Welcome to Centurion International School, Bangkok. The purpose of this handbook is to communicate basic information to parents about our policies and procedures that help to make this school an exciting, safe, and inclusive learning community. We are accredited by Ministry of Education, Thailand (MOE). We are authorised to offer certificates up to Year 6.
We always encourage conversations, questions and feedback. If at any time you want more clarity on any of the contents of this handbook, or any other matter relating to your children and CISB, please do not hesitate in contacting us.
CISB is a private school has a student body of approximately 80 students from 10 different nationalities, and over 10 teaching staff from more all over the world. Our language of instruction and communication is English and also conforming to the MOEs Thai curriculum. We are an international school that offers the British National Curriculum. For details on curriculum, please refer to our website: https://cisb.ac.th/. We accept students with a broad range of learning needs if we are able to support their learning.
The school consists of mixed ability classes from Nursery to Year 6. Each class has a full-time Homeroom Teacher. Early Years and Foundations 1 and 2 classes also have a Teaching Assistant. EAL (English as an Additional Language) teachers also support learning throughout the primary age range for those children who are receiving EAL support. Children are generally placed in classes according to their age at the start of the academic year (31st August) and are organized as follows:
At CISB, we firmly believe that all children have a right toa well-balanced education no matter their gender, race or disability. It is our goal that all children within our school are able to reach their full potential.
Our Admissions Policy requirements are for entry to Centurion International School, Bangkok. Our school is open to all students who can successfully access and are able to benefit from our academic programmes. Students must also be able to behave safely and appropriately in our school setting.
The following procedure outlines our enrollment process:
The registration fee for the first 100 students at CISB will be waived. Tuition fees must be paid before the child’s first day of school. Tuition fees will be prorated according to the registration date of the child. The tuition fee is not refundable.
All fees need to be paid before the term begins. The following dates are the deadline for each term:
If payment plans are needed, it must be discussed before the school term starts. At CISB, we are always here to help in any way we can. Please keep us updated if there are any late payments.
Late Fee Payment
CISB is always understanding with payment. It is important to always keep the school updated on payment of fees. Please note that a late payment fee of 1.5% will be added to any outstanding balance after the deadline for payment from the final invoice has passed.
Fixed Tuition Payment for the First 100 Students
As a thank you to all the parents and students that come to CISB as we all begin our educational journey, we are pleased to announce that the first 100 students will receive a fixed tuition payment for as long as they stay with CISB. Our fixed tuition rate will be 105,000 baht per year for Early Years and Foundations and 120,000 baht per year for Primary. This does not include books, uniforms, snacks/lunches, insurance and van fees. So, again, we want to thank everyone for choosing CISB and we look forward to continuing this journey together
The school is open Monday through Friday from 7:45-16:00. Due to safety concerns, children must be accompanied by an adult or registered in the after-school program if they are on campus outside of school hours.
The School Year
The school year is divided into three terms:
All students receive three report cards per year. See Report Cards in this Handbook.
Bringing valuable items such as computers and phones to school are at the owner’s own risk, and CISB takes no responsibility for lost or stolen property.
Lost and Found
All property should be clearly marked with the student’s first and last name to ensure that the property gets back to the correct student. A lost and found box is located in the front office. All objects that are found outside of classrooms are brought to the lost and found basket, unless there is a clear name on the article.
Students receive a healthy and well-rounded meal served each day in canteen. If you, for health or religious reasons, need to request a special diet, please inform the Admin department when filling out the application.
Poor nutrition impacts student academic performance and their behavior. CISB adopts a ‘sugar free’ programme to ensure that we are getting the best from our students. During lunch time, the only snacks that are available are fruits such as watermelon, guavas, mangoes, etc. If you pack your child’s lunch, please do not pack any sugar products.
Please have your child bring a fruit/vegetable or healthy snack every day. We kindly ask that you do not send candy, juice boxes, crisps, cookies, buns or similar sugar-based products. Occasionally, parents will be asked to provide packed lunch for outings or celebrations.
CISB aims to ensure that the development of all students is the shared responsibility of all staff. We strive towards practicing inclusion within our school network, which is about responding positively to each individual’s unique needs. It also aims to minimize the marginalization of students due to their differences.
