School Canadian International School Tokyo (CIS Tokyo)
Address 5-8-20 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0001
Age 3–18 years old
Gender 52% boys, 48% girls
Class size 15
School size 261
Slogan The experience of excellence, the honour of achievement.
Goals We strive to develop each student by providing a holistic education. Using Canadian curriculum, we ensure that students receive a strong knowledge base, as well as excellent academic and communication skills, all developed in an international environment.
Established CIS was founded in 2000 by a board of directors who had previously been involved with Canadian education in British Columbia, Canada. During 1999, discussions were concluded with the Ministry of Education in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to provide a school in Tokyo with a full Canadian curriculum for kindergarten to grade 12.
General facilities The three-building campus includes 27 classrooms, two technology labs, music and art areas, a science laboratory, two resource/library centres, indoor and outdoor activity and play areas, an indoor K–5 gymnasium, and a larger rented gymnasium and exercise centre.
General ethos Students are supported in achieving their personal goals, thus promoting the development of a strong self concept and a personal “reach” for academic excellence.
Nationalities of children Our students are from Japan and 25 other countries.
School hours 8:45am–3:05pm for grades K–6 (3:35pm for grades 7–12).
Usual semester/term dates 1st semester: Sep–Jan; 2nd semester: Feb–Jun.
Usual vacation dates Christmas (2 weeks), spring break (latter part of March), Golden Week (May 4–6), and other Japanese national holidays.
Head teacher Principal Ian A M Robertson, BA, Dip Ed (Canada), has over 40 years experience in education in Canada and internationally. Has been principal of Canadian, American and British international schools in countries as varied as the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Canada, Japan and Kyrgyzstan. Is the founding principal of the Canadian International School of Hong Kong.
Key staff One full time vice principals, one PYP coordinator, guidance counsellor, library assistant, and language support coordinator.
Staff hired from 65% of the teaching staff are Canadian, with other faculty from the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
Qualifications of staff All teachers have a degree and a teaching qualification, and are certified by the Department of Education in Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada
Awards/recognitions CIS has received recognition from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan. We are an IB PYP school and are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Uniform Students wear a school blazer, tie, crest, and colours. Students may purchase the uniform at the school or from Mitsukoshi department store.
Curriculum We are the only school in Tokyo that offers a fully certified Canadian curriculum blended with an international student inquiry program for K–6. Students presently complete six PYP inquiry units from K–6 in addition to the Canadian grade level curriculum. CIS Tokyo curriculum is currently used in Canada’s four eastern provinces. Educational materials are imported from the Department of Education in PEI, Canada.
Sports We offer a full curricular and extracurricular PE and athletic program. PE classes taught by specialist teachers are core curriculum for all students from kindergarten to grade 9 and are available as optional credit courses for grades 10–12 students. As a member of the International Schools Tokyo Athletic Association, our junior and senior teams participate in basketball, volleyball, soccer, and other sports. In addition, we provide an intramural program for athletics that includes floor hockey, ping pong, and other sports.
The arts All students from kindergarten to grade 9 participate in art and music courses taught by specialist teachers. Art and music courses are available as optional high school credit courses. Extracurricular programs provide for music clubs for the younger students and choral and instrumental groups for older students.
Languages taught English and Japanese.
Language of instruction English for all Canadian curriculum courses. Japanese for Japanese language courses.
Japanese language study support Japanese classes start in grade 1 with two hours per week and increase to four hours per week for grades 10–12.
Bicultural children support Providing students with opportunities to meet and work with others who have diverse backgrounds helps students develop a personal international awareness. Our language policy for students in grades K–6 recognizes the value of students understanding their own culture and language background.
Special needs services Although CIS is unable to provide for students with severe learning difficulties, professional support is available to all students through the guidance office.
Gifted child programs Education for gifted or academically advanced children is provided through units of inquiry administered in the grades K–6 PYP program (pre-authorization stage) and the College Board of the United States Advanced Placement (AP) program. These programs provide challenge for advanced students when they enter the school and provide for advanced university standing when graduation from our school is obtained. AP courses and/or exams are currently offered in chemistry, history, calculus, Japanese, biology, and physics. Students who successfully complete these exams may obtain university placement and/or credit in Canada, the United States, and other countries.
