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.
High School Principal
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!
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:
ISB VALUES ISB STUDENT ATTRIBUTES
Care Socially Intelligent
The Student has the right to:
The Students have a responsibility to:
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:
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,
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
College application advice
Tech suggestions / online safety
Mr. Mike Rutherford
Library facilities / referencing
Mr. Mike Rutherford
Ms. Melinda Kehe
Cafeteria suggestions / concerns / compliments
*What about confidentiality?
The adults you talk to at school will keep everything confidential unless you or another person is in danger.
Mr. Justin Alexander (HS Principal) email@example.com
Mr. Andy Vaughan (Dean of Students) firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Susan Canobie (Dean of Academics / IB coordinator) email@example.com
Ms. Stephan Golas firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Debbie McDowell email@example.com
Ms. Jennifer Melton firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Andrew Weiser email@example.com
Mr. Kevin Callahan firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Kevin Davy email@example.com
Ms. Jackie Valenzuela firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Ryan Ruhl email@example.com
Ms. Sally Plomley (medical consultant) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Mike Rutherford email@example.com
Mrs. Melinda Kehe firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Michelle Mueller-Irhig email@example.com
Student Council (new platform coming soon!)
International School Bangkok
39/7 Soi Nichada Thani, Samakee Road,
Pakkret, Nonthaburi 11120
P.O. Box 20-1015 Ha Yaek Pakkret,
Tel: 02-963-5800 Fax: (662) 583-5432
Web Page: http://www.isb.ac.th
List of Contacts
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
Student Government - 2018-19
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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:
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.
Planning a High School Activity or Event
TOPICS HIGH SCHOOL E Mail Address
Absences Khun Gade, H.S. Office, Ext.3305 email@example.com
ACT Counseling Center, Ext. 3306
Activities Mrs.Becky Hansberry Ext. 3381 firstname.lastname@example.org
Athletics Mr. Derrick Quinet, Ext. 6612 email@example.com
Activities Buses Khun Suthida, Ext.7704 firstname.lastname@example.org
Address Change Business Office, Ext.1121 email@example.com
Admissions Ms.Susan Bates Ext. 1189 firstname.lastname@example.org
After School Activities Khun Punnanunt (Fon), Ext. 1191 email@example.com
Aquatics Mr.Corry Day, Ext. 6632 firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance Record Khun Gade, H.S. Office Ext.3305 email@example.com
Building/ Facilities Building & Ground, Ext.7702 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bus Pass Khun Suthida, Ext.7706 email@example.com
Bus Passes for Non-riders Khun Chidapha, Bookstore firstname.lastname@example.org
Bus Transportation Khun Suthida, Ext. 7706 email@example.com
Cafeteria Concerns Ms.Michelle Ihrig , Ext. 7728 firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus Card Khun Suttinee, Ext. 1188 email@example.com
Car Sticker Khun Suthida, Ext. 7704 firstname.lastname@example.org
Certificate of Attendance Khun Vijit, H.S. Office, Ext. 3302 email@example.com
Clubs Mrs. Becky Hansberry, Ext. 3381 firstname.lastname@example.org
College Application School Counselors, Ext. 3306
Community Service Khun Jurairat, Ext. 1177 email@example.com
Community Sports Khun Punnanunt (Fon) Ext. 1191 firstname.lastname@example.org
Concerts Mr. Anthony Giles, Ext.8801 email@example.com
Counselors Counseling Center, Ext. 3306
Course Selection School Counselors, Ext. 3306
Curriculum Ms. Bronwyn Weale Ext.4450 firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily Bulletin Khun Arintra, H.S. Office Ext. email@example.com
Dance Mr. Anthony Giles, Ext. 8801 firstname.lastname@example.org
Discipline Mr. Andy Vaughan Ext. 3370 email@example.com
Donations Mr. Anthony Giles, Ext.8801 firstname.lastname@example.org
Drama Ms. Augusta Harison-Denby email@example.com
Dress Code Mr. Andy Vaughan Ext. 3370 firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Handbook Mr. Andy Vaughan Ext. 3370 email@example.com
Dress Code Questions Mr. Andy Vaughan, Ext. 3370 firstname.lastname@example.org
Drug/Alcohol Mr. Andy Vaughan Ext. 3370 email@example.com
E.A.L. Mrs.Terri Hirst, Ext.3320 firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Graduation School Counselors, Ext.3306
Field Trips Mr. Andy Vaughan, Ext. 3370 email@example.com
Global Citizenship Week Khun Jurairat, Ext. 1177 firstname.lastname@example.org
Grades Individual Teachers
Graduation Mr. Justin Alexander, Ext.3302 email@example.com
TOPICS HIGH SCHOOL E Mail Address
Guest Permission Khun Gade, Ext.3305 firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Information Nurse Office, Ext.1129 email@example.com
HS eNews Khun Vijit, H.S. Office, Ext.3302 firstname.lastname@example.org
IB Ms.Susan Canobie,Ext.3388 email@example.com
IASAS Mr. Derrick Quinet, Ext.661 firstname.lastname@example.org
ID Card (activated) Bookstore, Ext. 1130 & 1114 email@example.com
Instrumental Lessons Mr. Anthony Giles, Ext. 8801 firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Support Mrs.Terri Hirst, Ext.3320 email@example.com
Intramurals Mr. Derrick Quinet, Ext.6612 firstname.lastname@example.org
ISB Communication Ms. Shelley Bragg Ext. 1153 email@example.com
Japanese Liaison Ms. Machiko Morizono, Ext.1148 firstname.lastname@example.org
Korean Liasion Ms. Eun Jeong Park email@example.com
Leaving Campus Khun Gade, H.S. Office, Ext.3305 firstname.lastname@example.org
Library Mr. Mike Rutherford, Library, Ext. 1193 email@example.com
