Satit International Bilingual School of Rangsit University Chiang Mai
Information Pack for International Students
Rich in culture, heritage and an education hub of Southeast Asia, Chiang Mai provides an inspirational environment for students in a safe and convenient setting.
The first international school in Thailand to provide direct access to universities around the world through an international bilingual curriculum (SBS meets the requirements of the Thai MOE and the Cambridge International curricula.)
To provide bilingual education programmes that meet local and international education standards enabling students to fulfill their academic potential and develop essential life skills to become caring, honest and considerate global citizens.
Teaching and Learning
Student-centred approaches, process and inquiry-based teaching/learning practices, authentic assessment opportunities, multiculturalism, open-mindedness and intercultural understanding are the cornerstones of our ethos— these values reflect our commitment to foster the development of the whole child.
Academic Quality / Rigour
SBS offers academically challenging programmes that are balanced and meet both the standards of the Thai Ministry of Education and the expectations of the challenging programmes of Cambridge International Education. Ongoing student assessment on performance is authentic and rigorous.
Cambridge Learner Attributes
At SBS, local (Thai) and global perspectives are included throughout the curriculum and other school activities. We design our curriculum and assessments with the Cambridge learner attributes in mind. The five attributes are our way of recognising that students need to develop attitudes and life skills throughout their education, as well as academic skills, in order to be successful at university and in employment. SBS students are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative, and engaged and realize that everyone shares responsibility for our planet.
Cambridge and International Bilingual Pathways
At SBS Chiang Mai, we offer students a corridor to higher education with the valuable key of bilingualism which allows them to unlock the doors to opportunities worldwide. Underpinning our dual-language pathway, Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) offers a culturally-sensitive international curriculum to ensure your child receives the best in academic learning and holistic development.
SBS Chinese-English Academy
As a pioneer Bilingual International school, SBS remains passionately committed to moving with the times. SBS Chinese-English Academy enables learners to improve both their ability to communicate and their linguistic competence in the English Language. We are at the forefront of increasing learner outcomes through our Cambridge International Programmes.
The SBS Pathway ensures that our graduates have the opportunity to attend universities all over the world through the preparation in the curriculum continuum: Cambridge Lower Secondary (Years 7-9) and Upper Secondary (IGCSE, AS/A Level).
The Chinese-English Academy is open to Years 7-9 and Year 10 students initially and will grow to Year 13 in the coming years. Class size is capped at 25 students to maintain effective student to teacher ratios.
Life at SBS
SBS places an emphasis on creating an engaging learning environment for all students. We believe in providing the best atmosphere and modern facilities to support learning.
In order to enhance children's creativity and love of learning, our school facilities include open learning spaces, a learning nature garden, science laboratories, an ICT laboratory, an art room, purpose-built gymnasium, football field, children's playgrounds and a spacious open air canteen.
All classrooms are air-conditioned and each room is equipped to take advantage of SBS high speed LAN and wireless systems through LCD projectors and tablets bringing the wider world and learning opportunities into the classroom.
Student Support Programmes: EAL/TAL/MAL
We believe all students can achieve their full potential with some timely additional support. All of our students can develop the language and study skills needed to succeed in the Cambridge Programme and in their future career.
SBS offers Academic Language Support Services for
- English Language Learners (English Support Services [ELS]);
- Thai Language Learners (Thai as an Additional Language [TAL]) and
- Mandarin Language Learners (Mandarin as an Additional Language [MAL]).
We offer a range of support services designed for students who are non-native speakers of English, Thai or Mandarin.
Boarding facilities and boarding life
SBS dormitory boarding offers students a friendly and safe family-type environment with separate accommodations for female and male students, Wifi, 24-hour security, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner provided at the school canteen. Dormitory students can also take advantage of evening tutorial classes.
At SBS we believe that education does not end at the classroom but should be extended into a child’s life outside of school. Holistic education looks at the whole child and their development, needs and interests.
SBS supports student growth and development through an assortment of extra-curricular activities beyond the normal school day. The extracurricular programme covers a wide range of activities that will help develop and nurture students growth as confident, responsible, reflective, innovative, and engaged learners. We encourage students to participate in ECAs that meet their interests and needs.
- ACADEMICS : Maths, Science, ICT, Debate, IELTS / TOEFL / SAT Prep.
