OUR VISION

Ruamrudee International School will be known globally as a hallmark of international education, nurturing intellectual development, moral character, and physical well-being, while fostering compassion through action and shaping the lives of tomorrow’s leaders.

OUR MISSION

Ruamrudee International school is a Catholic school that provides an interfaith, inclusive, and academically rigorous education for students to be balanced, successful, and compassionate individuals.

OUR PRINCIPLES (Principles of Phoenix a.k.a PoPs)

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PreK

Our PreKindergarten program starts with our youngest RIS students—our 2-year-olds. RIS is proud of our brand new PreK 2 facilities, comprising three repurposed houses, each designed to mimic a home with purpose-specific rooms and common areas. This helps to give the students a gentle introduction to school in a warm and welcoming environment. From PreK 2 our students move to the main elementary building for PreK 3 and PreK 4, where a smooth transition is guaranteed in our newly renovated classrooms designed specifically for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Early Childhood is a very specialized area within education, requiring very special teachers. All of our PreK teachers are certified and trained in Early Childhood education. Each grade level (PreK 2, 3, and 4) has a certified Early Childhood Special Educator on its team as well as Instructional Aides, and they all assist in meeting the children’s developmental needs. Teachers are trained in the Reggio Emilia approach to learning and continue to study with ongoing professional development. RIS believes in a low teacher-to-student ratio, and this is especially important for our PreKindergarten students. PreK 2 classrooms are limited to 12 students with 3 adults in each room. PreK 3 classrooms are limited to 12 students with 2 adults in each room, and PreK 4 is limited to 14 students with 2 adults in each room.

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Elementary

Elementary School includes our youngest students, from PreKindergarten 2 up to grade 5. These are especially crucial years for building a strong educational foundation. RIS provides a rigorous academic program that integrates students’ social and emotional development. All of our elementary school teachers are highly qualified and certified within their specific subject areas. Many of our teachers have additional certifications in reading, language development, and learning support. But that is not what makes ES such a special place; it is the warm, caring environment that facilitates learning and builds character, preparing our students for middle school, high school, college, and life. We take pride in nurturing the student-centered learning environment we provide for our children.

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Middle School

The goal in the middle school (MS) is to develop students who are creative, compassionate, problem solvers. MS students have the opportunity to explore an abundance of interesting and challenging courses that develop the critical-thinking skills necessary for success in the IB and AP programs in high school. All middle school courses are enriched by a 1:1 student-to-device laptop program.

Our focus is on skill-building, project-based learning in which students examine topics ranging from effective communication and digital citizenship to empathy and how to manage stress. This approach supports the students’ academic development, social-emotional needs, and their global-mindedness, as well as helps them understand the connections between their world at school and the world at large. The middle school also emphasizes the importance of students building genuine, positive relationships with their peers and teachers.

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High School

In high school (HS), our academic program is dedicated to preparing students for success at the university level and beyond by fulfilling our mission to graduate “successful, balanced, and compassionate individuals.” Our teachers structure courses and lessons to make sure students are engaged and challenged and to help them become independent learners. Our four full-time high school counselors work closely with our students to educate and prepare them for admission to higher education facilities. Current students and RIS alumni have an impressive record of matriculating to the top colleges and universities around the world.

For many decades, RIS has offered both Advanced Placement (AP) classes and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program. We are one of only a handful of schools in Southeast Asia to offer students both of these world-class programs. RIS students continue to achieve some of the best IB and AP results, not only in Thailand but far exceeding world averages. Our 1:1 laptop program and diverse learning platforms allow students to develop and hone the skills they need now and as they move toward the future, namely critical thinking, collaboration, Internet literacy, innovation, and technological fluency.

In combination with the high school’s focus on academics, RIS continues to emphasize character education and a commitment to global citizenship and responsibility. Beyond the classroom, the majority of our students choose to participate in competitive athletic programs, performing and visual arts, academic competitions in various subject areas, and diverse clubs, many of which focus on community service. Ultimately, the high school experience at RIS centers on developing the attributes and achievements that each student needs to meet his or her goals and aspirations.