Pedagogical investigation – Action Plan
To ensure that all students get the appropriate help they need, we follow strict guidelines regarding investigating all matters concerning a student’s welfare. The class teacher will establish a pedagogical investigation to examine the needs in each specific case. If the conclusion is that the situation requires measures that go beyond the teacher’s expertise, an action plan will be established. An action plan is always made in collaboration with the Head of School, student and legal guardian.
Conferences are scheduled two times within the academic year for the purpose of informing parents about the child’s progress at school. Teachers are also able to learn more about the child through these conferences. Although you will be talking with your child’s teacher regularly throughout the year, conferences are a good time to get the teacher’s undivided attention and focus on helping your child reach his/her highest potential. Please review the school calendar for the dates of the PTC.
Students should wear their uniform with pride. Whenever they are wearing their uniform, children earn respect for themselves and for our school community. Each child will receive two (2) CISB uniforms and one (1) PE uniform. Parents are more than welcome to purchase extra uniforms from the front office. The following will outline the details of our student dress code:
For all students at CISB:
Free Dress Day
On the last Friday of every month and on the last day of school per term, we allow our students and teachers a “Free Dress” day. Clothing must be clean, modest, and appropriate for school wear. The following may not be worn on free dress day:
Field trips will be planned throughout the year. Parents will be informed of the time of departure and arrival, the mode of transportation and the site to be visited. Appropriate adult supervision will be maintained at all times. Parent/guardian permission must be obtained in writing for a student to participate on the trip. Permission by telephone will not be acceptable. Failure to have a signed permission slip will mean that the child will not participate on the trip, will have to stay home for the day.
Costs for Events
The school may occasionally ask parents to contribute financially towards special events that benefit the children (e.g., Earth Day tree planting, field trips, etc.) This helps bring about a sense of unity among our community and allows the children to partake in activities that would not otherwise be feasible.
There are times during the school year when the school will be forced to close due to state emergencies, security situations, or the uncontrolled spread of an infectious disease on campus. Such measures are taken to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both the children, families and staff. All families will be duly informed if such an instance occurs. Please note the school is not obliged to hold a replacement make-up if we meet the minimum 180 days that are required by the MOE. If the students are learning online, then please see the CISB Online Learning Policy.
Parents are the primary educators of their children and we always appreciate their input. We highly encourage parents to be involved with the school and with their child’s studies. Research consistently shows that the more the parents are involved with their child’s education, the better student that they will become. Parents are welcome to visit the school and play or observe their children and learn as much about our program as possible.
Students in primary should participate in educational tasks outside of the school in order to reinforce and continue the learning process. Homework extends the learning collaboration between home and school and encourage self-organizational skills and independent learning. Homework that is given by the teachers is part of the requirement of learning at CISB. Homework that is not completed will affect the student’s grade and, if a continuous habit, will involve other consequences.
All students in Early Years, Foundations 1 and 2, Year 1 and Year 2 will be put into the program called CLASSDOJO. Teachers and parents will be able communicate through CLASSDOJO. This is an interactive programme where parents will download onto their phone and computers. All contact and information from the teachers will go through this program. Teachers will contact parents directly to inform them of their child’s daily progress through written assessments and photographs. Any concerns or progress level attainments can be highlighted immediately. If parents are having a problem with this program, then please contact the Head of School. Using this programme, CISB creates a unique profile for each child, which is then matched to the Learning Outcomes associated with each school level.
All primary students from Year 3 – Year 6 are provided with school diaries for recording assignments and classroom announcements as instructed by their teachers. Parents are asked to review these on a daily basis. Teachers may include notes to parents in the school diaries, and parents are encouraged to use the diary to communicate with teachers. Maintaining the school diary is a good lesson in responsibility for CISB students, as well as a tool for good communication for all students, teachers and parents.
All students must bring their own water bottle to school each day. Children can refill their water bottles with drinking water available at school. All water bottles should have a lid that is attached to the bottle itself as shown in the pictures. This helps prevent accidents and lost lids. No plastic bottles are allowed on CISB campus
Labelling Student Property
Please ensure that all items of clothing and all belongings brought into school are clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Midterm Progress Reports
The midterm progress report is a form that is between the teacher and parents and is given in the middle of the term. It updates the parents on their child’s subject grades, strengths and areas for improvement. Progress reports will only be for primary levels Year 1 – Year 6. Parents will receive progress reports in Term I (end of October) and Term II (end of February). There will not be a progress report for Term III because it is a shorter term. Please check the school calendar for updates on the midterm progress reports. In addition, the parents can always communicate with the teacher to discuss their child progress any time during the term.
