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International Secondary School Japan


 

The ISS Mission

 

International Secondary School provides personalized, middle and high school education to a diverse student group. Students develop intellectually, physically and socially in a positive and caring small classroom environment. Students learn through accredited courses and ESL programs delivered in English

 

The ISS Vision

International Secondary School will continue to maintain a niche within the international education environment of Tokyo. Over the next three years ISS will endeavor to achieve objectives that will see the school provide improved learning options and outcomes for students. In creating change, the focus will always remain on how specific student needs are catered for. We know that change is necessary as we continue to strive toward meeting the diverse and changing needs of students within the international community in Tokyo.

ISS Programs

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.
“Individualization is the ultimate goal of class-size reduction…and academic success”.
(Pg 77. Educational Leadership Volume 61 No 1, September 2003)

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.

ESL Program

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.

Special Education

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

September: Volleyball, Cross-country
October: Soccer, Athletics 
November:  Photography, Art         
December – March: Basketball, Art/Photography         
March – April: Badminton, Art/Photography

Accreditation


Accreditation is achieved through the distance-learning programs students enroll in. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School (UNL/ISHS) is fully accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCACASI). North Dakota Independent Study (NDIS) is accredited through the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and NCACASI. The Brigham Young University Independent Study (BYU/IS) is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NASC), and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).


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:


•Building self-confidence
•Developing independent thinking
•Fostering self-empowerment
•Fostering the development of mutual respect and understanding
•Fostering responsible citizenship including community service

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.

International Secondary School
3-18-16 Meguro-Honcho
Meguro-ku

Tokyo 152-0002
Japan


Phone +81 3 3710-1331
Fax +81 3 3710-1319

Email iss@isstokyo.com

 

 

International Secondary School
3-18-16 Meguro-Honcho
Meguro-ku

Tokyo 152-0002
Japan


Phone +81 3 3710-1331
Fax +81 3 3710-1319

Email iss@isstokyo.com

 


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