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Counseling Services

The primary goal of our school counseling services is to promote and enhance student learning through the three broad, interrelated areas of student development: academic, personal, and social.

The counselors at RIS provide a variety of services, including whole-class, small-group, and individual support. During individual sessions, a counselor and student work together one-on-one on a program or topic of interest. A face-to-face meeting with a counselor builds trust and allows a student to freely explore his or her ideas, feelings, and behaviors. School counselors always respect the rights, integrity, and welfare of our students.

School counselors provide consulting services and welcome meetings with parents, teachers, and administrators to discuss and advise on any matter concerning a student’s personal and academic welfare.

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At RIS, we spend time getting to know each of our children and how they learn best through our Student Study teams, comprising teachers, administrators, counselors, and the school psychologist. When a student with issues related to academic achievement and/or behavior is referred by a Student Study team, our school psychologists carry out psychological and educational evaluations in collaboration with the student and his/her teachers and parents. An evaluation provides information about a student’s academic, cognitive, and social-emotional development. These details then inform the development of an individual plan to support the student in any identified areas of need.

School psychologists also provide counseling and consultation services for teachers, administrators, parents, and students on matters concerning children and young people, family, and education. Our school psychologists work in collaboration with external mental health professionals from the wider community.

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English Language Development

The English Language Development Program (ELDP) recognizes that one of the top priorities in a quality international education is the attainment of an academic-level of English fluency. English language learners are designated by their level of proficiency, from beginner to advanced, and each level requires matched instructional strategies to facilitate rapid skill development. At RIS, ELD students are immersed in a rich English-speaking environment and selectively enrolled in core mainstream subjects to give them frequent opportunities to interact with classmates and teachers. ELD students also get individualized help in study support classes to accelerate their academic success.

Small-group pull-out and language support classes provide specialized learning time where content instruction and the development of English skills are closely integrated. Push-in support gives English language learners help within mainstream classes.

RIS uses MAP NWEA and WIDA MODEL testing to track progress in English skills development. Students who progress to higher proficiency levels receive adapted curriculum and assessment accommodations based on their individual needs throughout the year.

Click here to learn how the ELD program at RIS is further tailored to each section—ES, MS, and HS—to meet the specific needs of students at different ages and developmental stages.

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Learning Support

The Learning Support program, from PreK to grade 12, is designed to help students develop skills, access the general school curriculum, reach their potential, and realize their ambitions. The program is based on the belief that students vary in their level of ability, achievement, motivation, and interest, and that individuals learn best with programs that provide challenges in a supportive and stimulating environment.

Students who find it difficult to achieve success at school need support. They may develop negative attitudes about themselves and not feel as capable as their classmates or siblings. The Learning Support program helps students to be confident and to build on their successes, despite having an identified learning difficulty in key academic areas such as reading, writing and mathematics.

When teachers raise concerns about a student’s progress, students are brought into the program through a team approach that involves parents, teachers, the counselor, and the school psychologist. Upon referral, a full psychological and educational evaluation of academic, cognitive, and social-emotional strengths and needs is completed and discussed with parents and teachers prior to being enrolled in Learning Support. Exiting from the program also requires a similar assessment.

Our Learning Support program is focused on a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP), which has been developed collaboratively with the student, parents, teachers, counselors, psychologists, learning support teachers, and speech therapist. Each student has a Learning Support teacher to keep track of their progress. Students’ needs are met in the mainstream classroom with Learning Support and core content teachers working together.

Curriculum & Innovation

RIS is committed to excellence through creativity and inspiration. We strive to develop balanced, successful, and compassionate thinkers who seek to make a difference in the world around them.

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Each year we host a TEDx event that includes student presenters from elementary, middle, and high school. A TEDx event is a local gathering where live TED-like talks and videos recorded at the event and are shared with the community. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. Topics this year ranged from service learning to overcoming fears to the importance of recycling.

RIS believes that students learn best in an environment where classes and programs are structured around an intellectually stimulating curriculum that is suited to each student’s ability, achievement, motivation, and interest. We offer students choice in pursuing their unique interests through a wide variety of challenging, standards-based courses that allow for their creativity and interests to flourish.