School supplies are essential and kids cannot learn properly without having the proper supplies. Additionally, school supplies help teach your kids the importance of being prepared for their work beforehand. Being prepared means a student is better able to:
Regardless of your child’s age, most students will need a few basics supplies throughout the school year. These items can be bought before the start of school. Basic school supplies include:
Supplies that are needed for Art class will include:
The school will provide one CISB notebook paper for each core class, which will include English, Math, Science, Geography/History and Thai. Any additional notebook paper can be purchased for 30 baht each.
When a student is accepted to CISB, guardians must provide health records from their doctor or the child’s previous school.
The legal guardian is required to submit a copy of the child’s given vaccinations to the Admin department.
All students enrolled at CISB are covered by current and comprehensive AIA accident insurance. In the event of an accident or injury while the student is on or off campus, and within Thailand, this insurance will cover them. The insurance card will be kept at the school. We will provide a copy for your records. All school trips are supervised by staff members and/or responsible adults who will exercise all reasonable care. The parent agrees that they will not hold CISB, its representatives, administration or its Board of Trustees liable for any accident.
Student Health and Sickness
Our student’s health is very important to us. If students are sick or have any contagious disease, please keep them at home. We ask that you keep your child at home until completely healed or has a doctor’s note if he or she has any of these signs:
If a child arrives at school with any of the above symptoms or becomes ill during school hours, the office will contact the parents, who will then be expected to make arrangements to pick up the child immediately. In order to minimize exposure during this process, the child will be removed from the class until a parent or caregiver has arrived. The child should return to school when he/she is completely free of symptoms and cleared by the doctor to attend school. Medical certificate from the doctor, stating that the child is completely recovered, needs to be provided on the day of the child’s return.
Furthermore, we do not provide medication to a child without consent from the parents. If a child has to take medication, then it is advisable that it be given at home. If the medication has to be given at school, then the parent must fill out the “School Medication Authorization Form” indicating the child’s full name, class name, name of medication, expiration date, prescribing date and dosage. Without this information we are unable to administer any medication to your child.
If you child is out of school for a long period of time, we will do everything we can to keep them stay up-to-date on all the classwork and homework.
Student Attendance and Late Policy
For students to be successful in school, they must come to school every day on time. CISB has between 180-183 school days per year. All reporting of attendance is done by the homeroom teacher. If the student is going to be absent from school, it is very important that you inform the school through Line before 8:20 in the morning. All students need to be in class and ready to start the lesson by 8.20 am at the latest. Late arrivals affect the smooth operation of the lessons, so we urge you to be on time and to always inform the school. It is required by law that we keep track of all students’ absences and late arrivals.
Excessive Absences / Lateness
Excessive absences are those, which cause a child’s attendance or lateness, at any point during the year, to be much lower than expected. A child who displays a pattern of excessive absences, lateness or early dismissals, will be investigated by the Head of School who shall recommend appropriate action, including a meeting with the parent or guardian. It should also be noted that Excessive Absences and Lateness will hurt the student’s grades and impede their learning process. Absences will be sent to the MOE at the end of each term or academic year.
Absences due to illness verified by the parents and or a doctor’s note. Students with excused absences have up to one week to make up any missed tests, assessments, homework or in-class work that is graded and factored into the progress report or term grade. More than one week can be given for excused absences resulting from the death of an immediate family member or extended illness of the student.
Submission of Late Work
Students with family or personal situations documented by the Head of School or prior to the end of the marking period have up to one week after the end of the marking period to submit work to be factored into their final grade. If, due to the situation, more time is needed, the Head of School will convey this to teachers. Students will not be penalized for submitting late work under these circumstances.
Policy for Parent Complaints and Feedback
CISB takes any complaints or concerns that parents may have very seriously. Parents are encouraged to discuss any educational issues with the teachers as early as possible to ensure viable solutions and before it may become more serious. The following will outline the complaint/feedback procedures at CISB:
Code of Conduct for Parents
At CISB, we value each individual member of the school community. We believe that appropriate behaviour and being polite to others are essential for the success of our students. This is the reason for this policy so that it provides guidelines to all legal guardians about expected conduct. We will work together to safeguard a positive and safe environment.
