Program of Studies
Canadian International School Tokyo School Profile
Canadian International School, located in Tokyo is an accredited Canadian school, which embraces the curriculum and philosophy of a Canadian education. Modern teaching strategies, provision of student enrichment units, recognition of various student learning styles, and a culture of academic support create a special learning community at Canadian International School Tokyo.
CIS - Tokyo is accredited by the Province of Prince Edward Island (PEI). The K-12 curriculum is presently used by the provincial ministries of public education in each of the 4 Atlantic Provinces and is fully accredited across Canada. Annual onsite inspections by the Department of Education in PEI are held. Please feel free to contact the International Education Coordinator, Mike Leslie, at the PEI Department of Education for further information regarding CIS’ status as an overseas school.
CIS is also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in California and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (K3-Grade 5).
All CIS teachers must be certified by the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island (PEI). This certification requires each teacher to provide a statement of professional standing, a certified university transcript and a current Criminal Record Check. This standard of certification indicates that all CIS teachers have achieved educational standards required for employment in a public or private school in Canada.
The school day is from 8:30 am to 3:20 pm. Students in grades 1 to 12 must be in their period 1 class by 8:30 and leave at 3:00 (KG) or 3:15 pm (Grades 1to 5). Grade 6 to 12 students are dismissed at 3:20 pm. The school schedule consists of 5 days with 6 (K3-5) or 7 (Grade 5-12) periods per day. There are 190 instructional days in the school year.
The Canadian International School Year
The CIS school year consists of several components as described below.
1. Regular School Year
CIS delivers the PEI curriculum for K-12 from September to June of each school year. All Student applicants for grades 2-12 write entrance tests for admission to the regular program. K3, K4, K5 and grade 1 students have an oral interview.
The high school credit program follows the same guidelines as are in place in Prince Edward Island. The outline of the high school program (table 1) provides opportunity for achievement of the required entrance courses for most Canadian universities as specified in entrance requirements.
2. Summer School
During July and part of August of each year there is a summer school for incoming students who wish / need to improve their English skills. This is essentially an English Second Language (ESL) summer school. Occasionally some elementary regular CIS students who need further intensive English may also attend this session.
3. Saturday school
Depending on demand, CIS may offer Saturday morning classes for non-CIS students; these classes will be taught by CIS teachers.
In addition to classrooms, CIS has technology labs, music and art areas, a science laboratory, a resource centre, fully supervised indoor and outdoor activity and play areas. The three building school campus is a short walk from Osaki station.
Students from Japan and many other foreign countries attend CIS. The classes are taught in English and focus on the written learning outcomes from the Department of Education in PEI.
Small class size make it possible for each homeroom teacher to become an academic mentor and advisor for students as they work through the academic program. Teachers have high academic expectations for CIS students and provide support for students so that they can achieve their best.
Prince Edward Island Canada Grade 10, 11, 12 Courses Taught at CIS - Tokyo
English 421A, English 521A, English 621A, Writing 521A
Math 421A, Math 521A, Math 521B, Math 621A, Math 621B, Math 611B
Science 421A, Biology 521A, Biology 621A, Chemistry 521A, Chemistry 621A,
Physics 521A, Physics 621A
History 421A, History 521A, Global Issues 621A, Economics 621A
PE 401A, PE 801A, PE 621A
Music 421A, Music 521A, Music 621A
Art 401A, Art 501A, Art 601A
Above information complied by Ian A M Robertson, Principal