Lockers Khun Mai, Counseling Office, Ext.3306 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lost and Found Khun Mongkol, Ext.7721 email@example.com
Marketing Ms. Shelley Bragg Ext.1153 firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Emergency Nurse Office, Ext.1129 email@example.com
Missed Homework Khun Gade, H.S. Office, Ext.3305 firstname.lastname@example.org
PowerSchool Khun Toi, Ext 3368 email@example.com
P.T.A. Ext.1140 firstname.lastname@example.org
Psychologist Mr. Cindy Warner-Dobrowski email@example.com
Registrar Khun Supanniga (Fon), Ext.3366 firstname.lastname@example.org
Report Cards Khun Toi, Ext.3368 email@example.com
SAT/PSAT/ACT/TOEFL College Counselors
Schedule Change Counselors
School Calendar Kellie Alexander Ext.1195 firstname.lastname@example.org
School Records Khun Supanniga (Fon), Ext.3366 email@example.com
School Sports Mr. Derrick Quinet, Ext.6612 firstname.lastname@example.org
School Supplies Bookstore, Ext. 1114 email@example.com
Senior Gate Passes Khun Gade, H.S. Office, Ext.3305 firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Events Mr. Derrick Quinet, Ext.6612 email@example.com
Sports/Athletics Mr. Derrick Quinet, Ext. 6612 firstname.lastname@example.org
Substitute Teaching Khun Kaew, Substitution Office, email@example.com
Swimming Khun Sanit,Aquatic Office, Ext. 6609 firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone Change Business Office, Ext. 1121 email@example.com
Theft Mr. Andy Vaughan, Ext. 3370 firstname.lastname@example.org
Transcripts Khun Supanniga, Ext.3366 email@example.com
Tuition/Billings Khun Thiti-orn, Business Office, Ext.1121 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tutors Khun Kaew, Substitution Office, email@example.com
Uniforms Bookstore, Ext.1114 firstname.lastname@example.org
Withdrawal from School School Counselors email@example.com
Faculty Department Email Address
Alexander, Justin Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexander, Kellie CAO Coordinator email@example.com
Alonso, Loreto World Languages firstname.lastname@example.org
Alonso Ochoa, Moises World Languages email@example.com
Barnes, Sarah PE/Health firstname.lastname@example.org
Bentley, Daniel Mathematics email@example.com
Brassert, Jeremy World Languages firstname.lastname@example.org
Bowman, Philip Learning Support email@example.com
Brock, Eleanor EAL firstname.lastname@example.org
Callahan, Kevin School Counselor email@example.com
Canobie, Susan Dean of Academics firstname.lastname@example.org
Carver, Fraser Social Studies email@example.com
Clement, Darryl Mathematics firstname.lastname@example.org
Cohen, Andrew English email@example.com
Covington, Stanley Science firstname.lastname@example.org
Davy, Kevin School Counselor email@example.com
Day, Corry Aquatics Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Duffy, Conor English email@example.com
Durbin, Charlie PE/Health firstname.lastname@example.org
Eales, Jonathan Science email@example.com
Farrant, Michael Science firstname.lastname@example.org
Farrell, Adam Science email@example.com
Foran, Lisa English firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabelia, Tsira Mathematics email@example.com
Geneser, Gaby World Languages firstname.lastname@example.org
Giles, Anthony K12 Director of Arts email@example.com
Giles, David English firstname.lastname@example.org
Golas, Stephan College Counselor email@example.com
Gricius, Adrianna Fine Arts firstname.lastname@example.org
Hall, Rebecca Mathematics email@example.com
Harison-Denby, Augusta Theatre, Drama firstname.lastname@example.org
Hansberry, Becky CAS & Activities Director email@example.com
Hansberry, Ken Social Studies firstname.lastname@example.org
Hirst, Terri EAL email@example.com
Hotrabhavananda, Jamjit World Languages firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty Department Email Address
Kelly, Matthew Social Studies email@example.com
Lorence, Jonathan Social Studies firstname.lastname@example.org
Macky, Cameron Mathematics email@example.com
Madden, Seth Fine Arts firstname.lastname@example.org
Marshall, Andrew Fine Arts email@example.com
Masson, Jean-Michel World Languages firstname.lastname@example.org
McDowell, Debbie College Counselor email@example.com
McRobbie, Jennifer PE/Health firstname.lastname@example.org
Melhorn, Bruce Mathematics email@example.com
Melton, Jennifer College Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
Myers, Thomas Fine Arts email@example.com
Nakamachi, Kaoru World Languages firstname.lastname@example.org
O’Donnell, Martin Annual Substitute email@example.com
O’Rourke, Lee PE/Health firstname.lastname@example.org
Ortwein, Jacob Design & Technology email@example.com
Price, Jaleea Fine Arts firstname.lastname@example.org
Quinet, Derrick Athletics Director email@example.com
Rayworth, John Computer Science firstname.lastname@example.org
Reau, Ayla Learning Support Associate email@example.com
Reau, Karen EAL firstname.lastname@example.org
Redmond, Tamara Learning Support email@example.com
Ruangtrakool, Sucheera World Languages firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruhl, Ryan Psychologist email@example.com
Rutherford, Mike Library/Tech.Learning firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaffer, Megan Science email@example.com
Singhara Na Aytthaya, Suchanan Annual Substitute firstname.lastname@example.org
Sliman, Emily Mathematics email@example.com
Jennifer Marinos Learning Support firstname.lastname@example.org
Speirs, David PE/Health email@example.com
Stephenson, Colin Mathematics firstname.lastname@example.org
Sweeney, Daniel Social Studies email@example.com
Tahan, Basil Fine Arts firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomson, Lowell Science email@example.com
Valenzuela, Jackie School Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
Vaughan, Andy Dean of Students email@example.com
