At Tsukuba International School, our Headstart Program runs for three months (April to June) every year and provides a chance for students to improve their language abilities and settle in to the routines of the school before the new school year starts in September. The Headstart Program is available to all students who are eligible for the elementary school and junior high school.
Our school year (the “Regular Program”) starts in late August but Japanese public schools start in April, so parents sometimes prefer to enroll their children from April instead of August. The Headstart Program provides us with a way to accept students who are transferring from Japanese schools and gives the students a chance to get used to studying at our school before starting a new school year in August. This is an especially important opportunity for children who are not native speakers of English to develop their language skills in an intensive three-month program before starting the school year in August.
Students who complete the Headstart Program in June are automatically accepted into the Regular Program from August.