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					                                                RIST HS PROGRAM OF STUDIES 2011-2012




      REDEEMER INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL THAILAND
                                HIGH SCHOOL
                             PROGRAM OF STUDIES
                                  2011-2012

                                 CONTENTS

                                                                        Page

 Expected Schoolwide Learning Results                                      2
 General Information                                                       3
 Graduation Requirements                                                   5
 University Entrance Requirements                                          9
 Course Overview – Grades 9 &10                                           15
 Course Overview – Grades 11&12                                           16
 Course Outlines:
    Core Curriculum (English, Social Studies, Math, Science)              17
    Religion and Values                                                   22
    Language & Culture (Thai, Thai Studies, Japanese)                     23
    Physical Education                                                    26
    21st Century Wheel grades 9 & 10                                      27
    Computer Science Major                                                27
    Visual Arts Major                                                     38
 Change Major Form                                                        30
 Early Graduation Form                                                    31




                         CONTACT: 02 916 6257
   Principal:                   Ms. Sudarat Tanattanwin               Ext: 203
   Counselor:                   Ms. Miho Katsumata                    Ext: 436
   Activities Coordinator:      Mr. Ray Rennie                        Ext: 220
   Librarian                    Ms. Alba Uthaichalanond               Ext: 325
   Secretary                    Ms. Pum                               Ext: 241
   Registrar                    Ms. Aey                               Ext: 346


Web: http://www.rist.ac.th/redeemer/index.asp              Email: inforist@rism.ac.th




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       EXPECTED SCHOOLWIDE LEARNING RESULTS

The Expected School-Wide Learning Results express the six agreed broad outcomes of
the school that are addressed at each grade level in ways that are developmentally
appropriate.

                        EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR IN ENGLISH
   Selects strategies to understand, appreciate, analyze, and evaluate what is read
     or viewed
   Reads and views a range of genres for information, enjoyment, and enrichment
   Speaks and responds appropriately to the social and academic context
   Listens actively with empathy and understanding
   Writes in a variety of genres and modes for different purposes and audiences

                                   COMPLEX THINKER
   Synthesizes and generates ideas, explanations, and reasons
   Analyzes, interprets, and evaluates information
   Formulates problems, tests hypotheses, and suggests questions for inquiry
   Interprets, evaluates, and applies knowledge in new situations
   Generates, selects, and applies problem-solving strategies appropriate to the
      context
                              SELF- DIRECTED LEARNER
   Recognizes own limits of knowledge and understanding and makes plans to
     learn
   Is creative, motivated, resourceful, and persistent
   Is open-minded, comfortable with ambiguity, and open to new experiences
   Reflects on own learning and profits from mistakes
   Is prepared to take risks, accept challenges, and strive for excellence

                                      TEAM PLAYER
   Collaborates to determine common objectives and processes for a group
   Uses effective negotiation and conflict resolution strategies
   Demonstrates practical and facilitative leadership
   Contributes purposefully, constructively and creatively to the group
   Evaluates own and others‟ contributions and provides constructive feedback

                                CARING GLOBAL CITIZEN
   Makes decisions that are principled and ethical
   Contributes time, energy, and talent to family and community
   Demonstrates understanding, compassion, respect, and cultural sensitivity
   Recognizes diversity and appreciates differences
   Shows responsibility about health, safety, security and environmental issues

                               TECHNOLOGY- PROFICIENT
   Applies technology effectively to solve problems and complete tasks
   Assimilates and applies the latest technology
   Recognizes that technology is a tool used to accomplish a bigger goal
   Utilizes technology in an ethical way
   Uses technology to create a range of practical, artistic, and intellectual products
     of high quality

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                        GENERAL INFORMATION
The educational program of Redeemer International School Thailand (RIST) is based on
the system of education in the United States. This High School Program of Studies is
designed to give students and their parents information about the courses needed to
complete four years in high school.

RIST System of Education

                      Age *             Course of Study                  Recognition


Secondary Level               High School                            High School Diploma
                       17      Grade 12
                       16      Grade 11
                       15      Grade 10
                       14      Grade 9



                              Middle School
                       13      Grade 8
                       12      Grade 7
                       11      Grade 6



Elementary Level              Elementary School
                       10      Grade 5
                        9      Grade 4
                        8      Grade 3
                        7      Grade 2
                        6      Grade 1



*Minimum age by September 1

Academic Expectations
Students are expected to demonstrate willingness to challenge themselves. To be in
good academic standing, no more than one F is allowed per semester. Students who fail
to meet these expectations will be placed on the Academic Watch List, Academic
Probation and/or referred to the Student Study Team.

Specialized High School Program
In grades 9 and 10, in addition to their core subjects, students study the “21st Century
Wheel” to prepare them for a future that will present unpredictable challenges and
opportunities: Entrepreneurship, Multimedia Technology, Innovative Art, and Introduction
to a Third Language. In grades 11 and 12 students have an opportunity to specialize in a
“major” or area of concentration in one of two subjects: studio art or computer science.

Student Selection of a Major
In the second semester of grade 10 students will select a major. The student‟s parents
must approve the major selection. Some students may be undecided, in which case
they may make a tentative selection. In August of the Grade 11 and Grade 12 year, the
student will have one week from the beginning of classes to decide if he or she wishes to
remain in the major. In Grades 11 and 12, students may change their majors if there is a
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compelling reason to do so. To change a major, the student must complete a Change
of Major form included in this booklet. The counselor also has additional copies of this
form if needed. It must be signed by the student and the student‟s parents and
submitted to the counselor.

Course Assignment
Students will be assigned to courses for the following school year in the second semester
of the previous year. All students will receive their course schedules on the first day of
each new semester.

Attendance and Punctuality
RIST offers a competitive program that is relevant and challenging. Students are
expected to attend classes regularly as well as complete all course requirements in
order to earn the required number of credits to graduate. Excessive absence affects
student learning, may jeopardize credits, and hence, the ability to graduate.

Daily attendance is recorded in the student‟s homeroom. Students should be on time for
homeroom and classes. Parents will be contacted in the event of persistent absence or
lateness. A Parent Notification of Absence (PNA) Form is available in 4 languages for
parents to notify the school before or after student absence.

Students are allowed 7 days‟ absence per semester for health and family or non-school
related reasons. In addition, students may miss up to 4 additional days for school related
absences (i.e. fieldtrips, ROTC, college interviews, sports events or external exams). These
additional absences must be approved by submitting a written request from parents to
the school office at least one week in advance. The school is prepared to hear appeals
for exceptions to the above for extenuating circumstances.




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                     GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
To earn a diploma, students must complete 4 years of high school and fulfill the following
minimum requirements:

            English                                 6.0 credits
            Social Studies                          3.0
            Science                                 3.0
            Math                                    3.0
            Values or Religion                      2.0
            Visual or Performing Arts               1.0
            Physical Education                      1.0
            Electives (includes Thai and majors)    9.0
                                           Total    28 credits


                     REQUIRED COURSES BY GRADE LEVEL


                   Grade 9                                          Grade 10
                                          Credit                                                 Credit
 English 9                                     2   English 10                                         2
 Math 9                                        2   Math 10                                            2
 Science 9                                  1.5    Science 10                                      1.5
 Social Studies 9                           1.5    Social Studies 10                               1.5
 Innovative Art I                           .25    Innovative Art II                               .25
 Multi-Media Technology I                   .25    Multi-Media Technology II                       .25
 Entrepreneurship I                         .25    Entrepreneurship II                             .25
 Introduction to Thai/Japanese 1            .25    Introduction to Thai/Japanese II                .25
 Values 9/ Religion 9                         ,5   Values 10/ Religion 10                            .5
 Thai Language and Culture (Native) 9*         1   Thai Language and Culture (Native) 10*             1
   Or: Thai Studies (Non-Native) 9            .5     Or: Thai Studies (Non-Native) 10                .5
   And: Japanese Language I (Native) 9        .5     And: Japanese Language II (Native) 10           .5
 Physical Education                           .5   Physical Education                                .5

