HEI Schools bringing world-class K-12 education to Phuket

HEI Schools, together with its licensed partner Kajonkiet Group, the largest education operator in Phuket, is expanding its early childhood education offering to primary and secondary level. The school will adopt an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum framework that aligns with the Finnish holistic learning approach. The school aims to offer education that equips the students with 21st-century skills and competences. This initiative marks a significant step in Kajonkiet Group’s and HEI Schools mission to transform Thai education through the introduction of the HEI Schools holistic Finland-inspired K-12 program.

Fully holistic K12 education under trusted HEI Schools brand

HEI Schools CEO & VP of Kajonkiet signing the K12 agreement

“This expansion is more than just building a new school  – it's our promise to create a full holistic educational journey from early childhood to high school. We believe that learning isn't just for a certain age or stage; it's a lifelong adventure of gaining knowledge, growing as persons, and finding our way in the world ”, Inkeri CEO of HEI Schools explained 

HEI Schools' curriculum and pedagogy, inspired by Finnish education principles, emphasizes competences such as critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity. This approach, coupled with the adoption of the recognized IB program's rigorous academic standards and international perspective, reflects the commitment to delivering a holistic and forward-thinking education. 

“We are not merely adopting the IB methodology; we are integrating it seamlessly into our educational fabric, ensuring our students receive an education that is universally respected and academically robust,” says Permkiat Ketkul, Vice President of Kajonkiet School Group. “This approach allows us to maintain the high standards set by the IB while infusing it with HEI Schools innovative approach to learning.”, he continued.

Preparing Students for Today's World

HEI Schools Phuket students

The main objective of the K-12 program at HEI Schools Phuket is to prepare students for the complexities of the contemporary world. This involves a curriculum that goes beyond traditional classroom instruction, emphasizing project-based learning, collaboration, leadership skills, and the integration of technology. The program also focuses on exposing students to diverse cultures, sustainability, and ethical decision-making, aiming to produce graduates who are knowledgeable, empathetic, and equipped to make positive contributions to society.

"The integration of technology, exposure to diverse cultures, and a focus on sustainability and ethical decision-making ensures that our graduates are not just knowledgeable, but are also empathetic, forward-looking, and equipped with the tools to create a positive impact." Mr. Ketkul explains.  

HEI Schools K12 Concept (7)

The upcoming HEI Schools kindergarten in Phuket, set to open in August 2024, is designed to be a modern early learning facility capable of accommodating up to 160 children. The kindergarten facility will already host some primary classes, and the dedicated Primary School facility will open in August 2027. At a later stage, HEI Phuket’s Secondary School facility will open in 2030. As a complete school, HEI Schools Phuket will have the capacity to accommodate 600-700 children in the region.  




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About HEI Schools K12 Concept

The HEI Schools K12 concept provides a comprehensive international education from early years to high school, integrating Finnish educational principles with the International Baccalaureate (IB) framework. It emphasizes holistic learning, academic excellence, and student well-being. The program includes unique Finnish-inspired subjects, curated educational technology, and specialized teacher training. HEI Schools are globally recognized, with successful implementations in multiple countries, offering a blend of Finnish pedagogy and IB standards to prepare students for future challenges. For more details, visit HEI Schools K12 Concept.

About HEI Schools Curriculum and Pedagogy 

HEI Schools stands out for its curriculum and pedagogy, deeply rooted in the latest educational research and Finnish pedagogical approaches. In collaboration with the experts from the University of Helsinki,  the curriculum and pedagogy is designed to foster creativity, critical thinking, and a love for lifelong learning in a child-centered environment. At the heart of HEI Schools’ pedagogy is the belief that every child is unique and learns differently, and with support, we all can flourish. The approach combines physical activity, arts, and academics in a seamless and engaging manner, ensuring that children are prepared not just academically, but also socially and emotionally for the world of tomorrow. Drawing inspiration from nature, sustainability, and global cultures, HEI Schools aims to cultivate respectful, curious, and innovative minds. 

About Kajonkiet School Group 

Kajonkiet School Group is a private educational institution in Thailand that operates several campuses in the Phuket area. The group aims to provide high-quality education from early childhood to secondary levels, following both the Thai national curriculum and international standards. The schools emphasize a well-rounded education, incorporating academic excellence, physical development, and moral values. Kajonkiet School Group offers modern facilities, experienced teachers, and various extracurricular activities to support the holistic development of its students. Currently, there are 12 branches of schools under the group with the total number of around 6,000 students and over 1,000 educators. 

About International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum 

The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum stands as a globally recognized educational framework that encourages students to think critically, independently, and inquisitively. Unlike traditional educational models, the IB program places a significant emphasis on students not just learning facts, but understanding their context in the global landscape. This curriculum is designed to develop well-rounded students with an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge, who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically. The IB's unique approach includes the Diploma Programme (DP) for students aged 16-19, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for those aged 11-16, and the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 3-12, ensuring a continuous and comprehensive education path. At the core of the IB philosophy is the aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who are motivated to succeed and prepared to make meaningful contributions in a complex and rapidly changing world.