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Frequently Asked Questions

When was Concordian International School established?

Concordian International School was established in August 2001. The school was originally located at the sports complex of Thana City. In 2007, the school moved to a new, modern purpose-built campus at Bangna KM7 covering a total land area of 20 rai (approx. 8 hectares). – Google Map link

From which organizations does Concordian receive its accreditation?

Concordian is fully authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Council of International Schools (CIS), and the Thai Ministry of Education.

What is the enrollment?

There are currently 850 students from Nursery to Grade 12. Enrolment will be capped at about 999 students.

What are the class sizes and how many teachers are there in each class?

  • Nursery: Max. 16 students per class
    (1 homeroom teacher, 1 teacher assistant & 1 maid).
  • Kindergarten 1 – Grade 2:  Max. 16 students per class
    (1 homeroom teacher and 1 teacher assistant).
  • Grade 3-4: Max. 18 students per class
    (1 homeroom teacher and 1 teacher assistant).
  • Grade 5: Max. 22 students per class
    (1 homeroom teacher and 1 teacher assistant).
  • Grade 6-10: Max. 22 students per class
    (1 homeroom teacher).
  • Grade 11-12: Max. 24 students per class
    (1 homeroom teacher)

What is the student nationality profile?

About 80% of students are Thai citizens; other nationalities are American, Australian, British, Canadian, Chinese, Denmark, Dutch, French, New Zealand, Indonesian, Israeli, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Norwegian, Singaporean, Swiss, and Taiwanese.

Where do the majority of Concordian teachers come from?

Concordian teachers represent many nationalities; US, Canada, India, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, China, Taiwan and Thailand. The majority of teachers hold advanced degrees and many have prior IB teaching experience.  Several are IB examiners.  Teachers’ qualifications are published on the school website.

What is the school curriculum?

Concordian is a International Baccalaureate (IB) World school offering all three programs; Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP) as well as English-Mandarin Language Immersion in the Primary Years (Nursery to Grade 4).

What is the IB program?

• Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) offers high quality programs of international education: the Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and the IB Diploma Program (IBDP). There are more than 1,117,000 IB students at 4,069 schools in 147 countries.

• The IB curriculum framework incorporates best teaching practices from many different countries rather than the exported national system of any one. Students benefit from a continuum of high-quality education that encourages international-mindedness and a positive attitude to learning.

• The three IB programs help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. All IB students learn a second language and the skills to live and work with others internationally—essential for life in the 21st century. Students are encouraged to ask challenging questions, to critically reflect, to develop research skills, and to learn how to learn. Community service is central to the IB mission.

• The IB Diploma is a rigorous college-preparatory program recognized and welcomed by the world’s leading universities. IB students routinely gain admission to some of the best known universities. Most of these institutions have established recognition policies for the IB diploma.  For more information about IB, visit www.ib.org.

How is IB offered at Concordian?

The IB program at Concordian is implemented in three stages tailored to meet the changing needs of students as they mature:

The Primary Years (PY) : Nursery to Grade 5 : The Primary Years Program for students aged 2 to 12 focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.

The Middle Years Program (MYP) : Grades 6 to Grade 10 : The Middle Years Program for students aged 11 to 16 provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills, achieved through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects.

The Diploma Program (DP) : Grade 11 to Grade 12 : The Diploma Program for students aged 16 to 19 is a demanding two-year curriculum leading to final examinations and a qualification that is welcomed by leading universities around the world.

How compatible is Concordian’s IB curriculum with other national systems of education e.g. American, British, or Thai?

Because the IB program is truly international, students generally do not experience difficulty transitioning from another system of education to Concordian International School (and vice versa). However it is advantageous to be proficient in English or Mandarin Chinese in addition to the mother tongue.

How is Language Immersion offered at Concordian?

In the Primary Years Program (PY) from Nursery up to Grade 4, students are immersed in three languages – English, Chinese and Thai. Highly qualified teachers who are native speakers deliver a seamless program divided approximately into 45% English, 45% Chinese and 10% Thai.

