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ISB High School Student Handbook General Table of Contents 2018-2019

Message from Principal

page 2

Message from Student Council President

page 3

ISB Background

page 4

ISB’s Vision & Mission

page 5

Student Rights & Responsibilities

page 6-7

Who Should I Talk To?

page 8-9

Habits & Attitudes to Learning (HAL) Rubric

page 10

Directory School Leadership Team

page 11

Student Government

page 12

Detailed Table of Contents

page 13-16

Section 1

Channels of Communication

Page 17-26

Section 2

Behavioral Expectations and Disciplinary Actions

Page 27-45

Section 3

Admission Policy

Page 45-48

Section 4

Academic Program

Page 48-56

Section 5

ISB HS Electronic Resources Acceptable Use Policy

Page 57-59

Section 6

Academic, Athletic, and Activities Awards Criteria

Page 59-68

Section 7

Co-Curricular Program

Page 69-76

Section 8

Student Services

Page 77-87

Section 9

Daily Planner

Page 88

Section 10

Academic Resources

Page 89-93

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A Message From the High School Principal


Dear Students and Parents,

On behalf of our wonderful High School faculty, I would like to welcome everyone to the 2018/19 school year with an extra special welcome to all of our new High school students and families. If you are new to Thailand, ISB, or are moving into the High School from our Middle School, I wish you all the best with your transition. For those that are returning, welcome back to a brand new year. For our returnees, please do extend a warm helping hand to our new students and families as they start the school year. If there is anything we can do to help old or new students, please let us know – your counselors and teachers are only too willing to help.  

This handbook has been created in order to provide you with easy access to all of the necessary information you will need to navigate your way through the High School. Updates have been made each year and so this edition is a ‘must read’ for everyone. You will also receive information and updates through daily announcements, Panther Nation, the weekly HS ENews, the school website, regular assemblies and through the ISB facebook page as well.

As we begin the 2018/19 year together, I ask that you keep your levels of excitement high after the summer break and be ready for the many and varied opportunities that ISB and our parents provide to our students each and every day. We are fortunate to live, work and learn in such an exciting and well-resourced environment and my message to you is to be gracious, grateful and to make the most of the opportunities in front of you.

ISB has caring, experienced and helpful teachers and staff that are only too happy to help you through the High School years, so do reach out and ask for help and advice.

Have a great year and remember to be the best you can be.


Justin Alexander

High School Principal

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A Message from the Student Council President

Welcome back to high school! I hope you all had a wonderful, refreshing summer and are ready for the school year to begin. This year will be full of new experiences, memories and obstacles that will provide opportunities for you to grow further.

Throughout this school year, I encourage you to do what you like. Challenge yourself. Try your best. Step out of your comfort zone. It might be scary at first, but it will be worth it. After all, high school is a place to truly explore and enjoy yourself after the little freedom from middle school and before starting out our yet undetermined college life.

High school is also a place to make remarkable memories. Time flies by, and the year will be over in what will seem like a few moments. Whether it be GCW, club activities, or just simply hanging out with your friends, make the best out of it. After all, when you look back, you’ll remember laughing your worries away more than studying for a test at home.

I understand that high school can also definitely be overwhelming at times with those lab reports, assignments, and maybe even SAT’s to worry about on top of that. They may have caused some late nights and tired mornings, but I also want you to understand that you’re not alone in this journey. We all experience similar things, so don’t worry. Remember that it’s okay to be stressed sometimes.

Also, make sure to be grateful of the things around you. Your parents, teachers, faculty and your friends all help you to be the best that you can be. They are your supporting pillars that you can always rely on. Likewise, be mindful of the fact that you attend a remarkable school with amazing facilities to help you throughout your school life.

With that, I hope you all enjoy the rest of your high school years (or year!) and wish you good luck on future endeavors. Let’s have a wonderful year, and keep in mind that we’re all in this together!


Jungyoon Lee

Student Council President

Senior Class Student Council President


International School Bangkok opened in 1951 on the grounds of the United States Embassy.  School enrollment has ranged from 35 students in 1951 to 3650 students in 1969. Throughout these years the largest percentage of students has been from the United States, but the ratio is constantly changing.  The school population exceeds 1800 students of which  the High School has over 700 students.  The school moved to its new campus on Samakee Road in 1992.  ISB has students enrolled from more than fifty countries, which promotes rich intercultural experiences.  

International School Bangkok is a private, nonprofit institution operated by the International School Association under a charter of the Ministry of Education of Thailand. All parents who send their children to International School Bangkok are members of the Association.  Members of the Association elect a Board of Directors responsible for the operation of the school by a highly trained and experienced administrative staff.


Enriching communities through the intellectual, humanitarian and creative thoughts and actions of our learners.


Through outstanding teaching in a nurturing environment, ISB inspires students to:

ISB values meaningful and transferable learning where we construct understanding by developing and applying knowledge, skills and attitudes.  As learners, we develop and show our understanding when we:


Integrity                         Creative

Care                                Socially Intelligent

Courage                         Adaptable                

Commitment                         Globally-minded        

Balance                                 Self-managing        

Gratitude                         Value-driven





The Student has the right to:

  1. A safe and supportive learning environment, free from discrimination or harassment.
  2. Be treated with respect and dignity by teachers, administrators and fellow students.
  3. Prepared, knowledgeable and supportive teachers.
  4. Clearly stated academic/behavioral criteria and timely feedback on their performance.
  5. Fair and unbiased treatment from teachers in respect to grading policies, acknowledgement and classroom activities.
  6. An academic challenge in their classes according to their ability.
  7. Express themselves freely provided that it is constructive and does not cause offence.
  8. Assemble with other students in a peaceful manner.
  9. Maximum use of school facilities (as budget allows) with the permission of the faculty.
  10. Inquire teachers about grades received or assignments given, provided it is done politely.


The Students have a responsibility to:

  1. Respect others and their rights.
  2. Be truthful and honest at all times.
  3. Be accountable for all their actions or inactions.
  4. Attend class on time and fully prepared.
  5. Ensure they seek an appropriate academic challenge in their choice of courses.
  6. Follow through on all activities to which they commit themselves.
  7. Try to promote and support extra-curricular activities.
  8. Abide by the school rules, including the uniform policy.
  9. Not slander or abuse others - this includes misuse of “virtual forums” such as the Internet and e-mail.
  10. Not damage or destroy school facilities, including electronic media and data.
  11. Not reflect negatively on ISB.



Teachers, administrators and counselors work to educate students so that they are aware of their responsibilities; the school looks to the wider community for support in this endeavor.


Students who ignore their responsibilities will be subject to counseling and consequences. The intent of this intervention is to help students learn from their mistakes and restore themselves to good standing. Restoration can be costly and will consider the needs of the wider community.


Type of problem / question

Person / organisation to contact

Problem with a teacher

In this order:

  1. Your teacher
  2. Your counselor or advisor
  3. An administrator

Suggestions, concerns or questions about general school facilities and services, unfair application of rules, school policy, questions about how things are run / who to approach

The person directly responsible,

Student Council

Emotional issues, non-urgent mental health questions

Your counselor, your advisor, the school Psychologist, a trusted teacher or administrator, your parents

Relationship issues (family, friends and significant other)

Your counselor, your advisor, the school Psychologist, a trusted teacher or administrator, your parents

Physical health questions

School nurses, school medical consultant, health teachers, another trusted adult

Serious issues* (abuse, drugs, urgent mental or physical health etc.)

Your counselor, the school Psychologist, an administrator, your parents, a teacher or your advisor

Reporting a student who might be harming themselves or others*

Your counselor, their counselor, the psychologist, an administrator or teacher

Reporting a student who might be harming the school’s reputation*

Your counselor, their counselor, an administrator

Schedule issues

College application advice

Career advice

Your counselor

Tech suggestions / online safety

Mr. Mike Rutherford

Library facilities / referencing

Mr. Mike Rutherford

Ms. Melinda Kehe

Cafeteria suggestions / concerns / compliments

Mrs. Mueller-Irhig

*What about confidentiality?

The adults you talk to at school will keep everything confidential unless you or another person is in danger.

Useful contacts


Mr. Justin Alexander (HS Principal)          justina@isb.ac.th

Mr. Andy Vaughan (Dean of Students)         andyv@isb.ac.th

Ms. Susan Canobie (Dean of Academics / IB coordinator)         susanca@isb.ac.th

College Counselors

Ms. Stephan Golas          stephang@isb.ac.th

Ms. Debbie McDowell          debbiem@isb.ac.th

Ms. Jennifer Melton          jenniferm@isb.ac.th

Mr. Andrew Weiser          andreww@isb.ac.th

School Counselors

Mr. Kevin Callahan          kevinc@isb.ac.th

Mr. Kevin Davy          kevind@isb.ac.th

Ms. Jackie Valenzuela          jackiev@isb.ac.th

HS Psychologist

Ms. Ryan Ruhl          ryanr@isb.ac.th

Medical staff

Nurses         nurse@isb.ac.th

Ms. Sally Plomley (medical consultant)          sallyp@isb.ac.th


Mr. Mike Rutherford         miker@isb.ac.th

Mrs. Melinda Kehe          melindak@isb.ac.th


Ms. Michelle Mueller-Irhig         cafeteria@isb.ac.th

Student Council (new platform coming soon!)


Habits & Attitudes to Learning (HAL) Rubic

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International School Bangkok

39/7 Soi Nichada Thani, Samakee Road,

Pakkret, Nonthaburi 11120

P.O. Box 20-1015 Ha Yaek Pakkret,

Nonthaburi 11120

Tel:  02-963-5800  Fax:  (662) 583-5432

Web Page:  http://www.isb.ac.th

Directory of School Leadership

List of Contacts                                        

Central Administration:

Head of School                          Dr. Andrew Davies         02-963-5801

Deputy Head of School/CFO        Mr. Marc De Vries         02-963-5803

Deputy Head of School                Dr. Debi Caskey                02-963-5802

Headmistress                        Mrs. Usa Somboon        02-963-5804                                        

High School Administration & Counselors:

Principal                         Mr. Justin Alexander        02-963-5892

Dean of Students                        Mr. Andy Vaughan        02-963-5891

Dean of Academics & IB Coord.        Ms. Susan Canobie        02-963-5800 ext.3388

Director of Athletics                Mr. Derrick Quinet        02-963-5889

CAS & Activities Director         Ms. Becky Hansberry        02-963-5800 ext.3388

K12 Director of Arts                Mr. Anthony Giles        02-963-5888

HS Psychologist                        Mr. Ryan Ruhl                02-963-5800

Head of College Counseling         Mr. Stephan Golas        02-963-5887

College Counselor                 Mr. Andrew Weiser        02-963-5800 ext.3306

College Counselor                Mr. Debbie McDowell        02-963-5800 ext.3306

College Counselor                 Ms. Jennifer Melton        02-963-5800 ext.3306

Head of School Counselling        Ms. Jackie Valenzuela        02-963-5800 ext.3306

School Counselor                 Mr. Kevin Callahan        02-963-5800 ext.3306

School Counselor                Mr. Kevin Davy                02-963-5800 ext.3306

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Student Government - 2018-19

Student Council



Senior Class - Class of 2019

President        Jung Yoon Lee

Vice President        Emily Park

Representative        Guy Thampakkul

Representative        Tee Monsereenusorn

Representative        Agam Bedi

Junior Class - Class Of 2020

President        Vishnu Susheer

Vice President        Sajid Omar Farook

Representative        Eylul Kara

Representative        Madison Mehta


Sophomore Class - Class of 2021

President        Amani Kaiya

Vice President        Jitpuwapat (Earth) Mokkamakkul

Representative        Orisa Thanajaro

Representative        Purit (Todd) Amatayakul

Freshmen Class - Class of 2022

President                Jaemin Heo

Vice President                Pleng Kruesopon

Representative                Rahut (Hill) Taeudomkul

Representative                Gargi Manek

Detailed Table of Contents

ISB High School Student Handbook General Table of Contents 2017-2018

A Message From the High School Principal

A Message from the Student Council President





Useful contacts

Habits & Attitudes to Learning (HAL) Rubic

Directory of School Leadership

Student Council

Detailed Table of Contents

Section 1-Channels of Communication

Social/Emotional Concerns

How to take care of perceived problems with a teacher/coach or course


Avenues for Parent Communication

Complaint Procedure

Quick Reference

Teacher Directory

Section 2 – Behavioral Expectations and Disciplinary Actions

Academic Integrity:

Student Practices to ensure Academic Honesty encouraged at ISB

Consequences of Academic Malpractice


Absences and Excuses


Make Up Opportunities

Make-up time for school-sponsored activities

Assessment-Free days

Exam Period Attendance

Mandatory Study Hall (MSH)

Uniform and Dress Code

Projecting a positive school image

Leaving Campus

Senior Gate Pass

Campus Visitors

Dance/Activity Policies

Use of electronic devices

Outside Food Deliveries


Riding the Bus

Harassment Policy and Procedures



Social Probation


Recommended sanctions for behavior not meeting ISB expectations

Behaviors demonstrating a lack of integrity

Behaviors demonstrating disrespect, apathy, or indifference

Dangerous or socially irresponsible behavior

Substance Abuse and Drug Testing

Section 3 - Admissions Policy

Procedures and Guidelines for Guardianship

Grade Placement

Transfer Students


End of Year Procedures

Section 4- Academic Program

Graduation Requirements

Community Service Graduation Requirements

Physical Activity Requirement

Graduation Ceremony Requirements

Certificate of Attendance

Summer School Credit Option Policy

Exams/Final Semester Assessments/Regular Tests

IB/AP Exams

Juniors – Anticipated (Diploma), Certificate or AP exam-takers:

Schedule Changes and Add/Drop Period

Schedule Change Procedures

Reporting and PowerSchool

Report Card Grades


Grade Point Average (GPA)

EAL Grading

Insufficient Evidence/Incomplete/Audit/Pass-Fail

Correspondence/Independent Study

Academic Lab

Academic Probation

Section 5 - ISB HS Electronic Resources Acceptable Use Policy

General Expectations

On Campus Computer Use

Privacy and Passwords

Virus Protection


Inappropriate Content, Language, or Use

Social Networking


Photo Policy

Section 6 - Academic, Athletic, and Activities Awards Criteria

Academic Distinctions/Honor Rolls

Graduating with Honors and the Valedictorian/Salutatorian

High Honor Awards and Recognition

Academic Awards Criteria

Athletics and Activities Awards Criteria

Regional Awards

National Honor Society:

Section 7 Co-Curricular Program

Activities and Clubs


Community Service

Eligibility Guidelines


Field Trip Permission/IASAS Events

Student Government

Global Citizenship Week

Section 8: Student Services

High School Office

PowerSchool  Office

School Counseling

Main Library

Arts Office

Athletics Office

HS Activities & Community Service Office

Aquatics Office

School Nurse

Bus Transportation

After-School Activity Buses


Parent Teachers Association (PTA)

Booster Club

Student Insurance


Lost and Found

Textbook Loan


Summer School

General Information & Guidelines for Use of ISB Facilities (Non-School Days)

Emergency Communications

School Closing

Campus Evacuation or Safe Haven

Safety Drills



Field Trip Guidelines

Section 9 - Daily Planner

Section 10 - Academic Resources


Parts of Speech

High School Buildings

IB to ISB General Grade Equivalent

High School Timetable

Section 1-Channels of Communication

Social/Emotional Concerns

The counselors at ISB all have extensive training and experience in helping students who are struggling with social/emotional issues.  We work in confidence with students in identifying strategies to deal with a variety of issues affecting their personal lives and interactions with fellow students.  Our school psychologist is a person with whom we work closely (and in a confidential manner) in helping students learn how to cope with the complicated issues of teenagers and young adults.  If you need someone to talk to in a supportive, trusting setting, please see your counselor.  If you know someone who needs this, please encourage them to see one of our counselors.

