School Life

Boarding life at PIA

The communal living experience created at PIA provides all residents over the age of 13 with a truly welcoming, unique ‘home away from home’. Boarding at PIA is about growing together, bonding with friends from around the world and excelling in both academic and other activities under the supervision of our teachers, coaches and mentors.

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Our boarding options are extremely flexible, which means that we can easily cater for each individual student’s specific requirements. Attendees can either enrol as full-time boarders for seven days per week, or as weekly boarders for five days per week, between Monday and Friday.

All boarding students attend an orientation programme at the beginning of August, before they begin their studies. This programme serves as a means of orientating students to Phuket International Academy and Thanyapura, and eases students’ transition into the residential community. Core components include:

  • Developing strategies to prepare each student for academic success;
  • The opportunity for students to settle into their accommodation and make new friends;
  • Personalised, intensive practice in English language communication for those who would benefit;
  • An assessment of each student’s speaking, listening and writing skills;
  • Excursions to show students the sights of Phuket Island and put them at ease in their new environment;
  • Sports training induction for those students in the high performance sports programme.
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Diverse extra-curricular activities

Many PIA students participate in the Thanyapura After School Sports Programme, which offers each child access to international-standard sporting facilities and programmes and caters for all levels of ability. Regardless of whether a student is learning a new skill or developing as an elite junior athlete, our Thanyapura Programme can help them to improve and excel in their chosen sport.

The sporting activities offered to students at PIA include:

  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Field Hockey
  • Beach volleyball
  • Gymnastics
  • Yoga
  • Table Tennis
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Mix Martial Arts
  • Surf Club
  • Middle School Sports Festival

Those who are keen to immerse themselves in more creative activities are encouraged to become involved with the Phuket Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA), which is operated by Phuket’s well-known Legend Music Recording Studio. Providing students with outstanding extra-curricular music, dance and drama tuition, PAPA lessons range from Early Music development (3-7 years) and Drama to Hip Hop and Ballet for Beginners.

IB World School

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, PIA is dedicated to cultivating tolerance and cross-cultural understanding among its students. We place a huge amount of emphasis on our mission of “creating a sustainable future”, an objective which is actively encouraged among students, teachers and parents alike through the initiation of various community and environmental projects.