Gainesville International School Chiang Rai is the first United States curriculum-based English language military academy in Asia. Founded by Police General Prasan Wongyai, PhD.Police General Prasan was granted permission to establish this unique institution by Thailand’s Ministry of Education. Gainesville International School’s curriculum is drawn from and based on that of Riverside Military Academy located in Gainesville, Georgia, USA. Riverside Military Academy has a 110-year legacy of distinction grounded in a tradition of military discipline and academic excellence. All courses, except for specifically Thai language and culture studies are taught in English. GIS has two semesters during the academic school year, and one accelerated-learning summer semester.