FAQ

Enrollment

Does my child need to have a diagnosed learning issue to be eligible to enroll at TIPS?
No. TIPS is accepting of all types of learners. Our varying programs and individual support provide different levels of service to our students. For many of our families, the most attractive feature of our school is the small class size and family atmosphere.
Is there a tuition discount for multiple siblings attending your school?
We offer 10% discounted tuition for two or more children.
Do you accept students in the middle of your academic year?
Yes, TIPS accept students anytime as long as there is a space in class.
Do we have to pay for everything at once, or can we make monthly payments?
Invoices will be sent out approximately one month prior to the payment remittance dates. Payment for tuition, fees, and services can be arranged in two to four installments per year. Please discuss other possible arrangements of payments when meeting with the Joint Head of School. See the annual service agreement for full details about tuition fees and registration.

School and Curriculum

What is the typical length of stay for TIPS families?
We service many families that are connected to the diplomatic and business community. A typical length of stay for families in such circumstance is between 2 and 3 years. Most of our students are with us for 3 years, but some of our graduates have been continuously enrolled for up to 6 years.
How many students are there per class?
Academic classes are capped at 10 students per class, but they often average about 6 per class. Small class sizes enables our teachers to give quality, individual attention to each student. For students, this means greater understanding, confidence and accountability.
Do students attend school full time?
Most of our students attend school full time and undertake a full academic program. However, the school also provides flexible learning options.
Is the school program accredited?
Yes. TIPS is affiliated with University of Nebraska High School (UNHS), which is an institution fully accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).
Do TIPS students get into college or university? If so, which ones?
Yes, TIPS has a remarkable track record of students gaining admission into Colleges and Universities worldwide. Our graduates have been accepted into the following universities: Click for more details.
Will my child receive an accredited high school diploma when he/she graduates?
Yes, students will receive a accredited High School diploma. UNHS is fully accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education and UCA CASI. Colleges and universities around the world accept University of Nebraska-Lincoln High School transcripts.
Does TIPS offer college courses?
For those students who carry a 3.0 GPA or higher and display the maturity and dedication to take college level courses, they are eligible through invitation to dually enroll in either Lakeland College Japan or Temple University Japan. Students are able to take 1-2 courses at the institutions per semester and earn both high school and college credits. Earning direct college credit benefits students in being able to sit in classes with college students and professors and show potential universities their ability to handle a college environment.
Do you have school uniforms?
No. We do not have school uniform as we emphasize personal identity. However we have dress code for schooling in order to maintain discipline in school environment. Students who undertake Physical Education class are required to wear school PE T-shirts.
Do you have lunch service?
Our ACE (Action Committee / Entrepreneurship) class is organizing Lunch Service everyday . Also students are able to get some lunch from the various shops and convenience stores nearby during the lunch time.
How do you communicate with parents?
At TIPS, we believe that Parent-Teacher partnership is essential for children’s successful growth. We highly value parent and teacher communication, which enables teachers and parents to have a better understanding on the student.

Every year we have Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews.

To check your child’s progress, assignment, schedule in classes, we use an online grade book which daily updated by subject teachers. You can easily communicate with teachers through this system.

Character

What is the international character of TIPS?
Of our 40 students, over 15 different nationalities are represented. Present students come to us from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. Our staff members are from Ireland, Canada, Philipines, Japan, the USA and England.

Teaching Staff

Are your teachers required to have certification in Special Education?
Our teachers are generally certified through their local professional organizations. TIPS is aligned with the National Association of Special Education Teachers, and our teachers are compelled, as part of the school's Professional Development initiative, to complete on-going coursework. Teachers also add to their professional repertoire in response to individual learning needs of students that are registered to their classes.
How long is the typical term of employment for teachers at TIPS?
For an international setting our staff continues to be very consistent. Half of our staff, although born abroad, speak Japanese and have committed to a future in Japan. The average length of service amongst our present staff is 6 years and our longest serving member of staff has been teaching here at TIPS for 8 years. The current Joint Head of School has been here since 2012.

Culture

Does the school provide opportunities for international students to experience Japan's language, culture, history and geography?
Each year teachers organize overnight trips to different locations in Japan. Students spend 4 days exploring varying locations in Japan. Also, our annual February ski trip affords another opportunity for students to experience the beauty of Japan. As part of our course of studies we offer a Japanese course that has both a Language and Cultural component. The Cultural component of the course work focuses on bringing local resources into the school and taking the students on a variety of excursions.

Transportation

Does the school offer any bussing services?
Depending upon the family's proximity to the school, we do offer bussing services at cost. The bus goes to Minato-ku, Meguro-ku, Shibuya-ku and Setagaya-ku. The bussing route depends on the locations of the families that require the service. Presently there are 12 students bussed to the school daily.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Do you offer your students an opportunity to participate in an extracurricular athletics program?
We schedule competitions with the British School in Tokyo, Columbia International School, the Canadian School in Japan, KIST and KAIS. The emphasis of our extracurricular program is participation. The sports areas we compete in are basketball, volleyball, badminton, and futsal.

Students also compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments.