International Secondary School Japan
The ISS Mission
The ISS Vision
Why are our programs different?
Our school programs allow
students to work in a supportive and caring small classroom environment.
An emphasis on explicit instruction, organized programs, and
well-planned lessons, enable teachers to individualize and interact
one-on-one with students.
High School/Middle School Academic Program
Before students begin their academic program at ISS, a personalized education plan is developed in consultation with the student, his or her parents and the ISS Academic Advisor. This process ensures that the student is able to fulfil graduation requirements and choose subjects of interest. Our academic program is enjoyable, challenging and rigorous as students work closely with their teachers and engage in meaningful learning experiences. Students can also undertake SAT preparation courses for high school credit and are guided through the college/university application process.
Our ESL Program is designed for students who wish to gain an education in an English setting, but may not have the skills needed to undertake a full academic program. ESL students experience a structured learning environment where they can develop in the areas of functions, listening, speaking and vocabulary. All students have a minimum of 225 minutes per week of ESL and are integrated into high school credit courses. ESL students receive support and can undertake preparation courses to sit standardized tests like TOEFL, IELTS and ITED. ESL students receive the guidance needed to successfully move towards a full academic program.
Before students with special needs begin an academic program, it is recommended that the student/parents provide a written evaluation/assessment. Following this, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be developed in consultation with the student, his or her parents and the school counsellor and Special Education Coordinator. The IEP will provide subject teachers with background information about the student and strategies to be used in the classroom. Our small class sizes (no more than six students), experienced staff, personalized instruction and curriculum development ensures that the needs of students are addressed. Students with literacy and numeracy difficulties, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia and other cognitive or social development “snags”, benefit from our special education program.
Extra Curricular Program
Our Extra Curricular Program focuses on the interests of our students. The program runs weekly where students can participate in club activities like art, photography, and chess. Sporting activities include soccer, baseball, basketball, cycling, athletics, golf, swimming and rugby. Students can also join teams to compete against other schools in Tokyo
2003 / 2004 Program
The ISS History
International Secondary School founders recognized that the "international learning experience" is neither easy nor satisfying for all students. They observed that the international experience for some students actually created or magnified learning difficulties. These difficulties can be different for each student but often become major obstacles to their academic progress. Traditional mainstream schools in Tokyo offer excellent, high quality academic programs but may not address the special needs of students. Class size and the pacing of curriculum delivery are largely fixed.
International Secondary School believed there was a real need to provide a learning alternative for students who did not have their requirements met in traditional international schools. Every student was put on personalized academic program. The school was structured around providing individual (class sizes from one to six students) learning support in an individually paced learning program. The program was delivered by a team of passionate, qualified teaching professionals who cared about and were closely involved with the development of every student. The school created a positive and supportive environment to develop the whole student by:
International Secondary School prides itself on having created a positive and stimulating learning environment for its students. A committed teaching staff, low staff-to-student ratios, and an active academic advisor program ensures that teachers become actively involved in all aspects of their students' learning. Indeed, the school regards itself as a community that embraces its students through personal and special attention, taking into account the individual needs of all students.
Regular excursions and after school sporting events further strengthen the sense of community within the school. Most importantly, in all of its academic and extra-curricular activities, International Secondary School aims to foster the ideals of self-empowerment, mutual respect, responsible citizenship and independent thinking within its' students.