Nakornpayap International School(NIS)|A traditional international school that expands the future world of students


Founded in 1993, Nakornpayap International School (NIS) is an international school that uses an American curriculum modified to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of students in all grades within a global community. ・It's a school.

"Diversity'' is being talked about a lot these days, and NIS has long had an educational policy that values diversity, making it one of the leading international schools of the era.

In addition to academics, we also have a wide range of sports activities, and the campus is fully equipped with facilities such as a soccer field and a basketball gymnasium.

Of course NIS have excellent facilities, but above all else we are particular about the quality of our instructors, and the profiles of all of NIS's instructors are also available on official website.

Graduates have gone on to universities in Western countries, Japan, and other Asian countries, and some examples are introduced on official website.

Education through Diversity | What NIS Offer (Trace from official website )

NIS embraces the concepts of global responsibility and social inclusiveness and is a remarkable place to learn.
Our commitment is to provide a safe, positive, and intellectual learning environment that will empower students to become creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, and inspired learners prepared for high school, college, and life in the twenty-first century.

Learning Atmosphere

NIS is set in a multi-cultural setting where students engage in an environment that offers a well rounded, whole student education. With a capacity for 600 students, NIS is big enough to offer diverse programs and large scale activities and small enough to guarantee attention to individual development and educational success. Our students, teachers and parents all value NIS’ nurturing family environment.

Open Space & Modern Facilities

With a green yard view from everywhere in school, NIS is a collaboration of five school buildings, all purpose built and beautifully designed, standing on 40-rai of land. All classrooms are modern, well-equipped, and air-conditioned. The Early Childhood Center (ECC) consists of large scale classrooms, their own multipurpose room, and outdoor play areas. The Elementary classes incorporate an Art Room, Computer Lab, Music Room, and spacious outdoor play area. The Middle School and High School benefit from open area classes, well-equipped Science Labs, a Music Room, an Art Room, and state-of-the Art Computer Labs. NIS’s auditorium provides a venue for creative and musical endeavors, while our impressive sports facilities include an indoor Gym, Fitness Room, Dance Studio, half-Olympic sized swimming pool, full size football field, basketball courts, a green courtyard at the center of campus and walkways lined with trees.

Emphasis on Individuality

Students at NIS regularly meet one-on-one with their teachers to discuss their learning goals and receive feedback on their classwork. Teachers help students identify their strengths, set goals based on areas that need improvement, and furthermore, follow up and celebrate achievements. As they transform their weaknesses into assets, students feel proud of their accomplishments and gain confidence to take on new challenges, inside and outside the classroom.

Inquiry-Based, Hands-on Learning

At NIS, our goal is to make learning more effective and enjoyable by engaging our students’ curiosity through hands-on learning. We strive to instill in our students a passion for investigating the problem, asking questions and finding their answers which result in meaningful discoveries.

Learning Outside the Classroom

At NIS, our teachers take learning beyond the classroom walls. Each student has the opportunity to take part in field trips, after school clubs, sports, annual overnight retreats (Grades 1-8), Student Council, and school-wide events such as International Day and Winter Carnival. Our student body also engage themselves in world issues through school-wide campaigns aligned with global awareness campaigns such as UN International Day of Peace, UN Sustainable Development Goals, #beboldforchange, International Women’s Day, and Earth Day.

Advanced Placement Courses

NIS has a vigorous Advanced Placement (AP) program that covers a wide range of subject areas, meeting the needs of students who crave greater academic challenges. NIS offers the following AP courses: AP English Language
& Composition, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Statistics, AP Physics, AP Studio Art, AP Economics, AP Psychology, and AP Computer Science. Students who successfully pass the AP exams are eligible to receive credit at most US colleges and universities.


Our mascot is the Stallion; strong, independent, intelligent and fast, this unique choice for a mascot perfectly represents our school. NIS boasts a dynamic sports program offering both team sports and individual sports opportunities for students to develop their athletic abilities and sense of team spirit. The campus has impressive sport facilities including an indoor gym, half Olympic sized swimming pool, outdoor full-sized soccer field, and basketball courts.
NIS students have achieved a high level in sport and have won many team and individual competitions. We also have students who play sport for Thailand and received international scholarships in sports programs.

Fine Arts

All students from ECC to grade 12 can participate in our dynamic arts program, consisting of music and visual arts. We aim to inspire students to reach artistic excellence while nurturing their self-confidence and creativity.

