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|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Maximum||20 students / class|
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|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
|Most common nationality||
There is no "most common" nationality. We are a 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 family specifically to the International Community, the great majority of our students are international - only about 5% of our students could be defined as 'local'.
|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 1 class of 20.
|Average number of students per class||
Most of our classrooms run at capacity.
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?||
Yes, we have teaching assistant for each Grade from K1-Grade 2, and support teachers working across campus.
|Native English speaking teachers||
We have teachers from over 16 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 K1-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 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 fro each grade. Students in the Middle School can choose to study either Japanese or Spanish.
|Use of technology in the classroom||
TIS is an Apple Model School and uses Apple IT throughout the school. Students use laptops and iPads in class, and are issued with a MacBook Air from Grade 5 and above for their exclusive use. In addition, the school operates using Google Docs. Middle Schoolers use robotic components, our laser cutter and 3D printer as part of their Design studies. Students can study various programming software and coding as part of our popular After School Clubs program.
|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/with 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.
Yes, we have school wear across the school.
Most grades are full, with waiting lists but as we have a very mobile student body there is a lot of movement across the school from year to year.
|Entry evaluation for students||
We do require students applying for Grades 1 and above to sit a screening test prior to admittance.
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
TIS applicants will sit for a entry-Grade appropriate test that lasts about 45-60 minutes as part of the application process. The test covers Math and literacy with a writing and comprehension focus.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)||
The deadline for K1 and K2 applicants 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).
|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.
|External examinations or assessments available||
Students from Grade 3 and above are tested annually with the ISA (International School Assessment) examination and the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) exams for external assessment.
|Results in these examinations||
The examination results school wide are positive.
|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?||
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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 swimming to coding, Arabic language to Medieval European Combat, Futsal to Italian cooking.
|School provided lunches||
No, TIS does not have a cafeteria. Students can either bring their food from home, or order from two local delicatessens that deliver lunches to the classrooms each day. 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.
|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 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, and swimming lessons are offered as part of the After-School Clubs program off campus in an Olympic sized pool.
|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!
|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.