Here on this page we have consolidated few frequently asked questions. One may find his concern already here. Just in case if it is not here contact us directly we would be more glad to serve you.
What language will my child use in class?
While English is our language of instruction, Thai language is part of our curriculum at every level and is encouraged as a working language in the classroom. A great number of our students are bi- or tri- lingual. All classrooms have English speaking and Thai teachers. In the Children’s House, students are at the age where they pick up language readily, thus we have no language requirements to enter at this level. To enter our program at the elementary level, students must demonstrate adequate English language skills to participate fully in the curriculum at their grade level. If a child’s English is not at this level, then the child will receive ESL lessons. At the elementary level, Thai language is studied as a second language by foreign students, and explored in greater depth by native Thai speakers.
What is the daily schedule like for students?
Students of all levels attend school from 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday (new kindergarten students may attend only half days until ready for full days). Academic work periods happen in the morning, and children can be found engaged in a number of activities. Following the morning work period, students have lunch and a recess. In the afternoon, according to a weekly schedule, students participate in gym, art, culture, science lab, visit the library, or have time for individual work. The day closes with circle time in each class.
What kind of qualifications do your teachers have?
Our Montessori teaching staff have been trained and certified by various Montessori teacher training institutions. Thai teachers at R.P.I.S. have at least a Bachelor’s Degree and Teacher’s License. Teachers of subjects like Art, P.E. and ESL generally possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or their respective field. ESL teachers are also trained in teaching English as a foreign/second language.
We provide regular in-house training and professional development for staff members who do not have Montessori backgrounds to expand their knowledge and understanding of child development and the Montessori Method. Our aim is for the philosophy to be incorporated into all aspects of our program.
What is the teacher to student ratio at R.P.I.S.?
The maximum number of students we allow per every two teachers in a class is 25 students. Because of the nature of our program, every child is assured individual attention. Working with small groups and individuals, teachers are familiar with each child’s learning style, course of academic development, and specific needs.
Do students get homework?
Elementary level students get homework and are expected to read daily at home.
What methods of discipline do you use?
We stress positive discipline. We follow a disciplinary procedure called restitution, in which students are given the chance to reflect upon their misbehavior’s and the consequences, and are given the opportunity to make corrections. We promote children’s self discipline, self esteem, and responsibility for their own actions, as well as encouraging kindness and empathy.
What is the mix of nationalities represented at school?
We have a wide range of nationalities represented at our school. In 2007, the student body was comprised of approximately:
8 % Thai
40 % Mixed (Thai and another nationality)
15 % European
30 % Asian other than Thai
7 % Other (Canadian, American, Australian, South African etc.)
What kind of facilities do you have?
We are situated in a beautiful, natural setting in a quiet picturesque area. We have classrooms fully equipped with Montessori materials, grassy play areas, a well stocked library with computer lab, and dedicated play grounds.
What about transportation? Is there a school bus?
Parents are responsible for their children’s transportation to and from school. The school does have its own school bus service. Please contact the school office for more information on availability, route and fees.
What happens when my child leaves R.P.I.S.?
Many parents wonder how their child will handle the transition from a Montessori program to a more traditional system. Follow up studies have indicated that Montessori graduates have little or no trouble with the transition and that most excel academically as well as socially in traditional environments. Because Montessori students learn to be independent in their studies and in managing their social interactions peacefully and respectfully, they usually experience transitions into new environments smoothly.
Our graduating students go on to a variety of educational programs in other International or local schools.