International Schools Consortium

International Schools Consortium (iSC) is a nonprofit organization that, since 1986, has offered excellent academic programs to meet the intellectual, physical, and emotional needs of students. iSC has six schools in China — in Chengdu, Qingdao, Wuhan, Wuxi, Tianjin, and Yantai — one school in the UAE, and helps to support various other educational initiatives globally. iSC is a multi-school program, enabling students and teachers to participate in system-wide programs where they can interact with others outside of their immediate school. Students compete in basketball, volleyball and soccer tournaments, as well as music and choral festivals, and Model United Nations (MUN) conventions.

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When did the school start?
1986
How is the school accredited?
TIS has been accredited with Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 1992. It is currently fully accredited through June 30, 2022. WASC is an accrediting organization based in Burlingame, California, USA. In the fall of 2002, TIS was also accredited by the National Committee for Curriculum and Textbooks (NCCT), a Chinese government organization. TIS is registered with the Tianjin Educational Bureau and the state education commission and is a member of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS).
What qualifications do your teachers have?
All teachers hold a bachelor’s degree. Many of our teachers have earned or are currently in the process of earning a master’s degree.
Where are your teachers from?
Our teachers are from the United States, New Zealand, Korea, England, South Africa, and China.
What standards does the school follow?
Most of our subjects use the AERO (American Education Reaches Out) standards which are based on the Common Core Standards
How international are you?
approximately 57% are from South Korea, 22% from North America, and the remaining 21% from a variety of countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific.
What are the main nationalities represented at the school?
American, Korean, Japanese, Australian, New Zealand, England, Malaysian, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, etc.
Where do most students live?
Tianjin
Does the school provide busing?
Yes
Where can I find the academic calendar?
On our website under “calendar”
What is the school’s dress code?
TIS believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. Students have the right to make individual choices from a wide range of clothing and grooming styles, but they must not present a health or safety hazard, or a distraction that interferes with the educational process. Clothing and personal adornment styles change frequently and any “dress code” which explicitly defines acceptable school wear quickly becomes outdated. Specific details can be found in the student handbook.
Will my child be able to transition well to an international school?
Our experienced TIS teachers will help your child through the transition process.
Are parents encouraged to be involved at the school?
Absolutely! Parents are welcome at any time.
When can I visit the school?
Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except public holidays and vacation periods. You are welcomed to schedule a visit through online or call the admissions office: +86-22-8371-0900 x 311
Can you babysit my child after school?
No, students who are not involved in offered after school activities should go home at school dismissal.
Are you a boarding school?
No
How does the school communicate with parents?
We communicate with parents through a variety of outlets. Some communication channels include: phone, email, social media, etc.
What activities can parents get involved?
We have a special bus that brings parents to school on Wednesdays to participate in PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization) activities such as English class, Korean class, sewing class, etc.
Can you offer busing service to any location?
No. New bus stops will only be established at locations within Tianjin where three or more students can be picked up.
Do you have a swimming pool?
No, but we have a climbing wall
How can I be involved in PTO?
Please contact the admissions office in order to be connected to the PTO president.
How can I apply?
The best way to apply is to complete the online application on our website
When should I apply?
As soon as you are interested in TIS
When I fill out the application form, what am I committing to?
Nothing. We use the application for information gathering purposes only. You can withdraw your application at any time if you decide not to come to TIS.
Is there a deadline for submitting my application?
There is no specific deadline for the application. We have rolling admissions.
What documents should I prepare for my child’s enrollment?
Two years or more of academic records, immunization records, and any additional helpful information.
Should all the application documents be prepared with an English notarization?
All documents should be translated in English.
How long does it normally take before I know if my child has been accepted to the school?
Parents will be notified within 48 hours after completing the testing process.
Does my child have to join the school on a specific date - the beginning of the school year, for example?
Not necessarily. We recommend students begin at the beginning of each quarter.
What are the admission level tests?
We currently use Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) as admissions testing for grades 4-12.
Do we need to come to the school for an assessment?
Yes
If my child fails the emissions test, when could they test again?
It is based on a case-by-case basis.
Is there a waiting pool?
Waiting pools are established as needed based on grade level capacity
Does my child need to be fluent in English to attend?
Not necessarily
What is the minimum age we can start sending our child to school?
Students must be at least three years old by September 30th of each year
Do you admit students with disabilities?
We admit students based on the availability of resources to serve them appropriately.
Do you accept students with special learning needs?
We admit students based on the availability of resources to serve them appropriately.
In what circumstances is the application fee refunded?
The application fee is non-refundable
What is the capital fee?
The capital fee is the enrollment deposit
If my child is very close the age cutoff date, can s/he be admitted to the grade I want?
Grade placement is not based on the age of the child.
What curriculum does the school offer?
TIS offers an American curriculum with an international flavor
What should we prepare for the class?
Divisional principals will let you know what your child needs to be ready for school.
Should I buy textbooks and materials?
Textbooks will be provided
What degree do graduates earn from your school?
High school students will earn a high school diploma
Do you offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses?
Yes, we have 14 AP courses in high school.
My child isn't strong in their English abilities, will they be able to learn well in class?
Students who need support in English will be enrolled in a special support class.
Will my child go down a grade if their English isn't good enough?
In some cases, students are asked to repeat a grade
What world languages are offered?
French and Chinese
How do you prepare my child for college?
All students at TIS will be prepared for college.
What college entrance exams do you offer?
Students can take the SAT and ACT.
Will graduates be accepted to universities outside of china?
Absolutely. Our students are accepted to some of the top universities in Korea and America.
What activities are available outside the classroom?
After school clubs and activities are available for students from elementary through high school.
Do students have to take part in all of the after school activities?
No, students may choose in which activities they would like to participate
Where do students go after graduation?
Many students return to their home countries to attend university, but students are prepared to enter universities world-wide.
Will my child have the opportunity to learn how to play musical instruments?
Elementary students are exposed to many different musical instruments. All 5th and 6th graders are required to learn band instruments. From 7th grade on, students may choose to participate in band.
Please tell me more about your clubs and extracurricular activities.
Please check each division’s specific details.