 Credit Total                             10       Credit Total                                   10



                   Grade 11                                         Grade 12
                                          Credit                                                 Credit
 English 11                                   2    English 12                                        2
 Math 11/Math Studies 11                    1.5    Math 12/Math Studies 12                         1.5
 Science 11                                 1.5    Science 12                                      1.5
 Sociology 11                               1.5    Psychology 12                                   1.5
 AP Studio Art/Comp. Science                1.5    AP Studio Art/Comp. Science                     1.5
 Thai Language and Culture (Native) 11*       1    Thai Language and Culture (Native) 12*            1
  Or: Thai Studies (Non-Native) 11           .5     Or: Thai Studies (Non-Native) 12                .5
  And: Japanese Language III (Native)11      .5     And: Japanese Language IV(Native)12             .5
 Values 11/ Religion 11                      .5    Service Learning 12                              .5
 Physical Education                          .5    Physical Education                               .5

 Credit Total                              10      Credit Total                                   10


*Required for all Thai nationals
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TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Requirement
Students are expected to earn a minimum score of 500 Institutional, 61 internet-based, or
173 computer-based TOEFL in order to graduate. Every March RIST provides the
Institutional TOEFL for juniors, and also for seniors who still need the required score.

Thai Language Requirement
In accordance with the regulations of the Thai Ministry of Education, all Thai nationals
attending international schools are required to take courses in Thai language and
culture. Similarly, non-nationals are required to take courses in Thai culture. These
required courses are incorporated into the RIST program at every grade level.

Early Graduation
The RIST High School academic program is designed to be completed over a four-year
period. However, there may be circumstances in which a student may graduate early
(end of 1st semester or 3rd quarter of grade 12), such as acceptance into a university
program that begins before the end of the senior year. Early graduation is a privilege,
not a right; therefore it may be withdrawn if the student fails to maintain good standing
in academics and behavior. The student who meets the school‟s criteria will be issued a
Graduation Certificate Letter and a transcript upon completion of the first semester or
third quarter of the Grade 12 year. A diploma will be issued after the graduation
ceremony in June. This is in accordance with the Thai Ministry of Education regulations.

Eligibility Criteria for Early Graduation
     Earn a minimum of 28 credits
     Earn a minimum GPA of 2.0
     Earn a minimum TOEFL score of 500 (173 computer-based/61 internet-based)
     Acceptable behavior and attendance
     Acceptable grades in English classes
     Acceptance from a university
     Approval of the Principal


      Time Line                                    Activity

 Grade 11           Student sits for the institutional TOEFL exam.
 (First Semester)
 Grade 12           Student submits Early Graduation Application Form and
 (First Semester)   supporting documentation to Counselor:
                       Official TOEFL score report
                       Official letter of acceptance into a university (may be
                        submitted later upon receipt)
                    The form must be signed by the student and the parents.
                    Counselor accepts the application pending receipt of letter of
                    acceptance in December or January.
 Grade 12           Student submits letter of acceptance from a university to support
 (Nov.-Mar.)        the Early Graduation Application.
                    The Counselor will review the application, academic
                    performance, and the supporting documentation before final
                    approval is given by the Principal.
                    Early graduation, if granted, is for exit upon completion of the 1st
                    semester or at the end of the 3rd quarter.



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Graduation Age Limit
According to the school charter, students must graduate before they reach their 21st
birthday.

Credits
In addition to earning grades, high school students must also earn credit towards
graduation. Credit is granted only for courses taken while a student is enrolled in a high
school (grades 9-12) program. At RIST the schedule is on a four-day rotation with classes
lasting 70 minutes. Credit is calculated on the following basis:

 Duration of Course         Class Meets            Class Length         Credit Earned
    1 semester               Every day              70 minutes                1
    1 semester          Two out of Four days        70 minutes               0.5
    1 semester          One out of Four days        70 minutes              0.25

Credit is granted for courses in which the student has earned a grade of D (60%) or
higher. A student who earns a grade of F (below 60%) will not earn credit for that course.
Failure may jeopardize the student‟s ability to graduate. Excessive absences and
tardiness will also affect the student‟s ability to graduate on schedule.

Transfer Credit
Students from other high schools may transfer up to 8 credits per academic year for
courses for which a grade of D, or passing grade, and above have been earned. In
addition to these 8 credits, 1 summer school credit per year from other schools may also
be transferred in. Transfer students who do not have enough course credit to graduate
must make up the missing credit requirement. Summer school provides an opportunity to
make up credit in some subjects.

Grade Level Placement or Promotion
Credits are also used to place students. Students who enter high school or who transfer
from other high schools will be placed in the following grades according to the credits
they have earned:


        Entering Grade Level                   Student must have earned
                 9                                      0 credit
                 10                               6 credits minimum
                 11                              12.5 credits minimum
                 12                               20 credits minimum

Students who enter RIST in the upper grades (grades 11 and 12) must be able to meet all
graduation requirements by the time they graduate. Failing to do so may require an
additional semester or year.

Repeating Courses
Students in grades 9 to 12 who fail a course must attend summer school or an after-
school program to make up the credit.




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Credit Awarded upon Early Withdrawal

Any student in grades 9 to 12 withdrawing from RIST before the end of a semester may
request to receive credit if the following requirements are fulfilled:
   Credit is granted only for completed quarters.
   A written request for early withdrawal is submitted to the Principal at least two weeks
    prior to withdrawal.
   Documentation from the parent's/guardian's sponsoring organization justifying early
    withdrawal is submitted to the Principal.
   The student has not exceeded the absence limit for a semester course.
   The student has achieved passing grades of 60% (D) or higher




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             UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

College planning should begin in the first two years of high school (Grades 9 and 10). This
will ensure that students can meet the recommended course requirements for the
colleges of their choice.

Australian University Entrance Requirements
Each college or university has its own English language requirements. Australian colleges
and universities accept TOEFL or IELTS scores as proof of proficiency.

Length of Courses
Certificate: 6 to 18 months
Diploma: 1.5 to 3 years
Bachelor’s Degree: 3 to 5 years

        Desired Qualification            TOEFL Requirement       IELTS Requirement
Certificate (TAFE or private college)         500-550                    5-6
Diploma (TAFE or private college)             500-550                    5-6
Bachelor‟s degree (university)                550-600                    6-7

Each college or university has its own academic entry requirements. Particular programs
at these colleges or universities may even have their own entrance requirements. Many
require a certain grade point average (GPA) from high school. As a general guide:

         Desired Qualification                  Academic Entry Requirements
 Certificate (TAFE or private college)   Successful completion of 10-11 yrs of school
 Diploma (TAFE or private college)       Successful completion of 11-12 yrs of school
 Bachelor‟s degree (university)          Successful completion of high school

Source: Australian Education Advisory Service

British (UK) University Entrance Requirements

Career-based courses (for example, you‟d like to be a designer)
Entrance requirements for career-based courses depend on the level of study. For
example, National Diploma courses and vocational A-levels normally require four or five
GCSEs or the equivalent, whereas a Higher National Diploma (HND) would require at
least two A- levels or the equivalent. You may also be required to produce evidence of
relevant skills or experience, e.g. a portfolio of drawing for an art and design course.

Degree course (leading to a Bachelor‟s degree)
Students normally enter degree courses at the age of 18 but they can be younger and
many are older. For admission to a degree course, you will need three A-levels or the
equivalent. The grades you need will depend on which subject you choose and which
institution you want to study at.

Source: British Council




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Canadian University Entrance Requirements
Each university has its own entrance requirements. At some universities, if you are a high
school graduate from a US school system you will have to meet US high school entrance
requirements. As a rule, Canadian universities require:


                          General Admissions Requirements
           TOEFL              May be required.
            IELTS             Accepted at some Canadian universities instead of
                              the TOEFL. Check your program requirements.
             SAT              May be required. Check with the university for
                              minimum scores.
    High School Diploma       Successful completion of high school program. Each
                              university has its own minimum course requirements.

