Why attend Gainesvilles International School?
Gainesville International School Chiangrai prides itself as being the “Home of Discipline,” and GIS is the first English language military academy in Asia based on the U.S. curriculum. Founded by Police General Prasan Wongyai Ph.D., GIS obtained permission to establish this unique institution granted by Thailand’s Ministry of Education. GIS’s curriculum is drawn from and based on Riverside Military Academy’s in Gainesville of Georgia. Riverside Military Academy has accumulated a 110-year legacy of distinction grounded in a tradition of military discipline and academic excellence. GIS’s focus is to motivate our students in developing and embodying the qualities that are the core of our school values — principled character, discipline, and compassion.
Educating young men and women from 7th through 12th grades, GIS dedicates to graduating all our students with at least GPA 3.1, and a TOEFL PBT score of at least 550, out of the possible 677 points. Our programs purposely focus on preparing all our graduates to study and excel in US universities and military colleges as well as any international university with the exemption of entrance exams.
While we consider ourselves a junior high (7th – 9th grades) and a high school (10th – 12th grades), for training purposes, our school population comprises two categories — 7th and 8th grades, and 9th through 12th grades.
While they are required to wear the school uniform, students in the 7th and 8th grades require no military courses. As with the other academic levels, all courses are in English.
In 9th through 12th grades, GIS continues in Riverside’s tradition of academic disciplines –Mathematics, Sciences, Technology, English, Social Studies, Military / Leadership Education Training (LET).
Understand that not all students possess the same skills, abilities, and motivation, for a nominal addition to the existing tuition, GIS is prepared to handle marginal students on a case-by-case basis with an additional proactive study program molded around the needs of a cadet’s Individual Education Program (IEP). Modeled after Riverside’s Opportunity Time (OT), cadets will receive specific tutoring in the areas that reveal, or potentially reveal weakness or weaknesses in the cadet’s IEP. Additional tutoring and one-on-one mentoring in English language skills are also part of GIS’s OT focus.
For grades 7 – 12, the Chinese language is offered as an elective class. In line with GIS’s military bearing and culture, students should wear the uniform of the day from 0630-2000 hours. Each student will receive five uniforms when they arrive at GIS. Monday through Friday will have a set training schedule emphasizing discipline, leadership skills, and arms.
GIS’s health services include a school nurse, an infirmary, and the ability to coordinate with local hospitals in the unfortunate case of an emergency — 24 hours a day.
In an arrangement with our sister Academy, Riverside, all students from 9th to 12th grades will be expected to attend Riverside’s summer Camp in Gainesville of Georgia of USA, at least one time during their time at GIS. The camp is about 6-8 weeks long and at parents’ expenses. Cadet involvement is not limited to one time. Cadets are free to participate in the camp as many times as they desire.
What the Gainesville Preparatory School IS, and IS NOT
- We offer a full range of student activities. We foster the coach, teach, and mentor methodology;
- We situate in the beautiful Chiang Rai of Thailand; we have transportation services to Chiang Rai International airport;
- We have an indoor volleyball court, indoor futsal field, outdoor swimming pool, and a gym stocked with the latest equipment for weight training and aerobics. We do not ignore the “body” while only training the “mind;”
- We have a drug-free, tobacco-free, and alcohol-free campus;
- We believe in building character and leadership skills, acceptance of responsibility, and self-discipline; we do not believe in the physical or mental hazing of students;
- We have full-time (24/7) coverage by Commandant’s Staff Members, Campus Security, and Medical Staff. When it comes to cadet and student safety and security, we are not “part-time.”