In September 2010, Tsukuba International School will be launching its junior high school programme, starting with a Grade 7/8 class for the first year and eventually offering up to Grade 10.
Our school is now a *candidate school for both the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate. We are pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that we believe is important for our students.
The junior high school will eventually comprise Grades 6 to 10. In the 2010-11 academic year, the Grade 7/8 class will be working on the new curriculum. The Grade 5/6 class will do the final year of the Primary Years Programme before entering the junior high school in the following year.
Preparations are underway for the official launch in September 2010:
- The school has appointed a Middle Years Programme Coordinator.
- Staff are undertaking training in all areas of the Middle Years Programme.
- The curriculum framework is being developed.
- Policies regarding student life and well-being at the school have been written.
- A new timetable is under construction.
- New furniture has been added to the classrooms.
- A new student resource centre with computers, audio-visual equipment and a library is being finalised.
- The current grade 6/7 class has moved into a new, previously unused, second floor classroom.
*Note: Only schools authorized by the IB organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (DP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit the International Baccalaureate website.