- Where is VERSO from?
In a ground-breaking partnership with the global design and innovation firm IDEO, VERSO is the first international school in the world to be designed and built using IDEO’s human-centered design process.
The VERSO project began with a team of designers from IDEO and international educators, who spent 4 months in Bangkok, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Singapore, visiting more than 25 innovative schools, doing extensive field-research, and looking for powerful insights on how to design a school for the future. The result? An innovative international school, designed and constructed from the ground up, offering a cutting-edge approach to learning combined with expansive facilities that will nurture a new generation of visionaries. VERSO’s unique blueprint for learning and its physical design makes it unlike any other school.
The construction of the school began in 2017 with the hiring of the architects, interior designers, contractors and landscape artists. In 2018 we brought a team of Learning Designers to Thailand to build VERSO’s innovative curriculum and prepare the school for its opening in August 2020.
VERSO delivers a beautiful blend of architectural and environmental inspirations that shape new and dynamic student centered learning spaces. The spirals and loops in the architecture give a unique sense of flow and movement.
Located on Bangna-Trad road next to Thana City, VERSO is a joint-venture partnership between U City Plc., an affiliate of BTS Group Holdings and a private investor from Hong Kong.
- What is the meaning of VERSO?
VERSO is the Latin word for the left-sided page in an open book, and alludes to the idea that we have ‘turned the page’ in school design.
We are committed to delivering a highly personalized educational experience for each student, that will ignite their inner passions, inspire creativity and purpose, and develop the skills and mindsets needed for their future.
At VERSO, students will develop a strong sense of personal and cultural identity. They will develop an ability to actively engage with the world around them while gaining the confidence to follow their passions and lead their own journey.
- What is the curriculum at VERSO?
VERSO uses a customized American curriculum model aligned with the New York State Education Department standards. Learning is interdisciplinary, project-based and highly personalized.
Key components of our curriculum include immersive language-learning, human-centered design, digital media arts, and a holistic approach to health, physical activity and well-being.
The school anticipates full accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which will validate the integrity of the school’s program and transcript.
- What is a Learning Designer?
At VERSO we intentionally call our teachers Learning Designers. They are passionate and highly-skilled international educators who work closely with our students to design deeply engaging learning experiences. They are hired for their experiences working in progressive educational models around the world. They work collaboratively in Design Teams, using their diverse talents and skills to create and deliver high impact projects and deep learning experiences for every student.
- What are your class sizes?
VERSO students will be organized into cohorts instead of single grade levels. A cohort combines two grade levels and is served by a dedicated team of teachers coordinated by a Cohort Leader.
VERSO’s curriculum is designed to deliver a highly personalized approach to learning. Students will work in a variety of group settings, including 1-1, small groups, and larger project teams. Our student to teacher ratio ensures that each student receives a high degree of personal attention and individual support. This is an essential piece of VERSO’s educational philosophy.
Teacher-student ratio is 1:8 (not including specialist Learning Designers and Learning Assistants).
Class sizes for Early Years, Lower Loop and Middle Loop during our first academic year are:
- Early Years 2: 10 students
- Early Years 3: 15 students
- Early Years 4: 15 students
- Early Years 5: 20 students
- Grade 1: 24 students
- Grade 2: 24 students
- Grade 3: 24 students
- Grade 4: 24 students
- Grade 5: 24 students
- Grade 6: 24 students
- Grade 7: 24 students
- Grade 8: 24 students
- How are students assessed at VERSO?
At VERSO, assessment goes beyond traditional numbers and letter grades. Learning targets taken from the New York State Education Department standards help us identify goals and expectations for learning.
Our assessment system has been designed to show that student learning is a continuous process. Assessment is always about individual growth and never to compare one student against another. Students are expected to demonstrate their learning through Showtime.
Learning Designers will assess student work using a variety of assessments that measure growth and achievement over time. This enables us to build a detailed learning profile for each student. This information is consistently used by students and teachers to fine-tune the curriculum, celebrate achievement, and identify areas for growth. This information will be accessible to parents through VERSO’s own digital platform, Course Compass.
- How will VERSO prepare my child for university?
A VERSO student will graduate with an accredited high school diploma recognized by universities around the world.
- What is the Mastery Transcript Consortium?
VERSO is part of the Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC), a growing network of schools in the United States and around the world that are introducing a digital high school transcript which will reflect the unique skills, strengths and interests of each learner.
VERSO is currently the first international school in Thailand to join the MTC.
- What is your school calendar?
VERSO’s school year begins in August and ends in June. Each school year comprises 2 semesters: August – December, and January – June. A detailed school calendar can be found here.
- Do you have a uniform?
Yes, we have uniforms and these are available for purchase from our school shop located at Hello@VERSO. The school shop is open weekdays from 7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and from 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. For details please click here.
- What are your school hours?
Monday-Friday: 7:45 am – 2:45 pm
- Does the school provide meals?
Yes. VERSO offers a full catering service that includes a morning snack and lunch, prepared and cooked in our cafeteria’s kitchen and catered by Epicure Catering.
- Do you provide boarding facilities?
We do not currently provide boarding facilities.
- What languages can students learn at VERSO?
Chinese and Thai are the two languages (other than English) that are currently being offered VERSO.
- Will VERSO have school buses?
Yes, we offer school bus service. Please contact the Admissions office for details.
- How can parents be involved in VERSO?
We believe in a culture of volunteering and welcome parents to play an active and supportive role in the school.
We want parents to feel connected and involved. In the Hub, we provide a fully-equipped Parent Lounge designed for collaborating, connecting, and communicating. A range of snacks and beverages are available.
- How will students transition into and out of VERSO?
We can transition students into VERSO from other schools and likewise, we can also transition students out of VERSO to other schools around the world. At VERSO, our Learning Designers will work with students on a close and individual basis to build a complete understanding of each child. Working with families and keeping an open communication are keys in supporting a successful transition.