K. International School Tokyo (KIST)
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About K. International School Tokyo (KIST)

K. International School Tokyo (KIST) has been the highest-ranking school offering the IB Diploma Programme (DP) in Japan since 2015. KIST graduates have a proven record of success in gaining acceptance to leading universities around the world. K. International School Tokyo (KIST) is a private, coeducational, non-denominational day school serving the international community of Tokyo from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Authorized by the International Baccalaureate as an IB World School, KIST was the first school in Tokyo and the second school in Japan fully authorized to offer the full IB continuum: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). KIST is accredited by the Council of International Schools and is recognized as an educational foundation by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. KIST is authorized by Edexcel to deliver the IGCSE curriculum. English is the language of instruction at all levels.

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7 Reviews of K. International School Tokyo (KIST)

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Overall 3.05
Facilities 2.50
Academics 3.50
Teachers 4.50
Sports 2.00
Music & Arts 2.50
Science & Tech 2.50

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Concerned Parent, 24/02/2022 @ 14:19:54
Relationship   Parent

Music & Arts

Dear Parents, I am one of the first members of the school since it was opened and my daughter was attending the school for two years. The pitch was great...about how the families and small communities are important, and how they want to create a supportive and understanding community, and how they aim to be different to other International Schools, where parents are not heard. I was in heaven hearing that but very soon I realized that they say what you want to hear. In short, they have charged me unlawful interests 5% for 2 days delayed payment (they didn't prorate it) and the agreement didn't specify it - they do what they want to do, but the REAL "friendly and so understanding" treatment I got when I had to sign a contract for a 2nd year. I am a single mom and we were in the middle of lockdown, they have forced me to sign the contract and pay. When I initially refused to sign, because I was uncertain of my situation they told me to withdraw my daughter (the current contract was fully paid). I didn't want to fight and stress over it so I signed, and I thought I will accept the interests and will pay 1 month later but they have removed my daughter from ongoing HBL and from the contract that was PAID because I didn't pay in time (charging me again interests). That was illegal action and the ONLY reason I  didn't take legal action was...my daughter and a lot of different stresses I had at that time. She had friends there, she was happy and I didn't want to destroy it but I will never forget the sleepless nights and stress they served me and humiliation, I felt like they blackmail me knowing my situation and their advantages. I hid my pride and decided to stay for her but what I discovered later after a conversation with some other parents was that is their standard practice, so beware. TThey are rude, they lie, they are 2 faced and they don't have values and working ethic. The quality of education and their help in teaching my daughter language was good at that time, my daughter made great progress but I paid for that more than the monthly fee, I was paying more than 20k per year ) including ECA's and ESL so I couldn't understand their arrogance and lack of appreciation for my support and belief in them, sending my child to the school without any reputation when they were new.But this is just the beginning...it gets even "better". This year unaware of big changes in the school management I have signed up and paid for the next academic year but the sequence of the events changed my decision. I was very concerned about the lack of communication and anonymous e-mails I was getting from the school. Lack of transparency and the way they were trying to conceal certain things made me take up the decision to leave the school as well as many other parents. I just simply didn't want to deal with those people and didn't believe them, I sent the request of withdrawal due to their negligence and contract breach, and fundamental changes I DIDN'T SIGN UP FOR

NKkk, 16/11/2021 @ 23:58:35
Relationship   Parent

Music & Arts

Excellent Academics!! Sports facilities are acceptable level.

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Chinara Nur, 5 months ago

My son absolutely loved his experience at this school attending it with motivation, enthusiasm, a big smile on his face and lots of new learnings in his mind every day. K International School Tokyo is a school that aspires to high standards, and is also a place where the unique qualities of each student is nurtured and developed. School integrates compassion into the teaching standards, emphasizes the importance of values, and builds leaders through each of the classes and activities. The management is also great - attentive and responsive. I highly recommend it! Thank you, K International School for making our 3 years stay in Tokyo even more pleasant.

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Walter Ichikawa-Doyle, a year ago

My son joined K. International in Junior High School after returning from 4 years in Canada. Since the curriculum at KIST is all IB, it is very academic oriented, which I feel was a positive change for my son. Yet the school still offers a variety of clubs and sports team to help develop well rounded students. KIST is excellent at communicating with parents/guardians, keeping you well informed as to what is taking place at the school and provides a supportive environment for all. The parents’ organization is also very welcoming and supportive of both the school program and the students school life. During the 2019/20 school year, we experienced a worldwide pandemic which forced KIST to close its doors and turn to online schooling. The handling of this situation, the communication provided and the swift adjustment to a very rigorous and thorough online schedule, was particularly impressive. I have no hesitation to recommend KIST to anyone looking for an international education for your child in Tokyo.

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Mark Sanchez Cowe, 2 months ago

Honestly it wasn’t that bad back in the day when the campus was in Higashi-Suna, it had a pool and everything. As they moved to their current campus the school started to value itself as a business to make money rather than educate and care about its students. One of the most recent examples is that they have increased school fees and asks parents to pay more so that they’re able to afford to build a new school building. The demolition of their current building was supposed to start last summer “no matter what” as per the admin team. However nothings been done. Therefore, you’re being scammed. In addition to that just look at the other reviews, the one star rated ones have like 50+ likes and the higher ratings have almost no likes, tells you the real story.

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Mcallum Zac, a week ago

Hi. This is a response to your response. I appreciate your response, I am doing perfectly fine at the University of Sydney. I would like to suggest you to take a more in-depth look into why KIST is not the best fit for all students and families. I think a school should be a safe place for all students, to promote inclusivity and diversity. It is hard to believe that KIST has a diverse environment(as they claim) when they only allow students and families that align with their specific values and academic goals. Best of Wishes, Zac

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Grade 11 2018, 2 weeks ago

A school with terrible administration and corrupt mindset. They only think about grades, does not care about kid's welfare. Bad Wifi.

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