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A message from our Primary Principal

I would like to extend a warm welcome from Chiang Rai International School’s primary department.

Over the past seven years, we have had so much to celebrate, including improvements to facilities, student achievement and growth, and a staff dedicated to helping students achieve their full potential.


Our students are at the center of everything we do in the CRIS primary program. This is only possible because of our professional and dedicated primary teachers, teacher assistants, supporting staff, and parent involvement.

We are determined to continue to improve student learning outcomes, provide teaching approaches that meet the needs of all our students, in both words and actions, which in turn will help foster a life-long love of learning.


     Jim David

Primary Principal


Primary Education

Chiang Rai International School’s Primary Program is designed to provide comprehensive academic, social, spiritual and globally-minded learning in an enjoyable and safe environment. The program uses the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, the NGSS standards for Science and the Aero standards for Social Studies. Co-curricular subjects include Physical Education, Music, Art, Chinese, ICT, Bible, plus Thai language and Culture. The school also offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities to all grade levels and age groups.

CRIS offers student-centered instruction implemented by collaborative planning and differentiated instruction. Scope & Sequence planning ensures that all academic standards, ESLRs and the school’s Vision and Mission are integrated into lessons. Vertical alignment of standards also provides a progressive transition from one grade level to the next. CRIS teachers meet weekly to collaborate in curriculum development, identify support service needs, and improve communication with parents.


  • Common Core: “The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) represent a coherent progression of learning expectations in English language arts and mathematics designed to prepare K–12 students for college and career success. The standards define the knowledge and skills students should have in their K–12 education, emphasize learning goals, describe end-of-year expectations and focus on results leaving room for teachers to determine how these learning goals should be achieved. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful in future endeavors.”

  • ELA: The CRIS Primary English Language Arts (ELA) reading curriculum focuses on developing fluency, comprehension, critical thinking skills, writing, speaking and listening. Guided reading instruction is used in primary classrooms to help students reach their academic goals.

  • Math: CRIS believes that learning should be engaging and meaningful. Through hands-on mathematics curriculum the school provides students with real life experiences that equip them with readily applicable skills. Teachers use a variety of resources beyond the textbook to enhance learning.

  • Science: CRIS Primary students are introduced to lively science units that are based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Students study in three major areas during the course of a year: Life Science, Earth Science and Physical Science.

  • Social Studies: The CRIS social studies curriculum is based on AERO Standards which provides a framework for curriculum consistency across grades K-12.


Chiang Rai

International School

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