Senior School

The Senior School at Prem is the learning center for almost three hundred students representing over thirty five nationalities.

Middle School Programme

Our newly created middle school is driven by a three part plan that focusses on development of student identity, student well-being, and the teaching & learning practices to support this. Emphasis is placed upon exploration, building curiosity and taking appropriate risks to develop creative and innovative understanding of content.

High School Programme

As students transition to high school we continue to build upon these elements and plan our learning to be fully connected across disciplines.  We focus on further developing the IB Learner Profile attributes and required content so that students are fully equipped to tackle either the IB Diploma or the IB Career Related Programme.

Distributed Leadership

Distributed leadership is our mantra as we aim to ensure that all members of our learning community contribute to the leadership of the school. Student Council members take the lead in this effort but it does not end with them.  We believe that every member of our community has the ability and responsibility to share in the leadership of our school.

A Word From Our Senior School Principal

Welcome to the Senior School at Prem! Our Vision is: “Educating global citizens who strive for excellence, live sustainably, lead responsibly, celebrate diversity, and whose integrity champions a just and more peaceful world.” It is much more than a set of words on a wall. We are continually working to ensure that all we do brings life and meaning to these ideas. It is our belief our entire community must share in both the responsibility for, and benefit of, achieving our vision.

Our three International Baccalaureate Programmes: Middle Years (MYP), Diploma (DP), and Career Related (CP), combined with our extensive Exploria co-curricular programme, are the vehicles with which we will drive, dare we say fly, to reach our goals of developing highly independent, effective, well balanced and fulfilled learners across all our grades 6-12.

Service learning projects are an ideal platform to develop all of these skills and attributes and Prem senior school supports our students to innovate, create and take action in areas of service so that they can both build their skills and contribute to a sustainable future.

To support all of this resilience is key.  The more resilient our students are the more likely they are to strive for excellence.  Our International Award programme is a core element of further developing resilience in our early high school students and builds highly confident, independent and resilient people ready and able to tackle any challenge.

Paul Sebastian, Senior School Principal

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The International Award is an exciting self-development program available to all young people worldwide equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and their world. To date over there are some 1.1 million young people from over 140 countries participating in the Award. More information about the Duke of Edinburgh Award here.

A Word From Our Senior

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A Word From Our Senior 

Student Council
Shalev Benita

Shalev Benita

“The Student Council is an integral part of our school community because it allows the students to have an influence on their education and school lives. The Student Council acts as a means for students to get their ideas heard and implemented in the school. As President, I will do everything in my power to be an effective leader who listens to the students, leads by example and represents the student body effectively. As a whole, the Student Council is where students can collaborate. develop leadership abilities and learn to take initiative. We as officers are here to support the student council members in doing so.”
Shalev Benita , President

Jaewook (Alvin) Shin

Jaewook (Alvin) Shin

“I will do my best to represent the school and the student body. I believe that we as Prem students can develop our school even further. I am going to be a good model of what Prem students ought to be.”
Jaewook (Alvin) Shin, Vice President

Worayada (Pam) Pitakanonda

Worayada (Pam) Pitakanonda

“I will strive to be a responsible leader and an effective communicator, and I will do my best to keep our community informed. I believe that the strength of a community lies within the bonds between its members, and I believe that if we all work together, we can grow even more and become the school we aspire to be”
Worayada (Pam) Pitakanonda, Secretary

Nattanit (Ma-Meaw) Wangsiriluk

Nattanit (Ma-Meaw) Wangsiriluk

“I am a trustworthy person and I will ensure that the money raised in Student Council will be used effectively and efficiently. I believe that building a stronger community is the key to community development and I will do my best to ensure our earnings are used to strengthen this.”
Nattanit (Mameaw) Wingsiriluk, Treasurer

Senior School Programmes

Middle Years Program (MYP)

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Curriculum

  • An international curriculum drawing on current pedagogy
  • Subject groups linked by conceptual understandings and areas of interaction
  • Progression of skills development including both subject specific and approaches to learning skills

Faculty

  • Many subject specialists
  • Many teachers with specialized MYP training, including trained workshop leaders and moderators

Facilities

  • Well-equipped drama, music and visual arts rooms
  • A commitment to Mac computer technology and the development of design technology suite with specialised tools
  • Spacious science laboratories and the opportunity to take learning outside to access our rich environmental learning opportunities
  • Physical Education with multiple sports fields and an Olympic-sized swimming pool

Offerings

  • Two levels of mathematics
  • English and Thai offered from beginners to first language levels
  • Academic English Programme (AEP) students are phased into the MYP in a structured and supported manner
  • French, Mandarin, and Korean at a variety of levels to support emerging learners and to extend our top students
  • Health as a dedicated component of our physical education program
  • Days Out and week-long camps to take learning out of the school setting
The Full IB Diploma Programme

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We are proud to offer three courses for the last two years of schooling; the full IB Diploma Programme and the IB Career Related Programme (IBCP).

We are one of just three four-programme and 200 three-programme IB schools in the world. The PYP and MYP are for three to sixteen year old students. We believe it is important this continues for our sixteen to nineteen year olds.

The full IB Diploma Programme

In addition to the three core elements of Theory of Knowledge (ToK), an extended essay and creativity, action, service (CAS), students take six subjects. Three must be at the higher level (HL) with 240 hours of instruction and three subjects may be at standard level (SL) with 150 hours of instruction.

