AIT International School (AITIS) functions within the authority of Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). AIT, in turn, functions under a special Asian Institute of Technology Enabling Act, by Royal Command of his Majesty King Bhumibol Aduyljadej in 1967, which was later revised as Charter of the Asian Institute of Technology. In 2010, AIT gained a status of international intergovernmental organisation.
AIT elementary school was founded within the academic framework of the Institute by special agreement with the Thai Ministry of Education in 1974. At that time, the new school was called AIT Child Center, and it offered education for children from the age of 5 to 12 years old. It was emphasized in the statement of the AIT President to the Institutes Trustees in 1975: “The Child Center has an important role in attracting more Faculty to live on campus.”
In March 1980, a group of parents started a day care service for younger children (from 2,5 years to 5 years of age). Later, as the number of children increased, the service was expanded and developed and became known as Playschool. The Playschool obtained a License in April 1996 and was officially registered as AIT Playschool.
In July 1996, the merging of Playschool and Child Center was recommended by the Administrative Evaluation Team and was approved by the AIT President on July 25. This move unified and simplified the school management structure and led to an academically and administratively better coordinated operation. Since 2000, the school was known as AIT Community School (AITCS), and was divided into Junior School (former Child Center) and Pre-Kindergarten (former Playschool).
In autumn 2009, the school’s Curriculum was approved by the Bureau of Academic Studies and Education of Thailand. For the approval process, on the request of the Bureau standards, the name of the School was changed into AIT International School on the cover page of the Curriculum. Moreover, on November 4, 2009, the president of the AIT gave the school a permission to officially use the name AIT International School.
Today, our school is divided into two sections: Pre-Kindergarten, Elementary school, and Secondary school. We currently have 280 students, 15 class teachers, 8 subject teachers (Library, ICT, Music, Health and Physical education, ESL, Thai A and Thai B, and Special education/Counselor), 4 assistant teachers in our Elementary school section, and 6 assistants/aids in our Pre-Kindergarten section. Our student and teacher body consists of 24 different nationalities.
Because our school is considered as one Unit of AIT, we are able to use the facilities and services available in AIT, such as restaurants and cafes, Medical Clinic, Library, Information Technology and Media and Communication services, and Sodexo Maintenance service and make visits to other AIT Units such as Pulp and Paper, Energy Park, and Aquaculture Lab.