From Grade 5 to 12, instruction is inquiry-based following the Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma programs with English as the primary language of instruction. Chinese and Thai are offered as individual subjects. Our secondary program resembles that of any world class international school.

Are students accepted at Concordian if they have never learned Chinese before?

In all admissions decisions, the most important factor is that the child be able to perform successfully at Concordain International School.  With that overriding goal in mind, the following guidelines relating to Chinese language skills are used in making admissions decisions.

Nursery – K1 students may enter with no Chinese language skills, but some familiarity with the oral language is an advantage.

K2 – Grade 1 students should have some basic oral Chinese language skills and be able to identify and write some Chinese characters and Pin Yin.

Grade 2 – Grade 3 students should know all Pin Yin consonant and vowel sounds and characters to write simple sentences, and should have basic oral Chinese language skills.

Grade 5 – Grade 12 students may enter with no Chinese language skills, as the language of instruction is English.

Does Concordian provide support services e.g. English Language Support (ELS) and Chinese Language Support (CLS)?

Both ELS and CLS are offered to students who require additional support in language development.  The purpose of ELS and CLS support services is to enable children to achieve success in the context of their own classrooms, and with the content of their academic programs.

How EAL and CAL are taught in the Primary Years Program (PY)?

ELS and CLS are taught mainly as push-in and in special cases pull-out programs. For push-in, a specialist goes into the classroom to help students during Language Arts class.  For pull-out, students are taken out of Language Arts class for one-on-one or small group instruction in the target language.

How can parents support their children if Chinese is not spoken at home?

Parents can give tremendous support by keeping in touch with teachers, checking the homework diary and encouraging children to read in Chinese everyday. Our Chinese teachers can communicate with parents in English even if they don’t know any Chinese. Our school library is abundantly equipped with resources such as books, audio CDs and DVDs for parents to borrow to promote their children’s language development at home.

How is Thai taught?

Thai language is taught everyday from Nursery to Grade 5, and every other day in other grades.

Does Concordian provide after school activities?

A wide range of after school activities are offered to children from Kindergarten 2, such as swimming, tennis, golf, basketball, tennis piano, violin, ballet, jazz dance, cooking, kung fu, chess, choir, drama, computer graphic designs, robotic, yoga, etc.  Some activities are sponsored or coached by our teachers such as swimming, basketball, and choir and are provided free of charge. Other activities are taught by outsourced instructors and are paid activities.

What kinds of facilities are provided at Concordian?

Concordian’s purpose-built campus features a host of excellent facilities. The library is comfortable and welcoming with personal computers for students and teachers. There is a large multi-purpose sports field, two swimming pools, tennis courts, a rubberized indoor gymnasium, and several age-appropriate playgrounds. There are arts and multimedia rooms, a ballet studio, a mini-theater, spacious Amphitheater, state-of-the-art computer labs, coffee shop, and air-conditioned cafeteria.

Concordian’s brand-new Science, Art & Technology Center (SATC) opened in January 2013. The SATC has been designed to include art galleries, art studios, specialized libraries, state-of-the-art safety-conscious science laboratories for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, high-tech computer centers, a radio recording studio, and a multi-purpose conference hall and Grand Theater. As a dedicated center for specialized learning, it allows students to follow their individual interests and pursue their potential to the fullest.

What is the academic year structure?

An academic year at Concordain is composed of 2 semesters.  There are 2 quarters per semester. Parents receive 2 progress reports and 2 report cards each year.

What is the tuition fee payment policy?

Tuition fee payment is made 2 times a year in May and December.

What is the admissions process?

After submitting an application complete with supporting documents, students applying at for a place at all grade levels will be observed by the school counselor and interviewed with their family by the school director. From Kindergarten 2 onwards, students are required to sit for placement tests in English and Math, and also in Chinese for those students who have studied Chinese previously.

When is the admissions period?

Applications are accepted throughout the year, although it is not always immediately possible to guarantee a seat.  Applicants are advised to apply early in the year for entry the following August to start the academic year.

Concordian International School promotes academic excellence while nurturing young people to become moral and intellectual leaders, people of dignity, integrity and compassion, who want to make a difference in the world.