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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average
Maximum 26 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: ¥2,302,000
to: ¥2,302,000
Address: 1-5-15 Shirakawa Koto, Tokyo 135-0021 Japan
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Number of students

630

Number of nationalities represented in the school

45

Most common nationality

Children of dual nationalities, most commonly Japanese and another nationality.

Ratio of local students to international students

To maintain a balance of nationalities, we have a limit of 30% for any one nationality per grade.

Max. number of students per class

24 to 26

Average number of students per class

Varies

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes, teaching assistants are employed for K1 (3 year olds) to Grade 1 classes.

Native English speaking teachers

Teachers are a mix of home language English speakers and those with background experience in English, except Japanese language subject teachers.

Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes, we provide English language support for students who need additional assistance.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Japanese.
Students in the IB Diploma Programme (G11&12) have access to additional languages through the IB-affiliated Pamoja Education online platform or through self-study (as per IB regulations).

Use of technology in the classroom

We are a Microsoft Windows school with two technology labs and additional laptop computers for borrowing through our media center and class sets on carts for use in Elementary School classrooms. Students from grades 9 through 12 are required to bring their own Windows-based laptop computer each day.
The ways in which technology is used in the classroom are determined by individual teachers. All teachers manage a page for students through our Learning Management System. We believe that being a global citizen requires knowledge and skills in the use of technology; however, the ability to function independently and act promptly in the real world also requires core knowledge and skills independent of technology.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

When school closures take place, as for during the pandemic closure in 2020, our students studied remotely, online using our school Learning Management System. As such, instructional time was preserved and our students were able to keep caught up with the planned curricular learning activities.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes.

Approximate hours of homework given

No specific expectations for K1 to K3. Expectations for grade 1 build over the year. For grades 2 to 5, approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour. As a guideline for the Secondary School, students can expect 10-15 minutes times the grade level of homework each night (for example, a Grade 7 student can expect (10-15 min) x 7 = 70-105 min of homework each night).
Of course, some students finish their homework quicker and some students require more time (in particular students less proficient in English).

Uniform required

Yes, the school has a comprehensive dress code.

Waiting list

Yes, for some classes.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

Brief description of entry evaluation required

All applicants complete an English test. Applicants for grades 2 and above also complete a mathematics test. Applicants for K1 to grade 1 participate in a classroom observation.
Secondary School students also have an interview with a member of our Instructional Leadership Team. Parents are interviewed as well to assess whether KIST is a good fit for their expectations.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Early January for the first round of interviews and testing; however, we accept applications all year round.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

Almost 100%. Each year, KIST graduates gain admission to top universities around the world. A list of universities to which KIST students have been admitted can be found on our homepage at https://www.kist.ed.jp/node/1175.

External examinations or assessments available

EdExcel iPrimary examinations in G5.
EdExcel iLowerSecondary examinations in G8.
IGCSE examinations in grade 10.
IB Diploma examinations in grade 12.

For diagnostic purposes, KIST students in Grades 5 to 9 also sit the International Schools Assessment.

We also have all students sit the PSAT exam in Grade 10. As an accredited SAT Test Center, many of our students opt to take the SAT Exam at various times over the calendar year.

We also collect diagnostic information over the school year (using past Key Stage exams for Grades 3-8 (UK) and past IGCSE exams for Grades 9-10) to identify student performance and to direct support resources to students not meeting published performance expectations.

Results in these examinations

KIST students perform well above the world average on all components of each exam. More information is available on our website at https://www.kist.ed.jp/node/1151.
KIST is proud to be recognized by IB-SCHOOLS.COM for having the 7th highest IB Diploma Average in the world.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

N/A

School bus service available

Yes, we have a number of bus routes.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

We provide significant support services for students with English learning needs.
As for additional special learning needs, while we do our best to support students with diagnosed mild special educational needs (SENs), we do not employ a special education department and are hence unable to consider admission for students with needs that demand support beyond the capacity of our classroom and subject teachers.

Learning support offered

We provide significant support services for students with English learning needs as described on our website at https://www.kist.ed.jp/node/77.
We employ Care Coordinators and a full-time Guidance Counsellor in our Secondary School to support students with social-emotional development and with planning for pathways after graduation.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

We provide a challenging, academic curriculum for all students. We believe that all of our students can perform highly and we set expectations for performance accordingly. In our Secondary School, for mathematics, our students are streamed into an extended and standard stream, with the majority of our students in the extended stream during middle school.
As such, our school culture is very academic and students are motivated to meet their full potential. In addition, teachers provide differentiated experiences for students and we have various club activities that promote learning.
We compete in various academic competitions, including MUN, Math Field Day, Brain Bowl, and the annual Waterloo Mathematics Competitions.

