Founded in 1975, The International Preparatory School (TIPS) is a unique and personal international school located on beautiful grounds in the foothills of the Andes in Santiago, Chile. We have been serving the International Community in Chile for forty-three years with a student body containing over twenty different nationalities. As a Cambridge International School, we offer and individualized education in English.
The International Preparatory School has a system of Houses for our students to those used in many British schools. Our four houses are: St. Andrew, St. David, St. George and St. Patrick.
The house system is intended to promote greater integration among students of all ages and cultural backgrounds, to develop the dynamics of school spirit and to encourage co-operation and team work. It is also intended to develop qualities of leadership, especially among older students, who organize many activities for their houses.
Each house is made up of students from different classes, from Pre-Kinder to Senior School, with a Captain and a Secretary from the upper grades. As students participate in sports, cultural, social and educational activities, they earn points for their houses.
Events have included Roald Dahl Day, Crazy Hat Day Famous Person Day, and Backwards Clothes Day.
The School Year
The school year runs from March to mid-December and is divided into two semesters. An optional summer programme is available in January. There are no classes in February. There are three weeks of winter vacation in July and one week in September for the Chilean National Holidays
There are two progress reports during the year, one at the end of each semester. Parent-teacher meetings are scheduled twice a year and either parent or teacher may ask for special meetings if they feel it necessary.
Although there is no regular school uniform, a Physical Education uniform is obligatory.
The school day begins at 9:00 and ends at 14:15 for Playgroup, Foundation and Reception students. Year 1 students leave school at 15:40 and those in Year 2-13 at 16:25. There are one hour sessions of extracurricular activities in the afternoons from 15:35 to 17:30.
Parking is available in front of the school. Please ensure you lock your vehicle when it is unattended. The school will not be held liable for damage, theft or other incidents involving vehicles outside of the school.
The security of your children is a major concern for us at The International Preparatory School. Further information regarding our safety and security procedures can be found in our school handbook.
The TIPS Charity Club is a group of students, with teacher support from key stage 3, 4 & 5 who joined to help the wider community. Our Charity Club organises activities to generate donations for a wide variety of purposes: supporting homeless animals, building rooves and collaborating with organizations in different parts of Chile. The Charity Club’s goal is to help the people and animals who are in need. It also gives every member and non-member an opportunity to volunteer in charitable acts which assists them to appreciate different perspectives and realities.
Job Opportunities – 2018 School Year
As an international school, we are always looking for native English speakers to join our team of teachers. We are happy to receive CVs at different points during the year, but as the school year runs from March to December, we expect to be interviewing during November and December for teachers to join us at the end of February.
Our teachers need to work as a team, be willing to get involved in different aspects of school life including special events and extra-curricular activities. As we provide a personalised education to our students it is very important that teachers are able to support their students in a pastoral role.
To apply please send your CV with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form on this page. 2018 School Year. We currently have teaching positions to fill for the 2019 school year starting in March.