California Prep International School (CPIS) will be adding a new challenge and service component to its management. Under the CPIS wings, the new Asia Cyber International School (ACIS) will begin its operation in full capacity in August 2020 employing the same academic calendar as CPIS.
From March 2020 until this April 2020, the ACIS online teaching system has been launched and pilot-tested to insure efficient delivery that satisfies the expected quality output. The goal is to refine and polish the ACIS curriculum delivery in such a manner that the academic standards learned or mastered by the students of ACIS can equal or even surpass that of the CPIS traditional delivery.
With its online teaching modality, ACIS is a brain-child of Dr. Phakdee and the CPIS team with the purpose of reaching out as many as possible Asian youth who have no opportunity to acquire quality education due to their varied circumstances in life such as a super remote location and high-risk situations. This new online international school will attempt to model all the contextually best practices of CPIS and the top performing PISA schools within the last three years. However, the difference is that ACIS curriculum system will be delivered either as a complete online curriculum or as a hybrid modality (50% as online teaching and 50% as traditional model).
ACIS will be using the CPIS curriculum (written, delivered, and learned or assessed) which is based on the California Department of Education (CDE) curriculum in the USA. The emphases of the ACIS curriculum will be identical to CPIS such as, but not limited to: the core subjects, technology, Character/Virtues, Self-discipline, English with special skills in speaking and essay writing, critical thinking/problem solving, and Talents development. To put it all with clear-cut clarity, ACIS and CPIS will reflect identical mission statement, standards, and school-wide learner outcomes (SLOs).
The ACIS faculty will be of a multicultural composition including the current teachers of CPIS; CPIS consultants, former teachers, and qualified friends from around the world; and the current teachers of American Prep International School (APIS) in Hat Yai, Thailand. APIS was established a little more than 3 years ago as a branch of CPIS. Currently, APIS has more than 100 students from Kinder to Grade 6 with teachers from Europe, USA, South Africa, and Asia. APIS campus is situated in heart of the beautiful Hat Yai city.
The ACIS founders, Dr. Phakdee Mangmiwatthana and Dr. Adelino Libato, will be personally overseeing the ACIS operation which will be split into two divisions such as the High School Division (HSD) and the Elementary & Middle School Division (EMSD). Ajarn Shane Patrick Cumbertson (MA ongoing) from California, USA while Dr. Juraj Zamecnik from Slovania will be leading the EMSD. Ajarn Shane was a former journalist in California, USA while Dr. Juraj earned his Ph.D. in Washington, USA.