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.

Early Childhood Center

Come with me and experience our beautiful early childhood center. Listen to the happy buzz of children learning and playing. Feel the warmth of well-trained teachers who are dedicated to the task of teaching and nurturing the precious ones in their care. Take a close look at the facility intentionally designed to support the growth and development of young learners. Observe the students engaged in high quality and developmentally appropriate curriculum and learning experiences.

We warmly invite you to come and visit our early childhood center. We’d love for you to become a part of our Early Childhood Center family!

SuJung Ham

ECC and Elementary Principal

CURRICULUM

The Tianjin International School curriculum provides a holistic program that balances the development of concepts, skills and character. Our approach focuses on the total growth of the developing child addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare.

Our program focuses on guided inquiry, collaboration and communication as approaches to teaching and learning to provide an environment that fosters the development of problem solving and critical thinking as well as subject competencies.

We guide them on this road to discovery with our research-based standards and assessments along seven developmental domains.

Play

Play is a critical part of our program and from the inside of our facility to the outdoor classroom, it will be clear that our children are growing in a developmentally appropriate environment.

LANGUAGE AND LITERACY DEVELOPMENT

Involves children’s abilities to convey their ideas, thoughts, and feelings through speaking and writing, and their ability to demonstrate early reading skills.

EXECUTIVE FUNCTION

Focuses on the development of skills necessary for learning, such as self-regulation, attention, and persistence.

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Supports your child’s ability to express and regulate feelings and develop relations with others.

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELLNESS

Gives your child opportunities to build large- and small-muscle skills, strength, stamina, and knowledge needed to live a healthy lifestyle.

COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

Supports the mental processes needed to think, make sense of the world, and understand knowledge across different subjects, including mathematics, science, and social studies.

CREATIVE EXPRESSION

Helps your child creatively explore the arts, movement, drama, and music.

TIMINGS

The Early Childhood Center schedule consists of a balance of structured and self directed age appropriate activities. Our student-centered schedule includes readiness activities. Creative music and art, the use of various materials to enhance learning, and movement activities are important parts of our schedule. Also, included in the schedule are character education, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, computer, physical education, and play. Our goal is to assist the students in acquiring and maintaining social and academic competencies and skills while also ensuring that the quality of the education will be intellectually stimulating and be personally meaningful for each student.

FOUNDATIONS CLASS (3 Year Old)

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
Option 1: 8 am - 3 pm; Option 2: 8 am - 12 pm

  • Explore Through Play
  • Calendar
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Snack & Story Time
  • Recess
  • English/Chinese Language
  • Bible
  • Language Arts & Literacy
  • Lunch
  • Nap
  • P.E./Sensory Play
  • Music/Movement/Art
  • Prepare to Go Home
  • Arrival
  • Brain Break
  • Circle Time
  • Snack Time
  • Dismiss

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN (4 Year Old)

  • Explore Through Play
  • P.E./Sensory Play
  • Math/Center Time
  • English/Chinese Language
  • Recess
  • Music/Art/Math
  • Language Arts
  • Library/Bible
  • Nap
  • Play
  • Social Studies
  • Prepare to Go Home
  • Arrival
  • Snack
  • Lunch
  • Snack Time
  • Dismiss

KINDERGARTEN (5 Year Old)

  • Explore Through Play
  • P.E./Sensory Play
  • Math Centers
  • Recess
  • English/Chinese Language
  • Social Studies/Health
  • Bible/Art/Phonics
  • Restful Reading
  • Music/Library
  • Phonics
  • Centers
  • Prepare to Go Home
  • Arrival
  • Snack
  • Lunch
  • Dismiss

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM FEATURES

Language

During early childhood, students’ abilities to comprehend, process, and produce language develop in an amazing way. Students at Tianjin International School have been invigorated by language education, with students acquiring early language and communication skills that are crucial for further success in school and beyond.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

The English language is central to the way in which students understand, critique and appreciate their world, and to the ways in which they participate socially, economically and culturally in society. The study of English encourages the development of literate individuals capable of critical and imaginative thinking, aesthetic appreciation and creativity, as well as productive participation in a democratic society in the 21st Century. Through the English curriculum and our literacy program, which begins in the ECC, students initially focus on spelling and word study, phonemic awareness and handwriting, which leads into the key discipline concepts of texts and language, and the many dimensions of reading, writing, speaking and listening that develop as students progress through their schooling.

CHINESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE

Although the study of English and the ongoing development of important literacy skills are fundamental elements of the curriculum, our students are also part of the global dialogue where multiple languages are advantageous. As an American school with an international perspective, we believe that a strong language program enhances the educational journey and encourages our students to develop alternative perspectives, cultural understanding and empathy.

Beginning in junior kindergarten, some ECC students have the opportunity to study Chinese. There are three main goals for ECC school students interested in learning Mandarin: 1) Building up a strong foundation of high-frequency vocabulary. Frequent and consistent exposure to high frequency vocabulary greatly increases the comfort level of students as they begin to communicate in a new language. 2) Working on the basic grammar rules, sentence structure, and discourse patterns. Chinese can seem very intimidating to students when they first begin learning the language; however, the introduction of common sentence patterns coupled with frequent practice in relevant contexts can greatly increase the rate at which students develop language proficiency. 3) Developing cultural knowledge and global awareness. Lastly, a critical goal for lower school students in the Chinese classroom is to provide opportunities to understand the similarities and differences between their own culture and that of various Chinese populations around the world. Students have the opportunity to attend class, eat new foods, learn about daily life for students their own age in China and learn about and celebrate the various important Chinese holidays.

Technology

At Tianjin International School, we see technology as a tool that supports a school community and facilitates learning. We recognize the enormous potential of modern technology to enhance and enrich learning, and are committed to preparing our children to be successful in a society permeated with technology.

As an important tool, both inside and outside of the classroom, students use technology to inquire, communicate and safely take risks. Through our technology program, we ensure that every student in our community has access to campus and worldwide electronic resources, enhanced classrooms and a learning management system employed by higher education institutions. These tools encourage students to adopt and employ technology during their tenure at Tianjin International School, preparing them for college and professional environments as true digital citizens.

CAMPUS NETWORK

Every building on the campus is connected to our data networks allowing students to wirelessly access electronic material in all academic and community spaces. School bandwidth has significantly increased over the past few years to better support classroom initiatives, cloud computing, multimedia and improve the overall student experience. In accordance with our standards, students must abide by acceptable use policies and guidelines found in the school handbook. To help encourage these standards our network is regularly monitored and acceptable barriers have been put in place for the safety of our students.

Library

The Tianjin International School library a vibrant, welcoming environment for students, staff and parents to enjoy for recreational and educational purposes and is specifically organized to service our diverse school community. We strive to ensure that not only are learning needs met but also that every child feels valued and happy. Our Library resources support the teaching of the curriculum and develop our student's interests and hobbies. Incorporating the use of iPads for searching the library databases, library lessons are also linked to the curriculum and teach essential information skills for 21st Century learning.

Our Library Strives:

  • To ensure learners grow as competent, ethical users and producers of ideas and information.
  • To prepare life-long learners who are effective communicators, critical researchers and problem solvers.
  • To collaborate and share with audiences beyond our school walls.
  • To model our school’s mission and support learners in the pursuit of aesthetic growth and personal learning pathways.

To this end, a collection of books has been developed to support teaching and learning activities. Chinese books have also been acquired to support language learning. In addition, we have a collection of e-resources including online newspapers and magazines, which children can access on their iPads. We use a color code system to help our English language learners to find books with more ease and encourage families to donate fiction and nonfiction books in Japanese, Chinese and Korean to help round out our diverse collection.

READER PROGRAM

Our library sponsors a year-long reading incentive program to encourage all students to go beyond homework assignments and read for fun. Awareness of a variety of books, school library materials and reinforcement of language learning are a few of the goals anchored in the reading program.

This year’s theme is “The Great Book Adventure” and each participating student is given a game board to represent each level in the game showing how many pages they have read and how many books they have completed. Students are also encouraged to take challenges by reading a specific genre, completing creative activities and taking comprehension quizzes. Students receive prizes to reward their success when reaching their reading goals.

Progress & Reporting

We are constantly seeking to strengthen our partnership with parents and one of the ways we do this is through reporting to parents and actively involving parents in their children’s learning.

