Thailand Expat Forum - Good Schools in pattaya

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trojanhorse
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10/20/2009 12:15    
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I will be moving to pattaya in Feb next year. I have been visiting various forums with regards to advice on schools in pattaya & there is a lot of conflicting info out there. I cannot afford a international school and have been looking at views on BEST , Attit, & askorn. I would be grateful if somebody could give me some info on the 2 latter schools & any more out there. as a matter of naivety how do you find out about schools in Pattaya, do they have a system/governing body where you can get details from?

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10/20/2009 19:33    
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I can only give you some places to look for more information, as i don;t live in Pattaya and have no personal experience with the schools there. If you don;t get any satisfactory replies here, go to the Pattaya forum at thaivisa.com and post there, as it is a very busy forum with a lot of people from Pattaya on it.
I don;t think that yo can avoid the noise and conflicting advice, as that is prevalent anyplace on the web. What you can do is get enough information so you can make a list of schools to visit and discuss enrollment of your children. If you are arriving in February, your children will probably be starting school with the term that begins in May, so you muight have to move quickly. Have you checked the web sites of the schools?
Aksorn Seuksa http://www.aksorn.ac.th/
There appears to be an Aksorn Pattaya school as well.
Best Burapha http://www.best-burapha.com/ (site was not working when I tried it just now)
Other schools are Arunthai, Tantarak, Wuttichot
I could not find any school called atit, arthit or athit, attit

Also check out www.ajarn.com - the teachers tend to know the schools, but take their complaints with a bit of the proverbial salt.

Another site you should bookmark (add to favorites for IE users) is http://www.eppo.go.th/link_ref.html which has links to most things in Thailand. This is a huge web page and takes a while to load up (like 3-4 minutes) but has no schools, but many schools are listed in Thai at http://www.eppo.go.th/link_thaigov-T.html

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10/21/2009 08:32    
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many thanks for the info, i will do some research,

cheers trojan

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10/21/2009 22:00    
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Hi
By definition an International School is one where the language of instruction is not Thai, so I guess that you mean you are looking for a more affordable International School rather than a Thai school.
A lot depends on the age of your kids and their ethnicity. Some Caucasian kids may find it difficult to adapt to a school where the majority of students are Thai. There may also be language issues as many of the less costly schools will have a greater number of Thai teachers and even though the language if instruction is English it may be mixed with a fair amount of Thai. If you have not already done so, take a look at http://www.smilinginthailand.com/pattaya/education/thai-secondary-high-schools.htm which has some information regarding the schools that you mentioned. If you need some help with this out side of the forum my company, Orientations, can help.
Good luck.

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10/21/2009 22:01    
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Hi
By definition an International School is one where the language of instruction is not Thai, so I guess that you mean you are looking for a more affordable International School rather than a Thai school.
A lot depends on the age of your kids and their ethnicity. Some Caucasian kids may find it difficult to adapt to a school where the majority of students are Thai. There may also be language issues as many of the less costly schools will have a greater number of Thai teachers and even though the language if instruction is English it may be mixed with a fair amount of Thai. If you have not already done so, take a look at http://www.smilinginthailand.com/pattaya/education/thai-secondary-high-schools.htm which has some information regarding the schools that you mentioned. If you need some help with this out side of the forum my company, Orientations, can help.
Good luck.

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11/5/2009 02:57    
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to: tonythailand

you mention your company name as Orientations. pls advise where you are based in thailand

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