How to take care of perceived problems with a teacher/coach or course

Students who approach and solve their own problems develop a more positive self-esteem and will be better prepared for future problems and issues later in life.

Examples of Perceived Problems:

We always want to be optimistic but there may be times when you feel things could be going better in school. You might wait a day or two but if things do not change quickly, you need to be proactive and advocate for yourself. Fix it!

Where to start?


How to meet?

Better or Not?

Happily most problems are resolved in this way or without any formal meeting. However, there may be occasions when a further discussion is necessary or you feel that you would like to have a counselor or parent help you. It could also be that the nature of the original concern is such that talking to a counselor is the most appropriate first step.

Open communication is very important, do not hide details from anyone.  Be very sure/specific what the concern is.  Take some notes into the meeting to remind you of all the key points you would like to discuss.

Still concerned?

If after your counselor / parent / teacher conference you still feel concerned let the teacher know this, they too will want to work towards a long-term solution. Make sure you keep talking and a solution will be found.


ISB uses PowerSchool to manage student information including attendance, schedules, and grades.  PowerSchool is accessible by students and parents via a secure connection on the internet.  There are also mobile apps that can be set up for student account access.  Parents and students have access to an individual, secure username and password which provides access to the site.  ISB encourages parents to take advantage of this access to monitor the progress of their child(ren).  For any technical queries regarding PowerSchool, please contact Khun Arisa (Ble) in the PowerSchool office at ext 3368 or by email at arisap@isb.ac.th

Avenues for Parent Communication

Both parents and school personnel are concerned with communication between the school and parents. The school communicates with parents through the use of school notices and newsletters, the ISB web site (http://www.isb.ac.th), student progress reports, scheduled conferences between school personnel and parents, question-and-answer sessions at Parents’ Auxiliary meetings and through the use of the monthly Parents’ Auxiliary newsletter, Touchstone.  The Board of Trustees recognizes the need for proper communications between and among students, parents, teachers, administration and the Board.  To assist in achieving this objective, the following general procedures are recommended for all concerned parties:

  1. When the problem concerns a student and their work in school, the best person to see is the classroom teacher.  An appointment to see a High School teacher (9-12) may be made by calling the High School Office.  Problems of a personal nature or questions about a student’s program, their overall potential and progress, may also be discussed with the student’s counselor.
  2. Problems which cannot be resolved through a conference with the teacher or  counselor and questions of a more general nature concerning the operation of the school may be discussed with the appropriate principal. Appointments may be made by calling the appropriate principal’s office.
  3. Problems which have not been resolved after conferences with the teacher and principal may be taken to the Head of School, who will also be happy to discuss any questions related to the general operation of the school or to school policies and will answer any such questions addressed to the Head of School by mail.  An appointment may be made through their secretary.
  4. The Head of School is the executive officer of the Board of Trustees and is responsible for the organization, operation and administration of the total school program. Therefore, they are the normal channel of communication between the Board and the public.  Questions about school policy should be directed to the Head of School.  Normally, communications directed to the Board will be referred to the Head of School for reply or action.  Individual board members do not directly involve themselves in administrative matters involving students,  teachers and administrators.
  5. Requests for changes in school policy and appeals of decisions made by the Head of School may be addressed to the Board. All communications to the board should be in writing and should be addressed to the Chairman, Board of Trustees, International School Bangkok, P.O. Box 20-1015 Pakkret; Nonthaburi 11120.  Decisions about school policy will be made only by the Board acting as a whole in a regular or special meeting.
  6. All parents of students are members of the International School Association. Their rights are expressed by electing a Board of Trustees at the Annual General Meeting. In addition, regular meetings of the Board are open to parents or other interested persons.
  7. Meetings are usually held at 7:30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month in the main library on the campus.   Any parent may request a subject be placed on the agenda of the Board meeting by submitting the request in writing to the Head of School’s office at least one week prior to the meeting. The Board will attempt to honor such requests if the schedule permits. The Board members also welcome invitations to participate in PTA meetings.

Complaint Procedure

From time to time, parents or students may have problems or concerns that they wish to bring to the attention of appropriate school officials.  To assist in this regard, the following general guidelines may be helpful:

  1. Any concern regarding a school-related matter should first be raised by the parent with the staff member most directly involved (i.e. questions regarding the content of instructional materials or homework assignments should be raised with the teacher involved.). See section on “How to take care of perceived problems with teacher, coach, or course”.
  2. If the matter remains unresolved, the parent may wish to speak with the building principal.  Appointments can be scheduled by contacting the office of the principal involved.
  3. If the matter is still unresolved, the parent may wish to speak with the Head of School.  For an appointment, simply contact the Head of School’s office.

NOTE: Disciplinary actions taken by the building administrators that have long term consequences for students (i.e. expulsion recommendations, future restrictions while attending ISB) may be appealed to the Head of School.

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Quick Reference

TOPICS        HIGH SCHOOL        E Mail Address

Absences        Khun Gade, H.S. Office, Ext.3305           sasivimb@isb.ac.th

ACT        Counseling Center, Ext. 3306        

Activities        Mrs.Becky Hansberry Ext. 3381        beckyh@isb.ac.th

Athletics        Mr. Derrick Quinet, Ext. 6612        derrickq@isbac.th

Activities Buses        Khun Suthida, Ext.7704         suthidaj@isb.ac.th

Address Change        Business Office, Ext.1121        thitiora@isb.ac.th

Admissions         Ms.Susan Bates Ext. 1189        susanb@isb.ac.th

After School Activities        Khun Punnanunt (Fon), Ext. 1191        punnanuw@isb.ac.th

Aquatics        Mr.Corry Day, Ext. 6632        corryd@isb.ac.th

Attendance Record        Khun Gade, H.S. Office Ext.3305        sasivimb@isb.ac.th

Building/ Facilities        Building & Ground,  Ext.7702        bg@isb.ac.th

Bus Pass        Khun Suthida, Ext.7706        suthidaj@isb.ac.th

Bus Passes for Non-riders        Khun Chidapha, Bookstore        chidapar@isb.ac.th

Bus Transportation        Khun Suthida, Ext. 7706        suthidaj@isb.ac.th

Cafeteria Concerns        Ms.Michelle Ihrig , Ext. 7728        cafeteria@isb.ac.th

Campus Card        Khun Suttinee, Ext. 1188        suttinel@isb.ac.th

Car Sticker        Khun Suthida, Ext. 7704        suthidaj@isb.ac.th

Certificate of Attendance        Khun Vijit, H.S. Office, Ext. 3302        vijtitl@isb.ac.th

Clubs        Mrs. Becky Hansberry, Ext. 3381        beckyh@isb.ac.th

College Application        School Counselors, Ext. 3306        

Community Service        Khun Jurairat, Ext.  1177        jurairak@isb.ac.th

Community Sports        Khun Punnanunt (Fon) Ext. 1191        punnanuw@isb.ac.th

Concerts        Mr. Anthony Giles, Ext.8801        anthonyg@isb.ac.th

Counselors        Counseling Center, Ext. 3306        

Course Selection        School Counselors, Ext. 3306

Curriculum        Ms. Bronwyn Weale Ext.4450         bronwynw@isb.ac.th

Daily Bulletin        Khun Arintra,  H.S. Office Ext.        arintrat@isb.ac.th

Dance        Mr. Anthony Giles, Ext. 8801        anthonyg@isb.ac.th

Discipline        Mr. Andy Vaughan Ext. 3370        andyv@isb.ac.th

Donations        Mr. Anthony Giles, Ext.8801        anthonyg@isb.ac.th

Drama        Ms. Augusta Harison-Denby        augustah@isb.ac.th

Dress Code        Mr. Andy Vaughan Ext. 3370        andyv@isb.ac.th

Student Handbook        Mr. Andy Vaughan Ext. 3370        andyv@isb.ac.th

Dress Code Questions        Mr. Andy Vaughan, Ext. 3370        andyv@isb.ac.th

Drug/Alcohol         Mr. Andy Vaughan Ext. 3370        andyv@isb.ac.th

E.A.L.        Mrs.Terri Hirst, Ext.3320        terrih@isb.ac.th

Early Graduation        School Counselors, Ext.3306        

Field Trips        Mr. Andy Vaughan, Ext. 3370        andyv@isb.ac.th

Global Citizenship Week        Khun Jurairat, Ext.  1177        jurairak@isb.ac.th

Grades        Individual Teachers        

Graduation        Mr. Justin Alexander, Ext.3302        justina@isb.ac.th

TOPICS        HIGH SCHOOL        E Mail Address

Guest Permission        Khun Gade, Ext.3305        sasivimb@isb.ac.th

Health Information        Nurse Office, Ext.1129          nurse@isb.ac.th

HS eNews        Khun Vijit,  H.S. Office, Ext.3302        vijitl@isb.ac.th

IB         Ms.Susan Canobie,Ext.3388         susanca@isb.ac.th

IASAS        Mr. Derrick Quinet, Ext.661        derrickq@isb.ac.th

ID Card (activated)        Bookstore, Ext. 1130 & 1114        chidapar@isb.ac.th

Instrumental Lessons        Mr. Anthony Giles, Ext. 8801        anthonyg@isb.ac.th 

Learning Support        Mrs.Terri Hirst, Ext.3320        terrih@isb.ac.th

Intramurals        Mr. Derrick Quinet, Ext.6612        derrickq@isb.ac.th

ISB Communication        Ms. Shelley Bragg Ext. 1153        4publish@isb.ac.th

Japanese Liaison        Ms. Machiko Morizono, Ext.1148        machikom@isbac.th

Korean Liasion        Ms. Eun Jeong Park        korealia@isb.ac.th

Leaving Campus        Khun Gade, H.S. Office, Ext.3305        sasivimb@isb.ac.th

Library        Mr. Mike Rutherford, Library, Ext. 1193         miker@isb.ac.th

Lockers        Khun Mai, Counseling Office, Ext.3306        yaowarap@isb.ac.th

Lost and Found        Khun Mongkol, Ext.7721        mongkols@isb.ac.th

Marketing         Ms. Shelley Bragg  Ext.1153        shelleyb@isb.ac.th 

Medical Emergency        Nurse Office, Ext.1129          sasithoc@isb.ac.th

Missed Homework        Khun Gade, H.S. Office, Ext.3305         sasivimb@isb.ac.th  

PowerSchool        Khun Toi, Ext 3368        kitiphos@isb.ac.th

P.T.A.        Ext.1140        pta@isb.ac.th

Psychologist        Mr. Cindy Warner-Dobrowski        cindyw@isb.ac.th

Registrar        Khun Supanniga (Fon), Ext.3366        supanniy@isb.ac.th

Report Cards        Khun Toi, Ext.3368        kitiphos@isb.ac.th

SAT/PSAT/ACT/TOEFL        College Counselors         

Schedule Change        Counselors        

School Calendar        Kellie Alexander Ext.1195        kelliea@isb.ac.th

School Records        Khun Supanniga (Fon), Ext.3366        supanniy@isb.ac.th

School Sports        Mr. Derrick Quinet,  Ext.6612        derrickq@isb.ac.th

School Supplies        Bookstore, Ext. 1114        chidapar@isb.ac.th

Senior Gate Passes        Khun Gade, H.S. Office, Ext.3305        sasivimb@isb.ac.th

Special Events        Mr. Derrick Quinet, Ext.6612        derrickq@isb.ac.th

Sports/Athletics        Mr. Derrick Quinet, Ext. 6612        derrickq@isb.ac.th

Substitute Teaching        Khun Kaew, Substitution Office,        kamolrak@isb.ac.th

Swimming        Khun Sanit,Aquatic Office, Ext. 6609        sanitn@isb.ac.th

Telephone Change        Business Office, Ext. 1121        thitiora@isb.ac.th

Theft        Mr. Andy Vaughan, Ext. 3370        andyv@isb.ac.th

Transcripts        Khun Supanniga, Ext.3366        supanniy@isb.ac.th

Tuition/Billings        Khun Thiti-orn, Business Office, Ext.1121        thitiora@isb.ac.th

Tutors        Khun Kaew, Substitution Office,        kamolrak@isb.ac.th

Uniforms        Bookstore,  Ext.1114        chidapar@isb.ac.th

Withdrawal from School        School Counselors        supanniy@isb.ac.th

Teacher Directory

Faculty        Department        Email Address        

Alexander, Justin        Principal        justina@isb.ac.th 

Alexander, Kellie                    CAO Coordinator                        kelliea@isb.ac.th

Alonso, Loreto        World Languages        loretoa@isb.ac.th

Alonso Ochoa, Moises        World Languages        moiseso@isb.ac.th

Barnes, Sarah        PE/Health        sarahb@isb.ac.th

Bentley, Daniel        Mathematics        danielb@isb.ac.th

Brassert, Jeremy                      World Languages                        jeremyb@isb.ac.th

Bowman, Philip        Learning Support        philb@isb.ac.th

Brock, Eleanor        EAL        eleanorb@isb.ac.th

Callahan, Kevin        School Counselor        kevinc@isb.ac.th

Canobie, Susan        Dean of Academics        susanca@isb.ac.th

Carver, Fraser        Social Studies        fraserc@isb.ac.th

Clement, Darryl        Mathematics        darrylc@isb.ac.th

Cohen, Andrew        English        andrewc@isb.ac.th

Covington, Stanley        Science        stanc@isb.ac.th

Davy, Kevin        School Counselor        kevind@isb.ac.th

Day, Corry        Aquatics Director        corryd@isb.ac.th

Duffy, Conor        English        conord@isb.ac.th

Durbin, Charlie                       PE/Health                                    charlied@isb.ac.th

Eales, Jonathan        Science        jonathae@isb.ac.th

Farrant, Michael        Science        michaelf@isb.ac.th

Farrell, Adam         Science        adamf@isb.ac.th

Foran, Lisa        English        lisaf@isb.ac.th

Gabelia, Tsira                          Mathematics                                tsirag@isb.ac.th

