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The International School

Private | PK-5 | 485 students

True language immersion and International Baccalaureate.
 
 

 
 

Living in Portland

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $281,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $940.

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted April 16, 2014

I have two kids at TIS, in the Fifth and Third Grade Mandarin track. My 5th grader started here at age 3 and can now converse and write confidently in Mandarin. She just spent a week at school in Beijing for her Capstone Trip, and loved the experience! We value the International Baccalaureat enquiry-based learning and the confidence it has given our kids. We love the English, Music, Art and PE classes and the variety of activities the students are offered both inside and outside the classroom. In 9 years we have seen a lot of changes at the school and it has ambitious plans for the future - given the strength and commitment of the TIS community I'm sure they will be realized!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

Our two boys attend the school in the Spanish track. One is in second grade and the other is in low-K (preschool, just before kindergarten). The language immersion is amazing and I am continually impressed with how well our second grader is learning Spanish. There is a strong emphasis on the basics, and the music, art and English instructors are fantastic as well. The teachers really challenge the students- there is more homework and it is a longer school day than I think most schools. The environment is intense, but caring, and the teachers really get to know my boys. The parking is definitely a challenge ,but everyone has a sense of humor about it and the staff really try to make it work. My second grader has found it very challenging and sometimes is tired, the day is long, he is tired of speaking in Spanish , but he will always say that he is excited to stay and that he would like to go to an IB school and continue to learn Spanish when he goes on to middle school. Also, the school really challenges the kids to speak and perform in front of other students and the school and they really learn to present to a group.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2013

The academics are great- but parking is so bad and worse each year. The high majority of parking spots go to teachers or to parents that can pay 5k+ at the auction to get a designated spot. It's takes me about 20 minutes for drop off and another 20 at pick up; but then again the academics are amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2013

A school with strong academics but the best part for me is that your child ends up bilingual. It is an amazing thing to listen to the children wander the halls chattering in a variety of languages. Child came in Kindergarten not reading in English, and is now reading above grade level in English and Spanish. It is pretty impressive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2013

The International School has already exceeded our expectations and we have only been in school a few short months! Our daughter was not doing well in her neighborhood school and was asked to repeat Kindergarten. We took the opportunity to give her a completely different chance at feeling successful and it has paid off. She is interested in learning and enjoys going to school everyday. We cannot be more happy with TIS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

The International School is committed to developing students who are not just fluent in another language but are citizens of the world, committed to learning and being apart of their environment and other cultures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

Our school is fantastic! The teachers, staff and curriculum are all top notch. After just a few months my 3 1/2 year old is speaking a lot of Spanish and understanding even more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

My daughter attends the Japanese track kindergarten. As a first year parent I was concerned about the challenges associated with having a child in a foreign language education program. Now I can't imagine it any other way. I'm able to help with her homework, her teacher and the staff are readily accessible and the environment is great. My daughter enjoys going to school, talks about her art programs, gym class and has even begun teaching me Japanese words. I have recommended TIS to colleagues and friends who have pre-k children. It is a fantastic environment and a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

As a staff member at the school who has worked in various other educational settings, I am amazed everyday by the curriculum and instruction that occurs here! The curriculum is challenging and engaging. The students have the freedom to explore, grow and learn with curricular topics, empowering teachers and engaged peers. The teachers go above and beyond to ensure students reach mastery. Administration are friendly and approachable and the head of school is guiding TIS to be the best school it can. I am so thankful to work in a place where kids are valued as independent thinkers and not robots. It's great to see their language and learning grow with them as they continue to meet their goals and become a contributing member of the community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 28, 2013

The International School in Portland, Oregon teaches students the love of learning. When approaching a subject, the kids are encouraged to simultaneously think independently and gather input and ideas from others, voice their ideas and consider others' perspectives, give something a try and embrace constructive feedback. By doing so, they become global citizens proud of their own accomplishments as well as the successes of those around them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

Our daughter is a kindergartener in the Chinese program, and it is astounding how far her language skills have progressed in just a few short weeks thanks to a small class size, a highly experienced teacher and a teaching methodology that encourages inquiry and independent thinking. We also appreciate TIS s focus on art and music, as well as library and PE. Aside from the parking and traffic situation (yikes!) we have been very happy with the school, its instructors, the quality of the staff and the communication with parents. More important, our daughter is very comfortable at TIS and is excited to go to school every morning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2013

Both of our girls go to TIS and absolutely love it. It isn't just language immersion; it's a warm and supportive environment for children, with challenging academics. I can't imagine our kids going anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2011

