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Our Short History


A warm welcome to TISA! We are here to help you immerse yourself into the community as smoothly as possible. Our school is small but we have a lot to offer - Sports, Arts, Speech & Debate, Student Council, Music, Drama, and Service-as-Action. We love to participate in multiple activities, and we support each throughout it all! Whatever your interest is, there will be something here for YOU.

We have grown as a community throughout the years. We now house over six hundred students all the way from ELC (Early Learning Centre) through to the Primary School and up to IB Diploma level. TISA campus is made up of six main buildings:

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TISA is in the heart of Stonepay, a residential community in Yeni Yasamal, Baku. Alot of students live close by, so you will always be able to find something to do with your classmates after school.

Administration Offices


These are by the entrance to the school. Here you will find our Director, Chris Andre. You can get your school entrance pass from our lovely administrators.

ELC and Primary



Students start at TISA from P1, where they are introduced to PYP programme education in a purpose-built area for P1 and P2 students. Here, there are big open working areas where the students engage in inquiry. They have a fantastic open space outside with garden, mud kitchen, sand pits and climbing apparatus. P3-P8 students classrooms are in TISA 1 and TISA 2. There are more than four hundred and fifty students in the Primary School.

Go to ELC!Go to Primary!


Secondary School


TISA 3, 4 and 5 are the main hubs for middle and high school. You can find the SRA (Secondary Recreation Area) in the middle of TISA 3 corridor. This is an area of the school where students relax in a cosy environment with sofas, beanbags and tables. It is an area to talk with your friends during break times, and socialise after school. This is not a carpeted area, so feel free to enjoy your food and drink!

TISA 3 is the corridor where the I&S (Humanities), Foreign Languages, Maths, Design and Arts Subjects are based. Science Labs, Library and the IT department are in TISA 4. Just outside of the building, you will find the chalets - where most of our English classes take place.

Go to Secondary!

TISA 5 is the school’s gymnasium, where both of our two gyms are located:

  • The Main Gym: this is where the Secondary students take PHE classes and where most of our indoor sports finals take place.
  • The Multipurpose Hall (MPH): this space neighbors the Main Hall and is the PE center for Primary School students. MPH is where the round-robin indoor group games are played. We have a dance studio, the teacher’s offices and a Wellness centre on the second floor. Just outside TISA 5 is our new 4G-multipurpose pitch, which was opened in November 2017.



Our Student Council


At TISA we have a strong Student Council Committee in both Primary and Secondary Schools. This year, our presidents are Steffen (DP1) and Amelia (P8), but every year we elect a new one - so feel free to join the fray!

The Student Council organises events and social gatherings for students. They always begin the new academic year organising 'Buddies' to help you - and a get-together at the end of the first week. The SC supports the PTA with charity fundraising throughout.

They meet every Wednesday - and there is a class representative for each class. You are nominated by your classmates and then voted by your peers. At the end of the year there are big elections (with celebrations!) for the new president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, senior activities coordinator and junior activities coordinator.

Clubs


Our activities director is Mr. Maytham. We sign-up for one (or more!) activities in each semester. You can choose from a selection of sport, musicals, drama performances, visual arts, Speech & Debate and many more. Everyone gets involved in at least one, however being a small school there are numerous students who sign up for more.

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Sports


TISA is a part of two organisations called the SRAA (Silk Road Activities Association) and CEESA (Central and Eastern European Schools Association). SRAA is our local regional tournament, during which TISA invites other schools in Baku, Georgia and Turkmenistan to participate.

CEESA is a broader umbrella for 20+ international schools in Europe - from cities such as Vienna, Prague, Helsinki and Moscow.Over the past two years our sports teams - TISA TITANS - have travelled to eight of these CEESA cities to play four different sports: Volleyball, Basketball, Football and Swimming.


The TISA Secondary School has three sports seasons, the first encompassing Volleyball and Football spanning from late August to November. Our second season is both Swimming and basketball which and lasts until March or April. The Final season is Track & Field; this season is our shortest with only one to two months to complete and culminates with a competition that is organised by a sister SRAA school in Baku - at a local stadium which brings schools from Tbilisi and Ashgabat.

