Tashkent International School (TIS), an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational, day school from preschool through grade 12. TIS was founded in 1994 to provide quality education in English for children of the diplomatic corps, international corporations, and local families. The school year consists of 2 semesters, extending from mid-August to late January and from late January to early June. The school calendar includes three breaks: a week in October, three weeks from mid-December to the first week of January, and a week in March or April.
Organization: The school is operated under the governance of an 11-member school board (parent elected – 5, U.S. Ambassador appointee – 1, Board appointees – 5). TIS is accredited by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. TIS is a member of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) and is an authorized IB World School.
Curriculum: The school offers the full IB curriculum: the Primary Years Program (PYP) for students in preschool through grade 5; the Middle Years Program (MYP) for students in grades 6 through 10; and the Diploma Program for grades 11 and 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, individuals and societies, physical and health education, performing and visual arts, design, and foreign languages. English-as-a-Second-Language is also provided in grades 2 through 10. Russian is offered as a foreign language and to native speakers in grades 2 through 12. French and Korean are also offered in the secondary school. Spanish is offered through Pamoja Education in grades 11 and 12. TIS offers a comprehensive after-school activities program which supports the IB Diploma Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) program including Model United Nations, service learning, student council, yearbook, instrumental music training, academic games, bands/choir, art, theater, and sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross country, and track and field. The school’s programs and its graduates are recognized to meet the highest standards of international education.
Academic and Student Support: TIS provides a comprehensive program of academic and student support services, including English-learner support for students in grades 1 through 12, learning-support assistance, and student counseling. The program consists of 8 fully-trained English-language support teachers, 2 full-time learning specialists, and 2 full-time school counselors. TIS can support students with mild to mild/moderate special needs on a case-by-case basis. Parents should contact the school in advance of bidding for the post.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, TIS has 75 full-time teachers and 25 teaching assistants. The school also employs 11 part-time teachers and 5 full-time administrators.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 411 (preschool through grade 12). TIS is usually slightly over 500 students, but due to the pandemic, there has been a drop in enrollment.
Facilities: The TIS campus consists of several separate buildings for secondary, elementary, preschool and art & design, two gyms, a cafeteria, and a two-story building for languages and counseling. The campus is located on 13 wooded acres 10 minutes from the center of Tashkent. The facilities include 64 well-equipped classrooms, 17 offices, two libraries, four fully equipped science labs, a full-size gymnasium, an indoor black box theater, a multipurpose room, prep rooms, two computer labs, two music rooms, and three art rooms. There are computers in the classrooms and libraries for student use, including 42 Apple desktop computers plus a 1-to-1 iPad program in grades KG to 2, a 1-to-1 Chromebook program for grades 3 to 8, a 1-to-1 BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program for grades 9 to 12 and an additional mobile lab of 20 MacBook Pro laptops. We have robotics, coding, 3D printers in our two Maker Spaces. The entire campus has high-speed wireless Internet. Sports facilities include basketball/volleyball courts, a large and small soccer field (both artificial grass surface), field spaces for baseball/softball, and an 18-hole disc golf course, as well as general recreation areas and wooded, landscaped grounds. TIS is a closed campus, surrounded by a 3.5-meter wall with 24-hour security and full CCTV coverage of the grounds and gates.
Finances: School income for 2020-2021 is generated through tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: ELC: $7,400; K-grade 5: $22,200; grades 6-10: $24,700; and grades 11-12: $26,700. The enrollment fee for new students is $3,000. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and are provided by the school.