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The International School

The International School is a coeducational private alternative school for students in grades Pre-K through 5.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Urban


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The International School says

With true immersion in Spanish, Chinese or Japanese, children become fluent in another language, at home in other cultures, and engaged in math, science, social studies and arts. And with our authorized International Baccalaureate inquiry-based program, students learn to acquire, organize, and communicate knowledge – skills for lifelong learning and success. As an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school, The International School uses guided inquiry-based teaching that centers on student questions. Rather than working through a standard lesson and memorizing facts, students study a central idea by creating and exploring their own questions. Through this concept-driven process, students gain deep understanding and learn the skills needed to acquire, organize, and communicate knowledge. It is those skills that enable children to become independent learners, capable of pursuing knowledge beyond the classroom and throughout life. The school was founded in 1990 and today educates over 450 students.


The International School provides an engaging and rigorous academic program, taught primarily through a second language - Japanese, Chinese, or Spanish.

Language immersion is the overarching umbrella of a TIS education, with all homeroom lessons conducted in Chinese, Japanese or Spanish with teachers from around the world. Students study a challenging curriculum of math, science and social studies while learning to communicate in a second language and garnering a global perspective through their knowledge of different cultures. English Language Arts is also taught in grades 1 through 5.

The method through which we teach comes from the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP), and is rooted in student-led inquiry. In a PYP class, children work collaboratively to answer their own questions about the unit’s topic. They research, experiment, and problem solve their way through age-appropriate activities set up by the teacher. Unlike more conventional schooling, a PYP education promotes strategic thinking skills and hands-on engagement, rather than memorization and passive learning.

Mission Statement

The International School inspires children to become global citizens by providing a rigorous and comprehensive education within a nurturing, student-centered environment of full immersion in multiple languages and cultures.




Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.


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Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 458
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Pre-K 132
Kindergarten 78
1 66
2 54
3 50
4 40
5 38

The International School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing The International School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 8 : 1
Gender 42% Male / 58% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 36%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 18%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 12%

Associations & Memberships

State or regional independent school association

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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