The Tashkent International School, (TIS) an IB World school, is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational day school founded in 1994 to provide quality education in English from Pre-School through grade 12 for students of any nationality. The school year consists of 2 semesters, extending from late August to late January and from late January to mid-June. The school calendar includes 3 breaks, 1 week in October, 3 weeks from mid-December to the first week of January, and 1 week in March.
Organization: The School is operated under the governance of a parent-elected 9-member School Board. TIS is accredited by the Council of International Schools as well as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is the only school in Central Asia to hold this distinction. The School is also a member of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association and an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.
Curriculum: The school offers the full IB Curriculum; the Primary Years Program (PYP) to students in grades K-5; the Middle Years Program (MYP) for grades 6 to 10 and the Diploma Program (DP) to students in grades 11 to 12. Instruction is in English and takes advantage of small class sizes and the diverse educational backgrounds of the students. Courses include English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Art, Technology and Fine Arts. English as-a second language is also provided to grades 2-9. Russian is offered as a foreign language and to native speakers in grades 2-12. Other foreign languages offered in secondary school include French and Korean. The School offers a comprehensive after-school activities program which includes: the IB Diploma CAS Program, Model United Nations, community service, student council, speech and debate, SAT/ACT and college preparation, instrumental music training, several bands, art, chess club, and the major sports such as gymnastics, basketball, soccer, and volleyball. The School’s programs and its graduates are recognized to meet the highest standards of international education.
Faculty: In school year 2011-2012, there are 55 full-time faculty members, and 13 part-time faculty members. The School also employs 12 teachers’ aides.
Enrollment: At the beginning of 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 423 (Pre-School-grade 12).
Facilities: The campus consists of a 3 story facility located on 13 wooden acres in the leafy suburbs of Tashkent. Facilities include 45 well-equipped classrooms, 12 offices, 2 library/multi-media centers, 3 fully-equipped science labs, a full size gymnasium, an indoor theatre, a multipurpose room, prep rooms, 4 computer laboratories, 2 music rooms, and 2 art rooms. There are computers in the classrooms and in the classrooms for students use. The entire campus has high speed Internet. Sports facilities include 3 volleyball/basketball courts, a track, a soccer field, field spaces for baseball/softball, as well as, general recreation areas and wooded, landscaped grounds surrounded by a 3.5m brick wall. The School operates a closed campus and has 24-hour security with full CCTV coverage of the grounds and gates. The school has also acquired a large house within the campus to provide facilities for IBDP students, together with an art studio. Due to continued expansion of the school there are also plans for the provision of a separate Elementary School building.
Finances: For 2011-2012, the School income is derived from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Pre-school: $4,990; Kindergarten-grade 5: $16,700; grades 6-10: $19,000; and grades 11-12: $20,700. The enrollment fee for new students is $1,000. English Language Learner (ELL) fee: $500. (All fees are quoted in U. S. dollars.)