Tsukuba International School
TIS is an IB World School in Tsukuba, Ibaraki. The school is authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB), is also a candidate school for the Middle Years Programme (MYP). IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education. For further information about the IB and its programmes.
TIS was founded in September 1992 to provide an international education in English to students in the Tsukuba area. The school offers preschool (ages 3 and 4), kindergarten (age 5), elementary school (Grades 1-5), and middle school (Grades 6-10). TIS is a non-profit, religiously-neutral organization.
TIS is registered as an educational corporation by Ibaraki Prefecture. This is the standard category for international schools in Japan that are registered as schools in their local prefecture. It is also a member of the Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS).
The school building is a two-storey loghouse built out of imported Finnish wood. It was designed with the idea of providing very large classrooms for very small classes in order to give teachers the ability to offer various learning environments within one room. The wooden structure gives the school an at-home feeling that is very different from typical concrete school buildings. The school is located in a forested area and the students have many opportunities to interact with nature in the forest and on our school field.
The school year runs from late August to June. There are no classes on Saturdays or Sundays. The school runs special after school Enrichment Programs every month to give our students more exposure to academic and non-academic learning pursuits.
The curriculum is based on the standards and principles of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP).
The library at our school houses approximately 6000 volumes and is used as a resource for our students’ independent learning projects. TIS also has computers in every classroom. Students in Grade 5 and above are required to bring their own laptop to school. The internet is used widely for research, learning activities, and interaction with other students around the world.