Should any parent have any issue with another child, please do not directly approach the child or their parents. All such grievances should be brought to the attention of a homeroom teacher or the Head of School. We are here to ensure a productive educational environment and we address and discuss any issue with you in a constructive manner.
At CISB, we place great emphasis on respect for every person in our community. The school expects high standards of behaviour from parents in the school as they are also role models for all of the students.
At the end of each term, CISB will have final exams for all primary students. The final exam will cover the current chapter that the students are doing in their classes. The format of the final exam is determined by the teacher which they feel is best for the learning process. There will be a special schedule that will be given to the parents when the finals exams will be given. The following subjects will have a Final Test:
The Final will not be a comprehensive exam of the whole term. It is unfair to put our young students in a position where large portions of information are on the Final. This is a massive amount of material and we never want our students to cram or commit the material to short-term memory.
Report cards are given out for each term. They will contain a summative assessment of the student’s achievements in all subjects taught. It will also include subject grades, effort grades, teacher comments, GPA and absences. Report cards are only released when full payment has been made from the term.
Grading enables teachers to communicate the achievements of students to parents and others, provide incentives to learn, and provide information that students can use for self-evaluation. The teachers will provide grades for classwork, homework, tests, quizzes, participation and final examinations. Every student will receive a final grade from the teacher at the end of the term. The following will outline the grading scale at CISB:
On the report cards and progress reports, teachers will write a descriptive comment for every student. These written remarks will elaborate on the student’s strengths, and frequently offer ways the child could improve his or her academic work and/or classroom behavior.
We aim to make the comments as specific as possible to encourage parents to participate in their child’s education. Positive comments on a report card inspire students to live up to their teacher’s observations and concerns. We will offer constructive feedback on how your child can improve in the particular subject. The goal for every comment will be clear and concise so the parents understand why the student received their grade in the class.
Next to the subject grade will be effort grade. Effort grades are used to provide guidance to pupils and parents of individual progress. The following will outline how the effort grade will be given:
Personality evaluations reflect the students’ conduct in relation to the standards of behavior required of CISB students. Students will receive a grade from the homeroom teacher for each type of personality and behaviour with the report card as follows:
The following scale outlines the grade that is given:
Disputing a Grade
Every teacher at CISB takes grading your child very seriously. We aim to provide accurate grades that reflect our student’s performance and effort. However, we understand that some parents may have questions and concerns about a grade. If this is the case, we will provide all the evidence and feedback that you may need to understand why the grade was given. The following will outline the sequential procedure for disputing a grade:
The grade is based on the teacher’s scoresheet. During the meeting’s the teacher will show evidence of how the grade was obtained. This will include graded work, missed work, examinations, etc. This will also include student personality and behaviour. The goal is for the parents to understand the child’s strengths and weaknesses. For these meetings to be effective, we ask that both sides are cordial and open-minded. A grade change will occur only if there is evidence that the grade is not correct.
We do not advise children to bring cell phones because the school cannot assume any responsibility for the loss or damage of them. However, if they are brought to school, the teachers will collect all cell phones in the morning and return them at the end of the day. If a student needs to use the phone during school hours, parents will need to inform the class teacher ahead of time.
For students that are being dropped off by their legal guardian, the school will open the gate at 7.45am. Please use the roundabout to drop off your child. A teacher will be there to assist getting the child out of the car. Once the child has exited the car, please procced out the exit gate.
For students that are being picked up by their legal guardian, the school will open the gate at 2.30pm. Please use the roundabout to pick up your child. A teacher will bring your child to your car and assist them getting in the car. Once the child has is in the car, please procced out the exit gate.
Communication with the School
The majority of written communication with parents will be sent through CISB Line. In addition, please ensure that the Admin office has an up-to-date, functional email address and phone numbers. Parents can communicate with teachers through their CISB email addresses.