Almost half of all secondary school students take part in at least one Athletics season. The Sports Journalism team at TISA gives a continuous insight within all TISA TITANS teams, as well as affiliated Swimming, Skiing and Rugby seasons ran by TISA students and parents. Across all three seasons, we provide analysis, previews, videos and much more to encapsulate the TITANS participation on local and international stages. The organisation is still relatively new we have six active journalists who work alongside the TITANS to engage, empower and inspire current and prospective athletes at our school.

Go to Athletics!

Music


The two mainstays of TISA’s Secondary School Music scene are the Battle of the Bands' and TISASTOCK . The Primary School’s main annual singing and performance show is called the “Winter Concert”.

“Battle of the Bands” involves students forming bands, duos or even solo compositions and battle it out in front of judges, teachers and students. TISASTOCK is a huge musical event that spans two days. Auditions are open for all students from M1 to DP2. The Winter Concert involves students from primary School singing in a choir or individually to perform winter festivity songs from different cultures and in different languages.

Finally, TISA has an excellent Music Academy that offers music lessons from singing, cello, saxophone to piano. Twice a year we hold Recital Evenings where students perform with their chosen instrument. Even if you are not a performer, these events are all worth attending to see your peers up on the stage and performing. If you are a budding music technician there is always a need for support with lighting and backstage in all of the events mentioned.

Students are taught how to use lighting boards, sound systems and livestreams for the major performances.


Drama


Every year our drama teachers organise at least one major production for the school. Last year, a high school (M4 – DP2) play called “The Ash Girl” was a dark adaption of the famous tale of Cinderella. The performances are usually held at the Rashid Behbudov theatre in the heart of Baku’s arts scene.

Drama is an excellent way to meet other students across the school and get involved no matter how big or small your part may be. If you are not a 'Thespian' in the making then the Drama groups always needs backstage, makeup, photography and lighting support.

Lara in DP1 is the president of the club and always welcomes new members.

The International Thespian Society is an honorary organization created to award students in their achievements in the Theatre Arts. This is a student-run club for students with an interest in any aspect of Theatre. This can be Acting, Production, Directing, Business or Writing. We have meetings during the lunch times, and we discuss our future actions and involvements for our school community. This is normally helping theatre productions through makeup, hair, lighting and sound, and fundraising during the events. Thespian does not have to be directly involved with theatre per say. We are also try to aid our community in every way possible. We as Thespians want to expand our skills to all of the factors that build the definition of theatre. We can only learn through trying, and that is what we are pushing to do at this club.

Speech & Debate, and Sports Journalism


Almost half of all secondary school students take part in at least one Athletics season. The Sports Journalism team at TISA gives a continuous insight within all TISA TITANS teams, as well as affiliated Swimming, Skiing and Rugby seasons ran by TISA students and parents. Across all three seasons, we provide analysis, previews, videos and much more to encapsulate the TITANS participation on local and international stages. The organisation is still relatively new we have six active journalists who work alongside the TITANS to engage, empower and inspire current and prospective athletes at our school.


The doors are always open to students willing to learn, improve and strive! For the past three years, both the high school and middle school teams embark on trips to CEESA tournaments in exciting places such as St. Petersburg or Prague. We highly encourage participating, as the skills learnt in the club are valuable and will always help further in life. So eager debaters, public speakers, actors and anyone who wants to join, we look forward to seeing you in our club!

Groups by TISA Community


We have a lot of activities run by parents and other community members after school hours or during the weekends. These include, Brownies, Guides, Scouts, Saturday Football, Rugby, Swimming (as part of TISA’s Baku Sharks Club), Ultimate Frisbee and many more.

Go to Co-Curriculars!

Life In Baku, Azerbaijan


Arriving in a new country is always a challenge - settling into a new and unfamiliar house, new school, finding friends and then discovering the new place where you live. Baku is a great city to live in. It is very safe and there is a great deal to see and do. See the video for places we love to go to!



Getting into town from Stonepay does take longer than if you live downtown. Most students travel with family drivers, or take taxi's, buses or Metro from Yeni Yasamal, a short walk through the side gate of Stonepay through the houses onto the main road. The buses and underground are very cheap and safe!

There are lots of great fast food chain restaurants, local döner (local meat and veg sandwiches), boutique shops and coffee shops that we all frequent regularly.

The International School of Azerbaijan

AZ1070 | Yeni Yasamal | Royal Park | Baku Azerbaijan  
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