Wells International School

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Wells International School
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"Changing the world, one student at a time..."
Address
2209 Sukhumvit Road
Bangchak, Prakhanong
Bangkok, 10260, Thailand Thailand
Information
School type Independent, International
Established 1999
CEEB Code 695346
Chairman of the Board Dr. Chang Yao-Lang
Headmaster Mr. Ray D. de la Peña
Grades K-12
Enrollment Approximately 750
Average class size 16 students
Student to teacher ratio 10:1
Education system American & IB
Language English
Colour(s)      Royal Blue
     Nova Yellow
Mascot Sea Hawk
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Ministry of Education (Thailand), The Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA
Annual tuition ฿184,000 - ฿350,000 ($6,100 - $11,700)
Affiliations American Chamber of Commerce {AMCHAM}, East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS), International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT)
Website

Wells International School, a member of the International Schools Association of Thailand,[1] is an international school with multiple campuses in Bangkok, Thailand. It consists of three campuses. On Nut (G1–G12) in Phra Khanong District serves elementary and secondary students. Wells International Kindergarten has operations in two campuses: Thong Lor (Nursery–G2) in Watthana District, serving students from pre-school to Grade 2; and Bang Na in Prawet District, composed solely of kindergarten students.[2] Together, the three campuses serve approximately 750 students as of the 2012-2013 school year. Nationalities represented include American, Brazilian, Canadian, Chinese, Filipino, Finnish, German, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Kenyan, Korean, Malaysian, Myanmar, Portuguese, Russian, Singaporean, Spanish, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese and Thai. Wells offers an American curriculum, modified in recognition of cultural and regional distinctions, and the IB Diploma Programme.[3] It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC),[4] and The Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA), and is licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education.[5] Wells has also been a member of the Thailand International Schools Activity Conference (TISAC)[6] since 2008.

Affiliation[edit]

Wells International Kindergarten and Wells International School are divisions of EverClever Education Group, Ltd., a conglomerate of institutions that also includes Bangkok School of Management and EverClever Language School. Headed by the Chairman of the Board, Dr. Chang Yao-Lang, the EverClever corporation offers various education programs for young children to adults. Additionally, it maintains an affiliation with Framingham State University, the first public normal school in the United States. Wells International School's On Nut campus serves as the permanent host of Framingham's graduate programs in Thailand, offered in tandem with International Education Programs, Inc. Programs offered include a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, a Master of Education in International Teaching, a Master of Education in Special Education and a Master of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language.[7]

Facilities[edit]

Wells International School's chief campus is located in On Nut on Sukhumvit Road between soi 85 and soi 87, accessible by both car and BTS. 35 classrooms exist on the three floors of the school, each equipped with a computer connected to a widescreen, wall-mounted television or projector. Interactive SMART Boards are placed in several of the classrooms as well, and wireless hubs placed around the school ensure internet access anywhere on the campus.

In addition to the standard classrooms, the campus also houses a primary and middle school science laboratory, and AP-equipped biology and chemistry laboratories. Five computer labs, including three that can be expanded into one large multimedia facility, contain approximately 150 computer and laptop stations available for student use. The fine arts center on the third floor comprises fully furnished dance and music studios, and an auditorium with a seating capacity of 130. The school library contains over 8000 fiction and non-fiction titles that are tracked through the use of the OpenBiblio library system, and an addition 1500 novels are available in sets for language arts courses. The campus employs a full-time, certified nurse to operate the school’s clinic, as well as four full-time school counselors. The first-floor cafeteria can accommodate 250 students, and additional seating is provided in various locations around the campus. A central field contains playground equipment for primary students, and a second field houses a sports complex featuring a hard rubber surface, bleachers, a full-size basketball court, a volleyball court and badminton courts. A second full-size basketball court is contained in the school's gymnasium, and a pool is located on the first floor.[8]

