WHO are we?
Our mission describes the nature of our school community and serves as the basis for our school programmes. It also informs our day-to-day interactions with each other.
Tsukuba International School
A compassionate learning community,
centered in nature,
celebrating diversity, equality, and opportunity
WHAT are we aiming for?
Our vision describes our identity as a school and serves as the basis for our strategic planning.
Tsukuba International School is a small school that uses an “at home” approach to deliver a world-class education in a natural environment.
The school fosters its noted strengths, including its highly professional teachers, its location in Tsukuba Science City, and its strong community spirit to reach its goals.
School-Wide Learning Objectives
WHY are we here?
Our school-wide learning objectives describe the kinds of students we want to graduate from our school.
Our students learn:
- to be critical thinkers in order to foster peace and understanding
- to be creative thinkers in order to find innovative solutions to problems great and small
- to demonstrate integrity in all interactions in order to foster trust
- to become ethical stewards of our shared resources
- to communicate and collaborate in order to make a positive contribution to their communities
Definition of Teaching and Learning
HOW do we learn?
Our definition of teaching and learning describes what we believe constitutes good practice in teaching, and therefore what we believe will most effectively lead to learning.
This is what good teaching looks like at Tsukuba International School.
- Teachers establish a supportive, collaborative classroom climate conducive to learning.
- The classroom environment is inviting, engaging and inspiring.
- Teachers are passionate and knowledgeable about their subject and encourage their students to be passionate too. They stay up-to-date with the latest developments and implement research-based practices/strategies to teach the curriculum
- Teachers ensure that learning is contextualised in authentic experiences and help students make connections between their learning in different subject areas.
- Teachers ensure that there is sufficient breadth and depth in the content they teach in order to develop lasting and transferable conceptual understandings.
- Students engage in purposeful and meaningful inquiry, which is relevant, engaging, connects to students own experiences, and helps students develop an internationally minded perspective.
- Teaching is rooted in local and global contexts.
- Teachers have the expectation that all students can be successful and will perform at high levels of learning.
- Teachers apply a differentiated approach according to the students’ needs, guided by current skills/learning to target instruction at appropriate levels, including providing more challenge for those who need it.
- Students work collaboratively with others, with an emphasis on effective teamwork and joint problem solving. Flexible grouping and regrouping strategies allow students to experience success working in a group and maximise individual strengths.
- Students are given responsibility for their own learning and involved in assessment and feedback. Assessment is both formative and summative.
- Students are provided with choice, are able to explore their own personal preferences and interests, and have the opportunity to express themselves creatively.
Definition of International Mindedness
At Tsukuba International School, we believe that international-mindedness is:
- understanding, accepting, and celebrating human diversity
- having a sense of our own identity while respecting others, regardless of their cultures, beliefs, or values
- engaging with the global community to gain a variety of perspectives and to foster a belief in our shared humanity and guardianship of the planet
- being able to communicate with empathy and compassion, by speaking with our own voice and listening with an open mind
- being a responsible global citizen by making a contribution and taking action to make the world a better place for all
Pledge of Non-Discrimination
Tsukuba International School is an equal opportunity educator and employer. We will not discriminate against any student, prospective student, employee, or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We will take measures to ensure against such discrimination in all of our services and practices.