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The International Baccalaureate in Bangkok

The IB Programme in Bangkok

At KIS International School, Bangkok all students learn through the International Baccalaureate, or IB, curriculum. The curriculum is well-known, recognized and respected throughout the world for helping children and young adults to become well-rounded students who know how to think critically and be the best and most involved global citizens. The IB programmes were designed for increased adaptability and mobility of students. No surprise then that there are over 1 million IB students in over 5,000 IB schools in 157 countries. Enrolling your children in an IB school in Bangkok will provide them with the best international perspective, while allowing them to maintain and explore their home culture and their mother tongue language. As each IB school must be authorized and regularly re-visited by the IB organisation, you can rest assured that the high standard of the IB is maintained at each school.

When KIS International School opened in Bangkok, Thailand in 1998, the school chose the IB, or the International Baccalaureate, as its curriculum, and it has been an IB World School ever since. The IB programmes guide children from 3 to 19 years old in their journey of learning. At KIS students in Thailand learn in the IB Primary Years Programme, The IB Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme.

Common elements in each of the programmes include teaching students to think for themselves, to take control of their own learning, to have a global perspective and to make positive differences to the world. The children aim to achieve this through the IB Learner Profile. 

IB students aim to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. These attributes make the IB Learner Profile and help our students be successful.

The IB, which started in the 1960s, suits internationally-minded families who are looking for the best, consistent and high quality education that is available, recognized and respected worldwide. The International Baccalaureate programmes were created by a group of academics and are not linked to any country, allowing them to be independent of political influences and to focus on what your child needs.


The IB Programme in Bangkok

KIS International School's academic programme is based on the three internationally recognized International Baccalaureate curriculum frameworks with the best continuum of instruction from Early Years through Grade 12. Students from 3 - 11 years follow the Primary Years Programme and move on to the Middle Years Programme which is for students who are 11-16 years old. The programme culminates with the IB Diploma for students age 16-18, recognized by universities around the world.

All three IB programmes are learner centred and inquiry based. Students are prepared to be informed with a world perspective in languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics, the arts, physical health education and technology. Using students' natural curiosity and creativity, the IB emphasizes a dynamic and rigorous combination of content, skills, independent critical thought and international understanding that encourages students to become active, compassionate, lifelong learners who are responsible world citizens.

The three programmes at KIS are articulated, so that they connect as a coherent continuum of learning.

Our curriculum utilizes the IB programmes as a framework for all disciplines. At KIS, we have further developed these by incorporating the best aspects of many national curricula to extend the quality and internationalism of the taught curriculum.

To this effect, our curriculum is broad and balanced, globally conscious, and ensures the best possible benchmarks and outcomes for student learning in Bangkok. Because our curriculum is not specific to one national or state curriculum, it is designed to maximize the best IB programme transferability of expatriate students from KIS in Bangkok back to their homes or on to any other location.



What Is The International Baccalaureate?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit organization with offices around the world. The IB organization offers challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of 5,000+ schools aiming to create a better world.

There are four coordinated programmes of study for students starting school all the way through to the end of high school. KIS International School in Bangkok offers the following three:

What are the three IB Programmes?

The Primary Years Programme is for students from 3-11 years old; it focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

Learning in the PYP

The Middle Years Programme is for students from 11-16 years old; it provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.

The IB Diploma Programme is for students from 16-18 or 19 years old. It is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and in life beyond.

The fourth programme, the Career-Related Programme for 16-19 year olds, is not currently offered at KIS.

Are the best IB programmes only available in private schools?

The IB programmes can be taught in state, private, national and international schools. They can be offered individually, but a growing number of schools offer them as a continuum of learning. The IB does not own or manage any schools. Instead the community is made up of state and private schools called IB World Schools. There are currently over 5,000 IB World Schools around the globe. We continue to have some of the best IB scores and best Diploma pass rates in Bangkok and are one of the few international schools in Bangkok and indeed Thailand to offer the IB continuum (three IB programmes).

What is the philosophy of the IB Programmes?

The programmes are learner-centred and inquiry-based. They emphasize education as a process (learning how to think, learning how to learn), not just a product (a collection of knowledge), thereby stimulating the students' natural intelligences.

Do students have to study all three as a continuum?

No. Each programme was designed as a stand alone programme. Approved IB world schools around the world may offer one or two or all three of the programmes. However, all three programmes have these common characteristics:

  • A strong international dimension
  • Draw on content from educational cultures around the world
  • Require study across a broad range of subjects
  • Include both individual subjects and transdisciplinary areas (this means skills such as decision-making, listening, collecting data, critical thinking, communication and time management)
  • Give special emphasis to learning languages
  • Focus on developing learning skills
  • Encourage students to become responsible members of their community

Can IB students transfer to other types of schools?

Yes. Students transferring to other IB world schools will have common learning experiences in terms of conceptual development and skill acquisition. The content may be different as schools in other countries would wish to reflect the unique nature of their locations. Close attention is paid to a range of national curriculums when developing the best IB programmes. IB students transferring to countries with national curriculums should have no trouble with meeting the standards of national schools.

The IB Learner Profile

The IB learner profile is the International Baccalaureate (IB) mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.

The learner profile runs across all IB programmes. It promotes attitudes and characteristics in students that develop international-mindedness. Students are encouraged to recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship and to help create a better and more peaceful world.

The learner profile provides long-term vision for education and is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of the entire school community-students, teachers, administrators and parents, uniting them in a common purpose.

IB learners strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

The IB Learner Profile

Inquirers - They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable -They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers - They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators - They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled - They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded - They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring - They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers - They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced - They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective - They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

This short video about the learner profile at KIS, helps to bring the IB Learner Profile to life.