Music is a well-rounded program that includes singing, listening, composition, and performance. The Visual Arts Program emphasizes innovative problem-solving and meaningful self-expression through a variety of media such as painting, drawing, mural making, and sculpture. AP Studio Art is also offered at the high school level.

Thai Language & Culture

While all NIS classes are taught in English, students also participate in our Thai Language & Culture program. They are introduced to the language and literature of Thailand as well as celebrating traditional Thai holidays. We believe it is very important for our students to learn about the rich and beautiful history, customs, and traditions of our host country.

College Guidance and Counseling

NIS graduates attend outstanding universities across the world. Our College Counselor organizes visits from universities and educational institutions from around the globe and has a great deal of information on how to apply for scholarships. NIS is an SAT Testing Center to ensure our students can achieve the highest scores in the comfort of their own school. We work closely with our students to help guide them in their choice for higher education.

Recommended for these people

NIS is one of the oldest international schools in Chiang Mai. This is a great choice for those who want to place their children in an English-speaking environment, or those who are considering attending an English-speaking university in the future.

Additionally, as of April 2024, NIS plan to strengthen it's support system for children whose English proficiency is not at native speaker level. Therefore, the door is more open than ever to children who are not very confident in English.

BASIC Information

NameNakornpayap International School
Number of studensApprox. 600(Exact numbers not disclosed)
Thai %not disclosed
Japanese %less than 5%
DepartmentEarly Childhood Center(ECC)・Elementary・Junior High・High school
Age of students3 years old or older - under 18 years old
School AccreditationWe offer a balanced U.S. curriculum that includes Common Core, Massachusetts state standards, and educational standards from the College Board (AP). Certified by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), ISAT and EARCOS, and ONESQA.
[See detailed curriculum]
One-Time Fees for New Enrolling StudentApplication/Evaluation Fee: non-refundable = 5,500 THB
Registration Fee: non-refundable (Family discount available) = 66,000 THB
Book Deposit: refundable =10,000 THB
Damage Deposit: refundable = 20,000 THB
TUITION FEE (per year)
・Early Childhood Center (K1-K3) 242,000 THB
・Elementary School (Grade 1-5) 350,000 THB
・Middle School (Grade 6-8)   396,000 THB
・High School (Grade 9-12)    414,000 THB

More detail[CLICK HERE]

A Sibling discount of 6,000 THB per student, per semester, is available for families with two (2) or more children. This discount is not applicable to the first child entering NIS.
Tuition Fee for Elementary Program (Grade 1-5) is inclusive of ELS (English Language Support).
Early Childhood Center (K1-K3) Tuition Fee includes daily meals: breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
Elementary School (G1-G5) and Academic Access Program Junior Program Tuition Fee includes daily buffet lunch.
Tuition fees are inclusive of accident insurance (20,000 THB per accident) and basic dental insurance for all students.
All tuition/fees must be paid in full no later than (7) working days prior to the student starting school (Monday – Friday, NIS holidays excluded).
The above information is subject to change. NIS reserves the right to change the fees structure without prior notice.
Address240 Moo 6 San Phi Sua Muang Chiang Mai 50300
Tel(+66) 53 110 680 ext. 0

Age/Grade/School year (Japan) quick reference table (Academic Year 2024-2025 version)

AgeBirthdayNIS ClassNIS DepartmentJapan
3+2020/9/1 - 2021/8/31Early Leaner (K1)ECC DepartmentKindergarten children
4+2019/9/1 - 2020/8/31Pre-School (K2)ECC DepartmentKindergarten year round
5+2018/9/1 - 2019/8/31Kindergarten (K3)ECC DepartmentKindergarten senior
6+2017/9/1 - 2018/8/31Grade 1Elementery School1st grade elementary school
7+2016/9/1 - 2017/8/31Grade 2Elementery School2nd grade elementary school
8+2015/9/1 - 2016/8/31Grade 3Elementery School3rd grade elementary school
9+2014/9/1 - 2015/8/31Grade 4Elementery School4th grade elementary school
10+2013/9/1 - 2014/8/31Grade 5Elementery School5th grade elementary school
11+2012/9/1 - 2013/8/31Grade 6Elementery School6th grade elementary school
12+2011/9/1 - 2012/8/31Grade 7Middle School1st year junior high school
13+2010/9/1 - 2011/8/31Grade 8Middle School2nd year junior high school
14+2009/9/1 - 2010/8/31Grade 9Middle School3rd year junior high school
15+2008/9/1 - 2009/8/31Grade 10High School1st year high school student
16+2008/9/1 - 2009/8/31Grade 11High School2nd year high school student
17+2007/9/1 - 2008/8/31Grade 12High School3rd year high school student

*Japanese grades are for reference only. If you wish to enroll in NIS, please refer to the grade that corresponds to your date of birth.