Geneser, Gaby        World Languages        gabyg@isb.ac.th

Giles, Anthony        K12 Director of Arts        anthonyg@isb.ac.th

Giles, David        English        davidg@isb.ac.th

Golas, Stephan        College Counselor        stephang@isb.ac.th

Gricius, Adrianna        Fine Arts        adrianng@isb.ac.th

Hall, Rebecca        Mathematics        rebeccah@isb.ac.th

Harison-Denby, Augusta        Theatre, Drama        augustah@isb.ac.th

Hansberry, Becky        CAS & Activities Director        beckyh@isb.ac.th

Hansberry, Ken        Social Studies        kenh@isb.ac.th

Hirst, Terri        EAL        terrih@isb.ac.th

Hotrabhavananda, Jamjit        World Languages        jamjith@isb.ac.th

Faculty        Department        Email Address

Kelly, Matthew        Social Studies        matthewk@isb.ac.th

Lorence, Jonathan        Social Studies        jonathal@isb.ac.th

Macky, Cameron        Mathematics        cameronm@isb.ac.th

Madden, Seth        Fine Arts        sethm@isb.ac.th

Marshall, Andrew        Fine Arts        andym@isb.ac.th

Masson, Jean-Michel        World Languages        jeanm@isb.ac.th

McDowell, Debbie        College Counselor        debbiem@isb.ac.th

McRobbie, Jennifer        PE/Health        jennifef@isb.ac.th

Melhorn, Bruce                       Mathematics                                bmelhorn@isb.ac.th

Melton, Jennifer        College Counselor        jenniferm@isb.ac.th

Myers, Thomas        Fine Arts        thomasm@isb.ac.th

Nakamachi, Kaoru        World Languages        kaorun@isb.ac.th

O’Donnell, Martin        Annual Substitute        martino@isb.ac.th

O’Rourke, Lee        PE/Health        leeo@isb.ac.th

Ortwein, Jacob        Design & Technology        jacobo@isb.ac.th        

Price, Jaleea        Fine Arts        jaleeap@isb.ac.th

Quinet, Derrick        Athletics Director        derrickq@isb.ac.th

Rayworth, John        Computer Science        johnr@isb.ac.th

Reau, Ayla                               Learning Support Associate       aylar@isb.ac.th

Reau, Karen        EAL        karenre@isb.ac.th

Redmond, Tamara        Learning Support        tamarar@isb.ac.th

Ruangtrakool, Sucheera        World Languages        sucheerr@isb.ac.th

Ruhl, Ryan                               Psychologist                               ryanr@isb.ac.th

Rutherford, Mike        Library/Tech.Learning        miker@isb.ac.th

Shaffer, Megan        Science        megans@isb.ac.th

Singhara Na Aytthaya, Suchanan        Annual Substitute        suchanas@isb.ac.th

Sliman, Emily        Mathematics        emilys@isb.ac.th

Jennifer Marinos        Learning Support        jenniferma@isb.ac.th

Speirs, David        PE/Health        davids@isb.ac.th

Stephenson, Colin        Mathematics        colins@isb.ac.th

Sweeney, Daniel        Social Studies        danielw@isb.ac.th

Tahan, Basil        Fine Arts        basilt@isb.ac.th

Thomson, Lowell        Science        lowellt@isb.ac.th

Valenzuela, Jackie        School Counselor        jackiev@isb.ac.th

Vaughan, Andy        Dean of Students        andyv@isb.ac.th

Voigt, Ginny        Social Studies        ginnyv@isb.ac.th

Faculty        Department        Email Address

Wang, Ziyan                            World Languages                        ziyanw@isb.ac.th

Warner-Dobrowski, Cindy        Psychologist        cindyw@isb.ac.th

Weber, Mary Pat        English        marypatw@isb.ac.th

Weiser, Andrew        College Counselor        andreww@isb.ac.th

Welch, James        Science        jamesw@isb.ac.th

Werner, Richard        English        richardw@isb.ac.th

Zhao, Jiaping        World Languages        jiapingz@isb.ac.th

Section 2 – Behavioral Expectations and Disciplinary Actions

Academic Integrity:

Academic integrity is a disposition that results in honest and responsible behavior when completing academic work.  Students are expected to submit their own original work and acknowledge the contributions of others’ work or ideas.  


Malpractice - ‘Behaviour that results in, or may result in, the student or any other student gaining an unfair advantage in a course or assessment.  

Malpractice includes:

Adapted from IB Diploma Programme Academic Honesty (2007).

Student Practices to ensure Academic Honesty encouraged at ISB

Plan ahead so that you are not completing assignments or preparation for assessments at the last minute.

Practices Around Plagiarism:

Practices Around Collusion:

Practices Around Duplication of Work:

Practices Around Other behaviour leading to malpractice:

Consequences of Academic Malpractice

Learning from mistakes is a part of the ISB culture and therefore our consequences are based on the premise that students are taught appropriate skills to avoid future malpractice.  Every case of academic dishonesty is dealt with on a case by case basis.  Consequences outlined below are a minimum with individual circumstances considered.

Administrators, counselors and teachers use PowerSchool to record internal log entries about individual concerns regarding patterns can be identified early in a student’s career at ISB.

Students reported and deemed to be against the Academic Honesty Policy will typically receive the following consequences:

First Official Offence

Second Official Offence

Third Official Offence

Please note that offenses of academic dishonesty are counted cumulatively through a student’s HS career at ISB.


Class attendance and academic achievement are directly related.  Regular and punctual attendance is therefore a necessary requirement for students to benefit from the educational opportunities provided.


Full credit for coursework is dependent on satisfactory attendance and performance.  Satisfactory attendance requires no more than 7 absences during one semester.  In cases where absences exceed this limit students must appeal the loss of credit to the HS Administration. These situations are examined on a case-by-case basis and may result in loss of course credit for the semester. Students may not appeal the loss of credit two semesters in a row.


All absences (excused or unexcused, school-related or not, – e.g. field trips, IASAS) are counted as time away from school.


If a student misses a class during the day, they may not participate in co-curricular activities on that day without prior approval from the Dean of Students.


Absences and Excuses

After any absence from school, a student must report to the attendance secretary for an admission slip and then proceed to class.  The admission slip is only given if the parent or guardian has informed the attendance secretary of the student’s name, date(s) of absence and reason through a signed note or a phone call.  The admission slip is given to the teacher upon arrival to class.

The absence will be deemed “excused” by the Principal or Dean of Students if due to:

Absences will be recorded in PowerSchool.  The attendance secretary will change the recording to Absence Excused when a note, phone call, or email has been received from the parents or guardian.  If no such communication is received or if the reasons for the absence do not fall under one of the above criteria the absence will be marked Absence Unexcused.

Students who anticipate a prolonged absence must provide the Dean of Students with a written request from parents.


Students arriving late to school must check in with the attendance secretary in the HS Office BEFORE proceeding to class.  Tardiness to class is a disruption to learning both for the student and for the class of students who are already in class.  Consequences for tardiness are listed in the table of sanctions for behaviors demonstrating disrespect, apathy, or indifference.  Tardies may be excused by the Principal or Dean of Students if due to:

Tardies are counted throughout the semester.  At 6 week intervals, the tardy counts are checked.  If a student has fewer than 1-4 tardies, the student begins the next 6 week interval with a clean slate for discipline purposes only.  Those with 5 or more do not refresh their count and continue to add tardies until the next 6 week interval at which point they are reset.

Students who arrive to class more than 30 minutes after the start of class will be marked absent from that class.

Make Up Opportunities

It is the student’s responsibility to complete work missed on days of absences.  Students should contact teachers as soon as possible and complete the work for submission immediately upon return.  Failure to do so may result in no grade being awarded for those assignments.  In some cases, it may not be possible to make up missed assessments or assignments.

Parents or students should contact the HS attendance secretary before 9:00 AM in order to collect assignments given on that day.  Students may be able to find assignments on Haiku as well as contact classmates to find out what they’ve missed.

If a student misses a class during the day, but comes to school for other periods in the day, the student MUST meet with the teacher to make up the missed work, submit due assignments, and/or complete assessments missed ON THE SAME DAY.  

Students MAY NOT miss class because there is work due or a test/quiz that day and then attend the rest of school.  If this happens, students must still turn in work or take the test/quiz when they are school.  Failure to make arrangements with the teacher will result in Mandatory Study Hall for the student .

Repeated patterns of missed class when major assignments or assessments are due will result in students being placed on behavioral contracts and parents contacted.

Make-up time for school-sponsored activities

When students miss school due to school-sponsored activities (e.g. IASAS events, exchanges, field trips, etc), we make every attempt to honor the students participation.  As students cannot be expected to maintain schoolwork during these immersive experiences, make-up time is provided to students in order for them to catch up.

It is important to note that in the same spirit of these accommodations, students are encouraged to be proactive in completing assignments ahead of travel and missed school.  This benefits both the student and the teacher.  Students need to  communicate as early as possible with teachers about coming dates when they will miss class.  In particular, long-term assignments that have been assigned well in advance can and should be completed before travel in order to eliminate the stress of trying to do too much upon students’ return.

Students who participate in an overnight school sponsored activity, where class is missed, will be allowed 2 school days of make-up time.  Any assignments missed during that time would be expected to be submitted on the third school day after the trip.

Assessment-Free days

Homework and assessment will not be collected during the first two days immediately following October Break, Global Citizenship Week, and Songkran.  

Exam Period Attendance

Grade 12 students will have mock exams in Semester 2 prior to their IB, AP or ISB exams in May. Grade 11 will have end of year exams in June and Grades 9 & 10 have exams at the end of each semester.  Attendance for all exams is required.  Exams will not be given early to students who wish to leave school before the exam period.  In these instances, a student will be given a grade of INCOMPLETE until they can take the exam.

Mandatory Study Hall (MSH)

Assignments are given to students to continue learning, assess and improve student understanding, measure attainment, and provide feedback for improvement.  As such, it is important to the learning process that students complete the assignments assigned to them.

When a student does not complete work for class, the teacher will notify parents and assign the student to MSH. The student will attend MSH until the assignment is completed and submitted to the teacher.  If not completed after two MSH sessions, the student will join detention until the assignment is completed.  

Mandatory Study Hall meets after school from 2:30 to 3:30pm on all other days of the week.  Teachers will inform the student of the location in the contact email.

When assigned, MSH is required and takes precedence over other after-school activities including sports (home and away), clubs, community service, and rehearsals.  Given the spontaneous need for assignment to MSH, tutoring or outside lessons should not be scheduled at this time, as students will be required to

stay at school for MSH.

Uniform and Dress Code

The High School uniform consists of the ISB school uniform shirt in white or navy blue and either khaki or black pants, shorts, or skirt.  These items must be purchased from the ISB bookstore, with the exception of Pants, shorts, and skirts, which may be purchased outside of the school and may be worn as school uniform so long as they are within the same design limitations of the school supplied pants, shorts and skirts (i.e. they should not be too short and must be an appropriate material e.g. not spandex/lycra).  ISB PE clothing may not be worn as a substitute for school uniform clothing.

On school uniform days, sweatshirts and jackets must be connected with ISB (teams, clubs, etc) and be in school colors of black, yellow, white, or grey.

On ALL school days, the following guidelines apply:

Additionally, when in alternate dress, after-school or during Alternate Dress Days, students must dress in a manner that is culturally sensitive and respectful to the host country and our diverse population.  The following guidelines apply:

Other guidelines for proper attire include:

The school administration reserve final judgment on issues related to dress code and appropriateness.

Consequences for dress code violations are listed in the Recommended Sanctions for Behaviors Demonstrating Disrespect, Apathy, or Indifference.

Projecting a positive school image

At times students may project an image of ISB that might be viewed or misinterpreted as offensive, negative, or damaging to our reputation.   Making value judgments or placing limits on students’ freedom of expression is not easy and getting the balance right is important.  ISB is a multi-cultural school with young children on campus.  This comes with different expectations amongst the diverse community.  When making decisions on dress code and other student behavior, projecting a positive school image will be considered.  

Leaving Campus

Students in grades 9-11 must be at school attending their classes from 7:20 am until 2:25 pm. Grade 12 students are also expected to be at school in class during those hours, but are allowed to enter and exit campus using their Senior Gate Pass privilege (requires guardian or parental and administrative approval) when they do not have class.

Students may only leave school grounds during the day with prior written (note or email) permission from parents and approval from the Principal or Dean of Students via the HS Attendance secretary.  Students must check out with the HS attendance secretary before departing. Grade 9-11 students will not be granted permission to leave in free blocks during the school day or to leave campus for lunch

Where a student has a first block free, students need to arrive to school in time for their first scheduled class. Similarly, in cases where students have their last block/s free in the day, students are permitted to leave campus early, from 1.00pm, provided they have prior written permission to do so.

In all cases, students who leave campus during the day or after 2:25 pm are not covered by school’s insurance as they are unsupervised.

During final exams at the end of each semester, students are not required to be at school when they do not have an exam.  During the exam week, Grades 9-12 students may exit campus as long as they have the parent-signed early departure forms made available at that time.

In the case of emergency, the parent or guardian will be contacted before the student leaves campus.

Senior Gate Pass

Senior students may apply for a Senior Gate Pass which they may use for their final two semesters prior to graduation.  For approval, a parent or guardian must sign the waiver form and the student must be in good academic and behavioral standing.  Administration reserves the right to not issue or revoke a Senior Gate Pass if a student does not maintain this standing.

Any senior receiving one failing grade (1 or 2) during the regular grade check will surrender their Gate Pass until the next grade check. Gate Passes will be returned at that time provided there are no failing grades. Students on Academic or Social Probation are not eligible for a Gate Pass.

With the Senior Gate Pass, seniors may arrive late or leave campus during the school day provided no class time is missed.  Passes are left with the guards upon leaving and collected from the guards upon re-entering campus.  At the start of each day, gate passes will be with the HS attendance secretary.

Seniors behavior while off campus remains a reflection on ISB and as a result, the gate pass will be revoked if students conduct themselves poorly while off campus (e.g. smoking, vaping, drinking alcohol, disruptive behavior, etc.). Students who leave campus are not covered by the school’s insurance policy since they are unsupervised during this time.

Seniors who are late to class as a result of being off campus using their gate pass, will lose their gate pass temporarily.  

Students approved for a gate pass who wish to leave campus and do not have their gate pass with them will be charged 100 baht per exit, which is donated to the student service fund. There is a 100 baht fee for each time a student loses their card

Repeated behavior that negatively impacts learning and/or leads to missed learning time will result in permanent removal of the privilege.

When Seniors do have class, but have the need to leave campus for a scheduled appointment or other reason, they must inform the HS Attendance Secretary and use an office-issued gate pass.  The Senior Gate Pass may never be used to miss class.

