An English boarding school in Thailand! English teachers! Prem is an international boarding and day school in Chang Mai authorized to offer all four International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes. Ranked at the forefront of the world’s very best schools, Prem Tinsulanonda International School is an acclaimed global leader in primary and secondary education. Prem is located in a beautiful valley on the banks of the Mae Rim River in Chiang Mai, adjacent to teak forests, mountains and other natural destinations that can be used for camping, sustainability education programmes and ecotourism.
A leading Co-educational boarding and day International Baccalaureate World School. Providing global competencies required for a future of increasing cross-cultural interdependence, technological change and critical environment change.
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||Located twenty kilometers from Chiang Mai, the campus of the Triadhos Three-Generation Community for Learning was conceived and designed by ML Tridhosyuth Devakul, internationally-recognized environmentalist, architect, interior designer and Thai senator. Originating over thirteen years ago as a small bi-lingual school, Prem and the Triadhos Community now offers a wide range of learning opportunities including the IB International School.
|Campus size and facilities:
The centre of the 100 acre campus is the spacious library and extensive computer centre for student research. An auditorium and an additional amphitheatre each seat 600 and are used for theatre and music performances. Sports facilities provide a full gymnasium, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, table tennis, an exercise room, two short-game golf driving ranges, football field and athletic fields. Three clusters of buildings house the Early Years classroom, Junior School and Sinior School. Each offers ample classrooms, comprehensive science labs and administrative and teacher preparation space. The open-air cafeteria offers nutritious meals for day and boarding students.
||The school meets international standards and practices prescribed by the International Baccalaureate (IB), the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and the Thai Government Ministry of Education (MoE). The school is a member of the International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT), East Asian Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) and of the Boarding Schools Association (BSA).
Name of Director: Mrs Melanie Tennant
Address: 234 Moo 3, T Huay Sai, A Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, 50180 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 53 301500
Fax: +66 (0) 53 301507
Rolling or fixed admission date? Rolling
Application fee: THB 5,000
International application fee: THB 130,000
Cost of tuition
7 days boarding: THB 327,380
5 days boarding: THB 239,680
Day school only cost: 282,280 - 553,800THB
Needs based aid: Offered
Percentage of students receiving some aid: 12%
Average aid awarded: Varied
Percentage of students receiving merit scholarschips: 8%
Average merit scholarschip awarded: 25%
About the school
Long description: Prem embraces the present and the future. Our new strategic plan which focuses on Future Thinking and success for all of our students is driving us forward. Our teachers are caring, dedicated and highly qualified. We develop the whole child in beautiful, natural surroundings and continually offer learning opportunities to promote critical and creative thinking using an inquiry-centered approach. We aim to ignite each child’s passion. We mentor our students to develop leadership qualities and to reach their full potential. Our senior students are accepted into top universities around the world.
Dorm Facilities: At Prem we strive to create a genuine “home from home.” Professional boarding staff members are committed to maintaining an environment where every student feels safe, secure, healthy, are-for and listened-to. Home for all students are shared two- or three-bedroom apartments with ensuite bathrooms. Security guards patrol the apartment clusters and throughout the campus to ensure all students’ safety. Boarding students live and learn from each other by bringing together different cultures, religions and ethnicity. Our boarding has its own curriculum programmes offering diverse activities.
Dress code: Formal
What we offer?
The Senior School is committed to the learning, the success and the happiness of all students. Day and boarding students have the advantage of a variety of learning spaces on campus, in local communities and beyond. Senior students in Grades 6 to 10 follow the IB Middle Years Programme. In Grades 11 and 12 we offer the options of the IB Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate in Sports Management or in Hospitality.
Middle Years students (Grades 6 to 10) take eight subject groups and students learn both within and across the subjects. Required subjects include their mother tongue, a second language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology. Diploma Programme students (Grades 11 and 12), study six courses either at Higher Level or at Standard Level.
Number of teachers and their qualifications: We are an international community with students coming from over thirty-four countries and teachers coming from fifteen countries. Our faculty members hold a range of post-graduate certificates, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctorates. We have approximately sixty-three full time teachers.
Student/teacher ratio: 20:1
Average class size: 25
Number of AP courses offered: N/A
Social life & attractions
||Our boarding students live and learn from each other by bringing together different cultures, religions and ethnicity. They have the opportunity to further their education outside the classroom with: Activity programmes including educational, cultural and fun activities every weekend. A house system that allows for healthy competition between students and opportunities to visit local attractions: shopping malls, walking, temples, waterfalls and elephant sanctuaries.
Student Council, Model United Nations (MUN) Exploria is our after-school co-curricular activity programme available to all students. Exploria aims to expose students to many different possibilities exploring creative, physical, academic and service challenges. We strive to educate the whole person, to help students become healthy, responsible and compassionate citizens. The CAS programme (Creativity Action Service) for Grades 11 and 12 encourages students to share their time, energy and skills with others and to extend their learning through activities outside the confines of the classroom. Students are given time allotment and opportunities to develop their understanding, interests and skills in different areas of creativity, action and service. This includes honing creative talents in music and the arts, extending themselves by playing and coaching in physical activities such as sports, and making a difference to other people's lives through volunteerism and community work.
Sport and culture
||Physical Education (PE) has a new approach at Prem, we teach Health and PE. The curriculum includes a variety of learning experiences including aquatics, athletics, gymnastics, dance, minor games, adventure challenges, team collaboration and health-related activities. The Prem Panthers sports program promotes cooperation, collaboration, fitness, personal responsibility, teamwork, school spirit, and a healthy sense of competition.Athletics and membership on a team provide students with experiences and learning that fosters responsibility and commitment. Students are encouraged to participate and to do their best in practice and competition.
|What we offer?
Sporting facilities include: a full gymnasium, an Olympic-sized swimming pook, tennis and squash courts, table tennis, an exercise room, two short-game golf driving ranges, football and athletic fields. We also have academies in golf, tennis, cricket and football.
|Culture and arts:
Prem has highly-qualified, creative and passionate visual and performing arts teachers, and many visiting and residential artists and performers are welcomed each year. The Arts House offers four visual art studios, a design technology suite, a gallery and indoor / outdoor teaching spaces. Students may participate in visual arts, drama and group or individual music lasses. Students develop and showcase their talent in many events including lunchtime concerts and large-scale musical or theatrical productions. We have an excellent music programme.
Summer camps run each year from June through to August. Full information can be accessed from the website.
Why Should You Choose this School?
On its lush 100-acre campus set in the foothills north of the ancient and historic city of Chiang Mai, Prem offers all four IB Programs: the Primary Years Program (IB PYP), the Middle Years Program (IB MYP) and the Diploma Program (IB DP) and the exciting new International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC), all part of the IB curriculum. Prem is the first school in Asia to be authorised to offer this new and innovative program. At Prem the IBCC is offered either in Sports Management or in Hospitality, adding to the wide range of IB Diploma offerings and university pathways.