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Our Values

Our values were developed in 2020 by a group of TIS students. Students led the process; surveying stakeholders and synthesizing our community’s perspectives. The TIS values are the result of student: empowerment, collaboration and decision-making.


we build trust through our actions
and integrity


we inspire by taking initiative and
being positive leaders


we support by being compassionate
and taking action

Truly International

a community of sixty-five nations: with no dominant culture

Tokyo International School

a non-profit, leading international school

International Baccalaureate (IB) World School

Tokyo International School is an IB Continuum World School. We are fully authorized to deliver the prestigious IB Primary Years Program and Middle Years Program. TIS is not just any IB school. Our commitment to the IB and our expertise in IB philosophy and teaching practice is deeply-rooted at all levels of our organization. Members of our team work in collaboration with the IB as teacher trainers, consultants and accreditation visitors.

Research-based Quality and Innovative Teaching and Learning

As a non-profit organization, learning and well-being alone drive our decisions. Our teaching methods are research-based, effective and innovative. Our programs develop mathematical literacy, information literacy, digital literacy and the necessary dispositions of successful, lifelong learners. We nurture balanced, confident, well-rounded, conscientious and happy individuals. A TIS education allows students to pursue their passions. This includes access to an exciting after school activities program.

Our Spaces

Interactive Tour

Inspired by traditional Japanese cedar and bamboo, our modern campus is bright, open and welcoming. Enterprise grade wireless internet benefits the entire campus. Our virtual environment together with progressive educational architectural design fosters team-teaching, idea sharing and collaboration.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently hosting in-person tours at our campus. This service will be resumed once the pandemic is over. Please contact our admissions team about virtual Open House opportunities. In the meantime, please step into our campus virtually with the help of this video.

Our Story

Tokyo International School was founded in 1995 by Ikuko Tsuboya Newell and Patrick Newell who were looking for a truly international education for their two daughters. Ikuko and Patrick were seeking a school where the students would learn lifelong skills, concepts, and values that could be easily transferred across the world and would equip them for a rapidly changing, international future.
This sparked the initiative to create a school that would not only benefit their own children, but would also serve the many mobile expatriate families living in central Tokyo.

Apple Distinguised School

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).