Chiang Mai International School

Chiang Mai International School (CMIS; Thai: โรงเรียนนานาชาติเชียงใหม่) is a K-12 International school founded in 1954 in Chiang Mai, Thailand by members of the Church of Christ in Thailand.[1] The school is approved by the Thai Ministry of Education and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Chiang Mai International School
Chiang Mai International School
13 Chetupon Road, Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand
School typePrivate International School
MottoOra et Labora
(Pray and Work)
GradesPre-School - Grade 12
Medium of languageEnglish
Color(s)     Purple
MascotSpirit the Eagle
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges

CMIS is an independent, co-educational, non-profit day school offering an English-language, American-sourced education taught from an international perspective.[2]

An article by lifestyle magazine Chiang Mai CityLife states the school's “enrollment is highly competitive and based on a student’s overall grades, their level of English communication and their performance on the mandatory standardized tests.”[3]


Missionaries returning to work with the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT) after World War II established a school for their children in Chiang Mai.[4] Classes began on June 1, 1954 with eight students. In 1958, construction began on the present campus for the Chiang Mai Children’s Center (CMCC). CMCC also served as a boarding school, providing children of missionaries a place to live when their parents are away.

A 2010 independent panel investigation by the Presbyterian Church revealed that ministers who served as houseparents at CMCC sexually abused female students.[5]

Student numbers grew as more expatriate families seeking an English-language education for their children moved to Chiang Mai. In 1984, representatives of the Thai Foreign Ministry and the CCT agreed that the formal establishment of an international school in Chiang Mai was a necessary step to achieving the school’s legal status. The school was “the first legally recognized, government-registered international school in Thailand outside of Bangkok.”[6]Classes began in September 1985 for Kindergarten to Grade 8 under the new name “Chiang Mai International School” (CMIS). High school grades were progressively added from 1992 to 1995.


The existing buildings (with completion dates) on the CMIS campus are as follows:[7]

  • Administration Building (McKean House) (1906), formerly the residence of J.W. McKean, M.D.
  • Preschool Building (1958)
  • Auditorium (1988)
  • High-School Building (1990)
  • Elementary School Building (1997)
  • Gymnasium (2004)
  • Secondary School Building (2018)
  • Learning Center & Cafeteria (2019)


  1. "Chiang Mai Plan | CMIS". Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  2. "Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) – World Schools". Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  3. "Chiang Mai Citylife - Special Scoop: Chiang Mai International School". Retrieved 2017-11-17.
  4. "Our School | Chiang Mai International School". Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  5. "08.11.10 Six persons named by Abuse Review Panel in physical, sexual abuse investigation - The Presbyterian Outlook". 2018-08-27. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  6. "Chiangmai Mail - Vol. II No. 34 - Saturday August 23 - August 29, 2003 Kids' Corner". Retrieved 2017-11-17.
  7. "Our Campus | Chiang Mai International School". Retrieved 2017-11-17.
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