Campus Visitors

Parents, alumni, and visitors to the school are welcome.  All visitors should report to the guard house for a visitor badge which should be worn while on campus.  Students who wish to have a friend visit school must apply to the Principal or Dean of Students for permission with a letter from parents, at least one day in advance.  Visitors may not attend classes and therefore should only visit during lunch and/or study periods.

Dance/Activity Policies

The following have been developed by the student council, in cooperation with the administration, and apply to dances and activities on or off campus:

  1. All school-sponsored dances/activities are for ISB students presently enrolled.
  2. An ISB student may invite one guest to an ISB dance by filling out a guest form which is available in the high school office. This form must be signed by the host’s parent and then approved by the Dean of Students. The following guidelines apply:
  1. High school students leaving the dance early will not be permitted to return.  This means that students remain in the designated the dance/activity area.
  2. All ISB rules regarding alcohol, drugs and tobacco are in effect.
  3. Dress regulations will vary with the requirements of the activity or venue.  Students are urged to dress in a manner that is appropriate, mature, and respectful of the host country we live in.  When formal attire is required, the following guidelines must be met for participation:

Those not meeting the minimum requirements of neatness and suitability of apparel will be denied admittance or asked to leave.

  1. ISB middle school students (Grades 6- 8) may not attend high school dances, even as guests; the reverse is also true.
  2. The times and entrance requirements will be published prior to dances and other activities.  Students will be permitted to enter the dance up to one hour after the starting time of the event.  Students must sign out if they leave the dance, recording the time at which they left.  Once students leave the activity, they may not rejoin it.
  3. Attendance at school or school sponsored events, on or off campus, having used drugs or having consumed alcohol, in any amount, either at the event or prior to the event will be considered a major rules infraction.

Use of electronic devices

Use of portable music players is permitted on campus if proper earphones are used and volume is not disturbing to others.    They are not permitted in classrooms, study rooms, theaters, or other instructional areas.  For obvious safety reasons, they may not be used during evacuations or drills.

Mobile telephones and smartphones must be switched off during class and assemblies. Violations of this may result in confiscation of the devices by the Dean of Students. Phones will be confiscated during the school day for three days for a first offence and up to 5 full calendar days for a second offence. Parents will be notified on a second offence.

Outside Food Deliveries

Students are not permitted to order food onto campus without prior approval of the HS Administration.


Students who bring themselves to school are encouraged to walk or ride a bicycle whenever possible for safety and environmental reasons. Bike riders should use the designated bike lanes and be careful at all intersections and driveways.  When approaching other bikers or walkers, be courteous and provide a safe distance when passing, and say something to make them aware you are there. Bicycles may be parked in the designated bike parking shelters at the front of the campus and may not be used inside the school buildings or parked along the front of the school buildings.  Helmets must be worn at all times when riding, walking or pushing a bike to/from the designated parking racks on campus, those not wearing a fastened helmet will not be allowed to access campus.  

Only students with a valid Thai driver’s license may drive/park a car on campus.

Students who are 15 years or older may drive/park a motor scooter on campus provided they:

Thai law indicates that between the ages of 15 and 17, students may get a license to drive scooters of 110 cc’s or less.  Students who are at least 18 may obtain a license to drive motorcycles over 110 cc’s.

Golf carts must also be operated safely.  Violations of these guidelines may result in denial of the vehicle’s entry onto campus.

Riding the Bus

Appropriate behavior is required on the bus to ensure the safety of all passengers.  All students must wear seat belts and show respect to the driver, monitor and fellow passengers.  Unsafe behavior may result in loss of bus riding privileges. All bus travellers need to tap on and off the bus with their ISB ID cards.

Harassment Policy and Procedures

Harassment is prohibited in our school.  Each of us is responsible for helping to create a positive educational environment.  A positive educational environment is free of harassment or intimidation based on any criteria including, but not restricted to, age, race, religion, disability, creed, color, ethnic origin or ancestry, gender or sexual orientation. Harassment of any employee or student by any other employee or student or by anyone with whom a student or employee may interact in order to fulfill job or school responsibilities is a violation of ISB policy.

Students are to report acts of sexual or other harassment to their teachers, counselors, school administrators, or other adults in the school.  Once informed, the adult will refer the student to the appropriate school authority who will take action in accordance with school policy and/or the school division’s code of conduct and corrective action procedures as stated in the student handbook. Acts of sexual or other harassment by adults should be referred to the High School Principal.  Students and their parents may also choose to file a formal grievance.

Depending on the type of harassment and whether or not the harassment is a repeat offense, disciplinary action up to and including expulsion will be taken.

The High School is committed to create a harassment-free learning environment, in which students can learn and teachers can teach.

Harassment includes:

ISB becomes involved when student’s offline or online activities impact at-school life and community.  In other words, if the actions of students outside of school have an effect on students feeling unsafe or uncomfortable at school, then ISB administration will act and remedy this.  Additionally, if members of ISB staff or its community are targeted, then the school administration gets involved.  Bullying is not tolerated at ISB in any format.

If someone continues to harass you, we encourage you to inform a teacher, your advisor, a counselor, or an administrator.  ISB will do everything in its power to ensure the school is a safe environment for you and all students and teachers.


Afterschool detention is served on Monday through Friday, immediately after school until  5:00 pm depending on the length of detention given.  The student will be informed in advance of the location by the Dean of Students.  Late arrival is considered an absence.  This time is for quiet study and reflection.  No eating or portable media devices are allowed.  A scheduled time can only be changed with advanced approval from the Dean of Students.

Saturday detention is served from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Students report to the HS Office.  Late arrival is considered an absence.  This time is for quiet study and reflection.  No eating or portable media devices are allowed.  A scheduled time can only be changed with advanced approval from the Dean of Students.

In-school detention is when a student is required to spend all non-class time in the HS Office as a result of misconduct.  Students in this situation, still attend class and may receive credit for the work they do.


Suspension is the temporary barring of a student from campus and activities.  Days missed due to suspension are treated as unexcused absences.  When a student is suspended from school, this information is added to their permanent record.

Social Probation

Students consistently or significantly unable to meet their responsibilities and/or respect the rights of others may be placed on Social Probation.  Students and parents will be informed in writing and through a conference of the terms and reasons for this placement.

Possible outcomes for students on Social Probation:


Expulsion from school is based on the recommendation of the Principal and decided upon finally by the Head of School.  Students have the right to an expulsion hearing with the Head of School and Principal prior to this decision.  Students recommended for expulsion are suspended from school pending the final hearing.

The following tables provides a quick reference of the recommended sanctions for behavior not meeting ISB expectations

Recommended sanctions for behavior not meeting ISB expectations

People learn better in a safe supportive environment.  It is our priority to provide a learning environment for students, teachers, staff, and the community, which fosters honesty, mutual respect, self-discipline, and responsibility.  When behavior harms this environment, school administration will determine consequences that we hope deter this behavior.  The school administration endeavors to make disciplinary decisions based on the best interest of individual students and all students.

The consequences below represent standard response to some inappropriate behaviors.  Each situation may require a different response depending on circumstances.   The High School administration determines the degree to which sanctions are implemented and may need to implement appropriate consequences on behaviors not listed below.

Where appropriate, counseling will be recommended.

In the case of negative behavior that is not listed below, school administration will determine appropriate consequences.

To participate in Graduation and end of year activities, seniors must be in good standing with the school as determined by HS Administration.

Behaviors demonstrating a lack of integrity





Lying or misrepresenting the truth to a member of faculty or staff


Possible suspension

Parents notified

Suspension - possible recommendation for expulsion

Recommendation for expulsion



Recommendation for expulsion



Falsification of information or misrepresenting the truth on documents


Suspension - possible recommendation for expulsion

Recommendation for expulsion


Academic Honesty:  Plagiarism, collusion, cheating, testing malpractice

Note: Reference policy on page  27

Note: Reference policy on page 27

Note: Reference policy on page 27

Unapproved entry of school facilities and/or searching through faculty desks, files, etc


Possible suspension

Parents notified

Suspension - possible recommendation for expulsion

Recommendation for expulsion


Behaviors demonstrating disrespect, apathy, or indifference

Disrespectful behavior toward a staff member or failure to follow an instruction


Parents notified



Possible suspension

Possible Social Probation


Possible recommendation for expulsion

Out of uniform or dress code violation


Student made to change

Parents notified

Detention (2 hours)

Student made to change

Parents notified

Loss of next Alternate Dress Day privilege

Detention (4 hours)

Student made to change

Parents notified

Loss of all Alternate Dress Day privileges for the semester


(Consequences are for each 6-week cycle)


3-4 tardies = warning

5-7 tardies = 1 hour detention

8-9 tardies = 2 hours detention

10-12 tardies = 4 hour detention

13-14 tardies = Week-long In-school detention

Letter to parents and student file

15 tardies = Suspension

Social Probation

Absence from class or school without permission (i.e. skipping class, sleeping in, etc.)

Detention (1 per class missed)

Student must make up work missed on the same day, if at school

No participation in after school activities

Detention (1 per class missed)

Student must make up work missed on the same day, if at school

No participation in after school activities

Parents Notified

Social Probation

No credit for work missed

No participation in after school activities

Parent Meeting

Possible Suspension

School work late or not submitted

Assigned 1 hour Mandatory Study Hall (MSH) or until work is completed and submitted to teacher. If work not completed after two days of MSH, the student then attends detention until the work is completed.  Missing work after two MSH sessions may not be assessed.

Littering or leaving a mess for others to clean

Pick up all mess in the area


Clean up duty in cafeteria or other area

Parents notified

Inappropriate Public Displays of Affection




Letter to parents


Social Probation

Disrespectful behavior toward another student


Parents notified


Social Probation

Recommendation for expulsion

Vulgar language or use of obscenities



Parents notified


Social Probation




Letter to parents and file

Suspension – possible recommendation for expulsion


Inappropriate use of technology

Warning, Possible suspension of user account or confiscation of device

Parents notified


Suspension of user account or ban of device


Suspension – possible recommendation for expulsion

Dangerous or socially irresponsible behavior





Possession, consumption, or under the influence of controlled narcotic substances

(See Substance Abuse policy)


Recommendation for expulsion


Possession or use of Tobacco, e cigarettes,  alcohol or inhalants while on campus or at a school event.


Recommendation for expulsion




Possible suspension

Parents notified

Suspension – possible recommendation for expulsion


Bullying, abuse, harassment or intimidation (physical, verbal, or electronic)


Letter to parents

(Suspension or expulsion could be recommended for serious 1st offense)

Suspension – possible recommendation for expulsion

Recommendation for expulsion

Dangerous driving of scooter or golf cart (includes reckless driving and not wearing a helmet on a scooter)

Loss of access to drive on campus for 2 weeks

Parents notified

Loss of access to drive on campus for the semester

Letter to parents

Permanent loss of access to drive on campus


Possession of dangerous articles (weapons, chemicals, etc)

Detention– possible recommendation for suspension/expulsion

Recommendation for expulsion


Unlawful or misbehavior that reflects negatively on ISB


Parents notified

Possible suspension

Possible recommendation for expulsion

Substance Abuse and Drug Testing

The use, possession of, being under the influence of, buying, selling or distribution of narcotics, prescription medication, or other controlled substances by any student of the school is prohibited.

At ISB, HS students are subjected to random and ad hoc hair testing periodically during the school year.  Refusal to submit to a test will be considered a positive test result. All collected samples are sent to a reputable lab in the United States for substance use testing. At times ISB may also require a urine test if drugs are suspected that are not detectable from hair testing.

If a student tests positive for using drugs:

If a student self-reports outside of the formal testing procedures:

If a student self-reports immediately before or within 24 hours of formal testing:

Hair Testing Procedure

Section 3 - Admissions Policy

  1. Students entering ISB are enrolled as full-time students.  ISB does not offer part-time, partial, or correspondence programs except under special circumstances.  The high school does not offer a program to beginning level English speakers.
  2. Students must be living with their parent (s) or a designated adult guardian approved by the school. Students housed inappropriately will be asked to leave the school.
  3. Students admitted to ISB after 20 days of a semester have passed, and who have not attended school during the same school year, will be admitted on an audit basis for the semester with no credit being granted for coursework.  (Example: 9th  grade student is admitted in September and was not previously enrolled in another school as a 9th grader).
  4. Students admitted to ISB with school records (attendance verification) but with no grades may be given ISB credit for the semester if they obtain a “C” average as the result of their progress while at ISB.
  5. Students admitted to  ISB within 20 days or less in a semester who have grades to date from a previous school may receive ISB course credit if they obtain a “C” or better average as the result of an equal weighting of their  previous grades and the ISB semester grades.
  6. Other arrangements will be made and put in writing should individual situations fall outside  of  items 1-4.
  7. Students who enter during the second semester and have completed a grade level in their previous school will be placed in the same grade level they completed prior to entering ISB.

Procedures and Guidelines for Guardianship

Under extenuating circumstances, a student may be allowed to live with a designated adult guardian approved by the school. Guardianship arrangements typically occur when a student’s parents are transferred and it is in the student’s best interests to remain at ISB to complete the academic year. Guardianships are not intended to replicate student exchange programs or boarding environments and will be approved only for students already enrolled at ISB that are facing extenuating circumstances.


  1. The guardian will assume the role of the parent (in loco parentis). Specifically, the guardian will:
  1. The student must be residing with the guardian on a full-time basis.
  2. The guardian will inform the school if they will not be immediately available due to travel or other reasons and will supply the school with contact details of alternate supervision
  3. The parent and guardian will inform the school of any extensions or changes in the time period of guardianship and/or address, email, or phone number changes.
  4. The guardian will be responsible for communicating all school related information to the parent(s).
  5. The guardian will assume all legal responsibilities for the student.
  6. This guardianship document must be signed in the presence of the High School Principal or their designee.
  7. The guardian may house no more than two student wards simultaneously (except with administrative approval).
  8. The student must demonstrate continued academic progress and earn appropriate credits.
  9. Family maids, drivers, and/or adults with similar may not serve as Guardians unless specifically approved by ISB.
  10. Students may only reside within Guardianship arrangement for a maximum of one year

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in a loss of guardian status and/or a student being asked to leave ISB.  ISB reserves the right to temporarily deny access to campus/school for the ward in the event that the conditions of this agreement are not being met.

Grade Placement

Before a student is “officially” accepted for enrollment, records from their previous school must be submitted to the counseling center for review.

Freshmen (Grade 9)         will be those students who have earned less than six Carnegie units.*

Sophomores (Grade 10)         will be those students who have earned six or more Carnegie units.

Juniors (Grade 11)         will be those students who have earned twelve or more Carnegie units.

Seniors (Grade 12)         will be those students who have earned eighteen or more Carnegie units and will meet all ISB graduation requirements within one year.

Students who have successfully completed IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), GCSE or ‘O’ level examinations or similar and received an acceptable grade will receive two credits for each examination, up to a maximum of 12 credits, and be placed in grade 11.

