What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)
Garden International School, Eastern Seaboard, Ban Chang
In what town or city is this school located?
Ban Chang, Rayong, Thailand
How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)
What grade levels are represented at this school?
Kindergarten to Year 13
How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)
Private transport or school bus
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Excellent. There's been lots of investment, so there's now a new main hall, much bigger primary classrooms, a completely new Kindergarten area and a new pool. They also have good music and science equipment, like a 3D printer.
What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home
country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?
The curriculum taught here is based on the English one, so it's been quite simple to transition.
How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?
There's a strong PTA group that has weekly coffee mornings and arranges regular car boot sales and picnics. Parents do tend to be quite hands-on and willing to be involved in school events.
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
I'd say GIS is the best international school in this part of Thailand, in terms of the quality of education, the facilities and value for money. At the upper end of the school, they offer IGCSE and IB results and it appears their results are way above the global averages.