Surat Thani International School Profile


Confidence, Creativity, Commitment


Surat Thani International School (STIS) is Surat Thani’s first international school.  We are proud to offer an international curriculum to our students.  We aim to provide the best education possible for your children through modern facilities, advanced educational methods, and first-class educational materials.  Our vision is to create an American school in Surat Thani that incorporates Thai language and culture.

Vision Statement:

Surat Thani International School will provide the best education possible by incorporating an American Curriculum, modern facilities, and advanced teaching methodologies with a strong emphasis on Thai culture.


Mission: The mission of STIS is to provide the best possible internationally based education to our students.  We will closely follow the school’s curriculum, as well as focus on the critical thinking and creative skills of our students.  Our goal is to produce thinkers, not copiers; leaders, not followers; and creators, not imitators.  We will achieve this by educating and understanding each individual student, encouraging and building on his or her strengths, and helping them improve on their weaknesses.  Our mission is to instill confidence in our students, encourage and foster their creativity, and provide them with a life-long commitment and love of education and learning. 

Mission Statement:

             Focus on confidence in knowledge and academics

             Focus on creativity and cognitive development       

             Focus on commitment and fun in learning

             Student centered – understanding and teaching each individual child


Our Core Values:

               Sincerity – responsibility, compassion, honesty

               Thai Culture – respect, family, community

               Innovation – imagination, development, vision

               Success – execution, presentation, energy


Curriculum Overview: We will be using the California Department of Education State Curriculum for all lessons (except Thai language).

The California State Curriculum is used by many international schools around the world.  It encompasses the U.S. Common Core State Standards for education.

The goal of the California Curriculum is to provide clear learning objectives for students that will help them prepare to enter universities where English is the language of instruction.


Kindergarten Program: Our Kindergarten program (K1 through K3) aims to immerse the student in English.  Students will learn English in a natural way, identical to a native English speaker, and will subsequently have a much higher level of fluency that is difficult to attain later on.  The core curriculum focuses on English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science.  Additionally, we focus on developing the student’s creative and cognitive abilities.  Physical Education, Arts, and Thai Language (K3) are also included.  The curriculum provides children with a student centered learning environment that encourages and supports their growth in the following objectives.


To succeed in an environment where English is the primary language of instruction.

To encourage language development (English and Thai) with the main emphasis on acquiring English through balanced literacy instruction.

To instill confidence in themselves, their knowledge, their creativity, their culture and those around them.

To develop a life-long commitment and enjoyment of learning.

To develop physical abilities, including gross and fine motor skills.


Primary School: Our Primary School program builds on the advances made by students in our Kindergarten Program.  Students continue to be immersed and learn with the same levels of progress as native English speakers in increasing standards and student literacy.  The core subjects are Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Social Studies.   Additionally, Art, Music, and Physical Education are elements of the curriculum.  Students also study Thai Language and Culture at least 5 hours per week.


To develop English Language skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

To instill confidence in themselves, their knowledge, their creativity, their culture and those around them.

To develop a life-long commitment and enjoyment of learning.

To develop social and personal responsibility.

To encourage independent, innovative thinking.


School Year: Our academic year is broken into two semesters. 

First Semester: July 31st, 2017 – December 15th, 2017

                        Holidays include:

                                    Mother’s Day, August 12th

                                    Father’s Day, December 5th

                                    Buddhist Holidays

Second Semester: January 8th, 2018 – May 31st, 2018

                        Holidays include:

                                    Songkran, mid-April

                                    Buddhist Holidays


Core Textbooks: McGraw-Hill Education

                             K-6       Math: My Math

                                          Science: Science, A Closer Look 

                                          English: Reading Wonders 


Class size:     18 students


Classes:         Thai Name   /   American Name   /   Age

Pre-Anuban  /   Pre-Kindergarten   /   Ages 2-3

Anuban 1    /     Kindergarten 1   /   Ages 3-4

Anuban 2    /    Kindergarten 2   /   Ages 4-5

Anuban 3    /    Kindergarten 3   /   Ages 5-6

Prathom 1    /    First Grade   /    Ages 6-7

Prathom 2   /    Second Grade   /   Ages 7-8

Prathom 3   /    Third Grade   /   Ages 8-9

Prathom 4   /    Fourth Grade   /   Ages 9-10

Prathom 5   /    Fifth Grade   /   Ages 10-11  (opening July, 2018)

Prathom 6   /    Sixth Grade   /   Ages 11-12 (opening July, 2019)


 School Day:     8:00 – 16:00 daily


Kindergarten 3 and Older

            8:00 – 8:20      Morning Assembly

            8:20 – 11:45      Study

            11:45 – 12:15      Lunch

            12:15 – 16:00     Study

            16:00 – 16:15     Pickup


  Kindergarten 2 and younger

  8:00 – 8:20       Morning Assembly

  8:20 – 11:00       Study

  11:00 – 11:30       Lunch

  11:30 – 13:30      Nap

  13:30 – 15:30     Study

  15:30 – 15:45     Pickup


After School Activities:  STIS aims to provide a wide range of after school activities, ranging from sports to hobbies to educational activities.  These activities will include soccer, Muay Thai, Karate, dance, drama, music and much more.   These activities are not included in the overall school fee.