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Good Thai Schools In Chiang Rai.

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Hello Chiang Rai! I will be sending my kids to school in Chaing Rai this year, and wanted to ask if anyone knew of a good Thai School that has an English Program as well. I'm not interested in the International Schools, or any schools that have affiliations with a specific religion. Just a school that is well respected within the Thai community. I'd also appreciate any contact details and an idea on their location to Chaing Rai City Centre, although I suspect it may be located within the city itself. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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skybluestu    166

What age are they? If Matayom then Samakkhi or Tessaban 6 are very good, if Pratom then Mareeruk or amec are very good. During recent government inspections mareeruk was classed as the best pratom school in the whole of CR province.

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Hello and many thanks for your quick reply.

I have a 5 year old and a three year old. I was looking for a school that was fairly central. Does Amec teach a Thai curriculum? Do you have a preference based on experience or knowledge from others?

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skybluestu    166

The 5yr old would probably start Pratom 1 in May with the 3yr old at Kindergarten/Anubaan. Best option would be to visit the ones you are interested, have a look around, meet the management/teachers and see which one you prefer. I believe AMEC has an English Program while Mareeruk is bi-lingual with all subjects in both Thai and English. I do have a preference but it's extremely biased for one obvious reason!

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grrr,

I have recently moved here from Bangkok.

I have been looking to move for the last but have not found a decent school. I am British and my wife is Thai.

Having spent quite a while looking at schools for our 6 yr old son, I feel I can help you with my findings.

Amec is one of the worst schools I have ever come across. Employs the sort of teachers that only exist in Thailand.

Piti Suksa, rated by some seems to be ok. Although I do not like the fact that classes are mixed with different ages.

Flc, is taught by unqualified volunteers, and their Christian faith is fill on, if you know what I mean.

Mareeruk, is a girls school, so have no idea.

The big decision to move, was the introduction of an International School. Their web says it will open in August 2010.

As my son was previously at one in Bkk. Judging by their prices, it would seem its pretty cheap. Or is that I am used to paying lots in Bkk?

Tim

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Hi Tim,

Many thanks for your reply, it was very useful. I just went to the CRIS site and saw the school and its progress. Looks impressive, do you have an idea on a cost per term? Also did you get to find out anything about the people who will operate the school?

Do they also teach Thai here too? I don't plan on moving back to the UK, so Thailand will be their home and first language so to speak. Tim are you still living in Bangkok till the school nears completion? How did you find the rental situation up there, I was planning on renting till I could find some land and start on my house.

regard

robin

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I've done some checking around, and it seems alot of the schools in Chiang rai have some kind of religious element to them, for example the CRIS school (Chiang Rai International School) also seem to be the CRICS school (Chiang Rai International Christian School) and the mareeruk school is also called St Mary's School.

What I am looking for is a good Thai School, (that adhere to the standard customs and culture of Thailand) with programs in English. Are there any Thai people reading this that know of a Thai School with a good reputation amongst Thais in Chiang rai?

kind regards

robin

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jaironn    0
I've done some checking around, and it seems alot of the schools in Chiang rai have some kind of religious element to them, for example the CRIS school (Chiang Rai International School) also seem to be the CRICS school (Chiang Rai International Christian School) and the mareeruk school is also called St Mary's School.

What I am looking for is a good Thai School, (that adhere to the standard customs and culture of Thailand) with programs in English. Are there any Thai people reading this that know of a Thai School with a good reputation amongst Thais in Chiang rai?

kind regards

robin

i think the new wisanusorn www.wisanusorn.com near koolpunt is the best

i've had children in mareeruk for 2 years until anubarn 2

they have 58 children in one class 1.5 year to 3

they have 38 children in one class from 3 to 6 years

the teachers are all thai and some english so i think this is not worth the money

i hope this helps

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dindong    40

Hi.I have also done some research on this and I've found that for a Thai school with an English programme and non religious there are the following

1.The montessori school ( expensive). www.pitisuksa.org/

2.AMEC www.amecschool.in.th a Bi-Lingual Thai school

3.Tessaban 7

4.Anuban Chiang Rai ( near Tessaban market)

Mariruk is a private christian school as is the CRICS www.flcschool.com

Santi Vithaya another christian school also has an English programme..