Bachelor or undergraduate degrees require three or four years of full time study
depending on the university or the program. An honors baccalaureate degree means
an additional year of study in the major or honors subject at a higher academic level of
achievement.

Colleges and Institutes offer diploma and certificate programs but some may offer
degrees called two-year associate degrees or four-year applied degrees.

Source: Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials, Council of Ministers
of Education, Canada (CMEC)



Chinese University Entrance Requirements

Chinese language proficiency is required to study in China. The Chinese language
proficiency test, or Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK), is designed to assess the language
proficiency of non-native Chinese speakers. The HSK is divided into primary, medium and
advanced levels. Failure to earn a passing score for entrance to university may mean
you will need to study Chinese for one to two years before entering a university.

          Type of Program                           Admissions Requirements
 Undergraduate programs in Liberal       Diplomas, academic records, medium stage
 Arts                                    C-level on the HSK, passing scores on
                                         entrance exams or proficiency assessment
 Undergraduate programs in               Diplomas, academic records, primary stage
 Science, Engineering, Agriculture,      C-level on the HSK, passing scores on
 Medicine                                entrance exams or proficiency assessment
 Undergraduate programs in Arts          Pictures, recordings, and audio-visual
                                         materials of own works of art, letters of
                                         recommendation

Source: Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, Ministry of Education




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Japanese University Entrance Requirements

Universities in Japan conduct almost all their courses in Japanese with a few exceptions.
Some universities offer special courses aimed at obtaining degrees or short-term study
programs in English. Regular undergraduate programs at universities take four years to
complete. Medical, dentistry and veterinary programs are six years.

 To apply, applicants must meet one of the following qualifications:
     1. Completed 12 years of education outside Japan including secondary
        education
     2. Completed an educational program after 10-11 years, completed a course
        of preliminary study for university entrance, and be at least 18 years old
     3. Passed a qualification in one‟s home country equivalent to the University
        Entrance Qualification Examination
     4. Passed the International Baccalaureate and be at least 18 years old

Admissions Requirements
     Certificate of senior high-school graduation (or anticipated date of graduation)
     Senior high-school transcript
     Letter of recommendation from the principal or a teacher at senior high school
     Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)
      and other university entrance exams

Source: Japan Student Services Organization




Korean University Entrance Requirements

There are both two-year junior colleges leading to the Associate‟s Degree and four-year
universities leading to either a Certificate or a Bachelor‟s Degree. Academic
requirements will vary from university to university.

Admissions Requirements
   High School diploma
   Transcript
   Two letters of recommendation
   Korean proficiency certificate or official TOEFL score
   Study plan
   Personal Essay
   Portfolio (for applicants to the arts or sports)


Source: Korean Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development




New Zealand University Entrance Requirements
English Proficiency Requirement
If you do not meet the language proficiency requirement you may be advised to attend
English language school first. New Zealand accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS.

 TOEFL                 550
 IELTS (Academic)      6.0-6.5 (with 5.5 or better in each band)
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Academic Requirements
The entry standards in New Zealand vary from university to university. You will have to
consult the university to find out their specific admissions requirements. The admissions
requirements below are meant as guidelines to give you a general idea of the
expectations.

 Thailand    Matayom 6 with good grades or 1 year of study at a recognized university
 USA         High School diploma and SAT scores.

Source: New Zealand Education Adviser Services Limited


Taiwanese University Entrance Requirements

Institutions of higher education include two-year junior colleges, technical colleges,
liberal arts colleges, four-year universities and graduate schools. Most university
undergraduate programs require four years of study. However, students may receive
two-year extensions in order to fulfill their undergraduate requirements. Specialized
undergraduate programs, like dentistry will require six years to complete, while medical
school programs require seven years.

Undergraduate courses in a national university are mainly taught in Mandarin. Some
institutions have programs for international students. There are 17 educational institutions
for foreign residents in Taiwan. English is the main foreign language.

    University or        Qualifications        Length of Study         International
      College                                                            Students’
                                                                        Admissions
                                                                       Requirements
    National,            Graduate from           4 to 7 years       Diploma,
   municipal, or        senior secondary                            Transcript of
     private              school or the                              grades
                           equivalent.                              Two letters of
                                                                     recommendation
                                                                    Health certificate
                                                                    Study plan in
                                                                     Chinese or English

Source: Taiwanese Ministry of Education


Thai University Entrance Requirements
These are the qualifications and requirements for four-year universities in Thailand. Some
Thai universities have international programs that are taught in English. There are 107
undergraduate programs in English-medium in 67 areas of study in 21 universities.
Admissions requirements may vary depending on the program. These are general
guidelines to the Thai universities:

Admissions Requirements to Thai Language Programs (i.e., programs taught in Thai)
         Passing score on the entrance exam which is offered November to April
         Passing score in Thai language
         If students do not take International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced
           Placement (AP) courses in the subject that they wish to study, they must have
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           taken the appropriate courses and passed the exams. These courses and
           grades must appear on the final transcript

Qualifications of Applicants (Non-Thai Citizens)
          Must have satisfactorily completed high school (grade 12) and possess a
            high school certificate (diploma)
          Entrance examination
          Physical examination, interview and a possible aptitude test
          Thai language proficiency required for Thai language programs. English
            language proficiency required for English language programs.

Required and Recommended Courses for Thai Language Programs
       Math and Science majors need to have completed 2 years in the following
       subjects:
          Biology, AP Biology or IB Biology
          Chemistry, AP Chemistry or IB Chemistry
          Physics, AP Physics B or IB Physics
          Calculus, AP Calculus AB or IB Math, IB Math Methods or IB Higher Level Math
          Thai language

Admissions Requirements to International Programs (taught in English) at Thai Universities
         SAT combined score of 1600* Critical Reading 500
         TOEFL at 213 or above on the computer-based test or IELTS score of at least
           6.0 on the paper test
         Successfully passed basic high school courses depending on the chosen field
           of study, OR
         Passing scores on entrance exams in the subject areas

*Could be higher or lower depending on the university. Check the university‟s admissions
requirements.




US University Entrance Requirements
US colleges and universities offer two-year and four-year programs of study. Two-year
programs lead to an associate degree while four-year programs lead to the bachelor
degree. Credit earned towards an associate degree may transfer to a four-year
program.

Commonly Recommended Course Requirements for Four-Year US Colleges
  English                4 years
  Social Studies         3-4 years
  Mathematics            3-4 years
  Science                3-4 years
  Modern Language        2-3 years‟ study in the same language*

*Some universities do not have a modern language requirement, especially for students
whose first language is not English. Check the college‟s specific admissions requirements.

Factors in US College Acceptance
         Overall achievement in high school
         Participation in extra-curricular activities and community service
         Positive recommendations from teachers and counselors

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           College admissions test scores (e.g., SAT I/SAT II, ACT). Check the college‟s
            specific admissions requirements.
           College essay or interview
           English proficiency (TOEFL). Check the college‟s specific admissions
             requirements for international students.

Source: RIS Counseling Office




Standardized Testing
Students are required to earn a passing score of 500 on the TOEFL (or equivalent) in order
to graduate from RIST. Standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, and the TOEFL may be
required for university admission. It is important to check with the university for specific
admissions requirements. Ruamrudee International School (RIS) is a testing center. This
allows students to take the SAT and the TOEFL on campus. Check the student planner for
the test dates and plan accordingly. You can now register for the SAT online at
www.collegeboard.com but for the ACT inquire at the RIS High School Counseling
Office, H105.