Established in 2003, Wells International Kindergarten - Thong Lor is the oldest of the current Wells campuses. Situated 200 meters from the main Sukhumvit Road on soi 51, it includes students from nursery to Grade 2. Having undergone an expansion project in 2011, the campus now contains twelve homerooms arranged around a central covered field, which contains slides, swings and other playground equipment. There is also a dance and music studio, computer lab, library, art studio, resource room, gymnasium, and multi-purpose media room. The campus features recreational facilities geared toward young children, including a swimming pool, tricycle track, gardening area and sand pit.[9]

The newest of the three Wells campuses—Wells International Kindergarten - Bang Na—was established in 2011 in the Bangna area. Located near the Bangna-Trad Expressway and the Paradise Park and Seacon Square shopping centers on Srinakarin 62, it caters to kindergarten students from ages 2 to 6. The main campus building contains twelve classrooms arranged around a central covered courtyard. Other facilities include a library, computer lab, music and dance studio, and swimming pool, all of which are designed specifically for young children. A parent lounge and meeting room is located immediately to the right of the main entrance. Outside the main entrance is a small playground containing a garden, fountain and equipment such as slides and swings. Parking is available in a lot underneath the school.[10]

Curriculum[edit]

Wells provides a curriculum based on a modified version of American Common Core State Standards, adopted by 47 of the 50 U.S. states. In addition to core language arts, mathematics, science and social studies classes, the following non-core courses are offered at the primary school level: music, computers, drama, art, physical education, Thai culture, Thai language, English support, Japanese, Hindi, French, Mandarin Chinese and Mandarin Taiwanese. The secondary campus at On Nut, in addition to the above electives, also features choir, computer productions and design, dance, home economics, instrumental music, and visual art. Wells offers Advanced Placement courses on-site, utilizing AP-trained and certified instructors. As of the 2012-2013 school year, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, and AP World History are offered. Wells is also an IB World School and offers the IB Diploma Programme as an option for students in Grades 11 and 12. Students are able to work toward the full IB Diploma or certificates in individual subject areas, or pursue a standard American high school diploma.

Standardized test results indicate that, on average, Wells students outperform U.S. standards in mathematics and science.[11] Wells graduates have been accepted into top-ranked tier 1 universities in the United States, Thailand and abroad, among them:[12][13][14]

Extra-curriculars[edit]

Wells International School's Seahawk sports logo

After-school activities, clubs and academic support at Wells International School include badminton, ballet, basketball, chess, computer game programming, debate, football (soccer), guitar, Homework Club, jazz, kung fu, Mandarin Chinese, Mandarin Taiwanese, photography, piano, school publications, Science Club, sport stacking, squash, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, Thai dance, Thai musical instruments, video production, visual art and volleyball. The official mascot of the school is the seahawk, and its sports teams are referred to as the Wells Seahawks. Community service projects through Habitat for Humanity, the Bangkok ServICE Conference and other organizations also take place outside of regular school hours, and are a required element of the curriculum at the high school level.

Wells takes part in a variety of annual competitions in academics, the arts and debate, and also coordinates with national and international organizations in providing its students with other educational opportunities. In addition to regularly participating in the annual Thailand High School Debate and EU-Thailand National Intervarsity Debate Championships, World Education Games, Asia Books Readers' Theatre competition, World Scholar's Cup, and other events, Wells coordinates with Mahidol University's Department of Chemistry in offering high school students research opportunities every summer in the field of bioenergy sources. Wells students have also participated in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program and the Global Young Leaders Conference.,[15] and have won national and international championships in various areas:[16]

