When moving into another country, and it could be any , in the same way that we, adults, leave behind relatives, family and friends, our children leave behind their Home, as they knew it, and the security that all that means..
We bring our children to a foreign country where they, as well as us ,know nobody or anything related to our new life, and that includes whether we would find International Schools with English curricula (British or US), or whether our children will make friends easily, or if they will like here, or whether …and the list go on and on.
We, as a family, need to start anew, to make a new home, so far from Home.
So, based on our own experience of years living in Pattaya, we have explored resources that will save your time and effort, finding links with reliable information, trying to make a list of choices as broad as possible, without judgment because it is, in the end, a personal decision.
In this simple, humble way , it is how we are Linking Pattaya Together...
Our Children’s Education: International Education in Pattaya
When arriving in Pattaya with a young family, a major concern is, beyond any doubt, their education. Fortunately, in this area, educational options vary from small playgroups, through nurseries and kindergartens to primary and secondary international schools.
So, our choice will depend of different factors, as the children’s age, the anticipated length of our stay in Pattaya, the financial costs, and our preference for a British or American education for our children.
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- A factor that couldn’t be overlooked is the schools’ fees which vary from school to school and according to the age of the child. It is important to have this in mind when discussing with the personnel involved, particularly at what age the company will contribute to educational costs, if you come to Pattaya on a company-sponsored assignment.
- All major schools in Pattaya and its area offer Pre-School education. It is highly advisable to have this in mind, especially if your child will continue on to Elementary/ Primary school.
- It is recommended to decide whether you’d prefer American or British Education for your children before choosing a school, that might save a lot of time.
- If your child is younger than the limit accepted by these schools, there are a wide list of nursery schools, kindergartens and playgroups, which cater specifically for pre-school children.
- The majority of the International schools are located outside Pattaya city and have double schooling. So,at the time of choosing where to live, it would be highly advisable to visit them in order to know how long it would take for your children to get there.
- Also, it is advisable to check before taking any decision, whether the school has a bus or any other means of transportation, before taking any decision.
- It is highly advisable to take all the time you need to visit each school, not only to see the buildings, but other facilities and services that will make your children’s stay more comfortable, as canteen area, transportation, emergency care, extra curricular activities, facilities.
Best International Schools in Pattaya city
The International Schools within the Eastern Seaboard area, are based on either the American or the British National Curricula, so the education is in English. For those children who are non-native English speakers, these schools offer “English as a second Language” ( ESL) programs, if the children need to improve their English.
The diversity of nationalities presents a priceless opportunity for learning about other cultures allowing children to cultivate cross-cultural awareness, widening their knowledge and tolerance, generating a unique opportunity to became open minded students and young adults.
All public and private schools are supervised by the Ministry of Education, so Thai studies are included in the curriculum.
High School programs ( IGCSE, British Advanced ‘A Levels’, IB) are offered in the majority of these schools, so this, and the complexities of the educational systems worldwide and its implications for the future placement of students in universities, is an important fact to consider at the time of choosing the school for your children.
International General Certificate Of Secondary School Education (IGCSE)
IGCSE courses are designed as two -year courses for examination at 14-16 years old and offer similar syllabuses to the GCSE courses offered by UK schools, and they are also designed by Cambridge University.
IGCSE courses are taught and examined in English,and as we have said, they have an additional course, called “English as a Second Language” available for non-native English speaking students.
IGCSE provides a foundation for pre-university courses such as the North American Advanced Test ( AP), the International Baccalaureate ( IB), the Australian Matriculation and the GCE advanced ‘A’ level for British universities.
British Advanced ‘AS and ‘A’ Levels
In schools following the British curriculum, ‘AS’ and ‘A’ Level courses are examined at the end of years 12 and 13 respectively. Usually students take three to five ‘AS’ level subjects in Year 12 and then, take choose three of these subjects to continue their studies to ‘A’ level at the end of year 13, which would reflect their career goals. Success in ‘A’ levels helps give a student access to top universities around the world.
International Baccalaureate ( IB)
The IB certificate was created by the University of Geneva in the late 1960’s. It was intended to combine the American, British and French systems in a way that would facilitate accreditation and exchange between universities worldwide.
It is a two year pre-university program (when students are 16 to 18 years old), and aims to be an internationally recognized qualification for the participating schools. As not all schools in the Pattaya area offer this program, it is highly advisable to check before choosing the school for your children, if you wish them to get this certificate.
This course is a challenging program, and the school must be accepted by the head office in Geneva.The IB is recognized and welcomed at many high standard universities around the world.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada, created by the American College Board, which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students.
American colleges and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum.
Many non-American universities around the world also accept the AP program.
We have list, in alphabetic order, the international schools that are favourite among expats families. Please, if you have young children in your family, check which ones accept toddlers and at which age. In case of having children of different ages, check which ones suit your family, not all of them have every Educational levels and qualifications.
Best School Pattaya ( Burapha English Program School)
Garden International School (GIS)
International School Eastern Seaboard
International School of Chonburi
Hastin Kindergarten School
Mooltripakdee International School
Phoenix Wittaya School
Rayong English Program School
Regents International School Pattaya
St. Andrews International School, Green Valley Campus
Tara Pattana International School
Vayupak Kindergarden ( ex-Baby bee Nursery Pattaya)
As we said, we listed the favourite International schools among expats, but there are more. Therefore, we did our homework and spotted this useful site where you will find a more complete list of International schools in Pattaya, including a map of their locations. Please, visit this website: www. kingdom property.com
Also, if you wish to know all news from International schools on a weekly basis, just visit : Pattaya Mail, section Our children Website: www.pattayamail.com
Our Children’s entertainments
When thinking about our children’s life in their new home city, we shouldn’t limit our only thoughts to their education.They need to have options for enjoying their free times, as well as we do.
