NIST International School
NIST International School (Thai: โรงเรียนนานาชาตินิสท์) is an international school located in Watthana District, Bangkok, Thailand. It was established in 1992 with support and guidance from the Bangkok-based branch of the United Nations. A full International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, NIST welcomes more than 1,600 students of over 50 nationalities. As one of the only not-for-profit international schools in Thailand, it is governed by the parent-elected NIST International School Foundation.
|NIST International School|
36 Sukhumvit Soi 15
|School type||Independent, international|
|Head of school||Brett Penny|
|Chair of NIST Foundation||Sarath Ratanavadi|
|Grades||Nursery - Year 13 (Grade 12)|
|Average class size||24 students|
|Student to teacher ratio||10:1|
|Campus size||25 rai (9.9 acres/40,000 m2)|
|Colour(s)|| NIST Blue|
|Athletics conference||BISAC, SEASAC|
|Accreditations||Council of International Schools (CIS), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Ministry of Education (Thailand), The Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA]|
|Annual tuition||฿515,600 - ฿937,900 ($15,491 - $28,182)|
|Affiliations||East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS), International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT)|
NIST opened in August, 1992 as the New International School of Thailand on the previous campus of International School Bangkok. The school was established with the support of the United Nations and is not tied to any national curriculum or approach. Originally comprising just over 500 students, it has since grown to more than 1,500. NIST was authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme in 1993 and the IB Middle Years Programme in 1996. In 1997 it saw off its first group of graduates, and in 1998 it received dual accreditation through the Council of International Schools and New England Association of Schools and Colleges. NIST is also accredited by Thailand's Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment. With the addition of the IB Primary Years Programme in 1999, it became the first school in Thailand to offer all three IB programmes. NIST was renamed NIST International School in 2012 on the occasion of its 20th anniversary.
NIST is currently operated by a non-profit organization, the NIST International School Foundation (NIST Foundation). Former chairs of the NIST Foundation include Mechai Viravaidya and Pridiyathorn Devakula, and the current chair is Sarath Ratanavadi. The NIST Foundation chooses a board of directors, elected from the parent body, which selects the Head of School and ensures parent oversight. The current Head of School, Brett Penny, worked at NIST from 2000 to 2003 before returning and serving as the Head of Elementary from 2011 to 2016.
Accreditation and affiliation
NIST is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) since 1998 and the Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA). It was the first school in Thailand to receive triple accreditation. Additionally, NIST is a member of the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools, the International Schools Association of Thailand.
Several organizations and programs are based on NIST's campus, including master's programs for University at Buffalo, The State University of New York and The College of New Jersey, the Professional Learning Hub, and the JUMP! Foundation's Global Leadership Center. NIST is also the home of Top Flight Basketball Academy, run by ex-NBA player Ike Nwankwo, and Chelsea F.C. International Development Centre Bangkok.
NIST's campus is located in downtown Bangkok near Asok BTS Station, one of Bangkok's commercial hubs. In 2000 the school presented its development plan and began construction on new facilities in 2001. As of 2014, it has expanded its physical facilities and now possesses dedicated buildings for the early years, elementary and secondary sections. It also includes a sports complex, creative arts building and two additional multi-purpose buildings. A fourth multi-purpose building, the Hub, was completed in June 2014, while renovation of the older facilities began.
Arts facilities include a 300-seat theatre, multiple visual arts studios, multiple dance studios, multiple instrumental and vocal music rooms, private practice rooms and a recording studio. The sports complex includes a FIFA-certified football pitch, gymnastics studio, sports hall with multiple basketball and volleyball courts, swimming pool, two tennis courts, and multiple classrooms.
NIST is a licensed IB World School, offering all three programmes of the International Baccalaureate: the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students from 3–11, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students from 11–16 and the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) for those from 16–18. All classes, with the exception of second language courses, are taught in English.
In line with the IB philosophy and learner profile, the school adopts an academic approach that emphasizes collaboration, hands-on learning and exploration. Students learn both on and off campus through service activities, internships and the school's annual off-campus trips. As a compulsory part of the curriculum, all NIST students must also learn a language other than English.
In 2014 NIST partnered with Yokohama International School and Zurich International School in offering the Global Citizen Diploma (GCD), an optional, additive certificate that reflects graduates' leadership, service and community engagement. The GCD aims to identify "the diversity of gifts students may have, rather than assuming the importance of any particular set of skills or knowledge, based on any cultural bias."
Notably, NIST's class of 2017 scored an average of 36.3 points on the IB diploma examinations compared to the world average of approximately 30, with 16.2% of the students earning 40 or higher and 41.4% earning 38 or higher, compared to the respective global averages of 4.1% and 16.7%.
NIST was one of the founding members of the Southeast Asian Schools Athletic Conference (SEASAC), an association of twelve major international schools in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia. SEASAC events include sports, arts and academic competitions. NIST's athletic teams also compete in the Bangkok International Schools Athletic Conference (BISAC). NIST has varsity teams for tennis, badminton, swimming, softball and rugby. All NIST teams are the Falcons, named for the school mascot, and wear blue uniforms highlighted with silver, grey and/or white.
- Korakrit Arunanondchai, Class of 2005: New York-based artist & film director; 2012 recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant
- Praya Lundberg (นาตยา ลุนด์เบิร์ก), Class of 2007: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador; professional actress and model
- Thita Lamsam, Class of 2018: national champion (2014, 2016 & 2018) at Thailand National Figure Skating Championships; member of national team
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