Welcome to the Middle School. We are a school section of approximately 100 students learning in Grades 6, 7 and 8. Our youngest students enter the Middle School when they reach eleven years of age.
Our oldest students are fourteen years old when they leave Grade 8. In 2022 we will open Grade 9 at our current campus with plans to increase to Grade 10 thereafter. We have two classes at each grade.
Specialist Middle School teachers teach Mathematics, English, Science, Individuals & Societies, Art, Music, Drama, Physical & Health Education, Japanese, and Design. All students also take a Service as Action class and an Advisory class, which focusses on personal and social-emotional development. All teachers integrate technology into teaching and learning. Technology is seen as an important tool in Middle School – each child brings their own MacBook device to school. Middle School students benefit from a range of support staff including teaching assistants, a counselor, a librarian, a learning support teacher and an English as an additional language support teacher.
TIS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School delivering the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) in Grades 6, 7, 8 and (in 2022) Grade 9.
The MYP curriculum framework begins with the premise that students are agents of their own learning and partners in the learning process. It prioritizes people and their relationships to build a strong learning community. MYP students use their initiative to take responsibility and ownership of their learning.
By learning through inquiry and reflecting on their own learning, MYP students develop knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills and dispositions which make a difference to their own lives, communities, and beyond. The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to make connections between their inquiries and the real world. Service learning is a key component of the MYP.
We compete against other international schools in the greater Tokyo area in sports such as soccer, netball, cross country, volleyball and basketball. Despite our relatively small middle school division our TIS Tigers are a serious force to be reckoned with. We regularly make friends in teams representing larger schools stop in their tracks – literally!
Tokyo International School is a non profit school, which is accredited by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
We are a fully authorized, International Baccalaureate World School, catering for students from Kindergarten 1 (four years old) to Grade 8 (fourteen years old).