Elementary School includes our students in Pre-K to Grade 5. These are especially crucial years for building a strong educational foundation. RIS provides a rigorous academic program that integrates students’ social and emotional development. All of our elementary school teachers are highly qualified and certified within their specific subject areas. Many of our teachers have additional certifications in reading, language development, and learning support. But that is not what makes our Elementary program such a special place; it is the warm, caring environment that facilitates learning and builds character, preparing our students for middle school, high school, college, and life. We take pride in nurturing the student-centered learning environment we provide for our children.


Our students are recognized for their strong academic achievement as well as for their development as responsible and caring citizens. The rigorous Elementary curriculum has been developed from U.S. standards that RIS has adopted school-wide. Core subjects are based on the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards and taught by the grade-level classroom teachers. We integrate the Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum within a Readers and Writers Workshop to provide a balanced literacy model, and science and math are inquiry-based courses with a focus on critical thinking—all skills that are vital for success in the future. Across all grades, students have access to devices and lessons about the proper use of technology so teachers and students can safely use digital tools and resources in innovative and creative ways. In Kindergarten through grade 2, each student has access to an iPad, and in grades 3–5, RIS has a 1:1 Chromebook program. 

Beyond the core subjects of math, reading, writing, science, and social studies, your child will have daily opportunities to experience and explore other interests and talents in their specialist subjects—art, music, physical education, a second language, and values. Our students are also introduced to skills and concepts in health and wellness. All elementary students are required to take Thai language and literacy, and our non-Thai students also learn about Thai culture. Collectively, these subjects not only offer elementary students a well-rounded school experience, but they help our children learn how to be considerate global citizens who are aware of the importance of caring about other people and our environment.

Our students’ social and emotional well-being is further supported by the Second Step curriculum. All of our teachers are skilled at adapting learning to individual student’s needs and meeting them where they are, developmentally. In all grades, we encourage students to make appropriate choices and exercise their independence, which promotes autonomy and a sense of safety—all of which are essential in developing well-adjusted, happy children who can focus on their learning.

A Typical Day

Pre-K–Grade 5

Every day is a good day for learning and making friends in elementary school. Most days start out with circle time. This is a community-building time when students and teachers can address issues in the class or in the world or sometimes share short lessons on health or community issues. From there, students move into core subject and specialist lessons. Each day has 2 blocks of reading and writing and an extended math period. Listening and speaking are integrated into each subject throughout the day. Elementary puts a lot of emphasis on collaborative learning and students spend time throughout the day working in small groups and on collaborative projects. We take pride in nurturing the student-centered learning environment we provide our children.

Our students are recognized for their strong academic achievement as well as for their development as responsible and caring citizens. A rigorous curriculum integrates “Readers and Writers Workshop” in a balanced literacy model. The core of this model is inquiry-based science and math with a focus on critical thinking, skills necessary for success in the 21st century. Our learning community encourages students to work together and to support each other, and build compassionate and empathetic social skills and relationships.

Beyond the core lessons in math, reading, writing, science and social studies, your child will be given daily opportunities to experience visual art, performing art, physical education, second language and values courses, as well as being introduced to skills and lessons in health and wellness.