Special Scoop: Chiang Mai International School

 |  February 26, 2013

Imagine a school where students come from all over the world yet they cannot see the differences among each other. That is the general atmosphere at the Chiang Mai International School (CMIS), which prides itself on inclusion and acceptance of all foreign identities, along with continued excellence in education. CMIS is a private school that teaches students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Located conveniently in the heart of Chiang Mai beside the Prince Royal’s College, CMIS is recognized by colleges and universities around the world as a highly reputable school that produces the best and brightest of students. It is often recommended as the school of choice by international consulates.

Just take a walk through campus and you’ll see for yourself why many parents decide to enroll their students at CMIS.

The History

CMIS was established in 1954, but it didn’t have its first official graduating class until 1996. It is considered one of the most academically challenging schools in Chiang Mai, churning out graduates that get accepted to multiple universities abroad, mostly in North America. CMIS graduates have gone on to study in accredited schools in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe, as well as other parts of Asia.

The Students

One of the unique qualities of CMIS is that it maintains a good balance of native and non-native English speakers. Currently among its 460 students, the school represents about 32 nationalities, some of which include the following countries: India, China, South Korea, Thailand, United States, England, Canada, France and Australia. Although the school is based on Christian principles, it welcomes students from various religions and backgrounds in order to promote an open and inclusive environment. This is reflected in the fact that students are not required to wear uniforms.

Because it is a private school with high academic standards, enrollment is highly competitive and based on a student’s overall grades, their level of English communication and their performance on the mandatory standardized tests. However, priority will be given to children of Christian missionary groups and family members of current students.

The Curriculum

The courses at CMIS are taught strictly in English with an international perspective. Until students reach grade seven, they are taught standard courses such as math, science, English, and social studies. Afterwards, students can select from a variety of specialty classes such as music, theatre, dance, art, languages, and physical education among many others. Every year, CMIS holds a musical performance put on by students and attended by parents and members of the community. This year, CMIS will be performing The Music Man on March 1st and 2nd. Tickets can be purchased at the school’s front office for 200 baht.

The Administration and Faculty

Teachers at CMIS are highly qualified instructors who hold degrees from international schools around the world. In fact, some of the staff are actually former students of the school who decided to return to the very place they were taught. Not only do teachers provide students with the lessons and skills required to continue on to post-secondary education, they also play an important role in instilling positive qualities such as inclusion, friendship and good behaviour.

Chiang Mai International School

13 Chetupon Road

(66) (53) 306 152; 242 027; 306 153