Learning @ KPIS
At KPIS, we take pride in providing a well-balanced education, a program that not only challenges students in academic rigor but also prepares them to grow and develop to their full potential. Learning is an active engagement in the acquisition of information and transforming that information into deep-seeded knowledge and skills that can be implemented in a practical and effective manner. This exploration and progression (advancement) of an individual’s intellect and passions, to acquire new knowledge and to promote transformational growth while developing sustainable skills, knowledge and values, will enable students to contribute positively to humanity.
We believe that the right timing is crucial in unfolding a child’s potential. Our program is aligned with research-based stages of child development, specifically designed to meet students’ needs at each stage.
The curriculum at KPIS is a personalized, American Core Standards-style skill-objective system. There is an emphasis on developing students into global citizens who are effective communicators, lifelong learners, and critical thinkers, and are well-prepared to attend local or western universities or to apply their skills to a fulfilling career.
Areas of study within the curriculum include Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, ICT, Art, Music, Physical Education and Health, and Chinese. The KPIS K-12 curriculum has been customized based on the following frameworks in various subject areas and grade levels:
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in literacy and mathematics : The CCSS form the basis for the K-12 Language Arts and Mathematics curriculum. In addition, other core and elective subject areas have adopted selected standards from the CCSS which are appropriate to their subject areas. For example, the science curriculum has incorporated some mathematics CCSS.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) : Science classes in secondary grades have largely completed a transition from the California State Standards to the Next Generation Science Standards at all grade levels.
Elective and non-core subjects are designed around the California State Standards for their subject areas. Advanced Placement (AP) classes, Pre-AP classes and Honors classes are offered to high school students who enjoy more academic rigor and plan to apply to top universities around the world.
The curriculum offered at KPIS is also enhanced to meet local regulations and guidelines, promote internationalism, incorporate local language and culture, and prepare students to participate in the ASEAN economic community.
Teachers inspire, advocate, facilitate, and coach the learning as well as utilizing a variety of inquiry based instructional methods, ways in teaching second language learners, and differentiated instructions. Student learning is assessed using a variety of methods, some of which include but are not limited to oral presentations, projects, interviews, examinations, and more.
“During the early stages of a child’s life, we prepare the child for a lifetime of learning.”
During the early stages of a child’s life, we prepare the child for a lifetime of learning. We work hard to provide an environment in which the child develops a love of learning, curiosity, and a healthy mind and body.
Hands-on, project-based investigations from The Creative Curriculum® guides our preschoolers, nursery to pre-kindergarten 2 students, in building their confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills, and promotes positive outcomes.
Kindergarten teachers encourage children to think critically, problem solve, and connect ideas using in-depth investigations of science and social studies topics that integrate literacy and mathematics concepts in our common core curriculum.
Finally, scheduled time in the KPIS Kindergarten Learning Centers compliment our program by helping nourish and foster the perfect learning environment. Children explore the centers, build self-esteem, and curiosity. The centers’ uniqueness stems from our integration of Montessori practices with the Creative Curriculum® framework which applies Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences. The centers provide opportunities for each child to pursue their own talents independently and demonstrate areas of strength. By the time students complete kindergarten, they are able to understand, speak and read English, and are ready for Elementary School.
Kindergarten Daily Schedule
A typical weekly class schedule for nursery include time for integrated learning of the core subjects (math, science, language arts, and social studies), music and movement, time alloted for the library, the learning center, indoor and outdoor play,
A typical weekly class schedule for prekindergarten 1 and 2 includes thirty minute classes each of Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, Music, PE, Thai, and Chinese, Art and the Learning Center.
A weekly class schedule for kindergarteners includes forty minute classes each of Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, Music, PE, Thai, and Chinese, Art, IT and the Learning Center.
Nursery Daily Schedule
Kindergarten Daily Schedule
“The Elementary years build the foundation for deeper learning in all areas, specifically reading and math.”
The Elementary years build the foundation for deeper learning in all areas, specifically reading and math. Students strengthen their independent learning and start to learn to work collaboratively in groups. It is where practices of learning and skills take hold, and where students are fostered and challenged to maintain their curiosity and creativity while developing their further self-confidence, problem solving skills, and critical thinking skills.
