If you thought Koh Samui is only good for vacations and summer getaways, think again. Though the rest of the world probably sees the Thai island as just that, this place is actually home to a ton of locals and expats alike. Yes, beyond just going here for a holiday, you can actually move and start a new life in Koh Samui. Even if you already have kids! If you're worried about your little ones' schooling once you relocate to Koh Samui, there's no need to fret. The island also has its own fair share of exceptional international schools.
International School of Samui
Supported by the University of Cambridge, the top school in the UK and in the entire world, the International School of Samui is certainly the finest of its kind in Koh Samui. It's here that both foreign and local students get the high-quality education they deserve; the kind that can lead them to greater heights. Since the school itself follows the British Independent School model, rest assured that students who graduate here can eventually go to the top universities in the UK, the US, Canada, and more. Though it comes with high tuition fees, rest assured that every penny is worth it.
Greenacre International School
Following the National Curriculum of England, the Greenacre International School is another noteworthy education institution in Koh Samui. Catering to students from age 3 to 16, this is the type of school where little ones grow and develop into able and independent individuals. And true to its name, the Greenacre International School also emphasizes the importance of taking care of the environment, fostering in their students a love and appreciation for Mother Nature. Through this, the school aims to produce environmentally-conscious graduates, the kind who will take charge of caring for the planet.
Panyadee, The British International School of Samui
From preschool to secondary school, the Panyadee, The British International School of Samui of local and foreign kids living in Koh Samui who want to learn. They're more particular with the latter, helping foster a diverse, open, and welcoming international community on the island. Through the high-quality British education that they offer, Panyadee seeks to elevate Koh Samui's scholastic standing, both in the country and internationally. Also helps tha the school is part of the Cambridge Assessment International Education
program, which should further prove its prominence. Panyadee serves as a kid's gateway to bigger and greater heights, both in and beyond Koh Samui.
Oonrak Koh Samui School
'Learning by doing with happiness!
' This is the motto that the Oonrak Koh Samui School lives by. Located in Mae Nam, the northern coastal area of Koh Samui
, this is a peaceful and welcoming educational institution that focuses more on the students' well-being than anything else. Academic skills and good grades are still important, but the Oonrak Koh Samui School is more about letting the little ones learn and grow happily and feeling fulfilled. It helps that the school's campus is well-equipped with many first-class facilities such as a large library, computer suites, a dance studio, numerous sports facilities, and more.
Lamai International School
Koh Samui's Lamai International School is all about arming kids with the necessary academic skills and street stars that they'll need to succeed in life. Following the Cambridge Curriculum, there's no denying that the standard education they offer is pretty high-quality. But they also focus on what the little ones will need in order to navigate through life. Things such as critical thinking, knowing the importance of diversity, and instilling a sense of social justice as just as important in Lamai International School as high grades and getting into the finest universities in the world.
Samui Kids Academy
The only school of its kind to offer Canadian education, the Samui Kids Academy is a preschool that aims to take care of and teach the little ones. Though the education they provide here might not be as advanced as those in other schools on this list, the academy's role on the island is still very important. The Samui Kids Academy stands as one of the finest preschools in all of Koh Samui, providing a space for toddlers and little kids to play, learn, and have fun. It's through learning while playing will they get their scholastic start, especially if they can develop a love for studying even at an early age.
When you start a new life in Koh Samui with your kids, know that you don't have to worry about their schooling. The island offers a handful of noteworthy international schools that will help your little ones grow, develop, and realize their full potential.