Post High School Diploma Students: Students wishing to attend ISB for a 9th semester must submit a written statement of intent at least six weeks prior to their graduation date.  A committee of the high school will review the request and judge the academic merits of granting enrollment for a 9th semester.  Only exceptional situations (i.e. completion of a diploma program, further study to meet requirements in the student’s home country) will be considered for review.

* Note: A Carnegie unit is the amount of credit given for the successful completion of a course which meets 40 minutes daily, 5 days per week, for at least 36 weeks, or the equivalent amount of time within the school year.  The equivalent time is 120 clock hours.

Students who do not meet English language proficiency requirements for a particular grade level may, with administrative approval, enter the grade level immediately below provided that:

  1. The student’s English language proficiency is appropriate for the grade level.
  2. The student has demonstrated a high level of academic achievement.
  3. The student is age appropriate to the grade level

Note: If a student is placed into the grade level which has already been completed at a previous school, only the credits earned at ISB for that grade level will be counted toward meeting graduation requirements.

Transfer Students

Students entering the International School Bangkok in grades 10, 11, and 12 from schools that offer a non-American curriculum will be permitted to transfer a maximum of seven credits for each academic year they have completed. ISB graduation requirements will inform the compilation of a transfer student’s schedule.


Students who withdraw at any time or graduate at the end of a semester must complete a Clearance form before school records and transcripts can be released.  Students must secure signatures on the Clearance form from all their teachers, the bookstore, library, and music department for those students with rental instruments.

End of Year Procedures

Students must return all school materials including books, laptops, chargers, and other materials in order to clear their records.  Report cards, transcripts, PowerSchool access and diplomas may be withheld if fees and materials are not reconciled.

Please note that if a student withdraws from ISB before the end of a semester, only a “progress grade” (to date) can be given.  Course credit may not be granted for the semester.

Section 4- Academic Program

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn twenty-five Carnegie units in grades 9-12 to qualify for an ISB diploma. See the High School Academic Courses on the website for specific course requirements, guidelines for early graduation, independent study, and correspondence study.

Graduation Requirements

English         4.0 credits        

World Languages         2.0 credits

Social Studies         2.0 credits

Mathematics         2.0 credits  

Science         2.0 credits  

Physical Education         1.5 credits

Health         0.5 credit

Arts         1.0 credit

ToK or WoK/TSEA        1.0 credit

Electives         9.0 credits  

Total         25 credits

Community Service Graduation Requirements

Students are required to submit reflections on and verification of 10 hours of community service for each year that they are in high school at ISB.  Students are expected to participate in community service throughout each year that they are at ISB.

Student Community Service Responsibilities:

Other Requirements & Guidelines:

  1. Students must be in attendance at ISB for two consecutive semesters prior to receiving an ISB diploma.
  2. In grades 9-10, students are required to enrol in seven classes each semester. In grades 11-12 enrolment in six classes is the minimum.

Creativity, Activity, and Service Requirement

(applies to Grades 11 & 12 only)

All 11th and 12th grade students participate in the CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service) program regardless of the Diploma (ISB or IBDP) they pursue.  

As stated in the ISB Mission and Vision Statements, all ISB graduates are expected to pursue creative experiences, lead physically active lives, and become caring, global citizens by working towards goals.  The CAS program provides a framework for students that aligns with these goals, allows for a variety of opportunities, and creates a shared community experience for all of our graduates.

Students are encouraged fulfill all of their CAS requirements through the programs and activities at ISB.  Students interested in fulfilling their CAS requirements through alternative programs outside of those on offer at ISB, must seek prior approval from the CAS coordinator before the experience begins.  

Graduation Ceremony Requirements

  1. Only full-time seniors are eligible to participate in the graduation ceremonies in December or June.
  2. Seniors remaining at ISB for an additional semester or year after meeting their ISB requirements may only participate in the graduation ceremony one time.
  3. Seniors who receive a “Withdraw Fail” grade for any course during their final semester may not be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony.
  4. Seniors who are not in good standing with the school for behavioral or other concerns may not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance may be granted to students who have completed four years of high school, but who do not meet specific academic requirements for a diploma.

Summer School Credit Option Policy

Students who are interested in attending Summer School for credit must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must have completed two semesters of High School.
  2. Must get prior approval from Counselor, Department Head and Principal.  
  3. ISB Summer School credit is generally granted as elective credit only, unless for remediation of a failed required course. A course may be taken for remediation of an “F” grade received from the previous school year and 0.5 credit will be earned upon successful completion of the Summer School course.  In addition, the grade earned during summer school will replace the “F” grade and be calculated into the student’s cumulative GPA.  The original grade will remain on the transcript but will not be calculated into the GPA.

Exams/Final Semester Assessments/Regular Tests

Grade 12 students will have mock exams in Semester 2 prior to their IB, AP or ISB exams in May.   Grade 11 will have end of year exams in June and Grades 9 and10 have exams at the end of each semester.   Exam schedules are shared well in advance of the exam dates.  In order to ensure exam integrity, all exams must be taken during the allotted time during the exam period.  Attendance for these exams is required.

Students are required to be in attendance during the scheduled semester exam periods. In some courses, a culminating activity or assessment other than an exam will be assigned.  Academic departments will determine the value of exams and end of year assessments as they are factored into the semester grade.

Students should not have more than two major summative assessments on any given day during the course of the school year including the semester exam periods.

IB/AP Exams

IB and AP exams are taken during May of each year and it is expected that all students who enrol in either an SL2 or HL2 IB course or an AP course will complete the IB examination.

All Seniors will complete their semester 2 courses on Monday 23rd April.  They are not expected to attend classes after this time, instead they will sit either IB, ISB or AP examinations, concluding on Friday 18th May.

During this time teachers will run review sessions for examinations and attendance is strongly encouraged. IB Diploma Seniors will not sit examinations for non-IB courses in semester 2 whilst all other Seniors will sit ISB exams in non-IB courses.

Following the examinations, seniors are required to attend Senior specific programs and graduation practice. Details of these required attendance days and events are published in advance of the exam release day.

Juniors – Anticipated (Diploma), Certificate or AP exam-takers:

IB Anticipated (Diploma), IB Courses and AP Juniors/Sophomores must attend classes during the May exam period however:

During the IB/AP exam period, classroom instruction of the IB/AP classes may be disrupted. However, it is expected that all classes will continue to meet throughout the exam period up to the examination.

Sophomores in AP courses will continue with these classes after the AP examination in preparation for their Junior year.  All IB courses where juniors are sitting the culminating examination will cease following the exam.

Schedule Changes and Add/Drop Period

Students may change schedules only during the first 8 school days of each semester. Students must seek the advice/approval of counselors and teachers before altering their course schedule.  The following may necessitate a schedule change:

Students and parents must understand that limited movement may be permitted in their schedule. Students and parents may not request to have specific teachers or classes with friends.  Students are expected to remain in all requested courses unless the placement is clearly inappropriate or not possible.  In this event, counselors will work with students and families to provide counseling on other choices.


Students who feel a change is needed should discuss the issue with their counselor.  If it is agreed that a change is appropriate, a “Schedule Change Request” form will be completed by the student and given to the counselor with all required signatures.  If approved by high school administration, the counselor will make the change in the student’s schedule.


The transcript must be an accurate reflection of the student’s academic endeavors at the International School Bangkok.  The ISB reputation is at stake!


After the initial Add/Drop Period (1st 8 day cycle)


Changes can only be made beyond the add/drop period in the following circumstances:

  1. If the Student Services Team recommends adding a support class (e.g., Learning Support), changes to a student’s schedule may be made at anytime.
  2. If a student has been misplaced in the wrong level of a course, a teacher can recommend a change in level (i.e. Spanish III to Spanish II; Math HL to Math SL) during the first eight weeks of the student’s attendance.


Changes in level of a course:


  1. After the Add/Drop Period up to the fifth week of a course, if a teacher recommends a change in level due to misplacement, (i.e. Math HL to Math SL), a change can be made with counselor, parent, and administrative approval. The original class will not appear on the student's transcript.  
  2. Between the fifth and tenth week of a course, if a student needs to move down a level, the dropped course will be listed on the transcript with a WP (Withdraw Pass) or WF (Withdraw Fail) listed on the transcript.  WP and WF grades are not included in the calculation of GPA nor are credits granted.  The grade calculated in the new course will start fresh and only include work completed for that new course.
  3. No level changes after the tenth week


Dropping a course:


  1. A Grade 11 or 12 student enrolled in seven classes (or grade 9 or 10 student enrolled in eight classes) who has an educationally sound reason to drop one class may do so, with parent, counselor, and administrative approval, without penalty up through the end of the fifth week of the semester.  The dropped course will not appear on the student's transcript.  
  2. A Grade 11 or 12 student enrolled in seven classes (or grade 9 or 10 student enrolled in eight classes) who has an educationally sound reason to drop one class may do so between the fifth and tenth week of the semester with parent, counselor, and administrative approval.  A grade of WP (withdraw pass) or WF (withdraw fail) will be entered on the transcript.  WP and WF grades are not included in the calculation of GPA nor are credits granted.
  3. Any course dropped after the tenth week of the semester will have a grade of "F" recorded. Only in exceptional cases (e.g., hospitalization), and on recommendation of the Principal, is it possible not to have an "F" recorded.

Schedule Change Procedures

The dropping or changing of courses during the school year, unless necessitated by extenuating circumstances, is discouraged.

Changes of schedule during the year should be carefully considered.  By being aware of course requirements and prerequisites students and parents can generally avoid mid-year course changes and the adverse academic consequences which ensue including: lost time, make-up work, other classes being affected by the change, etc.

Process for Changing a Student Schedule:

  1. Student consults the teacher of the class in question.
  2. After conferring with the teacher, the student consults the counselor.
  3. If the proposed change is acceptable and has a minimal impact on the rest of the student’s schedule, the student receives a “Course Change Form”.
  4. The student obtains a parent/guardian signature.
  5. The student obtains signatures of all teachers whose classes are affected (classes which will be dropped, course section changes).
  6. The student obtains the signature of the Dean of Academics and their counselor for all course changes.  If it involves an IB or AP course after 15 November then fees to change registrations from the IBO will be payable by the parents.
  7. The student submits the “Course Change Request Form” to the Counseling Center.
  8. The student collects their new schedule from the Counseling Center no later than the next working (school) day.  The student continues with the previous classes until the new schedule is received.

Reporting and PowerSchool

The school year is divided into two grading periods (semesters).  The first semester ends in December and the second semester ends in June.  Grades are updated periodically during the semester and may be viewed using PowerSchool (http://powerschool.isb.ac.th, login information available from the PowerSchool office in the HS office). The semester grades and report card will be available to download as a pdf file after the conclusion of the each semester.


Report Card Grades

Effective August 2017 ISB has aligned our grading and reporting practices by replacing percentage letter grades with the descriptor based IB number scale. (7-1) (see full descriptors at the end of this handbook). Report cards are issued at the end of each semester and will follow the 7 -1 scale.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

GPA is determined by taking the average of the numerical grade in each course at ISB. The semester grade reports determine whether a student is placed on the honor roll.

Honor Roll (students earn a GPA of 5.9 - 6.29)

High Honor Roll (students earn a GPA of 6.3 - 7.0)

EAL Grading

Classroom teachers assist EAL students with the language necessary to demonstrate an understanding of the course content.  Mainstream and EAP teachers will collaborate to determine alternative assessments for EAL students.  Some courses may be taken by EAL students on a pass/fail basis with administrative approval.

Insufficient Evidence/Incomplete/Audit/Pass-Fail

Insufficient Evidence:  Student who do not complete sufficient work to be assessed on their learning for the term may be awarded a grade of Insufficient Evidence (IE).  When students receive this grade, no credit is awarded for the semester 0 points are calculated into the GPA for that class.  While this is similar to receiving a ‘2’ or a ‘1’ in the class, it is important to note that the lack of credit is due to the student not completing the work rather than failing to meet the academic standard.  Teachers determine the sufficiency of the evidence collected and/or missing.

An “incomplete” (INC) may be reported in Powerschool if a student has not completed required course work due to a justifiable reason. However, this should be reconciled before the end of the semester and a final grade reported whenever possible. Any “incomplete (INC)” becomes a permanent “no credit (NC)” if not made up within 10 days after the beginning of the second semester, unless special permission is received from the Principal’s office.

Audit: Students may audit (attend a class for no credit) a class with permission of the teacher and principal. Although no credit is granted, students are required to do all class work.  An audit must be granted by administrative approval within the first two weeks of the semester. “Audit” will be entered on the permanent record.

Pass-Fail: Some classes are graded on a Pass-Fail basis with no numerical grade being assigned.  Courses graded on a Pass-Fail basis may be credit bearing.

Correspondence/Independent Study

Special circumstances may necessitate correspondence or independent study options. Requests must be submitted to the High School counselors for approval by the Principal.

Academic Lab

Students in grades 9 through 12 may be required to attend a supervised study class known as Academic Lab if they fail to meet the following requirements:

  1. G.P.A. is lower than 3.0 (on the 7.0 scale)
  2. Student receives two ‘2’ grades or one ‘1’ grade in one or more classes

Students in grades 9 through 12 who fail to meet these standards may be assigned to supervised study during their study period or after school.  Attendance will be mandatory  in both cases until the next Academic Lab Grade Check, approximately every 6 weeks.  Seniors will forfeit their Gate Pass.  A letter  indicating the guidelines of the program will  given to the student and they will be asked to deliver this letter to their parents.

Academic Lab Grade Check Dates:

Grade checks will be held at the end of every 6 week period during each semester.  Students found to be struggling in courses as determined above may be placed in Academic Lab for additional support.  Students typically remain in Academic Lab until the next 6 week grade check.  Grades from the previous semester are used to determine whether students need to start the subsequent semester with Academic Lab support.

Academic Probation

Academic probation will be determined at the end of each semester and will be based on the student’s grades according to the following criteria:

  1. G.P.A. at or below 2.7.
  2. Two “1” grades in any classes.
  3. One “1” grade and two “2” grades in any classes.
  4. Three “3” grades
  5. Making slow progress through the EAL program.


  1. Parents will be informed of the “Academic Probation” status by means of a letter from the High School Dean of Academics not later than two weeks after the student is placed on Academic Probation and will be required to meet with the appropriate grade-level counselor and High School Principal or Dean of Academics to discuss the conditions of Academic Probation.
  2. The parents and the student will sign a contract with the Principal or Dean of Academics stating the expectations of the student, parents and school for the duration of the Academic Probation.
  3. The ISB Student Study Team (SST) will be informed of all students on Academic Probation and will be informed of the progress of these students.
  4. Students who remain on Academic Probation after one semester or at the designated deadline for improvement may be withdrawn from ISB.
  5. Students may not repeat successive grade levels.
  6. Students may only repeat the same EAP course  once.
  7. Seniors on Academic Probation are not allowed the privilege of a Gate Pass.

