Founded in 1994, the International School of Tianjin (IST) is a non-profit, college-preparatory day school for Nursery to 12th grade students of the international community in Tianjin, a major industrial and commercial center in Northern China.
IST is fully accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in the USA and the Council of International Schools (CIS) in Europe. The school is an IB World School authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Grades 11-12), the Middle Years Programme (Grades 6-10), and the Primary Years Programme (Grades NPK-5).
The school year begins and ends in early August and June respectively, and is divided into two semesters, with 180 student contact days in total. There are eight, 40-minute class periods per day with double periods in most academic subject areas. IST graduated its first class in 2005, with graduates thus far having been admitted to over 200 of the world’s most prestigious universities, including Brown, Berkeley, Cambridge, Cornell, Hong Kong UST, Kyoto, Melbourne, Seoul National,Toronto, and Yonsei.
IST currently enrolls approximately 480 students from 28 different countries, with German, American, French, Ethnic Chinese, and Korean students making up the largest percentages. English is the school’s common social language and principal language of instruction, with Korean, German, French and Mandarin Chinese constituting the next most prevalent mother tongue languages. Students from 190 foreign invested enterprises currently attend the school, with new students constituting between 20 and 25% of annual enrolment.
IST's school-wide Teacher-Student Ratio stands at 1:6.8
There are 70 full-time and one part-time faculty member, nine of whom are locally hired teachers of Chinese language. IST’s faculty come from 14 different countries with American, Australian, New Zealand, British and Chinese teachers representing the largest percentages. IST teachers typically remain in the school for four years or more with an average annual faculty retention rate of approximately 79%. Approximately two thirds of the current faculty have advanced degrees and all are fully certified. The faculty has previously taught at more than 150 different international schools around the world and has an average of 12+ years teaching experience. Teachers are supported by 26 Chinese teaching assistants, all of whom have university degrees and several of whom hold teaching certificates. The non-academic administration includes an additional 44 highly qualified local and expatriate support staff.
IST faculty currently represent 14 countries
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IST students currently represent 28 countries