Subjects we typically offer:

English A Literature, English A Language & Literature, Thai A Language & Literature, Korean A Language & Literature, Self-Taught A Language & Literature
English B, French B, Mandarin ab initio, Spanish ab initio
Economics, Geography, History, Psychology
Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Societies & Systems, Physics
Maths HL, Maths SL, Maths Studies SL
Music, Theatre, Visual Arts

IB Diploma Programme courses

Students take a minimum of five standard level (SL) subjects plus CAS plus an approaches to learning course shared with the IBCP students.

To support those students who may transfer between IB schools, may be competitive athletes or may want subject combinations that we are unable to accommodate, we offer the full range of available Diploma Programme courses online.

With great support from our College / Career Counsellor, students select the IB programme course and combination of subjects which both interests and challenges them as well as meeting college/university requirements. We are very proud of the variety of courses and colleges/universities around the world that our students gain entry to.

We are also very proud of our qualified and experienced diploma teachers, many of whom illustrate their commitment to their own learning as well as to the IB programmes by being IB subject examiners and workshop leaders.

Career Related Programme (IBCP)

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Now its fourth year at Prem, International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) is starting to gain attention internationally. It is one of only about 60 programs globally and the first in Asia, Prem is uniquely positioned to offer something to IB students that few other schools can. The IBCP is an exciting opportunity for Prem students to gain prestigious IB credentials while studying something they are particularly passionate about.

The IBCP is a two-year program for students in grades 11 and 12 that includes many of the same elements as the Diploma Programme: at least two IB Diploma level courses, a Reflective Project, an approaches to learning skills component, an emphasis on language development and involvement in community and service. These four components are known as the ‘IBCP Core’. In addition, students study a specific vocational program of particular interest.

Is the IBCP a good fit for me?

What makes the IBCP special is its career-related course focus.

How does the IBCP compare to the IB Diploma Programme?

The IBCP is similar to the normal IB Diploma Programme (DP) in that it offers the academic rigor colleges demand and respect, but is more dynamic allowing students to get industry standard training and coursework in a specific field before university. When a student graduates from the IBCP Programme, they leave with many authentic experiences and a rich and diverse profile.

What is BTEC?

The Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) is a British education organization which awards vocational qualifications to students completing their course of study. Completion of the course is equivalent to other qualifications such as the GCSE A Levels (3). PTIS has carefully selected courses it thinks will benefit students and that Prem can deliver effectively. In addition to the IBCP Core, (mentioned above), students complete 13 or 14 BTEC courses in their chosen field.

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What can I do with my IBCP degree after school?

The detailed knowledge, skills and understanding gained from studying the Diploma Programme courses, the IBCP core and the career-related study provide opportunities such as:

  • Higher education: the mix of career-related skills combined with the knowledge and skills obtained from studying the Diploma Programme courses allows students access to higher education institutions such as universities and colleges.
  • Further education: students may wish to continue their education at educational institutions that specialise in their chosen field of study.
  • Apprenticeships: in many countries apprenticeship schemes are available where students are given on-the-job training as well as classroom instruction in a particular craft or trade.
  • Direct Employment: the transferable skills fostered in the approaches to learning (ATL course, combined with the specific knowledge and skills developed in the student’s career-related studies, provide the opportunity for students to move directly into employment in their chosen field.

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“The IBCP is really the best of both worlds,” says program director Michael Galligan. “It combines the framework, recognition and accountability of the IB with a dynamic and powerful career-related focus of particular interest to the student.”

Looking ahead

Please contact IBCP Coordinator Nicole Duhig (nicoled@ptis.ac.th if you would like more information on this exciting course at Prem.

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Achievement

Our daughter started 14 years ago at Prem. Besides well-appointed facilities, she’s had consistently good teachers and high-achieving peers. Prem has provided the well-rounded education to become a well-informed, socially conscious young adult, with skills to further her education and pursue morally just causes.

June Unland, Prem Parent

Other Cultures

I like Prem because it’s a diverse school with a lot of different people from different places. I got to learn more about other cultures from around the world. I also like Prem because it gave me many unforgettable memories with my friends and classmates.

Salintip (Sai Mai) Novak, Grade 8

Inspiration

Prem is an amazing community that inspires students to strive for their best through a range of academic, physical, creative and service experiences. Professionally, I’ve never been given as many opportunities to grow. By fostering the ideals of IB’s philosophy and the school’s vision, Prem inspires us to be better people.

Steve Service, Prem Teacher

Vision. Educating global citizens who strive for excellence, live sustainably, lead responsibly, celebrate diversity, and whose integrity champions a just and more peaceful world.
Mission. We are a community that challenges its members to act as compassionate, knowledgeable and principled global citizens: working together for a sustainable future and inspired by meaningful relationships, continuous learning and good thinking.
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Prem Tinsulanonda International School | 234 Moo 3, Tambon Huay Sai, Amphur Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand | +66 (0) 53 301 500 | accredited by IB, OPEC, NEASC, ISAT, BSA, ONESQA, CIS

Prem Tinsulanonda International School | 234 Moo 3, Tambon Huay Sai, Amphur Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand | +66 (0) 53 301 500