Section 5 - ISB HS Electronic Resources Acceptable Use Policy

ISB’s guidelines on appropriate use of electronic and digital resources follow three basic principles:

General Expectations

ISB provides widespread access for students to computers (desktop and laptop), the Internet, and the internal network to support learning.  

With the privilege of access comes the expectation of responsible use.  Responsible use includes:  

These are non-negotiable expectations and purposeful violation of these expectations will lead to disciplinary consequences.

On Campus Computer Use

Users who damage a computer may be charged for the repairs.

All non-ISB laptops must be registered with the Education Technology (Ed Tech) office in order to get access to the school network.  This helps protect the school network from viruses and unauthorized access.  Misuse of the system by a user can result in this registration being revoked.

Privacy and Passwords

Students are provided with personal network space in which to save their work.  This space is treated by ISB administration like a school locker.  It is respected as belonging to an individual, but it is open to inspection by ISB administrators should there be due cause (e.g. virus, inappropriate content, exceeding storage limits, etc.).  

Students should never use someone else’s password and/or access their account without permission.  Any attempts to “hack” into accounts or determine others’ passwords will be treated as vandalism.

Virus Protection

Students may not boot ISB computers with their own disks, nor copy system or executable files onto the computers.  

Additionally, we strongly recommend and request that students’ home computers be kept up to date in anti-virus protection.  Viruses from home are quickly transferred to school through USB drives and corrupted files.  It is the users’ responsibility to ensure that their USB drives do not bring harmful files into the school network.


ISB is committed to the legal use of software.  We support international copyright laws.  Users should never download or install any commercial software, shareware, or freeware onto network drives or disks, unless they have network administrator permission.

Inappropriate Content, Language, or Use

No profane, abusive or impolite language should be used to communicate using ISB electronic resources.  Content should not be accessed which is not in line with rules of school behavior.  A good rule to follow is never access, view, or send materials which you want not want all teachers or parents to view while sitting next to you.  Should students encounter such material by accident, they should report it to their teacher immediately.  

If a website or online activity becomes a distraction from learning, this site or activity will be blocked by ISB network administration.  

Repeated access to an inappropriate site will be referred to the Dean of Students.

Social Networking

Online safety is a personal responsibility.  It is important that students are aware of the implications of their actions online, both on themselves and on others.  The actions students take on social networking sites like Facebook can impact their university applications, job searches, and overall reputation.  It can also provide sensitive information to online predators.  

Students should keep themselves and the people they know safe by carefully screening who their online “friends” are and what information they share as well as locking down privacy settings.


Cyber-bullying is not tolerated at ISB.

ISB becomes involved when students’ online activities impact at-school life and community.  In other words, if the actions of students outside of school have an effect on students feeling unsafe or uncomfortable at school, then ISB administration will act and remedy this.  Additionally, if members of ISB staff or its community are targeted, then the school administration will get involved.  

Photo Policy

ISB employees and associates may take or use photographs or other media that include student images, exemplars of student work and/or images of students taking part in a school events or activities. These photographs/media are used to provide ISB families with information about their child(ren)’s education and/or to provide information to other parties about ISB. The images may be published on ISB approved platforms.  Parents with concerns or questions should arrange to meet with the relevant Divisional Principal.

Section 6 - Academic, Athletic, and Activities Awards Criteria

Academic Distinctions/Honor Rolls

Honor rolls are determined at the end of each semester. Honor roll placement is determined by the student’s grade point average (G.P.A.), which is the average of the numerical values assigned to each letter grade.

High Honors:

High Honors: Students with a G.P.A. of 6.3 or higher are placed on the high honor roll.

Honors: Students with a G.P.A. of 5.9 - 6.29 are placed on the honor roll.

Graduating with Honors and the Valedictorian/Salutatorian (2017/18 Grade 12 only)

Graduating seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or better will be graduated with “honors” using the criteria below.  The Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be awarded to the two students with the highest GPAs in the Senior class, respectively, using the criteria below:

Note:  A student may be denied the honor of Valedictorian or Salutatorian if involved in school rule infractions.  The student would maintain their rank in class, based on GPA, but would not qualify for the honor of either title.

Academic Awards Criteria


Presented to a student who displays a high degree of involvement in the creative process, who achieves technical excellence through manipulation of the principles and elements of art and has the ability to create original and expressive works of art.


Awarded for enthusiastic, dedicated commitment to the Band program; outstanding performing ability and for selfless involvement in extracurricular activities.  Awarded to the student who has consistently supported the Band program, and who has given above and beyond what is required in class.


Awarded for enthusiastic, dedicated commitment to the Strings program, outstanding performing ability and for selfless involvement in extracurricular activities.  Awarded to the student who has consistently supported the Strings program, and who has given above and beyond what is required in class.


Awarded to the student who shows artistry, dedication and responsibility in dance. The students receiving this award demonstrates the following qualities:  a high level of technical skill in dance, creativity as a dancer and a dance maker, and an ability to inspire others as a performer and a fellow dancer.

Choral Music:

For the student who is consistently a diligent worker; accepts suggestions and corrections, shares willingly with others, helps others learn, progresses in choral singing, takes on extra assignments and chooses to continue in the program or is a graduating senior.


Awarded to the student whose efforts effectively produce, evaluate and share high quality design work. They use the design cycle effectively for creating solutions to problems, opportunities and/or challenges and resolve to take responsible action.


Awarded for enthusiasm for the subject; personal initiative; consistent work habits; creativity and mastery of process and technique; and use of photo skills as a contribution to school community.


Awarded to the student who has shown consistent enthusiasm and dedication to the art of drama as performance; who has been supportive and inspirational to their fellow actors; and who has displayed exceptional competence in every aspect of the art of theatre.


Given to the student whose work and effort reflects high quality imaginative designs, is reflective, works collaboratively, and is dedicated to his class and the development and success of others.

Creative Writing:

Awarded to the student who has consistently demonstrated the ability to employ rhetorical and literary devices on a sophisticated level in the genres of poetry, short fiction, drama.

Media Studies & Journalism:

This honor is awarded to a student who exhibits exceptional understanding of all aspects of media production (video, print, web design); demonstrates leadership and teamwork in production; meets personal and class deadlines; is a motivated and enthusiastic team member; displays creativity in their work and towards problem-solving; and is willing to go well beyond the call of duty to ensure the lasting quality of PantherNation.


Awarded to the student who has not only consistently demonstrated a keen insight into the literature being studied, but also has demonstrated the ability to raise literary criticism to a quite sophisticated level, who has, when all others remain silent, taken risks, offered interpretations and served as catalyst for further discussion, and consistently writes well, often brilliantly, and enthusiastically about literature.

The English as an Additional Language:

EAL Award is given to an EAL student who in the eyes of their teachers has demonstrated the most significant improvement in most or all aspects of the language over the course of the year. The recipient of this award is a student who has shown through their interactions at ISB greater confidence in both social and academic situations and has demonstrated cross cultural awareness and understanding.

English B Award

Awarded to the student who demonstrates a high degree of linguistic competence, cultural understanding, and commitment to class activities.

Mathematics Award:

This award is given to the student who is enrolled in a Junior or Senior year Math course; with a positive attitude toward learning Mathematics, high academic performance, strong participation in Math contests, and has made effective contributions to the mathematical atmosphere of the school.

Business & Management:

Awarded to the student who has achieved outstanding academic excellence in Business and Management, displays a lively interest in all aspects of the subject, works cooperatively and participates in all class activities, and is able to relate business theory to current events.


Awarded to the student who exhibits outstanding academic achievement in Economics, has a keen interest in the local and global economy, and demonstrates the ability to use economic theory to analyze current issues.


Awarded to the student who exhibits outstanding academic achievement in Geography, has a keen interest in local and global geography, and demonstrates the ability to use geographic theory to analyze current issues.


Awarded to the student who exhibits outstanding academic achievement in History, shows a passion and intellectual curiosity for history and current events, and demonstrates the ability to use critical thinking skills and analysis in evaluating historical sources, conducting historical research and presenting historical findings in both oral and written form.


Awarded to the student who exhibits outstanding academic achievement in Psychology, has a genuine interest in the understanding of the human mind and behavior, and shows the ability to look at all behavior through various perspectives and theories.

Physical Education:

Awarded to a 9th or 10th grade male and female student, these individuals display a high level of physical ability and demonstrate knowledge in concepts and strategies to perform will in a variety of activities.  This person exhibits positive interaction, is motivated to learn and improve one’s self and others, displays qualities of sportsmanship and leadership and their performance exemplifies the value of personal fitness as a lifetime skill.


The recipient of the health award has been an enthusiastic, creative, fully engaged  student in all aspects of the course.  They have demonstrated a high level of conceptual understanding, ability to reflect on and apply concepts, as well as research and interpret complex health topics.  they have continually been a positive impact on peers throughout the course and have demonstrated a strong appreciation of the importance of health related awareness applicable throughout their lives.

Health, Exercise and Sports Science:

The Sports, Exercise and Health Science award recognizes a senior who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in science concepts related to sport, health and physical activity. The high level of conceptual understanding, investigative research approaches, and the ability to interpret and apply complex theories puts this recipient at the forefront of making contributions to science that are meaningful. This student has been a leader among peers, faculty and in scholarship, and has made evident they will continue the path of excellence in their academic career.


Students are awarded science awards in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, and Physics. These students must exhibit exceptional understanding of the course material; show a substantial amount of genuine interest in the subject, and in the laboratory is able to work with minimal supervision, demonstrates good techniques, leadership qualities, when working in groups and is able to communicate their findings verbally and in writing.

World Language: 

World Languages Awards are divided in two categories:  Native and Non-native. Students are recognized for their achievements in learning a foreign language as well as for their achievements in learning their mother tongue or native language. The recipients of the awards will be students that demonstrate a high degree of linguistic competence, cultural understanding, and commitment to language learning.

Athletics and Activities Awards Criteria

Tri-M Award—Master Musician: 

Awarded to a Tri-M member who excels in music; is highly qualified as a performer with a basic knowledge of music theory; has achieved success in the performance field, meriting many honors locally and in district or state contests; and has been particularly active in performing in school and community functions.

Tri-M—Outstanding Service:

Awarded to a Tri-M member who has demonstrated exceptional examples of service, working with or on behalf of others, without any direct financial or material compensation. This award allows Tri-M advisors to recognize members offering outstanding service through school, chapter, and community organizations and activities in addition to their involvement with music.

Tri-M—Honor Ensemble Achievement: 

The Honor Ensemble Achievement Certificate recognizes senior class Tri-M members selected to represent their school in an honor ensemble at the national or international level.

ISB Alumni Award

    The ISB Network Foundation Community Service and Scholarship awards are presented annually to one ISB senior who has been selected by their teachers and administrators for their academic achievements and their commitment to serving the Thai community. Each recipient will receive US$1,500 to donate to an organisation or organisations recognised by ISB for supporting members of the Thai community who are less privileged than they.

Student Leadership:

For the student who has shown leadership through initiative, involvement, enthusiasm, imagination, and consistency in their class. Not limited to class officers, nor are class officers or SC officers excluded from receiving this award. Presented to the student who gives extra time, energy, and thought to class and school issues, student programs, and ISB activities.

Community Service:  

Awarded to those students who have been actively and consistently involved in an ongoing service activity in the Thai community for the current school year and have been role models, demonstrating compassion, initiative, and a genuine commitment to serving others.

Outstanding Leadership and Service Award:

This award recognizes those students who have been leaders in a club or activity which provides significant service either within the school or to the wider community.  Recipients must have been a member of this club or activity for at least 2 years, held a leadership position for at least one year, and demonstrated initiative, commitment and a genuine desire to serve others.

IASAS Scholar Awards:

Awarded to students who participated in at least two IASAS conventions/tournaments this year and were placed on the High Honor Roll (Seniors) or Honor Roll (Grade 9-11)  at the end of the school year.

Four-Year Letter:  

Awarded to those students who have earned a Varsity Letter in the same activity or sport for all four High School years at ISB.

Booster Club Outstanding Sportsmanship Awards:

Sponsored by the Booster Club and selected by the coaches of all Varsity teams, this award is presented to a male and female student for outstanding overall performance in citizenship, sportsmanship, and general contribution to sports. This recipient should possess high personal integrity and be a strong motivator of team effort and school spirit.

Outstanding Athlete:

This award is presented to the Male & Female Athletes who are considered the best all-around athletes in the school.  The selection is made by a vote from all Varsity Coaches. The athlete must have earned Varsity Letters in at least two sports during the school year. The areas that are considered are: High Level of Athletic Ability, Sportsmanship, Leadership, Teamwork, Desire and Determination.

Panther Pride:

This award is given to the student who shows leadership and dependability in organizing spirit activities, relentlessly promotes pride of their school, and demonstrates school spirit.

Model United Nations:

Awarded to the student who best demonstrates an awareness of current world issues and the ability to research and present those issues in written resolutions, and who, through debate and negotiation, tries to achieve the foreign policy objectives of a particular nation in a world forum.


Awarded to the student who has an applicable, workable knowledge of the process of communication through extemporaneous, Debate, Original Oratory, Impromptu, or Oral Interpretation Speaking. This student has represented ISB in at least one Cultural Convention competition; and who is an effective communicator in all areas of life-personal and public.


Awarded to the acting student in the after-school drama program, who has contributed one of the outstanding acting performances of the year, who has displayed keen insight and creativity in the development of character; and who has been a source of inspiration and support to their fellow actors.

Regional Awards

EARCOS Global Citizenship Award:

This award is presented to a current Grade 11 student who embraces the qualities of a global citizen.  This student is a proud representative of their nation while respectful of the diversity of other nations, has an open mind, is well informed, aware and empathetic, concerned and caring for others encouraging a sense of community and strongly committed to engagement and action to make the world a better place.  Finally, this student is able to interact and communicate effectively with people from all walks of life while having a sense of collective responsibility for all who inhabit the globe.

CIS International Student Award:  

This award recognizes the contributions to school and community improvement made by a student.  The certificate is presented to an ISB student in recognition of their contribution to the development and advancement of internationalism in the ISB community.

National Honor Society:

Students who have demonstrated leadership, shown a personal commitment to service, exemplary character and a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA are eligible for membership in NHS. NHS was founded in 1921 in the United States, and honors students who demonstrate outstanding scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Students are selected by the NHS Faculty Council, which consists of five ISB high-school teachers. The process, which takes two months, is outlined below.

For more information please refer to the ISB High-School website.

