K. International School Tokyo
K. International School Tokyo (KIST, ケイ・インターナショナルスクール東京 Kei Intānashonaru Sukūru Tōkyō) is a private, non-denominational international school located in Tokyo, Japan. Founded in 1997, the school caters to over 600 students representing approximately 50 different nationalities. KIST was the first school in Tokyo and the Kanto region, and the second school in Japan authorized by the International Baccalaureate to offer the three inquiry-based learning programmes: the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. However, from next year, grades 9 and 10 will be following the IGCSE curriculum. The language of instruction is English. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools.
|K. International School Tokyo|
|Motto||"Learning for Life"|
|Head of School||Kevin Yoshihara|
The school is split into two sections sharing one campus located next to two metro stops on the Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line and Toei Oedo Line in Koto, Tokyo. The campus is about a one-minute walk from the subway. The elementary school runs the Primary Years Programme, while the secondary school runs the Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programmes.
The campus has several of the original buildings but opened a new section in August 2009. The elementary school was featured on ABC News with an interview with students about the UK Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton seeking to get Japanese school children's impressions on March 28, 2011.
Mathematics and English
The school has a strong focus on mathematics and English, following the Key Stage 1 and 2 curricula in the elementary, and the Key Stage 3 curriculum and Edexcel International GCSE. Mathematics class is divided into Extended, Standard, and Basic classes from MYP. The majority of Grade 10 students attain scores in the 90th percentile for mathematics on the PSAT each year. English (also known as Language and Literature) is one of the most important subjects at the school. Students are given assessments for English class frequently such as writing essays, writing exams and etc. The school also offers an English strengthening program, Learning Enhancement Academic Program (LEAP), for those who need support and improvement in English.
School building and facilities
The school consists of three buildings; elementary building, main building, and gymnasium.
All pupils that follow the Primary Years Program study and spend most of the time in this building. The elementary building is new with elevators and classrooms.
The main building, also known as the secondary building is where the main office is located at and pupils study the Middle Years Program / Diploma Program. The main building is relatively old as the building was previously used by Japanese public school. It is said that the owner of the school bought the old Japanese public school that has closed due to population decline. Science laboratories, Library, and main office are all in this building.
The school has a gymnasium with stages and a full basketball court. The gymnasium is large enough to hold assemblies for all secondary students. The gymnasium is commonly used for Physical and Education class and assemblies. The gymnasium has bathrooms, equipment storage, and changing rooms for students.
Internet and computers
The school provides free Wi-Fi for enrolled students. Laptops are available on each floor of the Elementary School and from the library center in the Secondary School. From 9th grade, students are required to bring their own personal laptop to school.
As of 2016, the student body originated from 50 countries, and about 25% were Japanese nationals. To enhance national origin diversity the school makes sure that no nationality has more than 30% of the student body comes from any particular country. As of 2018, there are over 650 students enrolled.
- "Founders' Vision | "Learning for Life"". www.kist.ed.jp. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
- Nakamura, Akemi. "Flexible and diverse, international schools thrive" (Archive). The Japan Times. January 3, 2008. Retrieved on October 23, 2015.
- "LEAP | Learning Enhancement Academic Program". www.k-leap.jp. Retrieved 2016-04-20.