1. What is your program?
Siriwat Wittaya English Program is K12 English Program approved by Education Ministry of Thailand.
SWEP follows mainly Math- Science stream however, students have been learning according to their abilities and talents.
2. How many students are there in the School?
SWEP is a Nursery to Grade 12 School set on a single campus. School has a maximum enrolment of 840 which enables us to ensure small class sizes which deliver the personalized / differentiated learning experience for which we are renowned.
3. How are students placed in year groups and classes?
|Section||Duration||Grades & Age Groups|
|Nursery||1-1.5 years||At least 18 months required to attend, generally two rooms are opened.|
|Kindergarten||3 years||KG1- KG3 (There are 3 levels for 3,4 and 5 years)|
|Primary||6 years||Grades 1-6 (Students who are 6 years old may start to Grade 1)|
|Lower Secondary||3 years||Grades7-9|
|Upper Secondary (High School)||3 years||Grades 10-12|
4. What is your school calendar?
SWEP follows Academic Calendar of Education Ministry of Thailand. There are two semesters in an academic year.
Generally Semester 1 begins in the second week of May and ends at the end of September; Semester 2 begins at the fourth week of October, and ends at the first week of March.
5. Do you have transportation services?
Yes, there is a school bus service available in the school. Routes may change based on request and students living areas.
6. Do you offer Nursery during the semester and summer break?
Yes, Nursery classes are opened during the semester and summer breaks.
7. Do you have English lesson in Nursery?
Yes, there are English lessons for Nursery kids. Our foreign teachers have experience to teach early ages. Students enjoy learning basic vocabularies and nursery rhymes.
8. How is your experience in English Program?
Siriwat Wittaya EP is one of three schools belongs to Marmara company. Wichai Wittaya Bilingual School, Chiang Mai is one of the pioneer schools which follow English Program System in Thailand. (It is the first opened EP school in Northern Thailand and one of the first five schools in Thailand.) Our school system becomes a role model for many schools and institutions not only in Thailand but also in some other countries.
9. Is Siriwat Wittaya EP a for-profit school?
No. The school is a not-for-profit organization which does not answer to shareholders. The school’s success fuels further investment in the students and facilities of SWEP.
10.How is the school day structured?
|Section||Morning Assembly&Homeroom||Lessons Begin||Lunch||Lesson Ends|
|Secondary||7:45||8:20||12:25 – 13:15||15:50|
11. What are your class sizes?
Nursery: up to 20 students
Kindergarten: up to 24 students
Primary: up to 24 students
Secondary: up to 30 students
12. What curriculum do you follow?
SWEP follows curriculum prepared by Education Ministry of Thailand.
Additionally, we have our own curriculum for English Subject.
In each section (Nursery, Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary), there are some additions to English Program System strong and accepted by International community.
13. How do you follow students’ progress?
- There are monthly reports in Kindergarten and Primary Sections to follow students’ progress
- Primary and Secondary sections join standard examinations prepared by professional test companies.
- Student’s progress in National Examinations being followed by School
- Students from Grade 4- 12, have been taken Cambridge ESOL Examinations periodically four times a year.
14. When did you give the first graduation?
We gave our first graduation in 2010. 25 students graduated and perfectly (0) attend the universities.
15. How is your policy for different learners?
We believe every student is a unique and special. Therefore, lessons and activities are designed according to students with different abilities. SWEP follows student centered approach. Teachers apply several methods during the lesson to take students’ attention. There are several activities and projects for different learners such as Gifted and Olympiad Courses for students who are good in Math- Science subjects. Art- Music courses for talented students in those fields.
16. How is your policy for students with learning disabilities?
SWEP is designed for bilingual (English Program) system therefore administrators and teachers are specialized in EP System. Students with learning disabilities need an intensive care with educators who have an experience and trainings; SWEP is not designed to answer these students. We request parents to search for their kids for better place where students feel more comfortable.
17. Are students set (grouped) by ability?
Students are not set by abilities in Kindergarten and Primary Classes. However, only in lower Secondary (Grades 7- 9) students are divided into two rooms based on their English level. This grouping is necessary to teach language in homogenous classes so students will get more benefit. Moreover, other subjects are taught same to everyone.
18.Will my child have difficulty making the transition from another school system?
a) Young Learners (Nursery – Kindergarten)
There is no problem recorded till now. Students have a great ability to adapt especially in young ages. Our teachers have an experience to deal with student who has no background in Thai Language and/or in English.
b) Moving from International Schools
Students may have some difficulties in Thai Language and subjects taught in Thai Language. SWEP has a system to handle this problem. Basically students will get enough time to catch up classmates with teachers’ aid.
c) Moving from other EP School
There is no problem about curriculum and system. Mostly students will adapt in a short time.
d) Moving from abroad
Students moving from abroad need more time to adapt SWEP’s system. Students who have a problem in either Thai Language or English or both follow by assigned advisors. Students have to take extra courses and study more.
19. What foreign languages can my child learn?
SWEP offers Chinese Language for Grades 4-6 and Turkish Language for Grades 7-9. Both languages are carefully chosen for students’ future.
20. What extra-curricular activities are available for my child?
- All grades from KG1- Grade 12 have field trips and activities. According to grade and curriculum, trips and activities are different in each grade. (For example; Grade 7 students have a trip to Science Exhibition during the National Science Week in the 1st semester and reforestation activity in the 2nd semester.) Field trips are carefully chosen to answer students’ interest and to support their lessons.
- There are also several indoor activities such as Spelling Bee Competitions for Kindergarten and Primary, Math Week for Primary, Siriwat 1st Book of Thailand (Thai language activities for KG3 – Grade 11), Wonders (Presentation Competition for Secondary Students)
- Students also attend club activities. Every year offered clubs may vary according to students’ choices.
21. What kind of trips can my child take part in?
Besides regular class trips, SWEP offers Chiang Mai Trip, Trips to Turkey and USA for Secondary students.
22. Are all of your teachers fully certified?
YES, all teachers are qualified for their teaching subject. English Language teachers have TESOL Certificates or graduated from related faculties.
23. Does the school support professional development?
YES, all foreign teachers are required to attend Thai Culture Course and all faculty members (Thai, foreign) need to join indoor and/or outdoor workshops and seminars related with their teaching fields.
24. Do you have school lunches?
YES, lunch is mandatory for each and every student.
25. Do you have a school uniform and where can I buy this?
YES, students need to follow dress code carefully. You can buy from school shop and nearby shops. For more details, please check Uniform and Books section.
26. How do I communicate with my child's teacher, and how often will I receive reports?
- You can call the school for an appointment to talk with class teachers and administrators.
- In each semester, there are two reports are prepared by the school. (Mid- semester and semester End Reports)
- There are monthly progress reports for Kindergarten and Primary Students
- “My Weekend Book” project for Primary Students to follow their progress in English.
27. Is learning to swim mandatory?
Children Nursery through Kindergarten 3 participate in a swimming lesson once a week and children Grade 1 through Grade 3 participate in a swimming lesson twice a month. All students in these grade levels are expected to attend swimming lessons.
28. Do you accept children who do not speak English?
SWEP is an English Program School , most of the instructions are given in English therefore students’ English level should be enough to follow instructions.
In Kindergarten: students can start the school with zero- English level. Teachers and assistants are trained to assist and help students to carry out instructions.
Early grades in Primary Level; students will be assisted and followed by teachers. Some students may be invited to attend Saturday English courses to reinforce.
Grades 4 through 6 in Primary; students need to know at least basic level of English Proficiency.
Grade 7; SWEP gives chance to students from Regular schools, one of the rooms is designed for students who have basic level of English. All of the students in this group are required to attend Summer Intensive Course and Saturday Reinforcement Courses.
Grades 8&9; generally we do not accept students with no English background however, according to some cases we may accept with conditions.
For students entering grade 10 or higher, we require an intermediate or higher level of English proficiency.
29. Are places available now?
For the latest information on the availability of places at SWEP, please check contact section or directly contact the school.
30. What are your intake years?
SWEP accepts students at all year levels where places are available. The major intake years, however, are Nursery, Kindergarten 1, Grades 1, 7 and 10, subject to availability.
31.What programs do you offer for talented students?
Many opportunities for highly able students occur within the regular school timetable and some activities are available beyond school hours. The structure and features of the program vary according to the age and stage of the students.
In Primary Level, there are mathematics and science courses designed for gifted students.
In the Secondary Level, we provide courses and activities on mathematics, science and computer subjects. Gifted and talented students are followed by assigned teachers. Students study on advanced topics and for competitions in National and International level.
Students are encouraged and trained for Science Project Competitions as well.
32. Do you offer scholarships?
We are committed to providing premium education opportunities for students and nurturing individual students’ interests and talents. As part of this commitment, the School offers a range of scholarships at differing year levels.
At Siriwat Wittaya English Program we are pleased to offer Academic scholarships for entry into Grade 7 to 10. Performing Arts (Instrumental and Voice) Scholarships and Sports Scholarships are available for entry into Grade 7 to 9. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of the results of the testing, previous school reports and an interview.
33. Do you have boarding facilities?
No. SWEP is a day school only.
34. Do you have out of hours care?
Yes. In Kindergarten and Primary Levels, there are after school courses available for students who needs help to do given assignments during the school time.
35. Do you have Summer School?
Yes, In Kindergarten and Primary levels. Summer School is a combination of study and activities. There are several indoor activities and weekly field trips. Summer school begins after Songkran holiday and continues for four weeks.
In secondary, there are intensive English Courses for new students and English Reinforcement Courses for students who could not pass required English Level.
In high school (Grades 11 &12); students need to join Summer University Entrance Camp.