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MS takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. At each grade level, we offer authentic and challenging learning experiences. For example, our 6th grade students study Greek life, myths, and culture, which culminates in a cross-curricular Greek Festival. In 7th grade, the Peace Conference pushes students to explore solutions to current world conflicts. Our 8th grade students use their knowledge of statistics and economic laws to create successful businesses, concluding in a marketplace where they connect and form business partnerships.

Our core curriculum is based on the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards, including NGSS for science, NCAS for the arts, the SHAPE standards for PE, and the ACTFL standards for languages. Standards-based instruction and assessments provide guidelines to ensure our teaching and learning practices deliberately focus on identified, specific performance-based outcomes.

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The focus in high school is for our students to develop skills that emphasize intercultural understanding, critical thinking, communication, self-management, research, and collaboration to help them be successful for life beyond RIS. One example is the 9th grade Shakespeare Day. This drama unit requires students to read and analyze Romeo and Juliet in the context of the Elizabethan era. Students focus on its dramatic conventions, literary analysis, and connections to character and theme. The final assessment requires students to adapt their knowledge of Romeo and Juliet’s theme, characterization, and writing conventions by creating and performing their own unique interpretations.

Professional Development & Research

We pay more than lip service to the concept of educational excellence and lifelong learning. We actively promote and support the professional growth of our faculty. The primary goal of professional growth is to strengthen our Student Learning Outcomes, also known as our Principles of Phoenix.

We know that an active professional development program is essential in creating a high-quality learning environment. Our staff members take pride in staying current in their skills and knowledge, continually strive to improve their performance, and work to achieve school-wide, divisional, and personal goals. This consistent improvement requires an extensive variety of professional growth opportunities, including workshops, seminars, and courses, and a professional culture of collaborative sharing and support.

RIS supplies both annual and monthly funds for every teacher to pursue professional growth experiences to enhance teaching and learning at RIS. We regularly host on-site workshops and send teachers to national, regional, and international conferences. Our teachers travel all over the world for NESA, EARCOS, and other regional conferences and workshops on topics that focus on an inquiry approach to problem-based learning, visible thinking strategies, and the development of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) centered on the needs of each learner.

Research plays a valuable role in informing our teaching practices and can contribute greatly to improving our approaches to learning.

We use internal and external sources of data to research and support our initiatives and practices. Internally, the evidence we gather is used to monitor the development of our students, classes, grade levels, and other sections in our school to be sure we are working toward and meeting our stated outcomes.

External research serves two functions. Educational literature—such as Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelly, John Hattie’s Visible Learning, and Make It Stick by Peter C. Brown et al.—helps inform our teaching practices. Beyond that, research helps support our innovation initiatives and helps teachers and school leaders address key educational issues.

Instructional Technology

RIS promotes instructional and extracurricular activities that use innovative approaches and technological resources to nurture students’ development. We care how our students grow and mature, therefore we seek to understand the impact technology has on our students’ lives, both in the classroom and outside of it. While RIS views technology as an essential resource, we endeavor to instill a sense of responsibility for its use in our students’ lives—one full of opportunity and distraction. One way we do this is by define purposeful and proper use of technology through comprehensive and applicable Learning Innovation Markers. These markers outline a comprehensive framework that enables students to identify the purposes and skills behind the technology and strategies they use in their learning and their daily lives. Innovation markers integrate and reinforce existing RIS programs and values, such as the IB Learner Profile in high school, the Habits of Mind program in middle school, and the school-wide Principles of Phoenix.

We further define the proper use of technology through our Responsible Use Policy, known as RIS-CARES. This unique policy seeks to guide students’ growth and maturity by building constructive dialogue with students and parents at each section, grade level, and in each class. Our goal is to help families negotiate and practice appropriate digital health so that when our students leave RIS, they have a concrete understanding of how to use available resources and innovative tools in creative ways to contribute unique, long-lasting solutions for their own communities and the world at large.

Assessment Beliefs

Ruamrudee International School believes assessment informs and shapes our learning community, cultivating student growth through purposeful design, evaluation, feedback, reflection, and reporting.

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