ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF TIANJIN
The International School of Tianjin (IST) is a Nursery/Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, non-profit, parent governed day school for the children of expatriate families living in the city of Tianjin. IST was founded in 1994, has a current enrolment of 470 students (210 in Elementary and 260 in Secondary) from 30 different countries. The school currently employs 65 highly qualified teachers from a range of countries including Australia, Canada, China, Korea, New Zealand, German, France, the UK, and the USA. The senior academic administrative team consists of the director, and the elementary and secondary principals. The language of instruction is English.international school in Tianjin
IST is an IB World School, fully authorised to teach the Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP), and the Diploma Program (DP). The most recent programme evaluations took place as part of a synchronised 3-party accreditation visit with CIS and WASC in April 2015.
IST is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).
Location, Campus, and Facilities
Tianjin, China’s third largest city, is located some 50km inland from the Bohai Gulf and is a 30 minute high-speed train ride from Beijing. It spans China’s largest artificial harbor and is a key transportation hub serving northern China. Tianjin has been nicknamed “The Shanghai of the North” in reference to its history as a foreign concession. The city has many temples of various religious affiliations and is itself a museum of late 19th century European architecture.
Situated on approximately 7.2 hectares of park-like grounds the International School of Tianjin has 30,000m2 of architecturally designed facilities to support its academic, cultural and sporting programmes. The campus has two wonderful buildings: the original 12,000m2 ‘Qin’ Building constructed in 2001, and the 18,000m ‘Han’ Building completed in 2011. Facilities include a 520 seat theatre, black box, teacher and student lounges, music, art and design suites, exhibition centre, science laboritories, magnificent library and information literacy centre, double-sized gymnasium, 400m running track, multiple sports fields, over 80 classrooms, and a school-wide clean air filtration system.