Daily programs include “core subjects” such as language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, but also specialist classes like Thai, Chinese, art, physical education, health, music, and ICT. Using inquiry based learning methods in class, students learn to analyze and question across subject areas, and learn to express themselves in writing, presentations, and discussions. During these years they come to understand where they are in their learning journey, what their learning targets are, and what it will take for them to reach the next steps.
Experiential learning outside the classroom, through field trips, camps, and community service, inspires students and enriches the curriculum.
Elementary Daily Schedule
A block schedule is used to accommodate activities based learning, small group instruction, and centers, as well as the Lucy Calkins instructional methods in the Readers and Writers program.
Elementary Daily Schedule
“The Becoming of Character, The Becoming of Me”
Middle school may be the most challenging years of a child’s life. This is the time that they are becoming teenagers and are starting to develop their own identity. Middle schoolers build on those skills learned since kindergarten while enhancing the learning skills in more preparation for the high school, mastering the organizational skills, discipline, and attitudes needed for learning in a more rigorous academic setting.
Core subjects in middle school academics continue to be a focus: language arts, social studies, math, and science. But electives are vital for a well-rounded education in an American system, and so there is a wide array available, including: physical education, ICT, art and music, to name a few. Courses are more deeply embedded with project-based learning to provide real-world experiences that allow students to conceptualize, apply, and react to new learning. Middle school opportunities for leadership and service are provided to aid in developing a sense of responsibility and care for our extended community.
Grade 6 is unique, as there is a careful half-immersion system, where students move to two homeroom/core-subject teachers, as opposed to one, in order to start their transition to a full secondary-style schedule. Classes are organized by mixed ability until Grade 8, where we offer our first honors courses and students begin to freely choose electives.
Middle Daily Schedule
“Into the Wild - Looking to Infinite Possibilities into the Future”
Finally, students in high school face the most academically-rigorous years. Students at this stage need to develop their independent discipline and organization that they will need entering university. Acquiring true self-efficacy at this level is of paramount importance for the emerging young adult.
Academically, high school is where the American curriculum really distinguishes itself. Students receive a more well-rounded, balanced education, that sets them off for more choice and options for study at the university level. In some other school systems, students are tracked into certain specialties or career paths by early or mid high school, where we want to expose students to a variety of experiences and situations, to give them broader understanding of the world they are emerging into, and make them better prepared to make decisions about their future.
KPIS makes every effort to offer as many elective classes as possible, especially at the high school level, such as industrial arts, songwriting, publications, and computer programming. The crowning academic achievement for high school students in the American curriculum is success in the Advanced Placement program, which are university-level courses that can earn students college credit. As students get closer to graduating, the school focuses more on preparing them and assisting them in finding and applying to the most suitable universities or career path for them.
High Daily Schedule
KPIS is licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Welcome to the KPIS Guidance and Counseling Department at KPIS.
Welcome to the KPIS Guidance and Counseling Department at KPIS. All teachers and staff work together to support student needs. At the core of the KPIS Guidance and Counseling Department, is Mr. John E. Carr, Secondary School Counselor, Ms. Annamae Fernandez, Early Years and Primary School Counselor and Ms. Monisha Agarwal, Secondary School Social/Emotional Counselor.
The aim of the KPIS Guidance and Counseling Program is to assist students at all levels with personal matters, social/emotional developmental concerns, academics, and college/career planning, supporting students through the following services:
Responsive Services or Referrals: In response to parents, students, and/or teachers and staff requests or incidents, the counselor will assist to identify the problem and causes, and arrive at a resolution so that appropriate action is taken.
The counselor in the primary school arranges group activities throughout the year to build rapport with all students, guide students in their developmental stages, and provide support to students with any challenges that they may be faced with. The secondary school counselor provides guidance for middle school students going through their growth stages and high school students as they are planning to graduate from high school, choose electives, preparing for college and their future careers.
The culmination of a K-12
educational career is admission to university/college. Individual counseling sessions will be provided for each student to discuss and assist students with their future goals. Group workshops and university/college fairs and university/college representative presentations will be provided throughout the school year as opportunities arise. Information dealing with the university/college application process, including standardized testing issues, will be provided in both one-on-one and group activities to assist each student to meet his/her university entrance requirements.
The internet links below are provided to assist with the university/college admissions process:
Counselors are available to advocate, mediate, coordinate, consult, lead and collaborate with teachers, administrators and parents to help the students be successful. The office is open from 7:00-4:00. Do not hesitate to contact the counselors when seeking assistance at 02 943 7790 (ext. 103).