academic results. Opportunities, academic and co-curricular, abound at HeadStart, both inside and outside of the classroom – even beyond the school grounds and into the wider community. This includes parents who get complimentary use of the Fitness Gym every weekday at specified times!
HeadStart International School, 39/99 Moo 4, Vichitsongkram Rd., Soi Na Seau 1, T.Vichit, A.Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand, +66 (0) 7661 2875, firstname.lastname@example.org, headstartphuket.com
This unique school was founded by parents and educators who have six children at the school and are therefore personally invested and completely committed to excellence and providing the students with the absolute best. This is why “alternative education” of the wonderfully progressive Waldorf approach is the method of choice at Lighthouse ISP (combined with Cambridge international curriculum for examinations and standardized testing) – it has children on their feet and interacting with their surroundings when fulfilling curriculum requirements. In high school, students are given increasing autonomy over their education under the mentorship of specialists in their fields, allowing for in-depth study that enriches learning experiences, teaches how to take on an active role, and find their own individual path.
Lighthouse International School, 21, Soi Salika, Rawai, Mueang, Phuket 83130, +66 (0) 62 305 0286, email@example.com, www.lighthousephuket.com
Oak Meadow International School is an original school with an authentic philosophy – to embrace and provide for all types of learning, respecting the individual needs of all its students and believing that everyone can succeed (including students with special needs!). They implement this philosophy at an idyllic location – in a village enclosed in greenery at the heart of Phuket. Oak Meadow provides a challenging, comprehensive American Calvert Curriculum enriched with art, music, and foreign language.
Oak Meadow International School, 10/49 Moobaan Prangthong Kwang Rd Vichit Muang Phuket 83000 Thailand, +66 (0) 76 604 242, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.oakmeadowphuket.com
BISP is another school that offers holistic education and support, in this case on an incredible 44-acre campus. The school emphasizes its belief that learning happens everywhere at any time, which is why it pays special attention to not confine learning within the walls of the classroom or the boundaries of a particular subject. Notably, BISP is affiliated with World Academy of Sport because it supports high level academics alongside high performance sport, enabling high performance athletes to study for the IB Diploma over three years, as opposed to two. The school also offers incredible artistic opportunities through its multi-purpose art studio, hosting visiting artists, as well as organizing exhibitions, performances, art trips, outreach projects, and more!
British International School Phuket, 59 Moo 2, Thepkrasattri Road, T. Koh Kaew, A. Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand, +66 (0) 76 335 555, email@example.com, www.bisphuket.ac.th
KIS is built around its innovative, leading, passionate community, incredible opportunities, and a dedication to sustainability. The school’s lush grounds and rich natural sounds are matched with creative architecture and dynamic classrooms. The supportive learning environment and sense of community are further deepened through dedicated collaboration of students, staff, and supportive parent body. The school follows the English National Curriculum, emphasizing the importance of co-curricular activities and pastoral care as much as academic challenges!
Kajonkiet International School Phuket, 125/1 Soi The Valley 1 Pra phuket Kaew Road Kathu, Phuket, 83120 Thailand, +66 (0) 76 684 4458, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kisp.academy