Pattaya has something for every toddler, child or teenager. It is a matter of finding an activity according to their age and needs. Please, visit our page Entertainment in Pattaya and you will find an answer.
Kids Castle’s Children’s Play Centre
Indoor Play Centre, Indoor Slides, Ball pits ; Large outside Adventure Playground
Max Playland for parties.
We are fortunate living in Pattaya, a city that offers many choices of sports, not only for adults, but also for children.
For further information about all sport alternatives that you could find for your children, please, visit our Section: Things to do in Pattaya
Our Children during School holidays
Holidays are anticipated for children who go to school, regardless of their age. But, having children at home changes the dynamic of the whole family…
We have put together different activities, entertainments so you could have a plan for a long weekend, or just have options during the School holidays, when children are at home…
Art In Paradise
This is self-described as the world’s largest illusion art museum, with more than 150 3D interactive paintings where you can pose or just have fun while exploring your own creativity producing wonderful photo memories.
At Art in Paradise, the art is brought to life and the visitors can become part of it through the use of optical illusions and playing with perspective.
Stand in the right position and take a picture from the right angle – all of which are clearly marked out for you – and it looks like you are flying a magic carpet in the desert, crossing a rickety bridge in the jungle, swimming with dolphins in the ocean or putting the finishing touches to famous masterpieces… It is worth having it as a possibility for a day out with the family on rainy days, with visitors or School holidays. Website: www.artinparadise.co.th
Ripley’s Believe or Not Museum
Located at Royal Garden Plaza, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! contains over 300 oddities gathered from around the world.
Telling only true stories and facts, the surprising and shocking displays prove that the truth really is stranger than fiction. Another activity to have in mind at the time of planning a family day out on rainy days or School holidays.
Another activity to have in mind at the time of planning a family day out on rainy days or School holidays. You could find more information visiting this website: www.ripleysthailand.com/th/index.php
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
Venture into your worst nightmares and be dazzled with the unimaginable special effects and live actors that will send shivers down your spine from the moment you enter until the time of your escape.
Find yourself facing fear at every turn. If you just love to be scared, well, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is the place to be! Find out more about Ripley’s hunted adventure in the following link: www.ripleysthailand.com/th/index.php
Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks
Marvel at the sight of the world famous celebrities like Men in Black’s Will Smith, Tiger Woods, Dracula, Batman and many more. Global icons as Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and modern -day leaders such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin, U.S. Barack Obama. Find out more details and pricing in the following link: www.ripleysthailand.com/th/index.php
Anyone who have been going around Pattaya might have seen a yellow and white balloon rising above the city, and anyone might have wondered what was that. Well, just going to Royal Garden Plaza and you could be one of those enjoying an unique views of the city and the surrounding area.You could find more information visiting this website: www.ripleysthailand.com/index.php?p=skyrider
Watching Movies: All Cinema Theaters in Pattaya
If you are one of those fans of watching movies in cinemas, we have listed where you could go:
SF Cinema City
At Central Marina Mall Pattaya , 3rd Floor, Pattaya 2 Road. You could find more information about movies and times visiting this website: www.sfcinemacity.com/index.php/en/timetable/lookup/cinema/Central-Pattaya
At The Avenue Shopping Mall, Pattaya Second Road. You could find more information about movies and times visiting this website:
At Central Festival Pattaya Beach, where there is an interesting option: an outdoor cinema, so please, check before going. website: www.sfcinemacity.com/index.php/en/timetable/lookup/cinema/Central-Pattaya-Beach
4D Motion Theaters
XD Theater (4D motion Theater)
At Central Festival Pattaya Beach , 6th Floor
Ripleys Motion Master (4D cinema)
At Royal Garden Plaza, 3rd Floor . website: www.ripleysthailand.com/index.php?p=theater
Also, we found interesting information visiting this website: www.pattayaunlimited.com/pattaya-cinema/
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When going to cinemas, before a movie is screened it is a custom throughout the country to play the Thai Royal Anthem, so, please, it is highly advisable to stand up for the duration of the anthem. Not doing so would be considered extremely disrespectful.
Exploring, getting around Pattaya with kids
Pattaya and its surrounding area, offer a vast and tempting range of attractions for all tastes and ages, from ancient Thai traditional to modern adventures, from temples and museums, from the beach to the hills, from fishing villages to vineyards, from street markets to super-modern malls, and so on.
From North to South, from the sea to the eastern countryside, we will try to give you a brief account of what Pattaya has to offer, you will see that it is much more than beaches, bars and golf courses. To find this information, please visit our Section: Exploring Pattaya city
Just image going with your family to one of Pattaya’s beaches, lets say Na Jomtien Beach, and see how much fun we can share with our children …
Some international Schools in Pattaya offer another very interesting option: the Summer Camps, where children of all ages find recreational activities to do in safe environments.
You could find more information visiting the Regents International School Pattaya websites:
If your family does not go back to your home country for summer holidays, or at least, for the full eight weeks, there is a good option here in Pattaya. Nearly all international schools offer a Summer School which provides unusual learning opportunities for your children.
Summer schools tend to be more relaxed so it’s the optimal learning environment in which children can benefit. So, it is worth asking at the school which your children attend to.
As we said, this is only an introduction, it would be just impossible to try to describe and tell all about this city and what it has to offer in terms of education for our children. Just let it to settle down a little bit…and then, visit the other sections of our site, one by one allowing all new information to fall in place.
Pattaya is a city that you must experience yourself. As we do. Every single day is a new experience, a new challenge. But we really hope that we had been of help with the information collected in this page. Although you might find further information when you were already living here, we tried to help giving you a general view of your children’s choices. If you have some comments, please, lets know. In the way we will keep linking Pattaya together.