Recommended Testing Time Line

                Grade 9-12       Semester 1     o   Stanford Achievement Test
                 Grade 11        Semester 1     o   PSAT
                 Grade 11        Semester 2     o   Institutional TOEFL
                 Grade 12        Semester 1     o   SAT I, SAT II, ACT

Our school‟s CEEB school testing code for the SAT is 695300




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             COURSE OVERVIEW – GRADES 9-10

(TABLE INDICATES NUMBER OF BLOCKS/PERIODS IN A FOUR-DAY CYCLE, NOT ORDER OF PERIODS)


BLOCKS        DAY 1                     DAY 2                        DAY 3               DAY 4



  1          ENGLISH                   ENGLISH                       ENGLISH            ENGLISH




  2          SCIENCE                   SCIENCE                       SCIENCE       VALUES/RELIGION




  3           MATH                      MATH                         MATH                MATH



                                   21ST CENTURY                                       21ST CENTURY
         THAI LANGUAGE                WHEEL:                  THAI LANGUAGE              WHEEL:
  4        & CULTURE               ART; MEDIA;                  & CULTURE             ART; MEDIA;
         OR THAI STUDIES         THIRD LANGUAGE;               OR JAPANESE          THIRD LANGUAGE;
                                ENTREPRENEURSHIP                                   ENTREPRENEURSHIP


                                                                                       PHYSICAL
  5       SOCIAL STUDIES          SOCIAL STUDIES              SOCIAL STUDIES
                                                                                      EDUCATION




                       Total 70-minute blocks in 4-day cycle (20 blocks):

                                                  THAI LANGUAGE &
                  ENGLISH              4          CULTURE* OR THAI             2
                                                  STUDIES & JAPANESE
                  MATH                 4
                                                  21ST CENTURY WHEEL           2
                  SCIENCE              3
                                                  VALUES OR RELIGION           1
                  SOCIAL STUDIES       3
                                                  PHYSICAL EDUCATION           1


                                  *required for all Thai nationals




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            COURSE OVERVIEW – GRADES 11-12

(TABLE INDICATES NUMBER OF BLOCKS/PERIODS IN A FOUR-DAY CYCLE, NOT ORDER OF PERIODS)


BLOCKS        DAY 1                    DAY 2                       DAY 3               DAY 4



  1          ENGLISH                  ENGLISH                     ENGLISH              ENGLISH




  2          SCIENCE                  SCIENCE                     SCIENCE      VALUES/RELIGION




           MATH/MATH                MATH/MATH                  MATH/MATH             PHYSICAL
  3
            STUDIES                  STUDIES                    STUDIES             EDUCATION



         THAI LANGUAGE                MAJOR:                 THAI LANGUAGE             MAJOR:
  4        & CULTURE             AP STUDIO ART OR              & CULTURE          AP STUDIO ART OR
         OR THAI STUDIES        COMPUTER SCIENCE              OR JAPANESE        COMPUTER SCIENCE



                                                                 MAJOR:
           SOCIOLOGY 11            SOCIOLOGY 11                                    SOCIOLOGY 11
  5                                                         AP STUDIO ART OR
          PSYCHOLOGY 12           PSYCHOLOGY 12                                   PSYCHOLOGY 12
                                                           COMPUTER SCIENCE




                       Total 70-minute blocks in 4-day cycle (20 blocks):

                                                    THAI LANGUAGE & CULTURE*
          ENGLISH                      4            OR THAI STUDIES & JAPANESE
                                                                                   2
          MATH/MATH STUDIES            3            MAJOR ELECTIVE
                                                                                   3
          SCIENCE                      3            VALUES OR RELIGION
                                                                                   1
          SOCIOLOGY/PSYCHOLOGY 3                    PHYSICAL EDUCATION
                                                                                   1

                                      *required for all Thai nationals




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                                COURSE OUTLINES

          CORE CURRICULUM

English 9                                       English 11

Full Year - 70 minutes every day: 2 credits     Full Year - 70 minutes every day: 2 credits
In this introductory high school course,        In their junior year, students continue to
students read selected short stories and        study world and Asian literature, both as
novels from contemporary world and              whole-class and independent reading.
Asian fiction. Basic literary elements are      They develop their reading strategies
introduced but the literary focus for the       and acquire stronger comprehension
year is theme. Students use Bloom‟s             skills. Through class discussions and
critical thinking questions and reading         independent writing projects, students
responses to demonstrate                        analyze author‟s purpose, character
comprehension of literature. In drama,          motivation, point of view, and mood.
students improve delivery through the           Students gain independence as writers
use of volume, pace, stress, intonation,        through the use of self and peer-
and body language. 6+1 traits of writing        evaluations using 6+1 traits rubrics.
are introduced as a common way to talk          Writing strategies emphasize writing for
about writing. In terms of genres,              both fluency and accuracy. Through a
students write phase autobiographies,           mini-lesson approach, students develop
interview essays, poetry, and                   control over the basic elements of writing
informational reports. The research focus       at the word, sentence, paragraph, and
for this year is on paraphrasing and            text levels. In terms of genre, students
summarizing.                                    write plays, formal letters, literary analysis
                                                and cause-effect essays.

English 10
                                                English 12
Full Year - 70 minutes every day: 2 credits
In the 10th grade students read                 Full Year - 70 minutes every day: 2 credits
contemporary Asian fiction that                 This senior course prepares students for
addresses teen and social issues. They          writing a college research paper. The
explore growing into adulthood and its          course covers the steps in the research
challenges: moving to a new place,              process, MLA documentation style,
adjusting to a new way of life, resolving       searching and evaluating information from
family conflicts, obeying rules and             a variety of library/online resources, and
making difficult decisions. Students            effective use of advisers/peers. Other
review basic literary elements with a           writing genres covered include literary
focus on imagery, theme, point of view,         analysis essays, persuasive essays and
and irony. They also continue the habit         reflective narrative essays. Students review
of independent reading and respond to           and study various literary elements through
texts using a variety of reading strategies     short stories, poetry and world literature.
aimed at improving comprehension. In            Presentations, debates, discussions and
                                                technology projects allow students to
writing workshops, students begin by
                                                respond to literature and practice
reviewing the writing process and
                                                academic English.
learning to write effective paragraphs. In
subsequent workshops, students use the
6 Traits to write, revise and edit narrative,
persuasive and literary analysis essays.



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Social Studies 9                                 Sociology 11

Full year –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 1.5 credits   Full year –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 1.5 credits
This course continues the social studies         This course provides an overview of the
progression begun in middle school, and          study of human interaction between
takes students through the eras of               individuals and groups. Students explore
modern history as the eastern and                socialization, and in so doing, learn
western hemispheres became more                  concepts that are essential to analyze a
interconnected during the 20th century           variety of social structures and
up until the 1920s. Students learn about:        sociological issues. By experiencing
     The Industrial Revolution and              diverse learning activities, students
        Progressive Movements                    demonstrate critical thinking skills using
     Nationalism                                sociological content. Throughout the
     European Imperialism                       course, students are given multiple
     World War I                                opportunities to use and strengthen their
Emphasis is placed on the government,            English skills and demonstrate knowledge
economics, culture and geography of              and skills learned in different ways.
each era and place. Instruction is highly
interactive and emphasizes the use of            Psychology 12
primary sources, research skills,
technology, and multiple intelligence
                                                 Full year –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 1.5 credits
teaching strategies.
                                                 In their senior year, students focus on
                                                 Psychology, the social science that
                                                 studies individual human behavior and
Social Studies 10                                development. They study important
                                                 figures in the field and their contributions
Full year –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 1.5 credits   to our understanding of motivation, self-
In the final chapter of their multi-year
                                                 concept, personality and the biological
historical exploration, students are brought
                                                 basis for behavior. Other topics of study
from the post World War I Era, through the
                                                 include: the basics of the study of
second half of the 20th Century to the
                                                 psychology; developmental psychology;
present day. In this era full of global
conflict and exceptional changes in              psychological disorders; therapy; love
technology and societies students study:         and social relationships; and
      The Great Depression                      conditioning and learning. Students
      The Rise of Totalitarian                  participate in a variety of learning
         Governments after World War I.          activities, including observations and
      Europe and Asia during and after          experiments, and are expected to
         World War II                            demonstrate critical thinking in research
      The Cold War                              and classroom discussion. The course
      The Search for Community, Stability,      provides students with many and varied
         and Peace in an Interdependent          opportunities to use and develop
         World                                   mastery of receptive and expressive
Emphasis is placed upon the government,          English communication skills, and to
economics, culture and geography of              demonstrate new learning in different
each era and place. Instruction is highly        ways.
interactive and places an emphasis on the
use of primary sources, research skills,
technology, and multiple intelligence
teaching strategies.




