Canadian International School (Tokyo)
CIS was founded in 2000 with 50 students and has grown over the years to its current student population of 330. CIS is accredited by the Department of Education of the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) whose curriculum is used throughout the school. CIS offers pre-Kindergarten to grade 12, with students graduating and going on to attend universities in Canada, the United States and Japan, as well as countries in Europe. Just under 35% of CIS students are Japanese, with 30% coming from Korea, and the remainder from Denmark, France, Italy, China, Brazil, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Canada, US and Kuwait.
CIS provides curriculum enrichment and enhancement by way of the International Baccalaureate program in kindergarten to grade 5; and Advanced Placement readiness and courses in grades 9 to 12. There are up to 8 Advanced Placement courses available in the high school section. In addition to a full academic programme, the curriculum includes music, PE, art and Japanese language at all grade levels. These are taught at all levels by specialist teachers. CIS provides English language support for students whose English language skills are just below grade level. Students are however required to be within reach of Canadian grade level English language expectations with the support provided.
Teachers are predominantly Canadian, with Australian, US and British nationals among their number. All teachers regardless of nationality are required to hold professional teacher certification from Canada. This includes extensive background checks and academic background confirmation by the Ministry of Education in Canada.
In addition to PEI accreditation, CIS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), and is a member of the Japan Council of International Schools and the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS).