Two new programs were started this April at TIS. The first program is a special Spring Entry Program open to students graduating from Japanese kindergarten in March. This program gives students a chance to enter in April instead of having to wait for the beginning of the school year in September. These students will not actually be first graders until September, but will have an opportunity to begin studying on a full-time basis in preparation for their entry into first grade in September.
The second program is an English as a Second Language Program designed to help students who are deficient in English to gain sufficient English to then be fully integrated into the mainstream classroom setting. The program concentrates on oral language, reading and writing skills. Students are mainstreamed for subjects such as math, science, art, music, physical education and other activity-oriented subjects.
Both of these programs were started as a result of needs expressed to TIS from members of the international community in Tsukuba. One of the goals TIS strives to maintain is to be open to the needs of the international community and to effectively meet those needs in the most economical way possible.
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