OUR VISION

Ruamrudee International School will be known globally as a hallmark of international education, nurturing intellectual development, moral character, and physical well-being, while fostering compassion through action and shaping the lives of tomorrow’s leaders.

OUR MISSION

Ruamrudee International School is a Catholic school that provides an interfaith, inclusive, and academically rigorous education for students to be balanced, successful, and compassionate individuals.

OUR PRINCIPLES (Principles of Phoenix aka PoPs)

Welcome from our Head of School

Ruamrudee International School Bangkok, Alumni

I am proud to be a member of the Ruamrudee International School - Ratchapruek community.

I have had the pleasure and honor of working in or consulting with many schools throughout the world, and there is no school that outshines the work that we do here at Ruamrudee.

As the Head of School at the Ratchapruek Campus, where we serve students from ages 2 through Grade 6*, there are so many aspects of the RIS education that I am always delighted to share with parents and other visitors. From the exceptional quality of our educational programs, our highly skilled teachers, the leadership role that RIS takes in regards to Professional Development for teachers throughout the world of International Education, or our focus on rigorous and global education for each and every student no matter their family background or prior educational experiences, perhaps most important is the fact that RIS is a diverse and inclusive community focused upon teaching our students to be deep and creative thinkers as they develop into the leaders of tomorrow.

I am confident and proud of the work that our teachers do each and every day to support the success of our students. Students that not only succeed in the classroom, but who succeed in athletics, the arts, coding and robotics, languages, and so much more. You might assume that is the case at any school - and it should be. However, at RIS, I believe that it happens more consistently and at much earlier ages, with far greater success and joy. My own daughter is a RIS student, so I have witnessed firsthand not only as an educator, but as a parent, the way that our students' evolve and develop their thinking and leadership skills.

Come visit our school and see for yourself what makes the RIS - Ratchapruek community a place for all students to flourish and succeed.

Dr. Joshua Fritts
Head of School

*We’re growing, and we will offer Grade 7 and Grade 8 for the 2021-2022 school year!

PreK

Our PreKindergarten program starts with our youngest RIS students—our 2-year-olds. RIS is proud of our purpose-built PreK Pod here at the Ratchapruek Campus. With classrooms, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, a soft-play motor room, and even a swimming pool designed for our youngest learners, students ages 2–5 receive a gentle introduction to school in a warm and welcoming environment.

Early Childhood is a very specialized area within education, requiring very special teachers. All of our PreK teachers are certified and trained in Early Childhood education. Each grade level (PreK 2, 3, and 4) has a certified Early Childhood Special Educator on its team, as well as Instructional Assistants, and they all assist in meeting the children’s developmental needs. Teachers are trained in the Reggio Emilia approach to learning and continue to study with ongoing professional development. RIS believes in a low teacher-to-student ratio, and this is especially important for our PreKindergarten students. PreK 2 classrooms are limited to 12 students with 3 adults in each room. PreK 3 classrooms are limited to 12 students with 2 adults in each room, and PreK 4 is limited to 14 students with 2 adults in each room.

Elementary School

Elementary School includes our students in Kindergarten to Grade 6. These are especially crucial years for building a strong educational foundation. RIS provides a rigorous academic program that integrates students’ social and emotional development. All of our elementary school teachers are highly qualified and certified within their specific subject areas. Many of our teachers have additional certifications in reading, language development, and learning support. But that is not what makes our Elementary program such a special place; it is the warm, caring environment that facilitates learning and builds character, preparing our students for middle school, high school, college, and life. We take pride in nurturing the student-centered learning environment we provide for our children.

Student Support

COUNSELING SERVICES

The primary goal of our school counseling and psychological services is to promote and enhance student learning through the three broad, interrelated areas of student development: academic, personal, and social.

The psychologist at RIS Ratchapruek provides a variety of services, including whole-class, small-group, and individual support, psychoeducational assessment, and consulting services and welcome meetings with parents, teachers, and administrators to discuss and advise on any matter concerning a student’s personal and academic welfare.  Our school psychologists also work in collaboration with external mental health professionals from the wider community.