We are the parents of 2 TIS students. We thought that the exceptional thing about this school was the language immersion; that is a wonderfully strong element to be sure. However, the real strength in our view is the environment that exists here that is oriented towards instilling in a life long love of learning. If you want a place where your child will be educated and not just a place to drop your kid off, this is the place. All of the staff and especially the teachers are amazing. I've never heard a parent of a public school kid say that the teacher loves their kid. AT TIS, it's clear that they do every single day. The administration runs the school with honesty and positivity. The parents are involved and enthused and it truly is that "Village" that everyone dreams about, but never quite finds. In our view, you could not give your child a better gift than joining this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2011

My daughter is finishing up her first year in the Chinese track at TIS and she has absolutely thrived. She has learned a ton - not just in Chinese vocabulary but in math skills, problem solving skills, social development, I could go on! I love the IB primary years program that TIS uses - it really gets the kids invested and engaged in an organic learning process. Her teacher is nurturing, communicative, available, and comes up with creative ideas for the class. I have nothing but positive comments when it comes to TIS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2011

Our experiences have been positive here in so many expected and unexpected ways. We are confident that this school is truly a gem. The school is EXCEPTIONALLY well run - great vision, compassion, flexibility and commitment to cultural, social and academic values. I can't imagine finding a more enriching community anywhere in Portland or any other city for that matter. The classrooms are very well organized and meticulously supervised. The instructional materials are engaging, diverse, complex and entertaining (it is absolutely FUN to be there) and the staff do a great job of combining song, dance, hands-on materials, traditional instructional methods, performance, field trips, and lots of community involvement and engagement of students in question asking and self-exploration. Our child has been so enriched by her experience and the compassion and skill with which her needs were identified and actively met in her small class was just amazing. Our teacher shares weekly newsletters, DAILY photo albums, fast response to emails, and ready availability for ad-hoc conversation before and after school. It is amazing how she is able to manage this all so skillfully.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2011

My daughter joined TIS last year in 1st grade. The teachers, including the English, Art, PE, and Music, are dedicated, enthusiastic, and intelligent. The TIS International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program is proving to be an exceptional educational experience. The depth of learning is quite amazing and it is great to see all of the classes work together to teach and guide students. Financially this is a stretch at times, but it's the best investment we've made. My daughter is very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2011

My son is 3 and absolutely loves his new school. The transition couldn't have been easier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

Language rich, dynamic teachers, global-minded and future-driven. Very welcoming to new families. Love the cross-cultural opportunities with Chines, Japanese, and Spanish tracks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2011

An excellent school. The Head of School was an inspired choice. He has reinvigorated TIS, as has its status as an IB school. The academic philosophy and curriculum are fantastic. This is my daughter's third year in the Chinese track, and she loves it. The teachers are incredibly warm and nurturing; they are always down on the child's level, greeting them with open arms from the moment they enter the classroom. They inspire them to ask their own questions and then figure out the answers themselves. It's incredible to watch--the children are thinkers, they're engaged, they're creative, they're having fun, being resourceful, learning how to uncover knowledge, and they're being joyful and playful all the while. My daughter is in Kindergarten; earlier this year, I told her I had an email from her teacher that they were going to learn this week about Vincent Van Gogh. She said, "Well, we already learned about Kandinsky!" By the time they're in the fifth grade, they're fluent in their track language, and picking up a third language in after-school programs, if they wish. Fifth-year trip to China, Japan or a Spanish-speaking country. It's incredible. We couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2010

We were initially drawn to TIS by the Spanish immersion and the small class size. Although we appreciate both of those aspects, I am amazed by the quality of the English, Music, Art and PE instruction. We have been very impressed with the International Baccalaureate program and the way in which learning is addressed on multiple levels. We see the Principal and the Head of School every day and it feels like everyone at the school is looking out for all the children. It is a stretch for us financially at times, but I can not think of anything more important to spend our money on.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 65%
Two or more races 25% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 4%
Hispanic 5% 21%
Black 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Hmong
Japanese
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • 5th graders pass proficiency tests in Spanish, Japanese & Chinese (2013)
  • International Spanish Academy (2013)
  • Confucius Classroom designation (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Hmong
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Robert Woods
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (503) 525-0142

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Hmong
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • The International School provides a warm multicultural environment where children are fully immersed in Spanish, Japanese or Chinese language and culture. Children become fluent in another language, at home in other cultures, and engaged in math, science, social studies and the arts. Students learn through the inquiry-based International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$8000 - $14000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Portland Public Schools
Gilkey International Middle School
Northwest Academy
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025 SW Sherman Street
Portland, OR 97201
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Phone: (503) 226-2496

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