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K. International School Tokyo will offer an intensive class starting from April 2012 for new Grade 6-9 ELS (English Language Support) students in need of additional English language support. In order to prepare these students to move on to study at secondary schools that use English as the main language of instruction, students in this class will focus on acquiring English language and mathematical skills building a stronger foundation for further learning. This class aims for students to transfer to an English language secondary school within a year, perform well in classes, and acquire skills necessary to succeed in the IB Diploma Programme or other rigorous programs. Therefore, students are required to have a certain amount of English and basic mathematics ability upon enrolment. The intensive class is also available to students who plan to move on to other schools within or outside of Japan.
The IB program, offered at KIST, emphasizes the necessity to nurture students so that they engage in thoughtful and appropriate behavior as well as develop a diverse skill set including a sense of international mindedness. It requires students to attain advanced language and mathematical skills to enable the understanding of concept driven curriculum as opposed to memorization. The IB Diploma Program (DP) that students at KIST undertake in their last 2 years of secondary school is recognized for university admission. Students who achieve high scores in the DP will have an opportunity to enroll in the world’s leading universities; many students at KIST have pursued this path. As the DP can expand a student’s future potential it is viewed as a challenging program. In order to attain success in the DP, students will need sufficient preparation.
Currently, KIST provides English language support during class for those students needing limited support. However, it is challenging to offer a sufficient learning environment for those students most in need of assistance with current English Language Support (ELS) alone. Subsequently, in order for a greater range of students to develop opportunities to succeed in the IB Programmes, KIST will offer an intensive class to improve the English and mathematics abilities of students entered into the program within a short period of time.
Students eligible for the intensive class:
Enrollment tests for the intensive class (for new enrolling students):
Intensive class structure：
Intensive classes will be made of up to eight students per grade and with two grades per class (grade 6/7, grade 8/9) with a maximum of 16 students per class. Furthermore, English, mathematics and Japanese classes will be streamed into separate ability classes, and class sizes will be kept small to provide the best possible learning support.
Intensive class lesson content:
In the intensive class, the focus will be placed on the acquisition of English and math abilities although science, humanities, Japanese, PE, and technology classes will also be provided.
|Subject||Class time x blocks||Class structure|
|English||85 min x 5 blocks||Streamed ability class|
|Math||85 min x 5 blocks||Streamed ability class|
|Science||85 min x 3 blocks||Single class unit|
|Humanities||85 min x 2 blocks||Single class unit|
|Japanese||85 min x 1 block||Streamed ability class|
|PE||85 min x 1 block||2 class unit|
|Technology||85 min x 1 block||2 class unit|
85 min x block
|Single or 2 class unit|
*Until June it will be necessary to accommodate the intensive class into the current secondary school timetable and access its facilities, therefore the schedule may have to be adjusted accordingly.
Regular examinations and reports for the intensive class:
Annual events for the intensive class:
Intensive Class enrolment period:
Students are able to enroll in the intensive class for up to one school year. Extension of this one school year period may be granted to those entering the school in middle of the school year after September or in special circumstances.
Transfer to the KIST secondary school:
To transfer to the KIST secondary class, students must have reached the required English and mathematics level. In addition, they must also satisfy attendance requirements, follow school rules, and meet certain other conditions. If a student fulfills these conditions and passes the regular KIST admissions process by the end of his or her enrolment period, the student will receive a conditional offer to enroll in secondary school. Not meeting these requirements will result in a recommendation that studies be continued at another school. Attendance in this program should not be considered a guarantee for acceptance into the KIST secondary school but rather the increased likelihood if suitable skills are acquired.
Intensive class tuition and other necessary fees:
|Type of fee||Amount||When paid|
|Application Fee1||20,000||Upon Application|
|When first admitted to KIST|
|Building Maintenance Fee||50,0003|
|PTA Fee (per family)||2,000|
|ISA Test Fee||4,000|
|Internal Admission Review Fee||3,000|
2 Reduced rate for students re-enrolling at KISt within three years of the previous date of withdrawal
3 Will be reduced for students first enrolling from April
Other fees charged separately:
Mid-semester enrollments and withdrawals
For all mid-semester enrollments and withdrawals, the first or last tuition fee to be paid is discounted depending on when your child starts or leaves the school. This is based on a monthly pro-rata calculation. For new enrollments, tuition is required from the beginning of the month of enrollment regardless of the date of first attendance. For withdrawals, tuition is required until the end of the final month of enrollment regardless of the date of withdrawal. Please note that this applies only to general tuition fees as well as fees for the school bus service. There is no reduction on annual general fees or for any other services offered by the school, with the exception of the Building Maintenance Fee which is reduced to \25,000 for students whose initial enrollment is between April and June only.
Intensive class students are required to bring their own laptop to school. As students will be using their own laptop during IT class, please make sure that the laptops students bring meet the specifications below. Students are responsible for keeping their laptop in their own locker when it is not being used in class.
|Processor||Minimum of 2GHz|
|Memory||Minimum of 2GB|
|Hard Drive||Minimum of 128GB|
|Display size||Minimum of 13 inches (15 inches or larger preferred)|
|Software||Office 2010 (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required)|