Our School History

The International School of Tianjin (formerly TEDA International School, Tianjin) opened the doors of a converted downtown Tianjin villa to some 20 children in Grades 1 to 4 on 5 September 1994. In 2001 IST relocated to purpose built facilities on a 7.2-hectare campus in Weishan Lu in the city’s southeast. Student enrollment currently averages between 400 and 500 students.

1994 Founding of TEDA International School, Tianjin (TIST) at original Mu Nan Dao downtown campus.
1997 Facilities expansion with Grade 5 and the new Grade 6-8 Middle School located at Da Li Dao downtown campus.
1998 Initial accreditation granted by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
2000 Initial application and implementation of IBMYP and IBDP.
2001 Inauguration of new 12,000m2 purpose built Qin Building at current Weishan Lu campus.
2002 IBMYP and IBDP authorization granted by the IB.
2003 Initial application and implementation of IBPYP.
2004 School name changed to International School of Tianjin (IST).
2005 IBPYP authorization granted by the IB.
2005 Joint accreditation granted by both WASC and the Council of International Schools (CIS), making IST the first and to this day only doubly-accredited international school in Tianjin City.
2005 Graduation of Class of 2005, the first IST/IB Diploma Grade 12 class.
2007 Adoption of IST Board of Governors Constitution and Administrative Structure.
2010 Successful re-evaluation of all three IB programs by the IB and re-accreditation of all facets of the school's curriculum and operations by WASC and CIS.
2011 Inauguration of new 18,000m2 purpose built Han Building.
2012 Completion of Qin Building renovations.
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