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Math 9                                           deeper understanding of calculus by the
                                                 end of the senior year. Specific topics for
Full Year - 70 minutes every day: 2 credits      this group will include functions and
This course places increasing emphasis           equations in general, sequences and
on using mathematical principles to              series, exponential and logarithmic
model and solve word problems.                   functions, coordinate geometry,
Students continue investigating algebra          differentiation, the binomial theorem,
by examining and solving linear,                 periodic phenomena, and trigonometry
quadratic and polynomial functions. As           with both right-angle triangles and non-
well, graphical representations of               right-angle triangles. At all levels of high
mathematical functions play a major              school math, the students are faced with
role in conveying related concepts.              the challenges inherent with becoming
Students will also acquire a working             complex thinkers, self-directed learners,
knowledge of trigonometry as a tool for          team players, and technology-proficient
solving problems associated with right           individuals. In the area of complex
triangles. Also covered are the                  thinkers, the students are presented with
manipulation of radicals as well as              the demand to synthesize explanations,
perimeter and surface area of 2D shapes          to analyze, evaluate, and interpret data,
and volume of 3-D shapes. The concept            to formulate solutions, to test hypotheses,
of proof is investigated by exploring            and to apply their skills and knowledge in
parallel lines and congruent triangles.          novel situations. As self-directed learners,
Students are required to communicate             the students will reflect upon their own
clear, logical solutions to problems in          learning processes and profit from their
both mathematical and English                    own natural mistakes. Students will be
language.                                        encouraged to contribute purposefully
                                                 and constructively in the mathematical
Math 10                                          environment as team players. To
                                                 become technology-proficient
Full Year - 70 minutes every day: 2 credits      individuals, the students will learn to
This course extends the trigonometry             determine their solutions with graphing
learned in grade 9 to non right-angle            calculators.
triangles where students learn to apply
these skills in problems involving bearings      Math Studies 11
and in finding distances that would
otherwise be difficult to measure. In            Full year –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 1.5 credits
geometry, students work with properties          The Math Studies group will pursue
of circles as well as develop graphs of          number and measurement, sets and
more complex functions. Set theory, as           Venn diagrams, applications of the
well as applications of statistics and           Pythagorean theorem, probability,
probability, will be introduced. In the          descriptive statistics, linear and
realm of algebra, this course teaches            exponential algebra, coordinate
students how to apply the knowledge of           geometry, quadratic functions,
exponential and logarithmic non-linear           numerical trigonometry, and, time
functions to solving problems associated         providing, two variable statistics. At all
with rate of change as well as matrix            levels of high school math, the students
algebra. Students will work with complex         are faced with the challenges inherent
and irrational numbers. Graphing                 with becoming complex thinkers, self-
calculators are used throughout the              directed learners, team players, and
course.                                          technology-proficient individuals. In the
                                                 area of complex thinkers, the students
Math 11                                          are presented with the demand to
                                                 synthesize explanations, to analyze,
Full year –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 1.5 credits   evaluate, and interpret data, to
Our math students are divided into two           formulate solutions, to test hypotheses,
groups, one of which will target a               and to apply their skills and knowledge in

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novel situations. As self-directed learners,     all levels of high school math, the
the students will reflect upon their own         students are faced with the challenges
learning processes and profit from their         inherent with becoming complex
own natural mistakes. Students will be           thinkers, self-directed learners, team
encouraged to contribute purposefully            players, and technology-proficient
and constructively in the mathematical           individuals. In the area of complex
environment as team players. To                  thinkers, the students are presented with
become technology-proficient                     the demand to synthesize explanations,
individuals, the students will learn to          to analyze, evaluate, and interpret data,
determine their solutions with graphing          to formulate solutions, to test hypotheses,
calculators.                                     and to apply their skills and knowledge in
                                                 novel situations. As self-directed learners,
Math 12                                          the students will reflect upon their own
                                                 learning processes and profit from their
Full year –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 1.5 credits   own natural mistakes. Students will be
Math students are divided into two               encouraged to contribute purposefully
groups, one of which will target a               and constructively in the mathematical
deeper understanding of calculus.                environment as team players. To
Specific topics for this group in the senior     become technology-proficient
year will include a review and                   individuals, the students will learn to
extenuation of differential calculus,            determine their solutions with graphing
integral calculus, vectors, probabilities,       calculators.
statistics, and matrices. At all levels of
high school math, the students are faced         Science 9
with the challenges inherent with
becoming complex thinkers, self-                 Full year –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 1.5 credits
directed learners, team players, and             Problem-solving is a key concept of the
technology-proficient individuals. In the        ninth grade science course, and
area of complex thinkers, the students           laboratory writing is formalized.
are presented with the demand to                 Laboratory work and research are
synthesize explanations, to analyze,             important elements of the course.
evaluate, and interpret data, to                 Chemistry and Physics units help students
formulate solutions, to test hypotheses,         understand the structure and
and to apply their skills and knowledge in       interactions of common materials and
novel situations. As self-directed learners,     objects, and their impact on our
the students will reflect upon their own         everyday lives. In Chemistry students
learning processes and profit from their         extend their study of the periodic table
own natural mistakes. Students will be           to include bonding, chemical formulas,
encouraged to contribute purposefully            reactions, compounds and mixtures, and
and constructively in the mathematical           solutions. The Physics unit investigates
environment as team players. To                  various forms of energy and forces.
become technology-proficient                     Students are able to distinguish between
individuals, the students will learn to          heat and temperature and experiment
determine their solutions with graphing          with how heat is transferred. Newton‟s
calculators.                                     laws of motion are discussed, and
                                                 students identify and describe different
Math Studies 12                                  forms of energy. In the environmental
                                                 unit students research current local and
Full year –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 1.5 credits   global air and water pollution issues,
The Math Studies group in their senior           explore related diseases and health
year will pursue probabilities, statistics to    problems, along with possible solutions.
an extended depth including two-
variable statistics, logic, and differential
calculus. A project in statistics will
comprise a portion of the coursework. At
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Science 10                                       conversion between the various units
                                                 used by chemists to quantify chemicals.
Full year –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 1.5 credits   Students learn about the interaction and
Students study five major themes during          effects of humans on the environment in
the year: The Earth, Waves, Cells,               ecology. The focus is on the various
Genetics and Evolution. During their             biomes, population ecology and the
investigation of the Earth students              environmental problems in today‟s world.
explore the mechanism for plate                  Students then examine the effects of
tectonics and the effects of that motion         various kinds of motion and forces on
on the crust, geologic time scale, the use       objects during a study of
of scale in modeling, and they identify          Kinematics. They use their understanding
key features of the Earth's structure. A         and application of the three Newton‟s
study of the properties of waves and the         Laws and relate them to the concepts of
effects of their interactions includes both      motion and forces that occur every day
mechanical (sine, sound, and                     in their lives. The students then end the
longitudinal) and electromagnetic (light,        year with a look at the human
microwaves and radio) waves. Students            body. Students investigate the anatomy
then investigate the building blocks of all      and physiology of several of the body's
living things: cells. Students review the        organ systems in order to better
functions of the various organelles of a         appreciate the need to maintain a
prototypical plant and animal cell. An in-       healthy lifestyle. The course places
depth study of the mechanism of cellular         special focus on science vocabulary,
division leads into to the study of              mathematical data analysis, applied
Genetics. In this unit they learn the            technology and Socratic dialogue as a
mechanism that allows genes to be                means to enhance English and critical
passed from parents to offspring, and            thinking skills.
how the information for the specific traits
carried by these genes is decoded and            Science 12
used to make proteins within the cell.
They also investigate cancer and various         Full year –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 1.5 credits
genetic diseases, and how current                Students study four major themes during
medical research is changing how we              the year: Plants, Ecology,
view and deal with these issues. Students        Thermodynamics and States of Matter.
end the year with a survey of the theory         These topics provide an opportunity
of Evolution. They demonstrate how an            to present various environmental issues
organism's fitness is a function of its          that are integrated throughout the
environment and how changes are                  year. In the Plants Unit students
made to a species over time as a result          investigate the relationship between the
of changes in their environment. The             importance of two basic processes,
course places special focus on science           photosynthesis and respiration. Plants
vocabulary and analytical thinking as a          are the primary producers of most
means to enhance English and critical            ecosystems and form the basis for a
thinking skills.                                 discussion of ecology. Students become
                                                 familiar with the major biomes of the
Science 11                                       world, the biogeochemical cycles that
                                                 support them and the interactions
Full year –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 1.5 credits   among populations that form particular
Students study four major themes during          ecosystems. Students use this
the year: Chemical Quantities, Ecology,          information to investigate the issue of
Kinematics, and The Human Body. While            overpopulation on both a local and
investigating chemical quantities                global scale. Students demonstrate how
students learn about the concept of the          these processes are present in global
mole and how matter is conserved                 warming and what measures must be
during a chemical reaction. Special              taken to reverse this process. A study of
focus is placed on the                           thermodynamics includes methods of