  • 2013 World Scholar's Cup (Bangkok Round): National Champion (Senior Individuals), Debate Champion (Senior Individuals)[17]
  • 2012 Asia Books Readers' Theatre Competition - Season 4: Overall Champions, 1st Place (Division 5)
  • 2012 EU-Thailand National Intervarsity Debate Championship: 1st Place
  • 2012 World Scholar's Cup (Global Round): World Champion - Debate (Senior Individuals)[18]
  • 2012 World Scholar's Cup (Bangkok Round): National Champions (Senior Teams), National Champion (Senior Individuals)
  • 2012 TISAC So You Think You Can Dance Competition: 1st Place (Middle School), 1st Place (High School)
  • 2012 Asia Books Readers' Theatre Competition - Season 3: 1st Place (Division 4), 2nd Place (Division 3)[19][20]
  • 2011 World Scholar's Cup (Global Round): 3-time gold medalists
  • 2011 World Math Day: 1st Place/World Champions (Ages 8-10 Division)[21][22]
  • 2011 World Spelling Day: 3rd Place (Ages 11-14 Division)[23]
  • 2010 Asia Books Readers' Theatre Competition - Season 2: 1st Place (Divisions 3 & 4)[24][25]
  • 2008 EU-Thailand National Intervarsity Debate Championship: 1st Place[26]

Wells students participate in both BISAC and TISAC sports competitions in badminton, basketball, chess, football, golf, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. The On Nut campus is affiliated with Piyarom Sports Club, giving it access to additional facilities for both training and competitions. Wells' sports teams have had many notable successes in TISAC and BISAC athletics:[27]

  • 2012-2013 TISAC Titles: Senior Boys Basketball League & Tournament Champions, Under 17 Boys Champions at St. Stephen's Khao Yai Basketball Invitational, Under 15 Boys Basketball League & Tournament Champions, Under 15 Girls Basketball Tournament Champions, Senior Boys Football League Champions (Group 2), Under 13 Girls Football League Champions (Group 2)
  • 2012-2013 BISAC Titles: Under 17 Boys & Girls Champions at Bangkok Patana School Volleyball Invitational
  • 2011-2012 TISAC Titles: Senior Girls Basketball Tip-off Tournament Champions, Under 15 Girls Basketball Tip-off Tournament Champions
  • 2010-2011 TISAC Titles: Senior Boys Basketball Tournament Champions, Senior Girls Basketball League Champions, Under 15 Boys Basketball League & Tournament Champions, Under 15 Boys Champions at St. Stephen's Khao Yai Basketball Invitational, Under 15 Girls Basketball League & Tournament Champions, Under 13 Boys Basketball League Champions, Under 13 Table Tennis Tournament Champions (Team)
  • 2009-2010 TISAC Titles: Under 13 Badminton Tournament Champions (Team & Individual), Under 15 Boys Basketball League Champions, Under 13 Girls Basketball League Champions, Under 13 Boys Football League Champions,[28] Under 11 Table Tennis Tournament Champions (Team)
  • 2008-2009 TISAC Titles: Under 15 Girls Badminton Champions (Doubles), Under 13 Boys Basketball League Champions

Notable students & alumni[edit]

  • Arada “Darling” Arayawuth (อารดา “ดาร์ลิ่ง” อารยวุฒิ), Class of 2011: Former singer and songwriter for the pop group Sugar Eyes,[29][30] and supporting actress in the film 30 กำลังแจ๋ว
  • Chayuta "Lita" Suwanparin (ชายุตา "ลิต้า" สุวรรณภาริน), 2006-2009: Pop singer in Korea[31]
  • Nattawat “Ton” Deewongkij (ณัฐวัตร "ต้น" ดีวงกิจ), Class of 2010: First runner-up on the seventh season of Academy Fantasia,[32][33] and star of the film เหลือแหล่.[34]
  • Nutchapat "Natty" Pipatchaisiri (ณัชภัสร์ "นัตตี้" พิพัฒน์ไชยศิริ), Class of 2014: Contestant on the seventh season of Academy Fantasia
  • Panisara "Ping Ping" Sapchartanan (ปาณิศรา ทรัพย์ชาติอนันต์), Class of 2021: Host on Channel 3's news program ครอบครัวข่าวเด็ก[35]
  • Sudarat "Grape" Phaopatimakgorn (สุดารัตน์ "เกรป" เผ่าปฏิมากร), 2011-2012: Finalist on seventh season of Academy Fantasia

References[edit]

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  35. ^ "ครอบครัวข่าวเด็ก History". Kidsnewstv3. 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 

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