Examinations/standardization tests The provincial Ministry of Education in Canada monitors student assessment at all grade levels. General guidelines for grade level achievement are equivalent to those applied in Canada. Grade 10–12 students may participate in College Board of the United States Advanced Placement courses and/or exams. Provincial credits are awarded for university entrance courses in grades 10–12 toward the full completion of a provincial Canadian graduation certificate. The high school program requires that all students complete required courses as specified in Canadian university entrance requirements.
Typical day K–6 students attend for five teaching blocks (25 hours per week) and grade 7–12 students for six (30 hours per week). Distribution of instructional time for subject areas also follows the PEI Department of Education guidelines. We follow Canadian grade level guidelines to determine the number of instructional days per school year and the amount of instructional time for each subject.
Religious affiliation CIS has no direct affiliation with a particular church or place of worship, but encourages and promotes a value system that embraces and respects people of all religions.
School lunches Students may bring their own lunch to school or order a catered box lunch on a monthly basis.
Disciplinary procedures Mutual respect and appreciation for one another are integral to our ethos as an international school. Through various related projects and ongoing assemblies, students develop an understanding of the importance of understanding and respecting one another.
CIS have a written student code of conduct that is strictly monitored and enforced as necessary. Forms of bullying are clearly defined in the policy so that identification of the activity and reporting procedures are clearly outlined for all students.
Separation of older children from younger Classrooms are in three buildings that separate grade levels kindergarten, 1–6, and 7–12 by building and floor. There are no multigraded classes, as all instruction is by grade level. CIS students do attend regular school-wide assemblies and have other activities where younger and older students interact with each other.
Personal development issues including sex education The provincially approved CIS Tokyo health program includes curriculum that deals with personal physical and mental health issues, including sex education and the development of social skills. These topics are introduced at ages and maturity levels deemed appropriate by the PEI Department of Education.
Parking at school Some spaces are available next to the school grounds.
Nearest stations Osaki station on the Saiko, Shonan-Shinjuku, Yamanote, and Rinkai lines.
Transportation to and from school There is no school bus, but CIS is a three-minute walk from Osaki station on the Yamanote line.
Security The buildings that house our students are all protected by keypad and/or office area entrances. Once students arrive at the school in the morning, they are supervised for the entire school day until dismissal.
Expected parental involvement We ask parents to attend several sessions per year that include a combination of curriculum orientation sessions, and private parent–teacher and student-led conferences. Other events include optional parent in-service sessions and special school events (see below).
Items parents expected to provide Parents are asked to provide general school materials such as pencils, pens, and workbooks. Textbooks for all grades are included in tuition costs.
Homework expectations Teachers require that students maintain a strong work ethic during school time and for homework assignments. It can vary but usually three hours per night are required for grades 7–12. Students in grades 1–6 are also provided with homework in accordance with their age and grade level.
Annual school trips We provide day field trips related to the curriculum and one annual overnight excursion, all designed to support and enhance the Canadian curriculum.
Summer school program During July there is a five-week summer school for students who have failed a course and require that credit for graduation. There is also a two-week English as a Second Language (ESL) “summer camp,” designed mainly for students who do not attend our school’s regular program. We also run a similar ESL Saturday school program.
After-school/extracurricular activities Include basketball, volleyball, soccer, senior choir, junior choir, junior music club, science club, chess club, community service, karate club, reading group, running team, newspaper club.
Special school events Sports days, international fair, Christmas concert, spring arts concerts, fashion shows, science fair, and athletic tournaments with other schools.
Social activities for parents/families Include information sessions followed by “meet and greet” sessions with teachers and administrators. Also, during sports days and the international fair, many families are involved in preparations for and production of the various events.
Alumni go on to Universities in Japan, Canada and the United States,
School fees Tuition, registration, and management fees are grouped into four categories depending on grade level. These categories include separate fee structures for kindergarten, elementary school, junior high school, and high school. Currently annual tuition starts at ¥1,551,000.
Financial support n/a
Sibling discount A discount is provided for siblings of current students (50% of registration fee) and Canadian citizens (30% of tuition).
Application procedures The process includes an orientation session, completion of entrance medical and educational documents, entrance testing in English and mathematics, an intake interview with parents, and provision of documentation from previous schools, if any. Students who apply for our regular Canadian program require grade level English skills as defined in documents from the Canadian Department of Education. Applicants for grades 2–12 complete written and oral entrance tests for admission to the regular program, while K3–K5 and grade 1 students have an oral interview only.
Criteria used for acceptance Students are accepted based on their success in the Application procedures (above) and the availability of space.