Most expats in Thailand, especially those only relocating for a short time, choose to send their children to international schools in Thailand. These schools, be they American, English or French, teach in a language and style that would be familiar to children from that country, and allow for continuity by providing home-country curricula.
These institutions are accredited by external bodies, and it follows that both learning standards and the criteria for hiring teachers are high. Wealthy Thai families often prefer to send their children to these schools, and as a result, it's normal for their student bodies to include a large number of local students too.
International schools in Thailand are almost always well financed, boast modern facilities, small class sizes and an impressive range of extra-curricular activities.
Although a large variety of international schools can be found in major cities such as Bangkok and Pattaya, options are more limited in rural areas. Expat families living in more rural locations should explore boarding options or homeschooling.
The more popular international schools tend to have long waiting lists, while admission may be based on language proficiency and academic achievement. Requirements vary from school to school, but it's always best to start the admission and enrolment process as early as possible. Fees for international schools in Thailand tend to be high, and expats relocating for work should try and negotiate an education allowance into their employment contract.