At the start of the year, we have orientation sessions for both new and returning families. This is an opportunity for parents to meet the new class teacher and to find out about the year group routines, special events and expectations. Each term, we welcome parents to an open morning, which provides an opportunity for children to share and celebrate their learning.We also have more formal Parent Teacher Conferences in October the fall and again in March the spring. This is an opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s class teacher on an individual basis and review their child’s learning and next steps. Progress Reports are written at the end of the first semester and all children receive a summative report in June.

Although there are many structured opportunities for parents to meet with teachers, parents can also make appointments with teachers throughout the year to discuss any concerns they may have.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

We plan specific days within the school calendar for conferences to be held as we believe it is important to communicate with families. The fall and spring conferences are all day events and allow for families to schedule 20-minute conferences with their teacher in ECC. Special area teacher conferences are 15 minutes and can be scheduled separately. Phone conferences are a possibility on these days, as some families may have difficulty scheduling time to leave work/commitments to travel to school.

POWERSCHOOL

PowerSchool is the most widely used web-based student information system, supporting 10 million students over 65 countries. Benefits for parents and students include: real-time grades, attendance, comments, assignments, scores and much more…right from the teacher’s gradebook directly to students and parents.

Co-Curricular

The best learning is active and engaged. It can be found in ordinary places.These activities energize students and help them to see the holistic connections between mind, body, and spirit. Activities outside the classroom are not merely add-ons to the core curriculum. They are a continuous enrichment, a way to sustain and deepen learning.

At TIS we believe that co-curricular activities are an important part of education that extends beyond the classroom. Co-curricular activities provides motivation for learning, character building, physical growth and creativity while developing confidence and educating the whole child. Students are encouraged to participate and explore all opportunities that interest them. Students who are involved in co-curricular opportunities become more invested in the school experience, therefore increasing the opportunity for higher academic performance and social well-being.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical education helps children develop physical as well as social-emotional skills to become healthier young people through different sports and games. Sportsmanship, work ethic, communication, and inclusion are daily lessons woven into each activity. Classes use a number of facilities including our gymnasium, climbing wall, synthetic turf soccer field, and exercise room. The end goal is building confidence, self-worth, and problem solving through a physically active lifestyle that will enable children to enjoy traditional sports as well those that define our mountain lifestyle.

In addition, taking full advantage of our unique cross-age learning environment, ECC school students may elect to participate in seasonal development clinics in soccer, volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse. The clinics, which are held after school, are led by TIS varsity athletes who teach fundamental skills and introduce the basic rules of each game.

VISUAL ARTS

Lower school artists use paint, clay, collage, sculptural and digital media to explore artistic expression in a structured and supportive environment. One of the main goals of the art program is to familiarize students with an art studio setting and teach them to navigate safely and confidently through this space. In addition they learn about artists, art movements and how to move from concept to creation. Students learn the vernacular of art and build a vocabulary that grows with them as they progress from grades K-5.

PERFORMING ARTS

Movement, singing, and playing are second nature to children. Our ECC school performing arts curriculum uses the Kodaly approach to music education, which takes full advantage of these innate skills. Spoken word with rhymes, games, songs, and dances become learning tools as students are encouraged to improvise, compose, and interact musically as a group. In addition, K-2 students jump right into developing fundamental skills, learning how to identify musical notation, including rhythms, pitches, and dynamics symbols. In the third and the fourth grades, students continue to build their knowledge of written music and improvisation as they study piano and recorder, respectively. Fifth grade beginning band is an evolution of the musical skills learned the previous year, but this year, students have the opportunity to play the instrument of their choice such as Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Baritone.

Public performance is a fantastic way for young learners to develop confidence and is an integral part of our program. Throughout the year, lower school students showcase what they’re learning for peers and parents at seasonal performances. When students graduate from lower school, the goal is that they have a strong knowledge of the written mechanics of music and a greater sense of the community, character, and creativity that are built by singing, playing, and creating music together.

CLUBS

After-school activities are a great tool in our aim to develop well-rounded students. The school sponsors a number of after-school activities that give ECC students an opportunity to explore and excel in a particular sport, hobby, or area of interest.

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