Tashkent International School (TIS), an International Baccalaureate (IB) World school, is a not-for-profit, independent, co-educational day school governed by a board of directors elected from the parent community. Established in 1994, TIS serves the needs of an expanding international population, including children of expatriate business people and children from the diplomatic community.
TIS is housed in a recently-remodeled facility on a 13-acre wooded campus with beautifully landscaped grounds. It is located only 10 minutes from the city center in a quiet, residential community. The school is a fully-enclosed campus with full-time security.
The campus offers large, landscaped and wooded recreation areas with park benches, basketball courts, a soccer field, a pond and gardens. There is also a separate playground for kindergarten and preschool students. In August 2014 the new Arts & Design Building was opened for student use, and in August 2015 the new Elementary Building was unveiled, offering new space for the school’s growing elementary population.
The main building and elementary building are handicapped accessible and feature large, climate-controlled classrooms. The main building also houses two spacious libraries, an auditorium, a theatre, four computer labs, and three science labs, all with wireless Internet access.
The Tashkent International Medical Clinic is also house on the campus with a separate entrance.
In the 2015-2016 school year, TIS has 62 full-time teachers, 11 part-time teachers and 17 teaching assistants. Twenty-five teachers are U.S. citizens, 34 teachers and teaching assistants are host-country nationals, and 34 teachers originate from 12 other countries.
At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, enrollment at TIS was 488 (preschool through grade 12), including 47 U.S. citizens, 112 host-country nationals, and 321 third-country nationals. The class of 2015 consisted of a record number 42 seniors; only three were native-English speakers. The class of 2016 has 29 seniors.
TIS offers a high school scholarship program to academically talented local students who meet scholastic criteria and demonstrate financial need. Each spring, TIS receives up to 100 applicants competing for up to six full scholarships and up to six half scholarships. Past TIS scholarship students have been accepted into top universities in the United States, Canada and Europe. All of these students have received significant financial aid packages.
Tashkent International School offers the full IB curriculum – the Primary Years Porgramme (PYP) to students in preschool through grade 5; the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for grades 6 through 10: and the Diploma Programme (DP) for grades 11 and 12. Small class sizes take advantage of the diverse educational background of the students. Instruction is in English and courses include English, mathematics, science, humanities, physical education, art, technology and fine arts. English as a second language is available from grades 2 to 9. Russian is offered as a foreign language and at mother-tongue level. Other languages include Uzbek, French and Korean. There is a comprehensive after-school activities program that includes IB CAS (Creativity, Action, Service), Model United Nations, student council, SAT/ACT and college preparation, student newspaper, music training, art, chess club, and sports such as track and field, basketball, soccer, volleyball and badminton.