- ARTS: Music, Drama, Visual Arts
- SPORTS: Basketball, Volleyball, Football, Badminton
- COMMUNITY SERVICE: ECO-Green Team, Community Service Team
- JOURNALISM: School Newspaper, School Webpage
- TECHNOLOGY: Coding, STEM Makerspace
Cambridge Exam Centre
CAMBRIDGE IGCSE AND GCE A/AS LEVELS
Cambridge IGCSE is recognised by higher education institutions and employers around the world as evidence of academic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge IGCSE’s and A/AS level examinations as one way to meet their entry requirements.
Cambridge Professional Development (PDQ):
The most important factor in the quality of students’ learning is the quality of teaching and school leadership; SBS recognizes this and hence is the first Cambridge Professional Development Centre in Chiang Mai!
Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications (Cambridge PDQs) are designed to enrich teaching and learning. Teachers develop their professional thinking and practice continuously throughout their careers and that is why SBS has designed Cambridge PDQs to lead the way in enriching professional learning in our school. These qualifications are based on research evidence about the kinds of professional development that have real impact and value on student success. SBS guarantees quality assurance in the delivery of the Cambridge Curriculum given the rigorous training teachers undergo yearly.
SBS supports students in their journey beyond secondary school. We are a test centre for the standardized SAT Assessments widely used for college admissions in the United States.
PATH TO TOP UNIVERSITIES
SBS meets Thailand’s academic standards, develops bilingual students and follows the curriculum for Cambridge’s IGCSE and AS/A Level. This approach allows your child to pursue a bright future in Thailand’s top national universities or attend a leading university abroad.
Bilingualism and experiential-learning remain the best guarantee your child will be ACCEPTED into the right school; further, they will also THRIVE in their university education and beyond.
Successful outcome to student’s dream university destinations
Our graduates have successfully completed the Cambridge requirements to excel in an ever-changing world. We have had students move onto universities abroad and locally.
Academic Year 2018/19 Student Testimonials:
Hyeonjong Lee (John)
“John arrived to SBS from South Korea with his brother in 2016; he worked consistently to gain the English proficiency needed to access the Cambridge Curriculum and took part in the first class of IGCSE students at SBS CM! John enjoys playing football and has been a volunteer coach for a children’s football team in the community. In addition, John was highly committed to the school and served as the President of SBS’s Student Council where he planned activities to encourage the community to get involved and liaised with school administration to work towards common goals. John will be continuing higher education in Chiang Mai University’s Humanities Faculty where he will pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Thai as a Foreign Language.”
Sujong Lee (Peter)
“Peter came to SBS in 2016 and took part in the first class of IGCSE students at SBS CM! He enjoys gaming and hanging out with his friends and was SBS’s Commencement Speech Orator. During his time at SBS, Peter strengthened his English proficiency and has received recognition for his arduous achievements. Peter was accepted to Chiang Mai University where he will major in Teaching Thai as Foreign Language.”
Eunsol Na (Eve)
“Eve’s beginnings at SBS started in 2018. She showed dedication and commitment to do her very best in the IGCSE Program. Eve will focus on teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in the future; she has been completing a Post-Secondary TEFL Certification at Chiang Mai University. Eve will be majoring in TEFL when she returns to South Korea.”
Bo Heon Jeong (Aron)
“Aron began his journey at SBS in 2018; he has always had a passion for culinary arts and has been cultivating his talent in a local Thai Cuisine Institute in Chiang Mai. Aron loves to share his passion for cooking with others and has cooked for the graduating class on several occasions. In addition, Aron has a passion for languages; he studied Japanese as a Second Language and excelled in learning the language. He will major in Culinary Arts in South Korea University.”
Miss Nteekan Siriboonyapa (Aeh)
“Aeh started her studies at SBS in 2016; she is the only Thai Native student of this year’s graduating class and took part in the first class of IGCSE students in SBS CM. During her time at SBS, Aeh showed consistent effort in her IGCSE courses, most specifically in her IGCSE English as a Second Language course where she showed significant results. Aeh is keen to furthering her studies in the field of Business.”
Visa for students and families
SBS Registrar Department offers Thai Visa Services; we aid students and their families in obtaining Thai visas and monitor the ongoing process of the same.