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Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Students

Class sizes will generally be no more than the following:

·  Kindergarten & 1: 16 students per classroom

·  Grades 2-3: 18 students per classroom

·  Grades 4-5: 20 students per classroom

· Grades 6: 24 students per classroom

·  Grade 7-12: 24 students per classroom

GIS does have trained specialists who work with ESL students, but ESL students spend the majority of their time in the mainstream classroom, expected to perform alongside their native English-speaking peers. For this reason, all ESL applicants must pass an English proficiency test before applying and GIS limits the number of ESL students to a proportion not greater than 15% per grade level.
An applicant for Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1.

1.Developmental Readiness Scale (KRA)

The KRA is used for all students applying for Kindergarten at Grace International School (GIS).  The KRA is used to help understand if a student is ready for the school setting at GIS.   It evaluates 8 different areas:
Visual Motor:
   How the eyes and hands work together
Numbers:  Counting and using numbers with objects
Concepts:   Knowledge of facts and how things relate
Body Image:  Awareness of oneself and positions in space
Language:  Understanding and using words
Personal:  Ability to think and act independently
Fine Motor:   How the muscles in the hands and fingers work together
Gross Motor:   How the large muscles in the body work together

2.English Proficiency Tests

Grace International School uses a variety of tests for students who speak English as an additional language and are applying for Kindergarten – Grade 12.

Students applying for Kindergarten will be required to take both the English Proficiency Tests and portions of the KRA assessment to determine their language ability.

Grace International School assesses English language proficiency in these four categories: speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Each of these four tests incorporate age-appropriate social and instructional language, the language of language arts, the language of mathematics, the language of science, and the language of social studies.

At Grace International School, we only have English language development support and not an intensive ESL Program. This is available for a limited number of students. Standard students are not eligible for language development support.

3. Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

Students who do not have a current standardized test (within the last  year) may be asked to take the MAP Test. You will be informed when the student’s school records are evaluated. This test can be administered at the same time as English language proficiency test in February, March, and April.  Register with the Admissions Coordinator. The MAP test evaluates Language Usage, Mathematics, and Reading.

 All applications for new students must be submitted by May 1st.
Yes. Secondary students may enroll at the beginning of each semester; elementary students may enroll at any time during the school year.
Grade by Age Appropriate      2021-2022
Kindergarten Age 5 – 6        Sept 2015 – Aug 2016
Grade 1Age 6 – 7 Sept 2014 – Aug 2015
Grade 2Age 7 – 8 Sept 2013 – Aug 2014
Grade 3Age 8 – 9 Sept 2012 – Aug 2013
Grade 4Age 9 – 10 Sept 2011 – Aug 2012
Grade 5Age 10 – 11 Sept 2010 – Aug 2011
Grade 6Age 11 – 12 Sept 2009 – Aug 2010
Grade 7Age 12 – 13 Sept 2008 – Aug 2009
Grade 8Age 13 – 14 Sept 2007 – Aug 2008
Grade 9Age 14 – 15 Sept 2006 – Aug 2007
Grade 10Age 15 – 16 Sept 2005 – Aug 2006
Grade 11Age 16 – 17 Sept 2004 – Aug 2005
Grade 12Age 17 – 18 Sept 2003 – Aug 2004

New Students

The Admissions coordinator, Jennifer Ford, can answer most of your questions about the application process. If she doesn’t know the answer to your question, she can find out who does!

The Principals welcome you to stop in. It is always nice to “put a name with a face.” The elementary school principal is Carole Steedman and secondary school principal is Megan Randolph. They stay busy, but if you make an appointment, they’ll be available to meet you and your child/children.

The Guidance Counselor can help secondary students sign up for classes and receive a student schedule. Students are required to have transcripts or report cards from previous years’ courses on file at GIS in order to assure proper placement and to receive credits toward graduation.

In order to register for courses next year, go to Course Requests . There you will find information regarding courses offered, prerequisites for courses, graduation requirements, and more to assist you in requesting courses. If you have any questions please email to counselor@gisthailand.org.

Students interested in AP (Advanced Placement) courses must meet requirements set by GIS and follow the application process. AP course requirements can be found on the website. Selecting an AP course in the registration process does not guarantee admittance into the class. For more information contact the Academic Counselor at counselor@gisthailand.org.

All students must indicate the graduation plan which they intend to follow for graduation. Graduation options and requirements are available on the Graduation Requirements page. In the course registration process, parents will need to indicate which option they are choosing.

There are 6 periods per day. School starts at 8: 15 a.m. and goes through 3:15 p.m. GIS is organized by the credit system in high school whereby high school students earn a certain number of credits for each course. Graduation is based on students earning at least 24 credits during their high school career. No credits are assigned for middle school courses, except Algebra 1 if taken in eighth grade. See the PSMO Handbook (link?) for credit requirements.

Arranging transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the parent. Many families contract with song-taew and tuk-tuk drivers to provide transportation. Students transported by these means are expected to comply with any rules the drivers establish. Students may not stand on the step/tailgate of a moving vehicle under any circumstances.

