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Language of instructionEnglish
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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 19 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: ¥2,810,000
to: ¥2,860,000
Address: 2-13-6 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047 Japan
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school

Over 55.

Most common nationality

There is no "most common" nationality. We are an truly international school with a broad spread of nationalities represented. The nationalities with the highest populations at TIS are American, Japanese, Swedish, Australian, Korean, but there is no dominant culture - and we are proud to strive to maintain our cultural diversity.

Ratio of local students to international students

As we cater to families specifically in the International Community, the great majority of our students are international - only about 5% of our students could be defined as 'local'.

Native English speaking teachers

We have teachers from over 13 nations, many of whom are fluent in more than one language, but all are fluent in English. Our Japanese language teachers are all native speakers. Our Spanish language teacher (in the middle school) is a native Spanish speaker.

Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes, we offer EAL (English as Another Language) support to a limited number of students from G1-G5. Students in the Middle School (Grades 6-8) are required to have grade level English Language competency.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Japanese is taught to all students from K1 to Grade 5 with almost daily instruction from Grade 1 and above. Classes are stratified to allow for different levels of instruction, with generally a Beginner, Intermediate and Native Speaker stream for each grade. Students in the Middle School can choose to study either Japanese or Spanish.

Max. number of students per class

For K1 (4 years) we have 2 classes of 12, a total of 24. For K2 we have 2 classes of 18, a total of 36. For Grades 1 -7 we have 2 classes of 20, a total of 40 and in Grade 8, we have 2 classes, 27 in total.

Average number of students per class

Most of our classrooms run at capacity.
K1=12, K2=18, Gr1-7 have 20 per class.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes, we have teaching assistants 1 per grade from K1-Grade 2, 3 student assistants for K1 -Gr3, Gr 4-5 and Gr 6-8.

Use of technology in the classroom

TIS is an Apple Distinguished School and uses Apple IT throughout the school. Students use laptops and iPads in class, which we provide from K2-Gr4. Middle Schoolers use robotic components, our laser cutter and 3D printers as part of their Design studies. Students can study various programming software and coding as part of our popular After School Clubs program.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

TIS does not offer religious instruction.

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


External examinations or assessments available

Students from Grade 1 and above are tested annually with the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) exams.

Results in these examinations

The examination results school wide are positive.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, students will be issued with homework at the discretion of their individual teacher and in accordance with their grade level. All students are expected to read, or be read to/ for 30 minutes per day.

Approximate hours of homework given

Time spent on homework is hard to qualify as it is so age and student dependent. Homework demands at TIS are not exceptionally high, nor are they low - a reasonable amount of homework will be issued in balance with the expectations of our parents and the balance of a happy and productive life out-of-school.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

TIS offers tuition from K1-G8. All our students will move on to another educational facility to complete their education.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

We have a small number of support staff who work across the school to enhance learning for all our students and work closely with a small number of students who require learning support. These services are very limited.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes, we have a school counsellor.

Entry evaluation for students

Generally no, but occasionally we may require an assessment of English .

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Generally we do not require it.

Waiting list

Most grades are full. However, as we are an international school things can change quite quickly.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

The deadline for K1 and K2 applicants is in November 30, however we allow for rolling applications across the school where applicable.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, where space is available and in accordance with our Admissions Guidelines (please see the website).

School start time

Classes commence at 8:20.

School finish time

School finishes at 3:20.

Supervised care before/after school

There is no before school supervision, students can join our After School Clubs, which run until 4:30pm if parents require a longer school day.

School bus service available

Yes. 10 buses operate daily throughout Tokyo to and from school and a smaller number of buses operate in the afternoon to facilitate bringing children home following our After School Clubs.

School provided lunches

No, TIS does not have a cafeteria. Students can either bring their food from home, or order from the catering service, Kiwi Kitchen. Ordering happens online, and there are multiple choices available each day.

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

Our lunch delivery services cater to many individual diets.

Uniform required

Yes, we have school wear across the school.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We have approximately 50 different activities on offer outside of school hours, offering a smorgasbord of choices to kids and families. Everything from sports, art, coding, Spanish language and cooking can be taken.

Sports activities included

TIS follows the Australian Physical Education and Health curriculum with a rigorous program of both general fitness, health studies and individual sport an skill focus units in accordance with our International Baccalaureate framework.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Students participating in select sports clubs at school have the opportunity to take part in inter-school sports competitively, and become proud TIS Tigers!

Sports facilities at the school

TIS boasts a well-equipped full-size gymnasium, a rock climbing wall, a roof-top play space and a running/sports track. Annual school sports days happen off-campus at a local sports stadium.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

TIS strives to successfully combine contemporary, yet rigorous teaching, learning and assessment practices, with important, family-like relationships which exist between teachers, students and parents.

Teaching approach of the school

Our education system is based off of the International Baccalaureate, which is geared toward inquiry based learning.

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