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|Language of instruction
|Native English teachers
|Extra languages (other than English)
|26 students / class
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|Number of students
|Number of nationalities represented in the school
|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.
|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
|Max. number of students per class
24 to 26
|Average number of students per class
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?
Yes, teaching assistants are employed for K1 (3 year olds) to Grade 1 classes.
|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.
|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 students practice religion at the school? What religion?
|How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?
|External examinations or assessments available
EdExcel iPrimary examinations in G5.
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.
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?
|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).
|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.
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs
We provide significant support services for students with English learning needs.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Entry evaluation for students
|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.
Yes, for some classes.
|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
|School start time
|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.
|School bus service available
Yes, we have a number of bus routes.
|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)
Yes, the school has a comprehensive dress code.
|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.
|Sports activities included
A variety of competitive sports are offered each year.
|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.
|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).
|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.
|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:
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 Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the IB Diploma Programme (DP), we follow the approaches of these programs; however, as in house and external data demonstrates a strong correlation between IGCSE performance and student performance in the IB DP, we implement the Edexcel IGCSE in Grades 9 and 10. To better align our curriculum for Grades 6-8 with the IGCSE, we deliver the Edexcel iLowerSecondary curriculum through the school-based KIST Lower Secondary Programme (LSP) for Grades 6-8.