GIS provides transportation to and from field trips and athletic events for the participants. Volunteer drivers must hold a current, valid Thai driver’s license, have lived in Thailand for at least six months, and be at least 25 years of age.

Elementary students don’t need to bring supplies, but they do need a book bag or backpack. The school provides pencils, paper, and other supplies in grades K-6. Secondary teachers will communicate on the first day what supplies are required. It is good to bring the usual lined paper, pen, pencil, book bag or back pack.

Each secondary student is assigned a locker. Students are responsible for the locker key and the general care and cleanliness of their lockers.

To obtain a locker:

Come to see your homeroom teacher on the first day of school or ask in the main office if you come later than the first day of school.

  • You will be assigned a locker and given a key. The locker number matches the number on the key.
  • The key is to be returned at the end of the year or upon withdrawal from the school. If keys are not returned at the end of the year or on the withdrawal date, student will be fined 500 baht.
  • If a student loses a key during the school year and needs a replacement the cost is 500 baht.
  • If a student forgets their key, they may “borrow” (have the locker opened for them) at a cost of 10 baht per time.

GIS is happy to offer a quality hot lunch program. A variety of Thai and western-style foods are offered, as well as a daily salad bar.

The school lunch plan can be purchased by the semester but not by the day. Students miss several meals per semester due to school sponsored trips, sending organization activities, medical needs, or other valid reasons and this has been factored into the price. If a child misses more than 25 school days of the semester, the finance office may be able to discount the price.

Menus for each quarter and additional information can be found under Lunch Services. New students are invited to try the lunch program the first week without obligation. If the students would like to sign up, parents are responsible for bringing payment to the finance office.

Parents may join their children for lunch by notifying the office two (2) days in advance and pay an adult guest fee.

Students can also pack a lunch from home and eat with their friends in the cafeteria. The school provides non-refrigerated, ant-free storage space for lunches brought from home. However, the school does not provide assistance in preparation (microwave, hot water, etc.) for these lunches.

All students enrolled at GIS are able to check out books from the library. No card is needed for check out. Elementary students visit the library once a week as a class and may also come in during 1st and 3rd recess with a pass. Secondary students may visit the library throughout the day with a paper pass or a library pass.


Student Hours

Tuesday & Friday: 7:55 AM – 3:30 PM

Wednesday: 9:35 AM – 3:30 PM

Monday & Thursday: 7:55 AM – 4:00 PM

Secondary Lunch: 12:00 – 12:20

Parent Hours

Morning:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:55 – 8:15 AM


Monday: 3:15 – 4:00 PM

Thursday: 1:30 – 4:00 PM

Loan Periods & Limits

GIS Students & Parents
GroupLoan limitLoad period 
Parents20 books eachtwo weeks 
Secondary5 bookstwo weeks 
6th grade5 itemstwo week 
5th grade3 itemsone week 
3rd& 4th grade2 books,1 magazineone week 
1st- 2nd grade1 book, 1 magazineone week 
Kindergarten1 itemone week 
All usersTwo renewals (up to total of 6 weeks unless on hold

Accessing the Library Catalog and other Resources from Home

Click HERE to access the GIS Library catalog. You may search the catalog, check availability status, place books on hold, and access magazines and research tools. We also have Tumblebook Library, GALE Magazine Database, and World Book Online available. Please email library staff at library@gisthailand.org for usernames and passwords.

GIS will issue student ID cards in the beginning of the school year. Students may show this card at many places in Thailand to obtain discounts. Students are not obligated to return this card at the end of the school year; however, cards will be expired at the end of the school term. Students who withdraw from GIS must return the student ID card to the Registrar’s office. The cost of replacing a lost student ID card is 100 baht.

Kindergarten Half-day program

Hours: 8:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (Wednesdays start time 9:45 – pickup time 1:30 p.m.)

Kindergarten Full day program – Grade 6

Hours: 8:25 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. (Wednesdays start time 9:45)

Grade 7 – 12

Hours: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. (Wednesdays start time 9:45)

GIS uses a school information system called RenWeb. Both students and families can access student grades, attendance, report cards, transcripts, and much more any time. Once students are fully enrolled at the beginning of the school year (or later if enrolling mid-year), they and parents will get information on how to register and login to the system. All students in grades 7-12 will also be issued a GIS email address, to use for all school-related communications.
All GIS secondary (grades 7-12) students are issued a school-owned Chromebook to use during school hours and at home. Other devices, including mobile phones, may only be used at home or outside school hours. For more detailed information, please read the information at this link: GIS 1:1 Chromebook Program. Parents are responsible to pay 1,000 baht Chromebook insurance only. Secondary students should turn Student Responsibility Form and Parent Agreement Form on the 1st day in the IT Office.
GIS does not provide dormitories. Parents who will not living in Chiang Mai are responsible to find suitable housing for their students. Parent release of information to guardian form will need to be signed by parents and guardian before turning it to the registrar at the beginning of each school year.

For more information about the admissions process, please email admissions@gisthailand.org