The first step in the admissions process is to determine whether or not your child is eligible to attend Tsukuba International School.

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.

Age of Student

Tsukuba International School accepts students from age 3 to Grade 10. Students entering the preschool must be 3 years old, fully toilet trained (meaning able to go to the toilet without assistance or special equipment), and able to separate from their primary caregivers in order to be eligible for admission.

Students born between January and December of this year… …will be placed in this grade for September 2016 to June 2017*.
2013 (age 3) Pre-Kindergarten 1 (P1)
2012 (age 4) Pre-Kindergarten 2 (P2)
2011 (age 5) Kindergarten (K)
2010 (age 6) Grade 1
2009 (age 7) Grade 2
2008 (age 8) Grade 3
2007 (age 9) Grade 4
2006 (age 10) Grade 5
2005 (age 11) Grade 6
2005 (age 12) Grade 7
2003 (age 13) Grade 8
2002 (age 14) Grade 9
2001 (age 15) Grade 10

*This age requirement may be waived for transfer students who have completed at least one term of school elsewhere. In that case, the grade placement will be decided as above at the time of the interview, but may be reconsidered in light of the student’s history and ability.

Waiting Lists

Some of our classes may have waiting lists. Please contact the school for details.

Student’s Knowledge of English

All of our subjects are taught in English, with the exception of Japanese language classes. Our school provides an English language immersion programme. Students’ English proficiency is assessed during the initial interview.

Students entering the younger years of the Primary Years Programme (e.g., pre-kindergarten to Grade 4) are expected to have some knowledge of English. They do not have to be proficient in English upon entry as it is expected that these students will gain fluency through exposure to the language in the educational context. In the final year of the PYP (Grade 5) and in all grades of the Middle Years Programme (Grades 6 to 10), students are expected to have functional English at or near grade level in order to be able to keep up with the demanding academic programme that we provide.

Parents’ Knowledge of English

In order to honour the obligation to cooperate with the school in the child’s education, at least one of the parents should be capable of communicating with the school staff in English. Full fluency is not required, but the parent must be willing to try to communicate in English. If parents have the attitude that “English is too hard”, they will not be able to model a positive attitude towards English for their children.

Special Needs

TIS welcomes students with a wide variety of skills and abilities. However, students with special physical, academic, emotional, and/or behavioural needs will be carefully screened before admission. TIS has very limited resources to devote to children with special needs and may choose not to enroll students whose needs exceed the capabilities of the school.