outdoor environment

One cannot enter the grounds of any of the elc family of schools without being moved by their beauty and scale and experiencing a palpable sense of potential. A garden for learning awaits these children who come to us from more than 30 countries.

Within the ‘natural environment’ some spaces are open, others private, allowing them to play games together or find a sanctuary when they need a little time to themselves. Flowers, trees and plants embrace the ‘built environment’ that provides the setting for the activities underway and send a clear message to the children that this is a place where the adults care about the environment, the school, and them.

This eclectic built environment is a blend of hundred-year-old Lanna houses and Frank Lloyd Wright. One such house that dates back to the era of King Chulalongkorn is now our library, brimming with the enduring classics that children of this age have always loved. Father Time moves slowly within these walls, perhaps because he is so pleased that these masterpieces of ink and paper are being preserved, and that the appreciation of them is being passed on to another generation. The rich teak of the Thai-style houses blends seamlessly with the wood of the purpose-built playground, another reflection of our holistic culture of learning where the accessibility, challenge and scale of each piece of equipment has been specifically designed to support the physical and social development of the children housed within each school.

The music building, reminiscent of the Guggenheim Museum, stands in stark contrast to the traditional architecture, and speaks volumes about our philosophy of education that embraces both the old and the new. Meanwhile, the Magic Garden at our Soi 49 campus, designed by K-ll children, invites all to explore and observe the birds, butterflies, caterpillars, insects, and surprise visitors that frequent this lush habitat. Soccer, basketball chess and checkers are also played here, and there is always a quiet place where the children can work on their own interpretation of Goldsworthy, after which they might stroll over to the Atelier of Water to explore the concepts of pressure and energy or simply splash around on a warm tropical day.