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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 .


Big Brother Big Sister

One activity to help develop the social skills of all our students is our Big Brother Big Sister program, where students from the higher levels participate in activities with a paired student in the lower grades.


House Activities

The International Preparatory School has a system of “Houses” based on that 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 inter-house activities. 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 Vice-Captain from the upper grades. As students participate in sports, cultural, social and educational activities, they earn points for their houses.

Events might include Roald Dahl Day, Crazy Hat Day Famous Person Day, and Backwards Clothes Day.


Job Opportunities – 2017 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 for teachers to join us at the end of February.

Our teachers need to work as a team, being willing to get involved in different aspects of school life including special events and cross curricular activities. As we provide a personalised education to our students it is very important that teachers are able to support their class in a pastoral role when necessary.

To apply please send your CV with a covering letter to or use the form on this page. 2017 School Year. We currently have teaching positions to fill for the 2017 school year starting in March.


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

Progress Reports

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.

TIPS Monthly Magazine for parents and students.  See what is happening in TIPS.

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School Hours

The school day begins at 9:00 am and ends at 2:15 for Playgroup and Foundation students. Year 1-6 students leave school at 3:25 pm and those in Year 7-13 at 4:20 pm. There are extracurricular activities in the afternoons from 3:35 pm to 5:00 pm.


Parking is available out in front of the school.  Please ensure you lock your vehicle when entering the school.  The school will not be held liable for damage, theft or other incidents of vehicles outside of the school.

School Security

The International Preparatory School takes security very serious.  Please read handbook for more information. YOU WILL NEED TO ADD FURTHER INFORMATION HERE.


Parents and Students can access their school account from here.  Here you can get grade and other vital information securely via the internet.

Dear Parents and Families,

Thank you so much for participating from our Annual Dressed for Change Fashion Show. The kids had so much fun wearing those great outfits! We really appreciate your participation and help.

Thanks to you, the Charity Club could raise over CLP$270.000 which will allow us to keep working on different projects.

Have a great day!

TIPS Charity Club

The year 9 class attended a photography exhibition by two photographers, Jorge Brantmayer with “Muchedumbre: geografía de la piel” and Marcelo Montecino’s “Caballero solo”, at Corpartes.

Both of the artists’ work was inspiring, and transmitted so many emotions. The photographs showed life experiences, all reflected in people’s faces, together with a series of pictures that could make you feel like you were part of them, letting you know what you were looking at by making comparisons between snapshots.

The field trip was concluded by a couple of activities to analyze what had been previously seen and make the whole experience more educational towards next art lessons in which we will be able to apply what we have learned.

To sum up the school outing, we could definitely say that it was both useful and fulfilling, and has been enjoyed by the pupils.


To celebrate completing their exams, students in Y11, 12, and 13 spent 5 days and 4 nights in San Pedro de Atacama. An ardurous but invigorating experience was had by all. From sandboarding down the dunes in the Valley of Death, to scaling summits in the Moon Valley, the students experienced nature as only Chile can provide. We awoke early to see the geysers throwing hot water out into the cold, a stench of sulfur pervading our senses. We stayed up late to see the clearest night imaginable; seeing stars, planets, and galaxies glimmer in the dark sky. The students visited the ALMA observatory, the top radioastronomy telescope in the world, and saw the scientists and engineers hard at work. Finally, they explored the area on horseback, visiting ruins around the town.