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heat transfer, insulators, calorimetry and       application assignments that help them
temperature. They learn how to                   to demonstrate their understanding of
calculate enthalpy values using Hess‟s           following the example of Jesus in the
Law. The year ends with a survey of the          love and service of their fellow men. In
properties of the three common states of         addition, by studying the life of the early
matter. Students also revisit chemical           Church, students come to appreciate
bonding and correlate the different              and value their beliefs, and those of
bond types with the states and nature of         others, and to strive to live out and
matter. The course places special focus          preserve their Catholic faith.
on science vocabulary, lab report-
writing, conceptual analysis and Socratic        Religion 11
dialogue as a means to enhance English
and critical thinking skills.                    Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit
                                                 The course theme is Social Justice and
                                                 Morality. Students discover that the
        RELIGION AND VALUES                      ethical decisions they make are related
                                                 to the opinion they have of themselves
                                                 and the value system they hold, and that
Religion 9                                       their family and culture have provided
                                                 the basis for their value system. This value
Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit   system must be deep-rooted in Christian
The course theme is an introduction to           moral teachings. The course helps
the Old Testament, outlining the                 students to develop their moral
development of Christianity through              reasoning through many opportunities
Biblical story accounts of salvation             for role-playing and scenarios that
history. Students are introduced to such         require utilizing moral conscience and
books as the Pentateuch, the Book of             application of Catholic teachings.
Laws, Historical Books, Prophetic Books,         Students are provided with opportunities
Book of Wisdom, and the Psalms. They             in community service to stand up for their
come to appreciate the cultural, social,         own beliefs and to speak out on behalf
and political aspects of the Israelites          of the poor and marginalized. Through
community and how God used Jesus‟                this experiential learning and community
predecessors to prepare the people of            service, dealing with different age
God for the coming of Jesus Christ. The          groups from different social and
students identify the different images of        economic backgrounds, students
God that are depicted throughout the             develop an empathic heart for those
Old Testament and come to appreciate             who are less fortune and contribute to
the coming of the Messiah through                preserving the dignity of all persons.
God‟s revelation to his faithful. Students
make the connection between salvation            Values 9
history foretold in the Old Testament and
salvation history carried out in the person      Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit
of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.            Our community shapes our values and
                                                 provides us with a safe place to grow
Religion 10                                      and learn. Students learn how their own
                                                 values can direct them to make good
Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit   choices. They learn to take responsibility
The course theme is the New Testament.           for their actions as well as resolve
Students discover Christian values and           conflicts within their peer groups.
virtues revealed in the different books of       Students recognize how physical and
the New Testament. They study the four           emotional changes affect them and
Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the           their relationships. They learn how to
New Testament letters, and the book of           make decisions that build character and
Revelation. After each reading, students         a positive self-image. They recognize the
produce written reflections and/or               role of the family, peers, and community
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in shaping their values and their                with the natural sense of caring and
behavior. They learn how to avoid                concern young people have for their
situations that are harmful. Throughout          world--whether at school, in their
the course, students use speaking,               community, or in the world. Students
listening, reading, and writing skills in        learn that to be Caring Global Citizens,
English to grow in understanding of              they must reflect, transform, and take
themselves and the world around them.            action. In so doing, students gain greater
                                                 insight into themselves, develop respect
Values 10                                        and responsibility, while also learning to
                                                 see themselves as partners in progress
Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit   with their communities and with
In this course, students learn that they         humankind.
need to like themselves. Students learn
how the family, one‟s community, and
the media all play a part in forming their             LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
self-image. They learn to be responsible
and how to make responsible decisions
regarding their well-being and                   Thai Language & Culture (Native) 9
happiness. Through a better
understanding of their personalities, their      Full year – 70 minutes 2 in 4 days: 1 credit
likes and dislikes, their strengths and          Thai 9 is a literature-based program,
areas for improvement, students learn to         which provides students with the
value what is important, work towards            opportunity to study and analyze a
their goals, and have respectful                 variety of literary genres. Students begin
relationships with others. They learn to         to think, read, speak and write critically
care about the environment. Students,            about literature. Throughout the year,
moreover, learn caring and responsibility        students are introduced to short stories,
towards their communities through                poetry, novels, and non-fiction. Emphasis
planning, organizing, and participation in       is placed on developing formal writing
community service.                               skills through the writing process.
                                                 Speaking skills are reinforced through a
Values 11                                        variety of oral activities and
                                                 presentations. Students are introduced
Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit   to the key elements of various types of
In this course, students begin to be more        essays; narrative, descriptive, expository,
aware of global issues and ethical               and persuasive. Grammatical usage is
problems facing our modern society.              studied within the context of literary
They realize how our cultures and our            analysis and written composition.
value systems affect the decisions we            Connections are made with
make and the opinions we hold. They              contemporary issues in Thai society in
investigate and reflect on these values          order to relate student learning to real-
and how family, friends, and the media           life situations and enhance integration of
affect them. They can judge for                  learning.
themselves how globalization, as spread
through the media, affects their culture         Thai Language & Culture (Native) 10
and their values.
                                                 Full year – 70 minutes 2 in 4 days: 1 credit
Service Learning 12                              In Thai 10, students explore a variety of
                                                 literary genres within the themes of social
Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit   struggle, injustice, power, poverty, and
In this course, students discover that           idealism. In addition to literary analysis,
service learning means to share one's            special emphasis is given to student
knowledge and expertise with the                 writing skills. Students learn to write
community. Service learning means to             essays, commentaries and research
connect what students learn in school            papers. Oral communication is
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enhanced through class discussions,            contact with diverse ideas. The course
speech and commentaries, using                 emphasizes writing critiques, essays,
literature as a springboard. Students are      research papers, and analysis, as well as
introduced to literary elements and            oral activities such as presentations,
literary devices commonly found in Thai        discussions, and commentaries.
literature. As in grade 9, grammar usage
and vocabulary are studied within the          Community Action Component
context of literary analysis, oral
presentations, and written work.               All high school Thai students in grades 9-
Throughout the course, connections are         12 are required to play an active role in
made with current social issues to             carrying out service community activities.
enhance and integrate student learning.        Students will plan and select their
                                               community involvement activities
Thai Language & Culture (Native) 11            arranged by their teachers or from an
                                               approved list. When community service
Full year – 70 minutes 2 in 4 days: 1 credit   activities are completed, the student will
In Thai 11 students are exposed to the         submit a form, signed by the sponsoring
techniques and style employed by               organization or person, to verify the hours
writers from different eras in Thai literary   of service. Students are encouraged to
history. Works are chosen from various         complete an average of 12 hours of
literary periods, from Rattnakosin             service for each year of their high school
literature to contemporary novels. The         program.
course emphasizes the key aspects of
significant literary genres and                Thai Studies (Non-native) 9
conventions of Thai literature. Students
develop the ability to think critically and    Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit
independently, analyzing literature in         This course, entitled Thai Ways, is
depth and using language in                    designed to develop non-native
sophisticated discussions and debate.          students' understanding of the historical
They construct arguments, both written         events and heritage that contributed to
and oral that are focused, coherent and        the development of the nation. Students
persuasive, with relevant support and          examine major developments in Thai
examples.                                      history, including people, events, ideas,
                                               and trends across significant time periods
Thai Language & Culture (Native) 12            from Sukhothai to Ratanakosin. Special
                                               emphasis is given to an in-depth analysis
Full year – 70 minutes 2 in 4 days: 1 credit   of how values of the past societies have
Thai 12 aims to promote students‟              influenced current trends and helped
knowledge and understanding of their           shape contemporary Thailand. Through
own culture and society. This course           research and writing, students develop
offers students an opportunity to              skills in searching for information,
examine complex issues of cultural             analyzing and organizing their findings,
identity, prejudice, and stereotyping          and communicating, in English, aspects
through famous literature such as Si Phan      of the historical and cultural heritage of
Din and Chao Mom, authored by M.L.             the host country.
Kukrit Pramote. Students examine the
roots of traditional views of race, sex,       Thai Studies (Non-native) 10
gender, roles, and ethnicity, and explore
the causes of dramatic changes in past         Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit
decades, focusing on the identity, beliefs     Focusing on „Modern Thailand‟, this
and values, conflict, challenges and           course develops students' understanding
social issues of Thai society. Students        of the various forces, both foreign and
develop cultural sensitivity through           domestic, that have shaped modern
personal engagement in a variety of            Thailand. Students will explore key
works, and grow intellectually through         changes and political attitudes that
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influenced Thailand in the 20th century.         meaningful and practical learning
Emphasis is placed on the rise of                experience, working with Thai people in
nationalism, the first constitution that         a local community. This challenging
ended the absolute monarchy, the                 course aims to develop research writing
ascendancy of the military dictators, and        and independent learning
the struggle for democracy. Students will        competencies, together with
also examine the impact and the threat           organization, collaboration,
of globalization on Thai values, beliefs,        communication, and time-management
and attitudes in this century. Research          skills.
skills, essay writing, and critical thinking
are among the competencies                       Japanese Language I (Grade 9
developed by this course, as students            Native)
deepen their understanding of the host
culture.                                         Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit
                                                 The course is designed for Japanese
Thai Studies (Non-Native) 11                     native speakers who have completed
                                                 two years of middle school Japanese
Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit   language or the equivalent. Students will
In grade 11 students complete a Living           learn kanji, the Japanese style of
Heritage Project designed to capture             Chinese characters (1608 characters),
and preserve Thailand's heritage online.         idioms, proverbs, and skills for writing
They assemble a treasure-trove of written        compositions. Students will also read and
and graphic information reflecting               analyze newspapers and other materials
various aspects of people, places,               for native-speaking readers. In addition,
traditions, and issues of interest in            they will be able to distinguish between
Thailand, to be published as a "living"          honorific and informal language. By the
database of resources for school                 end of grade 9, students are expected
classrooms. This purposeful,                     to reach the same level in the language
performance-based course provides a              as Japanese middle school graduates.
meaningful reason for studying. Through
project-based learning, students                 Japanese Language II (Grade 10
develop a command of research skills;            Native)
they write stories and articles with clarity,
logic, validity, and effectiveness on a          Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit
wide range of topics about Thailand;
                                                 The course is designed for Japanese
and they employ many aspects of
                                                 native speakers who have completed
educational technology to produce and
                                                 three years of middle school Japanese
present work.
                                                 language or the equivalent. Students will
                                                 continue to study kanji, the Japanese
Thai Studies (Non-native) 12                     style of Chinese characters (1,945
                                                 characters), more idioms, proverbs and
Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit
                                                 skills for writing more varied compositions
Named after the Thai government                  in an appropriate Japanese style.
“OTOP” initiative (One Tambon One                Students continue to read and analyze
Product), senior students engage in a            newspapers and age-appropriate
“One Village One Product” Community              literature for more advanced readers. In
Treasures Project. Integrated with               addition, they are taught to use honorific
Business Studies and English, the course         language in appropriate contexts. By the
aims to provide students an opportunity          end of grade 10, students are expected
to demonstrate the knowledge and skills          to reach the same level in the language
needed to analyze aspects of Thai                as Japanese students in high school year
culture in a chosen community: its ideas         one.
and artwork, social and cultural values,
beliefs, and traditions. Students will be
exposed to real-world application in a
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Japanese Language III (Grade 11                           PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Native)

Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit
The course is designed for Japanese              Physical Education 9
native speakers who have completed
Japanese high school first year                  Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit
education, or equivalent. Students will          The first year of high school Physical
continue to study kanji, the Japanese            Education is primarily designed to
style of Chinese characters (1,945               promote a healthy generation of
characters). They develop their                  students who are able to achieve their
command of idiomatic language use                highest potential, reversing the trend of
and are required to write essays that            deteriorating health and physical fitness
show a good command of the written               among youth. The course is designed to
language. Students continue to read              improve cardiovascular endurance,
and respond to texts suitable for                muscular strength, muscular endurance,
advanced readers. By the end of the              healthful body composition and flexibility
course, students are expected to reach           through participation in lifetime sports. In
the same language level as second year           addition, participation in group activities
high school students in the Japanese             builds students‟ interpersonal
education system.                                communication skills and ability to
                                                 cooperate with others.
Japanese Language IV (Grade 12
Native)                                          Physical Education 10

Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit   Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit
The course is designed for Japanese              The primary emphasis of Physical
native speakers who have completed               Education at Grade 10 is to provide
the second year of Japanese high                 review, continuation, and maintenance
school education or equivalent. Students         of physical fitness concepts and the
continue to study kanji, the Japanese            promotion of healthy lifestyles. Moreover,
style of Chinese characters (up to               the appreciation of good health is
approximately 2000 characters). They             enhanced through completing fitness
continue to master idiomatic language            self-evaluation, exercising at a pace
use and are required to write                    suited for the individual, and
challenging essays that show a strong            participating in lifetime sports. Students
command of the written language.                 continue to develop skills of interpersonal
Students read and analyze a range of             communication and collaboration as a
nonfiction and fiction material suitable         valuable by-product. These units of
for advanced readers. By the end of the          instruction are designed to educate and
course, students are expected to reach           encourage students to develop sound
the same language level as graduates             fitness habits and attitudes now and into
of Japanese high schools and be able to          the future.
compete for university entrance in
Japan.                                           Physical Education 11

                                                 Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit
                                                 The Physical education 11 course offers
                                                 students a wide variety of sports and
                                                 activities. The main goal of the course is
                                                 for students to understand that physical
                                                 activity, exercise and sport provide
                                                 opportunities for recreation, enjoyment,
                                                 challenge, character development, self-

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expression and social interaction. The           articulated over two-years and provide
focus of the course is the continued             students with wide choices and
development of a healthy lifestyle               opportunities to practice the skills
through personal fitness activities and          acquired in real-life simulations.
lifetime sports.