At RIS Ratchapruek, we spend time getting to know each of our children individually, including how they learn best through our Student Study teams, comprising teachers, administrators, and the school psychologist. When a student with issues related to academic achievement and/or behavior is referred by a Student Study Team, our school psychologists carry out psychological and educational evaluations in collaboration with the student and his/her teachers and parents. An evaluation provides information about a student’s academic, cognitive, and social-emotional development. These details then inform the development of an individual plan to support the student in any identified areas of need.

English Language Development

The English Language Development Program (ELD) recognizes that one of the top priorities in a quality international education is the attainment of an academic-level of English fluency. English language learners are designated by their level of proficiency, from beginner to advanced, and each level requires matched instructional strategies to facilitate rapid skill development. At RIS Ratchapruek, ELD students are immersed in a rich English-speaking environment and selectively enrolled in core mainstream subjects to give them frequent opportunities to interact with classmates and teachers. ELD students also get individualized support to accelerate their academic success.

Small-group pull-out and language support classes provide specialized learning time where content instruction and the development of English skills are closely integrated. Push-in support gives English language learners help within mainstream classes.

RIS uses MAP NWEA and WIDA MODEL testing to track progress in English skills development. Students who progress to higher proficiency levels receive adapted curriculum and assessment accommodations based on their individual needs throughout the year.

Click here to learn how the ELD program at RIS is further tailored to each section—ES, MS, and HS—to meet the specific needs of students at different ages and developmental stages.

LEARNING SUPPORT PROGRAM

Wit Pilunthanakul, Head of Learning Support and Alternative Day Class Program

I have been teaching in the Learning Support Department at RIS for the past 6 years. I’m part of the RIS alumni family, having graduated with the Class of 2002. I returned to RIS to teach after receiving a Bachelor in Neuropsychology from the University of Westminster (UK) and a Master in Teaching, specializing in gifted education and learning disabilities, from the University of Melbourne (Australia). As Head of Department, I manage the Learning Support team at RIS and was integral to the initiation and development of our new Alternative Day Classroom program this year. I have a calm disposition and the ability to relate culturally and linguistically to parents and staff at RIS. Every day is a joy working at RIS, and the Learning Support team is like a well-rounded family.

LEARNING SUPPORT

The Learning Support program is designed to help students develop skills, access the general school curriculum, reach their potential, and realize their ambitions. The program is based on the belief that students vary in their level of ability, achievement, motivation, and interest, and that individuals learn best with programs that provide challenges in a supportive and stimulating environment.

Students who find it difficult to achieve success at school need support. They may develop negative attitudes about themselves and not feel as capable as their classmates or siblings. The Learning Support program helps students to be confident and to build on their successes, despite having an identified learning difficulty in key academic areas such as reading, writing and mathematics.

When teachers raise concerns about a student’s progress, students are brought into the program through a team approach that involves parents, teachers, and the school psychologist. Upon referral, a full psychological and educational evaluation of academic, cognitive, and social-emotional strengths and needs is completed and discussed with parents and teachers prior to being enrolled in Learning Support. Exiting from the program also requires a similar assessment.

Our Learning Support program is focused on a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP), which has been developed collaboratively with the student, parents, teachers, counselors, psychologists, learning support teachers, and speech therapist. Each student has a Learning Support teacher to keep track of their progress. Students’ needs are met in the mainstream classroom with Learning Support and core content teachers working together.

SPEECH SERVICES

The Speech-Language Therapy program serves PreK through grade 12 students at RIS who need specialized intervention in order to communicate effectively. Our certified Speech-Language Pathologist (Speech Therapist) provides evaluation and interventions for students in the program. Students receiving these services may have difficulties in one or more of the following areas: the pronunciation of specific sounds, understanding or expressing spoken language, and speaking smoothly.

Another component of the Speech-Language Therapy program involves supporting the language development of all our RIS students. The speech-language therapist provides consultation and classroom-based support for teachers who see a need to develop specific communication skills in their classrooms. In these instances, the speech-language therapist will provide small-group or whole-class language lessons to address certain language skills. This model is used most frequently with our younger students as a way to stimulate early language development and assist in quickly identifying students who have speech-language needs.

Innovation

Madeleine Bystrom, Director of Curriculum & PD, Elementary

Email: madeleineb@rism.ac.th

Master of Curriculum and Instruction, Michigan State University
Master of Educational Administration, University of San Francisco
Bachelor of Science, Economics, Stockholm University

This is my 14th year at RIS, although I have lived in Thailand for 25 years and have been working in the field of education for longer than that. I first came to RIS as an elementary classroom teacher, and my other previous roles at RIS have included Literacy Coach and Head of Department for English Language Arts.

I have two sons who graduated from RIS and have gone on to do wonderful things. My older son recently graduated from Medical School at Western Michigan University and is embarking on his residency. My younger son is currently pursuing a master's degree in Microbiology at Tulane University in New Orleans. Before coming to RIS, I was an elementary school teacher and an ELD teacher. I grew up in two places: California and Sweden, but I'm happy to now call Thailand home. I love being part of the RIS community! It's a wonderful place to be, and I hope to be here for many years to come.

Curriculum and Innovation Overview

RIS Ratchapruek is committed to excellence through creativity and inspiration. We strive to develop balanced, successful, and compassionate thinkers who seek to make a difference in the world around them.

RIS Ratchapruek believes that students learn best in an environment where classes and programs are structured around an intellectually stimulating curriculum that is suited to each student’s ability, achievement, motivation, and interest.

Professional Development and Research

We pay more than lip service to the concept of educational excellence and lifelong learning. We actively promote and support the professional growth of our faculty. The primary goal of professional growth is to strengthen our Student Learning Outcomes, also known as our Principles of Phoenix, or PoPs.

We know that an active professional development program is essential in creating a high-quality learning environment. Our staff members take pride in staying current in their skills and knowledge, continually striving to improve their performance, and working to achieve schoolwide, divisional, and personal goals. This consistent improvement requires an extensive variety of professional growth opportunities, including workshops, seminars, and courses, as well as a professional culture of collaborative sharing and support.

RIS Ratchapruek supplies both annual and monthly funds for each teacher to pursue professional growth experiences to enhance the teaching and learning at RIS Ratchapruek. Our sister school, RIS Minburi, regularly hosts on-site workshops and sends teachers to national, regional, and international conferences. RIS teachers travel all over the world for NESA, EARCOS, and other regional conferences and workshops on topics that focus on an inquiry-approach to problem-based learning, visible thinking strategies, and the development of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) centered on the needs of each learner.

Research plays a valuable role in informing our teaching practices and can contribute greatly to improving our approaches to learning. External research serves two functions: educational literature helps inform our teaching practices, and, beyond that, research supports our innovation initiatives and helps teachers and school leaders address key educational issues.

We use internal and external sources of data to research and support our initiatives and practices. Internally, the evidence we gather is used to monitor the development of our students, classes, grade levels, and other sections in our school to be sure we are working toward and meeting our stated outcomes.

Instructional Technology

RIS Ratchapruek promotes instructional and extracurricular activities that use innovative approaches and technological resources to nurture students’ development. We care how our students grow and mature, therefore we seek to understand the impact that technology has on our students’ lives, both in the classroom and outside of it. While RIS Ratchapruek views technology as an essential resource, we endeavor to instill a sense of responsibility for its use in our students’ lives—one full of opportunity and distraction. One way we do this is by defining purposeful and proper use of technology through Learning Innovation Markers. These markers outline a comprehensive framework that enables students to identify the purposes and skills behind the technology and strategies they use in their learning and in their daily lives. Innovation markers integrate and reinforce existing RIS Ratchapruek programs and values, such as the schoolwide Principles of Phoenix.

We further define the proper use of technology through our Responsible Use Policy, known as RIS-CARES. This unique policy seeks to guide students’ growth and maturity by building constructive dialogue with students and parents at each grade level and in each class. Our goal is to help families negotiate and practice appropriate digital health so that when our students leave RIS Ratchapruek, they have a concrete understanding of how to use available resources and innovative tools in creative ways to contribute unique, long-lasting solutions for their own communities and wherever they go.