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Lower-Secondary/Middle School

Chiang Rai International School’s Middle School Program follows the Common Core Standards, California State Standards and Singapore Math. The curriculum framework has been modified to meet international standards and is relevant to the school’s unique region and student demographics. The program consists of four core subjects: ELA, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, plus the following co-curricular subjects: Physical Education, Music, Art, Chinese, ICT, Bible, and Thai Language and Culture. The school also offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities to all grade levels and age groups.

Common Core: “The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) represent a coherent progression of learning expectations in English language arts and mathematics designed to prepare K–12 students for college and career success. The standards define the knowledge and skills students should have in their K–12 education, emphasize learning goals, describe end-of-year expectations and focus on results leaving room for teachers to determine how these learning goals should be achieved. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful in future endeavors.”

ELA: The CRIS Middle School ELA curriculum focuses on developing overall comprehension, critical thinking skills, writing, listening and speaking.

Math: CRIS believes that learning should be engaging and meaningful. At the Middle School level, teachers focus on building the fundamental math skills for High School studies. Concepts are introduced in a progressive manner for students to build upon.

Science: The CRIS Middle School science program is designed for students to develop an understanding of scientific processes. Students explore varying science disciplines through inquiry, investigation, and follow-up. Students are encouraged to apply scientific knowledge in real life situations and work together to solve problems. The Middle School offers Earth Science, Life Science and Physical Science.

Social Studies: The CRIS social studies curriculum offers students the opportunity to explore the foundations of human history, discover physical and cultural geography, and develop awareness of global issues. Social justice, diversity and the study of the consequences of decision-making are emphasized.

Academic Learning Period: The Academic Learning period is scheduled twice a week for fifty minutes per instance. This pilot program began in the Spring of 2016 Semester. The paramount goal is to provide academic support services and learning extension to Middle School students. During this period, students have opportunities to engage in support or extension, as well as ELD classes depending on individual needs. Core subject area teachers are available during this time to work with students in small groups targeting individual student’s needs.

Upper-Secondary/High School

Chiang Rai International School’s High School Program follows the Common Core Standards and California State Standards. The curriculum framework has been modified to meet international standards and is relevant to the school’s unique region and student demographics. The program consists of four core subjects: ELA, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, plus the following co-curricular subjects: Physical Education, Music, Art, Chinese, ICT, Bible, Thai Language and Culture and other electives. The school also offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities to all grade levels and age groups.

Common Core: “The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) represent a coherent progression of learning expectations in English language arts and mathematics designed to prepare K–12 students for college and career success. The standards define the knowledge and skills students should have in their K–12 education, emphasize learning goals, describe end-of-year expectations and focus on results leaving room for teachers to determine how these learning goals should be achieved. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful in future endeavors.”

ELA: The CRIS High School ELA curriculum focuses on developing overall comprehension, critical thinking skills, writing, listening and speaking. It also integrates rhetorical and persuasive skills, composition techniques, research methods, and literary criticism.

Math: CRIS believes that learning should be engaging and meaningful. At the High School level, courses are rigorous and designed to prepare students for eventual university coursework. High School math includes: Geometry, Algebra 1 & 2, and Calculus.

Science: The CRIS High School science program is designed for students to develop an in-depth understanding of the application of scientific processes. Students explore varying science disciplines through inquiry, investigation, and follow-up. Students are encouraged to apply scientific knowledge in real life situations and work together to solve problems. The High School offers: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Social Studies: The CRIS social studies curriculum offers students the opportunity to explore the significance of turning points in human history, apply physical and cultural geography, and develop awareness of global issues. Social justice, diversity and the study of the consequences of decision-making are emphasized. High school classes includes: World History 1 & 2, Economics and Global Citizenship.