Senior School at Prem

Senior School

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

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.

IB Programmes:

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

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.


Shaun Hudson

Senior School Principal

Senior School Teacher Testimonial

Senior School Student interview

Middle School

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

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.

Senior School Programmes

Middle Years Programme
IB Diploma Programme
Career Related Programme

Middle Years Programme (MYP)

  • 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
  • Many subject specialists
  • Many teachers with specialized MYP training, including trained workshop leaders and moderators
  • 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
  • Two levels of mathematics
  • English and Thai offered from beginners to first language levels
  • 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 programme
  • Days Out and week-long camps to take learning out of the school setting

The IB Diploma Programme (DP)

We are one of just a few 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:
  • Group 1: English Language & Literature, Thai Language & Literature, Chinese Language & Literature, Korean Language & Literature, Self-Taught Language & Literature
  • Group 2: English B, French B, Spanish ab initio
  • Group 3: Economics, Geography, History, Business and Management
  • Group 4: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental, Physics
  • Group 5: Math Analytics, Approaches HL, SL Maths Applications, Interpretations HL and SL
  • Group 6: Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Film

IBDP Handbook of Courses

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)

The IBCP (formerly known as IBCC) is the fourth International Baccalaureate Programme and it is aimed at students entering the last two years of High School that have a particular career path in mind. The IBCP allows students to specialise and dedicate themselves to a career path that they know they want to pursue.

IBCP Curriculum Model

The IBCP encompasses some elements of the IB Diploma Programme (DP) within its structure. It also includes the IB’s educational philosophy and mission.

The IBCP has a taught component that comprises of the following:

  • A minimum of two IBDP Courses (up to a maximum of four) at Standard Level or Higher Level
  • A career-related study course
  • A Personal and Professional Skills (PPS) course
  • A Language Development course

The following aspects of the IBCP programme cover the independent learning component of the IBCP course.

  • Reflective Project
  • Service Learning

The IBCP at Prem

The IB Career-Related Program at Prem offers two distinct programs: *Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and ‘SUMAS’

We have a partnership with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), which provides its courses as the Career-Related study over the two years of the IBCP programme.

We also offer Business Sustainability and Leadership in partnership with the Sustainability Management School (SUMAS)– Switzerland. Students investigate cutting-edge business sustainability theories while developing leadership and intercultural skills during their Integrative Project Experience. Through field trips, internships and business insight forums, students explore the individual, company and societal perspectives around issues concerning ethics, policy, culture and economic implications. There is a special focus on eco-tourism and sustainable hospitality to understand how to lead innovative projects and manage people responsibly. This programme complements the vision and ethos of Prem Tinsulanonda International School.

Further information on IBCP is available here

Further information on SCAD is available here

Further information about SUMAS is available: here


*Denotes classes are online and have an additional cost to students

Who should take the IBCP?

Students who know that they want to pursue a career in art or design, computers and Business and Finance are ideally suited to this educational pathway. Students applying to Universities will have a portfolio of their work and completed program certificates along with finishing the challenging demands of the IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses. The IBCP also allows a student to specialise to a degree that is not possible with the IBDP and concentrate on their chosen career.

IBCP Personnel at Prem

Career-related Programme Coordinator, CAS / Service Learning Coordinator, CP Teacher (Business & Sustainability):
Lisa McSweeney

College and Careers Counselor – Dawn Parry

Principal – Jeff Marquis

Support and Guidance

All of Prem’s counseling services and learning enhancement services are available to all our students.

Prem also has a Career and Counselor’s office that fully supports our students with applications to colleges and universities.

IB Courses Information

All courses available to IBDP students are available to IBCP  students ( this does have some Group Restrictions). However, it is important that students take courses that will allow them to successfully pursue their career-related pathway, which may mean meeting requirements for college or university. It is therefore essential that course selection is discussed with the College and Career Counselor.

Further Information

Please contact Ajarn Lisa McSweeney at further details or any questions regarding the IBCP.


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


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