Actual School View

NIS was established in 1993, but the grounds inside are more spacious and well-maintained than you might imagine from the entrance. A good education comes from a good environment. Children are actively engaged in activities in a safe environment surrounded by rich nature.

The height of the desks and chairs in the canteen is set according to the growth of the children.
"We Say Please and Thank You" A message to remember to be grateful to those who serve our food. You can see the school's educational policy.

A classroom for 3 to 5 year olds (K1 to 3), called the Early Childhood Center (ECC). Although it was closed on the day I visited, I got the impression that it was well-organized and very clean.

Here is the school's official YouTube introduction video. Please note that NIS video is open to the public with the consent of the students' parents.

Classrooms for Grade 1 and above, which correspond to elementary school students. In addition to language classes and a library, there are also plenty of facilities for art, music, and sports.

NIS also focus on music and dance, and concerts are held several times a year and are open to the public.

Click here for concerts held in March 2024! The venue is the auditorium.

How was it? Did you feel the warm and international atmosphere of NIS?

Despite having a history of over 30 years, the building was in very good condition and gave the impression that it was well-maintained. Isn't this a wonderful school where you can feel safe sending your child and receive an international education?

About VISA

Once your child has taken and passed the entrance exam and paid the necessary tuition fees, the team will take care of the following:

  • Preparing the necessary documents for your child's ED visa application.
  • Preparation of documents required for guardian visa for father/mother (one guardian per child).

Visa-related costs will be estimated separately.

However, NIS VISA team only support the documents required by the school when obtaining a visa at the Thai Embassy in Japan before enrolling.
For details, please check the article and link below.
(Parent visa for minor students: Japanese content only)

How to Apply

The application itself is done [online], but if you have any questions beforehand, please feel free to contact us.



Seeing is believing, so many people bring their children along for a tour. In that case, please contact us as well. We will provide you with the best schedule and reasonable proposal.


過ごしやすく魅力的なチェンマイ。ノマドの聖地としても知られ、オンラインワークにも最適。 都会に比べ、コスト面・メンタル環境など、さまざまな面でのメリットがチェンマイにはあります。 そのチェンマイで新しいビジネスを興したい方々の関心も増しております。 当方はチェンマイ在住歴の長い日本人が、その豊富な地域のネットワーク・人脈を活かして、以下の目的の視察に対応しております。 ビジネス目的の視察 ロングステイ・教育移住目的の視察 視察の実績 日本公的団体による市場調査 日本中小企業向けの海外進出先として、チェンマイの市場に着目し現地小売販売の調査のため視察。 現地小売店舗の見学や日本製品輸入販売業者との面会などのアポ、同行、通訳などを行いました(2023年)。 ロングステイの変更先としてチェンマイの視察 マレーシアでロングステイ中のご夫妻が、チェンマイへの移住を検討。 マレーシア政府の方針転換により、ロングステイのコストが右肩上がりとなり、終活までを含めてチェンマイへの移住を検討するご夫妻の視察同行をいたしました。(2022年) 教育移住先としてチェンマイの視察 お子さんの国際感覚を磨くための教育環境を求めて、親子でチェンマイ視察 オンラインワークで生計を立てているご両親から、お子さんの国際感覚を磨き英語教育も日本語教育もできる環境としてチェンマイを視察。学校見学・物件探しのお手伝いと内覧、補習校視察までのお手伝い(2023-2024)。 ご相談・お問い合わせについて 以下の専用フォームからお申し込みください。

We also take care of the properties necessary for relocation.

When moving to Chiang Mai for education, one of the most important factors is where you live.

Currently, there are no Japanese real estate properties in Chiang Mai. As a result, it is often difficult for individuals to search for one on their own.

Encountering a property is a world of luck and timing. By leveraging our extensive network of contacts, we obtain information from multiple reliable real estate agents and support you in making the best choice.

Please also contact us using the contact information above.