Selection Process

  1. To be nominated a student must be in the second semester of their Sophomore year (Grade 10) or in their Junior or Senior year, and have attended ISB for at least one full semester.
  2. Candidates must have a cumulative scholastic average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) to be eligible.  There will be no “rounding up” of GPA’s.
  3. The GPA calculation will use the most recent accumulated grades for a student’s entire High School career, including grades earned at all previous High Schools.
  4. The GPA calculation is made using semester grades only, not progress-report grades.
  5. The Faculty Council may waive the semester attendance ruling (Constitution Article IX, Section 1) upon review.
  6. Students will be notified, in the announcements and other publications, that the selection process is about to take place.
  7. In the second semester of each year a list of those students eligible for selection will be posted in the High School office.  The posting will be announced in the daily notices and in other publications. Students who are not on the list should contact the NHS advisor immediately if they believe a mistake has been made.
  8. The NHS advisor will hold informational meetings concerning the membership procedures.  At this meeting the four criteria for membership will be explained and information sheets will be distributed to eligible candidates, along with a due date for their return.
  9. It is the responsibility of candidates to obtain information sheets and other information by attending one of the meetings described in section 8.  Interested candidates must then return the completed information sheets to the NHS advisor by the deadline given.
  10. A list of eligible students and selection criteria shall be provided to all certified members of the High School Faculty.  The Faculty will indicate their perspective on potential members by rating each student on the Leadership and Character criteria on a 1-5 basis, with 1 representing the low rank and 5 the highest.  Faculty will also provide written comments on the strength and weaknesses of each eligible student.
  11. A primary component of the Service criterion is the number of community-service hours a student has earned.  It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their community-service hours are up-to-date, including hours earned from participation in Global Citizenship Week courses.
  12. Utilizing information generated by both candidates and Faculty, the Faculty Council reviews and discusses the qualities of the students and by majority vote selects the new members.
  13. Students are notified via a letter from the chapter advisor whether or not they have been accepted.  The Principal will also invite any interested students who have not been selected to make an appointment to discuss the decision.  Via information gained from the Faculty Council, the Principal will offer the students information on the area where the most improvement is needed.
  14. Non-selection appeals will be heard according to procedures in the National Constitution.

Section 7 Co-Curricular Program

Activities and Clubs

ISB sponsors various clubs and activities, depending on student interest and participation.  A club fair is held in the fall so that students can meet the sponsors and officers of the clubs to find out more about which activity best suits their interests and talents.  ISB feels that clubs and activities offer students a venue for meeting friends and getting involved with their school and community.  Students are urged to make serious choices regarding extracurricular and club activities.  Many require a time commitment and some involve missing time from class during special events.  Careful consideration should be made as to what effects this will have on one’s over-all attendance.  ISB has a minimum attendance requirement stating that students should attend 85% of the scheduled classes in a semester to receive course credit. (see Attendance)

New clubs are formed each year and students may receive more information on the existing clubs and how to form new clubs by reading the ISB High School Clubs and Organisations Booklet on the HS Clubs and Activities Haiku Page.



The Athletic Program at International School Bangkok offers students a range of competitive sports in a mixture of team and individual pursuits as well as a range of student led intramurals. Intramurals are provided on a student interest basis where facilities allow for extra activities.


Athletes representing ISB participation in any competitive sport need to sign an Athletic Agreement along with their parents. This outlines the policies and guidelines, which uphold the ideals of being an ISB Panther Athlete.


High School Competitive Athletes participate in the local BISAC league in age grouped divisions (Varsity/Under 19, Junior Varsity and Under 15) and for those selected from U19 teams a group will participate in IASAS exchanges and season culminating tournaments. Competitive Sports available in the High School are: Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Rugby, Touch, Swimming, Tennis, Badminton, Golf, Softball, Track and Field and Waterpolo.


The Varsity Council provides the forum for student leadership council within the Athletics. Varsity Council members represent their fellow athletes and help promote and support all ISB Athletics programs as well as student run athletic initiatives.

Community Service

What is Community Service?

Community Service is making a difference through actions of caring for others, either in the school or in the community.  It includes direct service, indirect service, and advocacy.

Adapted from State of Maryland definition of Service-Learning

Examples of Community Service:

Direct service:

Indirect service:


What is NOT Community Service?

Community Service Graduation Requirement

Students are required to submit reflections on and verification of 10 hours of community service for each year that they are in high school at ISB.  We expect that students will participate in community service each year that they are at ISB.

Student responsibilities:


In School (on going)                        Sparrow Home

Amnesty International                         Street Boys Home

Bake for Change                                Traffic Jam

Breast Cancer Awareness                     Tutoring (ES/MS/HS)

ES After School Activities                        

Global Issues Network                        

Green Panthers                                In Community

Habitat for Humanity                        Boy Scouts/Girl Guides

Health Ambassadors                        Coaching Community Sports

Helping Paws Club                        Project of Student’s Own Initiative

Interact                                        Refereeing Community Sports

Maharaj Boys’ Home                        Summer Volunteer Work

Make a Difference                        White Elephant Shop                

Operation Smile                                

Phayathai Orphanage                        In School (annual events)

Rural Development Club                        

                                        Junior Special Olympics


Global Citizenship Week -Courses offer varying degrees of community service opportunities.

Eligibility Guidelines

In order to participate in IASAS events, students will be considered eligible to tryout and participate in activities and sports they maintain HAL grades of 4 or above.


The Arts and Athletics Department will monitor student-athlete academic performance and HAL grades.  Student-athletes whose HAL grades fall below a 4 during calendered grade checks will be referred to the HS Deans for a decision on eligibility and/or plan for continued participation. The HS Deans reserve  the right to look at academic performance, attendance, or disciplinary issues to determine student eligibility for co-curricular programs.

I.A.S.A.S RULES & GUIDELINES                        

Each participant and their parent must sign and return this form before traveling or hosting, by so doing they acknowledge that they fully understand and agree to abide by these RULES & GUIDELINES.


  1. When a student commits an infraction relating to Smoking, drinking alcohol, drug abuse, cheating, deceit, inappropriate sexual behavior, flagrant curfew violations and violations of the “off-limits” areas as well as aiding and abetting during an IASAS event the following shall apply:

  1. The student may no longer participate in that convention/event.
  2. The student will be sent home at their parents’ expense if it is feasible to do so.
  3. Upon return to school, the following consequences will apply:
  1. For a second offense, the student will automatically be excluded for one calendar year from all IASAS events, including the same convention the following year.
  2. If at any time a student is suspended from further competition or involvement in an event, then the only results affected will be those happening after the infraction, and all pre-infraction results will stand.
  3. Consequences will be carried over if the student transfers to another IASAS school.
  1. Participants must notify coaches of hosts before leaving tournament/convention sites. Exploration of the local environment will not be permitted without the knowledge and consent of the host parent/guardian.
  2. Under no circumstances may housing assignments be changed
  3. All visiting students must return to the host families’ house before curfew-as set by the host school. Telephone calls will be made to each student every night to ensure that all students have returned safely and on time. Once a student is in and has answered the curfew call they may not leave the house. Note, however, that should an event finish so late that students have less than one hour to make curfew, the curfew will be extended so that they have at least one hour to make curfew.
  4. All laws of the host country must be observed. Guidelines are to be provided by host schools as required.
  5. No disciplinary action will be taken by the Tournament/Convention Director without direct communication with the respective coach/sponsor or trip Administrator.
  6.  The host school will arrange transport to and from the airport as well as the tournament/convention site.
  7. Any problems arising during the convention should be reported immediately to the host school for corrective measures.
  8. Student medical information will be carried by the AIC along with insurance documentation.
  9. All students must carry their Tournament/Convention Identification Cards with them.


  1. All host families will be provided with complete Tournament/Convention details (schedules, curfews, policies, procedures, emergency phone numbers for coaches and important tournament personnel, etc.).
  2. Host parents/guardians will not offer housing unless one of the parents/guardians is present for the duration of the tournament/convention.
  3. Host families will provide safe and reliable transport between housing and the tournament/convention site in accordance with host school policies. Host families are responsible for all event transportation costs incurred.
  4. Hosts are expected to cooperate with Tournament/Convention Director in ensuring student compliance with all IASAS policies relating to participation.
  5. Any student who shows reluctance to fully comply with the above rules and regulations shall be reported to the Tournament/Convention Director who will report the matter to the student’s coach and Administrator in charge with the expectation that action will be taken.

Other Guidelines

Students on Academic or social probation, or placed on academic or social probation may become ineligible during the specific probation period.

Students involved in behavior requiring disciplinary action or showing attendance irregularities may be declared ineligible at any time.

Class attendance is mandatory the day before and the day after activities and events. (See IASAS EVENTS for regulations.)

Exceptions to all eligibility guidelines are to be handled on a case by case basis

Field Trip Permission/IASAS Events

Any student participating in a school-sponsored field trip must have written permission and must obtain this permission in compliance with the procedures indicated by the principal, teacher or sponsor of the group involved.  All students on field trips will use the transportation provided by the school unless otherwise approved.

Students involved in rule infractions may be prohibited from attending out-of-town and off campus field trips at the discretion of the High School administration.

Students arriving back from school sponsored trips may be permitted to come to school the next day later than usual if their arrival was delayed or at a late hour. This will be determined by the sponsor and High School administrators.

It is the responsibility of the administrators of the trip to advise the students at the airport (or school) as to what time they must report the next day and also to inform the attendance office and building principal.

Absence or tardiness beyond the designated time will be unexcused, unless the student has a doctor’s note.

Student Government

High School student government is an important part of the educational program and is based on a Student Council constitution developed by the Student Council and approved by both the student body and the administration.

The Student Council performs both legislative and executive functions. It encourages student participation in self-government and in school activities. It also assists in the coordination of student activities.

There are standing committees whose chairpersons are appointed by the Student Council and who work with the Student Council and the Dean of Students or other advisors in the planning and carrying out of student activities.  In addition, each class (grades 9-12) elects its own officers each school year.

The Constitution, current makeup and other relevant information regarding Student Government at ISB may be found at the ISB website (http://www.isb.ac.th) under the Student Council Link at the High School page.

Global Citizenship Week

Global Citizenship Week is a required week-long program for high school students.  The program involves out of the classroom learning experiences focused on global issues and/or service learning.  They may take place in Thailand or in other countries in the world.  For more information, consult the GCW Program of Studies.

There are 3 categories of GCW courses:

Category 1 – In Thailand

Category 2 – In Asia but outside Thailand

Category 3 – Outside Asia

GCW Program Requirements

  1. All students must participate in at least one course in Thailand (category 1) during their High School career.

Rationale:  Our host country is an amazing nation of warmth and diversity.  In addition to learning more about Thailand students also have an opportunity to help those in need.

  1. Students may only participate in one course outside of Asia (category 3) during their High School career.

Rationale:  While there are wonderful learning opportunities outside of Asia, ISB students have a unique opportunity to learn more about the country and region in which they live.  

Additionally, by limiting the number of long distance courses we are able to minimize the environmental impact of the program by reducing our carbon footprint.

  1. In order to participate in an out of Asia course (category 3), students must have first participated in a course within Thailand (category 1).

Rationale:  This requirement ensures that students focus their GCW courses within Thailand and Asia.  We want to ensure that students appreciate our host country before traveling further afield for a course.

GCW Timeline of Events 2017-2018

11 September                GCW Handbook Uploaded to ISB Website

25-26 September                First Priority Selection - Grade 12

28-29 September                Second Priority Selection - Grade 11

27-28 September                Freshmen Seminar GCW Presentation

2-3 October                Third Priority Selection – Grade 10

4-5 October                Fourth Priority Selection – Grade 9

9 October                Follow up with any unregistered students

10 October                Student Assignment Lists Posted at school by ID number

17 October                1st GCW Meeting

7 November                Signed Parent Permission forms due

21 November                2nd GCW Course Meeting

6 February                3rd GCW Course Meeting(Parents Invited)

12-16 February                Global Citizenship Week

6 March                        4th GCW Follow-up GCW Course Meeting

Zero Tolerance

It is important to stress that there will be “zero tolerance” for the following behaviors during GCW activities and trips (Any involvement in such actions will result in students being sent home at the expense of their parents):

Drug/alcohol use or possession        Smoking/Vaping

Theft/vandalism                        Any unlawful acts

Breaking curfew                        Renting of motorized vehicles

Breaking rules and procedures specific to a course or listed in the Student Handbook.

While on GCW  trips it is expected that students conduct themselves with polite and mature decorum respecting the culture of the country they are visiting. Please be reminded that students are representing their school and their families.

Section 8: Student Services

High School Office

The High School office is located on the second floor directly behind the Chevron Theatre.  Follow the blue tiles from the front foyer of the school. This is the office to which you must report and bring notes to excuse absences or if you have arrived late to school.

PowerSchool  Office

Student schedules and grades are available in the Counseling  Center.  Students needing assistance with online registration or online communications may receive help from the PowerSchool office.  For questions related to PowerSchool access, please e-mail:  Khun Toi at kitiphos@isb.ac.th.

School Counseling

The High School team assists students with academic advising, career planning and exploration, social and emotional counseling, as well as university advising. The High School Counseling Center is staffed with six counselors (one counselor for grade 9 students and five counselors for grades 10-12) and a school psychologist.  High school counselors and the school psychologist subscribe to ethical standards relating to confidentiality. Conversations with counselors remain confidential with the following exceptions: academic and college advising; when a student is imminently in danger of harming one’s self or others.

We believe all students can flourish and develop resilience with the support of caring adults.  The ISB school counseling program supports the ISB Vision and Mission through the delivery of a comprehensive, proactive, and developmental guidance program that fosters a safe school environment.  In an ethical and confidential manner, school counselors serve as student advocates, respect individual differences, and support holistic needs of the diverse ISB student population by collaborating with the school community.  

Our school counseling department provides a variety of services based on student needs. Some services are universal and offered to all students. Other services are targeted toward small groups of individuals while others are only provided to a few students with a higher level of need. We do not offer long-term counseling or therapy and will often refer to an outside agency or party in such cases.

Main Library

The Main Library supports the school’s mission of inspiring students to become passionate, reflective learners and informed, caring global citizens by facilitating the effective, creative and ethical use of information and the pursuit and appreciation of a wide variety of literature.

Please visit the Main Library Blog at http://inside.isb.ac.th/hslibrary/ for open hours, access to library resources, assistance, and further information.

Arts Office

The Arts Office is located in the Cultural Center behind the High School buildings on the Mezzanine floor.  Co-curricular arts activities are coordinated from this office.  Also, information regarding facility booking can be found here.

Athletics Office

The Athletics Office is located above the PE Office next to the fitness center and adjacent to Rajendra Hall.  All athletic activities and events are coordinated from this office.

HS Activities & Community Service Office

The HS Activities & Community Service Office is located within the HS Office. Co-curricular activities, dances, school photos and other student programs are coordinated from this office.  All community service opportunities as well as the IB CAS program are coordinated from here.

Aquatics Office

This is located at the Sports Complex on the second floor above the 50m pool.