For your students to be successful, both the school and the parents must work together. Parents are always welcome to visit the school. If you ever need to meet with a teacher or the Head of School, please make an appointment through CISB Line for a suitable time. Parents that come in to the school without an appointment, will have to wait until the teacher or Head are available. In some instances, the teacher and Head may not be available, so it is always important to make an appointment before coming to the school.
School Promotional Pictures and Videos
Photos of students and teachers involved in events on campus may appear in school publications, promotional materials, brochures, the school website and the school’s social media accounts. Students and parents might also be used as subjects for written articles. CISB conducts photographic and video shoots for the purposes of promotion of the school. These images are used for this purpose only and, as such, we aim to protect the rights of our students, and the school as an organisation by ensuring that this material is never published out of context or to promote services, products or concepts of other organisations or companies. Participation confers no rights of usage, ownership or copyright on students. CISB reserves the right to make use of suitable images and is under no obligation to publish or use all or indeed any of the selected images. If anytime you do not want your child’s picture to be used in this manner, please inform the Head of School or the Admin department.
School Website (https://cisb.ac.th/)
The school website is used as a first point of contact containing information for those who are interested in joining the school. There is a description of the school and the programs offered. Interested families will also find application forms here.
Student Withdrawal Policy
A student withdrawing from school should give the office a minimum notice of one (1) month. The “Student Withdrawal Form” should be completed before clearance can be given. The school will issue the necessary school documents to the student for his/her new school. The progress report and other pertinent school records will not be released if the student owes money for lost library books, textbooks, school fees, etc. Families must settle all financial business prior to the last day of school.
Student Security and Safety
The safety of everyone within the school is a top priority for the school. We have a 24-hour security, 7 days a week on guard at the front gate. The guard is constantly going through the campus to ensure the protection and safety of the students, teachers, staff and the school property. Our gates are closed and locked while school is session. Only authorized personal is allowed on the campus. In addition, our entrance to our swimming pool for Early Years is always secure and locked. No children are allowed near the pool unless with a teacher.
CCTV surveillance cameras have been installed to monitor every person that comes through our school. For more information, please review our CCTV Camera Policy document.
School Van Contacts Information
If the school van is running late or has not arrived to collect your child, please contact: 095.705.9762 (Thai and English). If there needs to be a change to your child’s usual van service please contact the Admin Office.
Air Pollution Policy
If the air pollution is unsafe, appropriate action will be taken to keep children safe and if necessary, will be kept indoors. Assemblies, lunch and break time will all be kept safe and children will be required to wear masks when outside. We also have air purifiers in every classroom.
All information that is given to the school by the parents will be treated with respect and in a confidential manner. It is also the school’s policy that any parent complaints and feedback will not adversely reflect on their children in any way.
Student Behaviour Expectations
Students must at all times obey the school and teacher rules, respect people and property and be courteous towards other. Behaviour that prevents a productive teaching and learning environment will not be tolerated.
Parents Expectations of Students
In aiding in the development process, parents should encourage their children to do well and work hard in school. Students at CISB have a responsibility to learn the curriculum, participate in class and do the required work. In addition, they must respect everyone with whom they come into contact with. This included greeting every teacher that walks through the school.
To ensure the best learning environment, parents must support the school’s authority to discipline the students. When it comes to discipline, our focus is to make it a learning experience. If a parent does not agree with the discipline process, then please make an appointment with the Head of School.
Schools must be a place that is safe where students can reach their full potential and because each individual has the right to be supported, rules and regulations must be laid out. Each student and parent has, in effect, made an agreement to abide by the school rules. Not abiding by our rules will have certain consequences. The discipline must be sensible, proportionate in the circumstances and must take into account the student’s age, any special educational needs or disability and any religious requirement affecting them. The steps in disciplining a student, taken by a member of staff or administrator are:
Corporal punishment will not be supported and is completely forbidden by the school.
Reasonable Use of Force
All teachers, staff and admin will have the right to use reasonable force to prevent students either committing an offence, injuring themselves or others, damaging property and to maintain good order and discipline in the classroom and around the school.
Child protection is the most important role that educators play in a student’s development. We will always consider whether a child’s behaviour gives cause to suspect that a student is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm. Where this may be the case, we will follow the schools’ Child Protection policy. They should also consider whether continuing disruptive behaviour might be the result of unmet educational or other needs. At this point, the CISB will consider whether a multiagency assessment is necessary.