Student access to education psychologist

We have Student Care Coordinators in each area of the school who can refer families to third-party external resources available in the Tokyo area; however, we do not employ an educational psychologist at the school.

School start time

8:45 a.m.

School finish time

Mondays: 2:40 p.m. / Tuesdays - Fridays: 3:20 p.m. (Elementary), 3:40 p.m. (Secondary).

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, for K1 to Grade 3 students only.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

A variety of cultural, sporting and academic extra-curricular club activities are offered on a semester basis during the year. The types of clubs offered vary from semester to semester and year to year.

School provided lunches

Yes, the school cafeteria provides an optional lunch service with meals made from organic or near-organic produce.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

No

Sports activities included

A variety of competitive sports are offered each year.

Sports facilities at the school

Indoor gymnasium, outdoor basketball court and an artificial-turfed playing field. We also have a playground for our early years students.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

KIST is a member of the International Schools Competitive Athletics Association and the Kanto Plains Athletics Association and compete regularly throughout the school year with other international schools in the Tokyo area.

Other facilities at the school

We have a staffed Library in our Elementary School building and a staffed Literacy and Media Center in our Secondary School building which house a variety of books and other resources (including some resources in languages other than English).
Students have easy access to laptop computers and teach coding to students from age 5 (K3) to Grade 8. In our Secondary School we a fully equipped Chemistry Lab, a Biology Lab, and a Physics Lab.
We have a robotics club for both our Elementary and Secondary School students.
Our students perform two concerts each year, either on stage or at a local public facility rented by the school. Graduation ceremonies are also held at local public facilities.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

KIST's mission is to provide academically motivated children from diverse cultural and social backgrounds with a high-quality education in a safe and supportive environment in order to develop competent, academic and compassionate individuals who make meaningful contributions to our global community.

As our Guiding Beliefs, K. International School Tokyo believes that:
*Being a member of the school community requires a belief in and a commitment to uphold the school's mission and vision as well as a dedication to its guiding beliefs.
*A safe and supportive environment is one which encourages respect, responsibility, tolerance and compassion.
*A high-quality education is defined as promoting academic excellence, international understanding, moral character and lifelong learning.
*Education is a shared partnership of mutual cooperation between students, parents/caregivers and the school.
*Cultural diversity enhances our school community as well as our understanding of the world.
*Central to being internationally minded is recognizing that diverse, rich cultures exist in all regions of the world, and demonstrating a tolerance for the varied beliefs and traditions of these cultures.
*The language, customs, traditions and cultural beliefs of our host country, Japan, serve as an important resource in enriching the learning experience.
*A regularly reviewed, comprehensive international curriculum that is linked across the school, is essential in preparing students for their future lives.
*Being a global citizen requires knowledge and skills in the use of technology; however, the ability to function independently and act promptly in the real world also requires core knowledge and skills independent of technology.
*Special emphasis should be placed on development of skills in language and mathematics as essential learning tools.
*Setting high academic expectations supports the development of strong academic skills which increase the chances for future academic success.
*Students learning through a second language require more learning time and a greater degree of effort and support than those learning through their first language.
*Native language development and maintenance is important in developing identity, self-esteem and cognitive ability, and ultimately contributes to academic success.
*Maintaining a safe and collaborative learning environment free from bullying and harassment requires the support of the school community as a whole in taking appropriate action when necessary.
*Reinforcing appropriate dress and behavior standards promotes a respectful, responsible and safe school environment.
*The accessibility of educational opportunities at the school is dependent on the establishment and sustainment of as affordable a fee structure as possible and efficient financial management.

Our Mission and Guiding Beliefs serve as the rationale for all school decisions.

More information about our guiding statements can be found on our website at https://www.kist.ed.jp/node/7.

Teaching approach of the school

As an IB world school fully authorized to offer the IB continuum (PYP, MYP, DP), we follow the approaches of the IB programs.
As in house and external data demonstrates a strong correlation between IGCSE performance and student performance in the IB Diploma Programme, we implement the EdExcel IGCSE in Grades 9&10. To better align our curriculum for Grades 6-8 with the IGCSE, we deliver the EdExcel iLowerSecondary curriculum for Grades 6-8 (and hence will no longer be an MYP school from 2022-23. As a fully accredited IB World School, we will continue to deliver the IB PYP and DP programs).

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