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I've done some checking around, and it seems alot of the schools in Chiang rai have some kind of religious element to them, for example the CRIS school (Chiang Rai International School) also seem to be the CRICS school (Chiang Rai International Christian School) and the mareeruk school is also called St Mary's School.

What I am looking for is a good Thai School, (that adhere to the standard customs and culture of Thailand) with programs in English. Are there any Thai people reading this that know of a Thai School with a good reputation amongst Thais in Chiang rai?

kind regards

robin

i think the new wisanusorn www.wisanusorn.com near koolpunt is the best

i've had children in mareeruk for 2 years until anubarn 2

they have 58 children in one class 1.5 year to 3

they have 38 children in one class from 3 to 6 years

the teachers are all thai and some english so i think this is not worth the money

i hope this helps

Wow, those classroom numbers sound nasty. Also mixed classes is not ideal. Given how rurul Chiang Rai is, the level of English amongst the Thai students is well lower than in Bangkok. For my son who is considered advanced, I cannot wait to get him into a decent school which can push him to his potential, rather than excel at the lower end of a Thai school.

Tim

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Hi Tim,

Many thanks for your reply, it was very useful. I just went to the CRIS site and saw the school and its progress. Looks impressive, do you have an idea on a cost per term? Also did you get to find out anything about the people who will operate the school?

Do they also teach Thai here too? I don't plan on moving back to the UK, so Thailand will be their home and first language so to speak. Tim are you still living in Bangkok till the school nears completion? How did you find the rental situation up there, I was planning on renting till I could find some land and start on my house.

regard

robin

robin,

I am already in Chiang Rai since Christmas last year. I will find out more info for all.

The Semester fees are on the website already. Last time I checked they were.

I am finding the rentals easy and cheap. We can get a decent sized 2-3 bedroom house for around 7500-10,000 Baht per month. Enough for a family. Just gotta have a look up here.

I have some land already in the town. Just gotta sell my place in Bangkok before I can build here.

Tim

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skybluestu    166

Mareeruk is a private school and is also called St Mary's but there is no religious bias at all, most of the students are actually Buddhist with a few Christians and Muslims. No one religion is focused on any more than any others and (unlike many of the other schools mentioned in earlier posts) religion is actually hardly focused on at all. It is a mixed boys/girls school with class sizes ranging from 20-40 all being the same age for that grade. Teachers are mainly Thai, many of whom are very good at English, with three Filipino, a Japanese and an English teacher.

They follow the Thai curriculum and most subjects are taught in both Thai and English, the English books used are Sarasas. Students also have the opportunity to take part in many activities such as golf, tae kwon do, football, basketball, music and dancing. Like I said in an earlier post, recent government inspectors visited many schools in Chiang Rai and put mareeruk through as the representative from the whole of Chiang Rai province to a national competition. However I don't imagine any parent would enroll their child into a school after only reading opinions on an internet forum so you will be able to form a better opinion when you next come to CR and visit the schools you're interested in.

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dindong    40
Mareeruk is a private school and is also called St Mary's but there is no religious bias at all, most of the students are actually Buddhist with a few Christians and Muslims. No one religion is focused on any more than any others and (unlike many of the other schools mentioned in earlier posts) religion is actually hardly focused on at all. It is a mixed boys/girls school with class sizes ranging from 20-40 all being the same age for that grade. Teachers are mainly Thai, many of whom are very good at English, with three Filipino, a Japanese and an English teacher.

They follow the Thai curriculum and most subjects are taught in both Thai and English, the English books used are Sarasas. Students also have the opportunity to take part in many activities such as golf, tae kwon do, football, basketball, music and dancing. Like I said in an earlier post, recent government inspectors visited many schools in Chiang Rai and put mareeruk through as the representative from the whole of Chiang Rai province to a national competition. However I don't imagine any parent would enroll their child into a school after only reading opinions on an internet forum so you will be able to form a better opinion when you next come to CR and visit the schools you're interested in.

are you a teacher there?

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