Voigt, Ginny Social Studies firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty Department Email Address
Wang, Ziyan World Languages email@example.com
Warner-Dobrowski, Cindy Psychologist firstname.lastname@example.org
Weber, Mary Pat English email@example.com
Weiser, Andrew College Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
Welch, James Science email@example.com
Werner, Richard English firstname.lastname@example.org
Zhao, Jiaping World Languages email@example.com
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.
Adapted from IB Diploma Programme Academic Honesty (2007).
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Homework and assessment will not be collected during the first two days immediately following October Break, Global Citizenship Week, and Songkran.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The following have been developed by the student council, in cooperation with the administration, and apply to dances and activities on or off campus:
Those not meeting the minimum requirements of neatness and suitability of apparel will be denied admittance or asked to leave.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
Lying or misrepresenting the truth to a member of faculty or staff
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
Unapproved entry of school facilities and/or searching through faculty desks, files, etc
Suspension - possible recommendation for expulsion
Recommendation for expulsion
Disrespectful behavior toward a staff member or failure to follow an instruction
Possible Social Probation
Possible recommendation for expulsion
Out of uniform or dress code violation
Student made to change
Detention (2 hours)
Student made to change
Loss of next Alternate Dress Day privilege
Detention (4 hours)
Student made to change
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
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
No credit for work missed
No participation in after school activities
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
Inappropriate Public Displays of Affection
Letter to parents
Disrespectful behavior toward another student
Recommendation for expulsion
Vulgar language or use of obscenities
Letter to parents and file
Suspension – possible recommendation for expulsion
Inappropriate use of technology
Warning, Possible suspension of user account or confiscation of device
Suspension of user account or ban of device
Suspension – possible recommendation for expulsion
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
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
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
Possible recommendation for expulsion
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
(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.
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.
Students who are interested in attending Summer School for credit must meet the following criteria:
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 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.
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.
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:
Changes in level of a course:
Dropping a course:
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:
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.
NOTE: STUDENTS WITH OUTSTANDING DEBTS, OVERDUE LIBRARY BOOKS OR OTHER INCOMPLETE OR UNFINISHED SCHOOL MATTERS WILL NOT RECEIVE THEIR GRADE REPORTS UNTIL THEY SECURE CLEARANCE. TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ISSUED TO STUDENTS OR SENT TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IF THE STUDENT HAS OUTSTANDING DEBTS, OR UNFINISHED SCHOOL BUSINESS.
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.
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)
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: 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.
Special circumstances may necessitate correspondence or independent study options. Requests must be submitted to the High School counselors for approval by the Principal.
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:
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 will be determined at the end of each semester and will be based on the student’s grades according to the following criteria:
ISB’s guidelines on appropriate use of electronic and digital resources follow three basic principles:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
CURRENT COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES AT ISB
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
Phayathai Orphanage In School (annual events)
Rural Development Club
Junior Special Olympics
Global Citizenship Week -Courses offer varying degrees of community service opportunities.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is located at the Sports Complex on the second floor above the 50m pool.
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
NOTE: ALL MEDICINE MUST BE KEPT IN THE HEALTH CENTER AND DISTRIBUTED BY A NURSE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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.
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).
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.
NO VEHICLES, INCLUDING BICYCLES, ARE TO BE DRIVEN OR WALKED IN THE HALLWAYS OF THE SCHOOL, ON THE GRASS OR ANYWHERE OTHER THAN THE PARKING LOTS AND THE ROADS.
Motor vehicles are to be driven SLOWLY at all times - the speed limit on campus roads is 15 km per hour.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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:
This section is not included in the online High School Student Handbook.
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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.
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.
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