IST is divided into two divisions: Elementary (0 years to Grade 5) and Secondary (Grade 6 to Grade 12), with the elementary school housed primarily in the Qin Building and the secondary school primarily based in the Han Building. IST is proud to be the only three program IB World School in Tianjin. The IB offers high quality programs to a worldwide community of more than 5400 schools in 158 countries. IST is consistently ranked in the top 100 schools in the world on the basis of its IB Diploma results.

For students aged 3 to 11 years, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

for students aged 12 to 16 years, provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connection between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.

for students aged 17 and above, is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and in life beyond.


Learning at IST is an inquiry-driven, conceptually-based process guided by our school Philosophy and the IB programmes where we cultivate and deepen knowledge, skills, understandings and dispositions through engaging, meaningful and diverse experiences repeated over time.


High quality learning:

  • Nurtures curiosity, enthusiasm and courage
  • Builds on prior experiences and is guided by a clear purpose
  • Explores ideas, issues and topics of personal, local and global significance and extends learning to new situations and contexts
  • Applies critical, creative and ethical thinking to evaluate ideas and situations
  • Uses diverse literacy skills for effective communication
  • Draws upon transdisciplinary skills and disciplinary knowledge, processes and structures
  • Inspires innovative ideas and solutions utilizing relevant technologies and media
  • Includes modeled, guided, independent and interdependent learning experiences
  • Relies on frequent and diverse forms of feedback, assessment and reflection
  • Ensures students have choice, voice and ownership and opportunities for action
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