Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) provides a day school education from kindergarten through grade 12 for children of foreigners of all nationalities and of eligible host-country nationals. Founded in 1954, CMIS is located in Chiang Mai, a modern city in northern Thailand. It offers an English-language, American-sourced education grounded in the Christian worldview. CMIS is owned by the Foundation of the Church of Christ in Thailand, the national Protestant Church. The day-to-day activities of the School are run by a foreign principal, two vice-principals (elementary and secondary), a school manager, and Thai director. The two-semester school year begins in mid-August and continues until the first week of June with extended vacations during late December and early April. Admission is quite competitive, although the children of US government direct-hire or contract employees are given first priority. The application period begins in January for the academic year beginning in August.
Organization: CMIS is approved by the Ministry of Education in Thailand and has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 1985. The School is a member of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) and the International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT).
Curriculum: Instruction is closely aligned to an American standards-based curriculum, but also incorporates best practices from around the world. The high school curriculum provides courses designed to prepare students for academic success in universities and colleges around the world and also offers a variety of college-level Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 53 full-time faculty members. More than one-third of the teachers and administrators hold advanced degrees. Teachers are highly qualified and certified in their home countries.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 443 (K.-grade 12).
Facilities: The School’s centrally located campus combines features from its 56-year history with new facilities and resources, including air-conditioned classrooms, laboratories for the sciences and computing, library, multipurpose auditorium, cafeteria, gymnasium, outdoor courts, a covered court, and a sports field.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, 98% of the School’s income derives from tuition and registration fees. The annual tuition rates are as follows: Kg-grade 6: $6,930; grades 7-8: $7,500; and grades 9-12: $9,430. The School also charges a one-time New Student Enrollment fee of $2,330, a $100 application fee, an annual $670 Capital Improvement Fee, and a one-time $70 Alumni Association Fee. There is an additional $1,600 annual fee for those students requiring English-for-Academic-Purposes (EAP). Special Learning support is provided, as needed, at no additional cost. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars at an exchange rate of 30 to 1 and rounded to the nearest $10.)