School Nurse

The responsibility of the school nurse is to give first aid for emergencies and to treat minor injuries and illnesses occurring at school.  As there is limited space in the health center, beds are available only to those students who are too ill to remain in school and are thus waiting for a ride home.  The health center cannot accommodate those students who are seeking a temporary place to rest between classes or during free periods.  Further, we wish to avoid exposing healthy (although tired) students to those in the health center who are indeed ill and may be contagious

  1. A student returning from an absence due to infection or contagious disease is required to present a doctor’s note to the school nurse prior to returning to class.
  2. Any student required to take prescribed medication during school hours is to bring the medicine in its original, labelled container to the Health Center with a note from the parent giving permission to administer the medication and instructions on dosage and frequency.  No medication can be given to a student without the parent’s permission.
  3. A note is required from the parent or guardian if a student is to be excused from P.E. for a period of less than a week.
  4. A note is required from a doctor, if a student is to be excused from P.E. for a week or longer.


Bus Transportation

The flooding of Bangkok streets and traffic congestion can often delay bus pick-up times in the morning and drop-off times in the afternoon. Students riding the school bus will remain on the bus until they arrive at school or home. Students will only be permitted to get off of the bus and walk to their destination if a waiver form from the Transportation Office is completed.

Written permission from the high school office is necessary in the event that a student needs to leave school at 2:35 p.m. (2:15 p.m. on a Tuesday) on a bus they are not originally assigned to ride.  Students and parents should inform the Khun Suthida (Transportation Office) in advance if they will need to ride a bus other than their regular bus. Last minute arrangements may not be possible due to space limitations on the buses and vans.  The buses will not wait longer than 2 minutes at each morning pick-up point.

After-School Activity Buses

Students with a regular bus pass may use the activities buses, but will be required to show their bus pass.  Students who do not come to school on the bus and who do not have a regular bus pass will need to purchase an activity bus ticket in order to ride the activity buses.  Activity buses depart from ISB on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s at 3.50 pm and 5.10 pm, on a Tuesday, Activity buses depart at 3:30 and 5:10 p.m. and on Friday there is a special Athlete and Community Services bus is available at 4.35 pm.  Door to door service is not provided on the activities buses.  Please check with Khun Suthida (Transportation Office) to determine your drop off point if using the activity buses.


Most supplementary school supplies, such as notebooks, paper and pencils, and ISB school uniforms are available at the campus bookstore. The bookstore is located next to the cafeteria.

Parent Teachers Association (PTA)

ISB has an active P.T.A., which assists the school in various ways. Parent representatives are elected to help coordinate student and teacher-related events during the school year. The P.T.A. office is located next to the purchasing office.

Booster Club

Founded during the 1990-91 school year, the Booster Club is made up of ISB parents, who assist with IASAS events and coordinate their efforts with the activities/athletics offices.  The Booster Club is open on Fridays and sells ISB Apparel and a variety of other items.

Student Insurance

Students are covered by a group accident insurance policy while at school, on school sponsored trips and while in transit to and from school on Montri buses.  Details of the coverage are available in the high school office.  On overseas trips travel insurance is mandatory and will be included in the trip cost for all students.


The elevator is only for use by students unable to walk up the stairways and for moving furniture and equipment. Students are not to use the elevator without permission from High School Administration.

Lost and Found

Lost and found articles should be turned in to the High School office. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity. To prevent loss or theft, students should not leave book bags or personal belongings around the campus unattended. ISB is not responsible for loss or theft of personal items on campus.

Lost and found text books will be sent to each departmental office to be reclaimed.  All other lost items may be turned in or claimed in the High School office.  Students should report lost or stolen items immediately to the High School office. Students should clearly identify their personal belongings.   Students are advised not to bring valuable items to school which have no use in the classroom setting.

The Central Lost and Found collection location is on the ground floor of the Building and Grounds building.  Any found items will be held in the High School office for a period of three days and then will be sent to this central location.  Students should check this location for lost items after three days.

Here are some suggestions which should help prevent loss/theft of your personal items while at school:

Textbook Loan

Each teacher distributes textbooks for their courses.  These are to be returned at the end of the course.  Fines or replacement costs will be assessed if books are damaged or lost. Students losing a textbook during the school year will pay for its replacement before being issued a second text. Should the lost book be found, the replacement cost will be reimbursed to the student.


Each student is assigned a locker at the start of school for storage of their books and personal belongings.  Lockers are opened using student’s ID card.  If a student forgets their ID, the student may request assistance from the High School Office.  Students keep the same locker for all years of High School.  Students are not permitted to write on or place stickers on the inside or outside of lockers.

For Physical Education, students are assigned a locker in the Physical Education locker rooms each time they meet.  Teachers secure the ID cards for the duration of the period.  

The school reserves the right to inspect lockers should need arise.

Summer School

ISB offers a summer school program for elective course credit and some recovery course credit.  Students wishing to attend summer school at other institutions must have prior approval from the High School administration before ISB can accept credits earned through summer study (see Program of Studies booklet for guidelines).

General Information & Guidelines for Use of ISB Facilities (Non-School Days)

ISB is pleased to welcome members of the ISB Community to our campus and we encourage you to make use of our facilities.  In order to insure everyone’s safety and to protect the campus facilities, we ask that you follow the guidelines below.

  1. Please do not bring any pets into any part of the campus.
  2. Students may come to school on skateboards, rollerblades, etc… but must store these at the front of the school in the bike parking area. Appropriate safety equipment should be worn, and a helmet is required if bringing the equipment on campus. Areas around  buildings and in the general school campus may not be used for roller skating, skateboarding and rollerblading or similar.
  3. On non-school days, please limit your access to the ground floor main hallways.  You should not enter the interior of the school or be on the second or third floors unless you are involved in a school approved activity with appropriate supervision.
  4. Vehicles, at all times, are to be parked as follows:
  1. Automobiles in designated parking areas
  2. Motorcycles in designated parking areas
  3. Bicycles in one of the three locations where racks exist:
  1. By front parking lot
  2. By the elementary school
  3. By the tennis courts in the back of the school.
  4. On weekends, bicycles may be parked at the front of campus


Motor vehicles are to be driven SLOWLY at all times - the speed limit on campus roads is 15 km per hour.

  1. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on campus.

By following these guidelines, we hope that the ISB campus will be safe for all who use it.  Please enjoy yourselves as you use our facilities and help us maintain the open nature of our campus by informing others of these guidelines if you observe violations.

Emergency Communications 

In the event of a school emergency, ISB will contact students/parents by SMS. The SMS will explain the emergency and advise students/parents on related matters.  Please check your mobile phone each morning.  In emergency situations information will also be available on the school website.  If you do not have a mobile phone we will endeavor to contact students/parents by telephone.  It is your responsibility to keep your mobile phone and email information up to date.  To do this, access the school website and follow the link under Parent Portal.

School Closing

Should situations arise preventing the opening of school, a decision to close school may be made by the Head of School.  Information regarding school closure will come to parents using the Emergency SMS system (see Emergency Communications).

Campus Evacuation or Safe Haven

In the event of civil unrest, the school administration will be in contact with local authorities and embassies to determine the seriousness of the situation.  Should the need arise to send students home, the school will make every attempt to secure the necessary transportation and will alter bus routes to avoid problem areas.  However, situations may arise in which the safety of ISB students is best assured by keeping them on campus as a “safe haven.”

In the event of a fire or bomb threat, students will follow prescribed building evacuation procedures.  Should the need arise to evacuate students from the campus, they will be directed to an appropriate site where transportation home will be arranged.

Safety Drills

Fire, bomb, and lockdown drills are scheduled periodically throughout the school year.  Classroom teachers will give students specific instructions.  Students are required to remain silent and walk efficiently during such drills to simulate and prepare for possible threats.

Posters and Banners


  1. Student posters for clubs and activities must be approved and stamped in the Arts & Activities Office. They can ONLY be pinned to the student display boards using four pins or staples up to three weeks before an event. Clubs must remove their posters after their event.
  2. Posters for CAO activities (and other community events) must be stamped in the Arts & Activities office and can only be displayed on the two community noticeboards (one outside the CAO and the other up the stairwell towards the main library). Community members must remove their posters after the event.
  3. Posters are NOT to be attached anywhere else (eg on walls or on the pillars in the cafeteria) without consultation.


Banners are not encouraged as they are plastic based as environmentally friendly advertising methods such as the e-news and the LCD screen in front of the Admissions Office are recommended.

If a banner must be created, then preferably no date should be printed so that the banner can be reused many times. Many student arts & activity banners are kept labeled and stored in the Arts & Activities office storeroom. Only Building and Grounds staff are allowed to do the hanging and striking of banners.

Banners for student events only (the IFF is the exception) can be mounted over the pond for the 7 days leading up to the event. Banners must be approved and there is a booking process via the Arts & Activities office.

The traditional community events (ones which have hung banners before) can have one banner at the gate for the 7 days leading up to the event. Banners are approved through the Arts & Activities office as there can only be 4 banners at the gate at any one time. For established Community Activities Office (CAO) events, if  registration is considered the most important information, then a banner can be hung for this purpose for 7 days before the registration deadline. This will be considered the event’s one banner.

Field Trip Guidelines

ISB Trip Policy for all PK-12 Curricular and Extracurricular Trips.

All ISB student trips adhere to the ISB mission.  The mission states:

Through outstanding teaching in a nurturing environment, ISB inspires students to:

Learning is the primary focus of ISB and we recognize learning as a lifelong adventure. We value meaningful learning where students construct enduring understanding by developing and applying knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

This definition of learning helps ISB plan and develop curriculum and experiences that have meaning for each learner.  Whether on campus in traditional classrooms; or on student expeditions, service-learning experiences, interscholastic athletics and activities or class adventures in Thailand or across Asia, the use of experiential learning methods (direct experience and focused reflection) are used to build student success and achievement.   Equally important to learning, is the recognition and support of high standards of risk management and safety for all trips.  Risks are inherent in all experiential learning experiences and central to adventure and growth (cognitive, emotional, social, physical).  By using high standards for its risk management process, ISB is committed to assessing and mitigating environmental and human hazards, and at the same time providing real and meaningful challenges that provide growth for all students.

For many years ISB has promoted school trips, off campus visits and activities; we know they are some of the most memorable and authentic learning experiences that we can provide for our students.  

ISB trips include:

An ISB sponsored trip is defined as any trip where ISB students travel with an approved ISB  supervisor and follow the ISB Trip Policy and Guidelines.

Non School Trips and Activities

ISB does recognize that many powerful learning experiences take place outside of school sponsored curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular programs.  In many cases, students draw on these experiences to reflect and apply in their formal academic course requirements.  Examples of these experiences include but are not limited to: writing papers on an outside of school experience for a humanities class, meeting IB requirements in the area of CAS, preparing for college applications, scholarships and other student awards.  Although often powerful and meaningful for the student, these experiences are student initiated outside of regular school expectations and schedule and thus fall outside of our formal school trip policy and guidelines.  Students and parents should be aware that the school takes no responsibility for the planning, implementation and monitoring of these non-school sponsored trips and experiences.  None of the services and expectations of our ISB trip policy and guidelines (below) are allotted to these experiences by ISB.  

To achieve our mission and goals for learning and safety, all officially recognized ISB student trips must contain and follow these guidelines of the ISB trips policy.  

ISB Trips Policy

All ISB trips must:

  1. Involve ISB students.
  2. Be part of an officially recognized curricular/co-curricular or extracurricular class, team, club or group.
  3. Meet ISB requirements for Adult Supervision.
  4. Be published on ISB calendar(s) or similar published schedules.
  5. Involve the collection of Health screening information prior to participation, including recent pertinent physical, mental and emotional health changes.
  6. Involve the Completion of Thai Ministry of Education requirements for overnight trips and trips out of country.
  7. Have approved Trip Planning and Risk Assessment documentation.
  8. Contain adequate trip liability and travel insurance.
  9. Involve the collection of parent permission, medical updates, medication authorization and acknowledgement of risk forms for all participants.
  10. Have involved the collection of a completed student code of conduct agreement for trip participation.
  11. Involve the coordination of all travel, lodging and meals by ISB or contracted vendors/3rd party providers.
  12. Have been suitably budgeted and resourced.
  13. Follow the ISB Crisis Response Manual and Child Safeguarding Reporting procedures in the case of any emergency.
  14. In the event of overnight trips outside of Thailand, use the U.S. Embassy Regional Security Office and world wide networks to support student travel and assist in emergency situations.
  15. Ensure ISB First Aid Kits are taken on all ISB trips.
  16. Ensure that a communication device is taken and communication plan followed (mobile phone, satellite phone, etc.) by all trip supervisors/providers.
  17. Follow ISB water/aquatics guidelines for swimming and water activities.
  18. Follow host family guidelines for trips involving lodging of ISB students with host families.

Section 9 - Daily Planner

This section is not included in the online High School Student Handbook.

Section 10 - Academic Resources


A period ends a declarative sentence or an imperative sentence that does not merit an exclamation mark.

        A declarative sentence makes a statement.

        An imperative sentence gives a command.

An exclamation mark is used to show surprise or emotion and to create an impact.

A question mark ends a sentence that asks a question.

A comma separates words or phrases in a series. A comma is the pause that explains and provides clarity.

Double quotation marks are placed around written, spoken, or thinking words that are a direct quotation.  In most cases, punctuation is placed inside the quotation marks.

Single quotation marks are used for a quote within a quote.

A semi-colon is used when a conjunction is omitted.  A semi-colon shows a greater pause in a sentence than a comma.

A colon is used to start a list or to introduce a statement.

An apostrophe is used to show possession or to write a contraction.

A hyphen is used with compound adjectives, to create a compound word, and to connect words or numbers.

Parentheses are used to enclose words, phrases, or sentences.  In most cases, punctuation is placed after the enclosing parentheses.  Parentheses set aside numbers and letters in a list.

Parts of Speech

A NOUN names a person, place or thing.  Capitalize a noun when referring to a particular person, place or thing.  Geographical locations are capitalized when referring to a specific region.  Brand names are capitalized.  Seasons are capitalized only when personified.  Historic events and historic eras are capitalized.

A PRONOUN takes the place of a noun.  Replace a noun with a pronoun only when it is clear what the subject is.

A VERB an action word, a state of being or existence.  Every sentences must have a verb.  A verb is in the past present or future tense.

An ADJECTIVE makes the meaning of a noun or a pronoun more exact.  An adjective can dress up a noun or make it less significant.

An ADVERB enhances a verb, telling when, where, how and to what extent something happened.  An adjective can become an adverb by adding ly: perfect to perfectly.  

A PREPOSITION links a noun or pronoun to another word in a sentence by showing relationships such as direction, location, and time. A preposition shows a relationship of an object to another word in a sentence.  The child jumped up the stairs.  A preposition can also be used as an adverb.  The child jumped up.

A CONJUNCTION is a joining word that connects words, phrases or clauses.  Take the money and run. Subordinating conjunctions join a main clause and a dependent clause.  He didn’t take the money because he was honest.

An INTERJECTION is a word or phrase that shows emotion or surprise or a word or phrase that is used to get attention.  An interjection is often followed by an exclamation mark. Wow! Your cookies are delicious.

High School Buildings

IB to ISB General Grade Equivalent

High School Timetable

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