Physical Education 12

Full Year - 70 minutes 1 in 4 days: 0.5 credit        COMPUTER SCIENCE MAJOR
The Physical Education 12 course                          GRADES 11 & 12
provides continuing opportunities for
students to appreciate and benefit from
physical activity and personal fitness as
                                                 Digital Design (Grade 11)
part of a healthy and well-balanced
lifestyle. The course allows students to         1 Semester –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 0.75
achieve a high level of proficiency in a         credits
variety of physical activities, and              Students will receive instruction on more
participate in a range of sports. In             advanced aspects of digital design than
addition, they will be able to evaluate          in previous courses. They will have an
their own and their peers‟ skill                 opportunity to choose independent
development in order to identify areas           projects to reinforce the skills they have
for improvement.                                 acquired as well as further their learning
                                                 with a wide variety of technical design
                                                 applications. Skills will include but are
  21st CENTURY WHEEL – GR. 9 & 10                not limited to web design, graphics
                                                 design, digital art, graphic animations,
                                                 web 2.0 tools, desktop publishing, photo
Innovative Art 1 & 2                             editing, 3D modeling, and yearbook.
Multi-Media Technology 1 & 2                     Students will maintain student websites /
                                                 digital portfolios to allow them to
Entrepreneurship 1 & 2
                                                 organize and reflect upon what they
Introduction to Japanese 1 & 2 or                have learned. Self-directed learning is a
Introduction to Thai 1 & 2                       major emphasis in this course which will
                                                 enable students to foster a passion for
Each course is 1 semester - 70 minutes 1 in      technology fueled by their individual
4 days: 0.25 credit per course                   interests.
The 21st Century Wheel has been
designed in accordance with the latest           Video Technology (Grade 11)
educational thinking to recognize that
schools need to prepare students for a           1 Semester –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 0.75
changing and unpredictable future. In            credits
addition to the core skills that are             This course familiarizes students with the
required for success, RIST recognizes the        production of short segment videos such
need to orientate students to be                 as commercials, short documentaries,
creative and adaptable, to be ready for          and interviews. Students learn to
challenges and opportunities that may            manage a variety of disciplines involved
present themselves in a rapidly changing         in the development and production of
world. Such preparation includes                 interactive media, such as how to
acquiring entrepreneurial skills, using art      operate a video camera, set up basic
and design in innovative ways, being             lighting, and edit audio and video
able to utilize and communicate with the         footage. As a culminating performance
latest technology and media, and                 assessment of this practical course,
expanding language abilities in a                students are required to produce their
shrinking global environment. These              own short segment video.
modular 1-semester courses are
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                                                composition and aesthetics. Students
Advanced Digital Design (Grade                  work with pencil, charcoal, pastels, ink
12)                                             and scratch board. Emphasis is placed
                                                on the history of art from a cultural
1 Semester –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 0.75        perspective and relating that experience
credits                                         to their developing art work. Advanced
Students will chose independent projects        Painting reviews previous painting
to apply the skills they have acquired as       methods and exposes students to new
well as further their learning with a wide      painting mediums concentrating on
variety of technical design applications.       composition and aesthetics. They work
This will include but are not limited to web    with a variety of mediums - pastels,
design, graphics design, digital art, graphic   watercolors, acrylics, and oil paints.
animations, web 2.0 tools, desktop              Students examine and critique examples
publishing, photo editing, 3D modeling,         from great masters of eastern and
and yearbook work. Students will also           western cultures, and apply that learning
maintain digital portfolios to allow them to    to their personal art work. To fulfill the
organize and reflect upon what they have        requirements of this course, students are
learned. Self directed learning is a major      expected to complete all studio work
emphasis in this course which will enable       and sketchbook assignments. From their
students to foster a passion for technology     personal portfolio, they select works for a
fueled by their individual interests.
                                                student exhibition at the end of the year.

Computer Hardware and                           Three Dimensional Design
Networking (Grade 12)                           (Grade 11)
1 Semester –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 0.75
credits                                         1 Semester –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 0.75
                                                credits
Students learn the functionality of
                                                This course allows students to explore
hardware and software components
                                                traditional and contemporary sculpture
and will have the opportunity to build a
                                                materials and processes. Students will
computer from its individual parts. They
                                                experience both additive and
will learn to install operating systems and
                                                subtractive methods of working
software, and troubleshoot hardware
                                                throughout the course. In ceramics,
and software problems. In addition, an
                                                students are introduced to various
introduction to networking is included
                                                techniques such as hand building, wheel
with this hands-on course. Students will
                                                throwing, glazing, and modeling portraits
continue their independent study by
                                                in clay. Students are expected to
choosing individual projects based on
                                                maintain a sketchbook as well as a
their interests that allow them to practice
                                                collection of finished three-dimensional
the technical skills they have acquired as
                                                works from which they need to select
well as develop new ones.
                                                two for a student exhibition at the end of
                                                the year.

       VISUAL ARTS ART MAJOR
                                                AP Studio Art (Grade 12)
           GRADES 11 & 12
                                                Full year –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 1.5 credits
                                                This rigorous course which may lead to
Advanced Drawing & Painting                     Advanced Placement certification is
(Grade 11)                                      intended for the serious art student who
                                                may be contemplating a career in the
1 Semester –70 minutes 3 in 4 days: 0.75        arts. The course enables students to
credits                                         undertake advanced work in a
Advanced Drawing reviews previous               specialized area of their choice in the
drawing methods and exposes students            visual arts, under the guidance of the art
to new mediums, concentrating on                teacher. Students create a portfolio of
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work demonstrating the three areas of
concern in AP work: quality of student‟s
work, concentration on a particular
interest or problem, and breadth of
experience in the formal, technical and
expressive means of the artist. The
ultimate aim of the course is to
encourage art students to become
independent thinkers who will contribute
inventively and critically to their cultures
through the creating of art.




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             REDEEMER INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL THAILAND
                                High School Change Major Form
     A. Change of Major

     Student Name:_____________________________                     Date:_________________

     Current Grade Level (check one)
     □ Grade 10
     □ Grade 11
     □ Grade 12

     My current major is (check one box)

     □ Art

     □ Computer Science
     I would like to change my major to (check one box)

     □ Art

     □ Computer Science

     B. Written Request
     In order to change majors, the student must submit at least a ½ page paper to the counselor
     explaining why he/she has decided to change majors and why it would be of benefit to change
     majors.

     C. Student Signature

     This is my major selection. I understand that I cannot change majors until the second semester.

     Student Signature:__________________________________________

     D. Parent or Guardian Approval

     I/We agree that this is my/our child’s major selection. I/We understand that he/she cannot
     change majors until the second semester.


     ____________________________________________ Father/Guardian Signature

     ____________________________________________ Name in block letters

     ____________________________________________ Mother/Guardian Signature

__________________________________________________Name in block letters


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                          Redeemer International School Thailand
Application for Early Graduation

Directions to Student: Complete this application in the first semester of Grade 12

A. Application and Documentation

 Name:                                                         Date:

 Homeroom Teacher:

 TOEFL Score:                                         Date of TOEFL:

I am applying for early graduation because I have been accepted into a university. I understand that
this application for early graduation depends on my academic and behavioral performance in school.
I understand that permission for early graduation may be revoked if my grades and/or behavior slip
unacceptably.

 Student Signature:

In support of this application I have attached the required documentation:

        TOEFL score report
        Acceptance letter from a university (may be submitted later upon receipt)

B. Parental Permission

I/We support my/our child’s application for early graduation. I/we understand that this application for
early graduation depends on his/her academic and behavioral performance in school. I /we understand
that permission for early graduation may be revoked if his/her grades and/or behavior are
unacceptable. I/We understand that the decision of the RIST administration is final.

                                                                             Father’s signature

                                                                             Name in Block Letters

                                                                             Mother’s signature

                                                                             Name in Block Letters



For Office Use Only:
     Student’s GPA ________
     Documentation is complete
     December
     March

     Missing:            TOEFL Report             University
                                                    Acceptance Letter




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