There are 5 administrators and 94 teachers from 18 different countries; 74% of the faculty comes from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.
The student body is composed of more than 50 different nationalities.
TISA is an IB World School and is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). It is scheduled for a joint IB/CIS programme review and accreditation visit in the spring of 2018.
TISA occupies a 5.9 hectare site on the outskirts of Baku, about 20 minutes from downtown Baku. The purpose-built facility is located in a residential community where many TISA families live. The Primary School classrooms and specialist areas are located in TISA 1 and 2 and in the Early Learning Centre (ELC). The Nursery for 2 year olds is located next to the main campus. Secondary School classrooms are in TISA 3 and 4 and a four-classroom annex, affectionately known as the ‘chalets’. Specialist rooms include science labs, libraries, art rooms, music and drama areas, a Design Technology Studio and resource areas. The lunch hall is also our assembly and main performance space. Outdoor facilities include play areas for all ages, a grass sports field and a basketball court. TISA 5 is an indoor sporting facility, which includes two full gymnasiums, a fitness room, climbing wall, dance studio and state of the art equipment.
The TISA Board of Governors has eight members: the Board Chairman is appointed by BP Regional President, and BP appoints at least two additional members. One is nominated by the US Embassy as well as one from the broader local business community as agreed by the Board. Two ex-officio members are elected to represent staff and parents, and the Director. Board members have considerable experience in a broad range of professional fields. The Board of Governors is responsible for protecting and ensuring the continued existence and future of the school. It sets the school’s strategy and establishes basic policies and major programmes. The Board delegates certain of its executive powers and duties to the Director to manage the school according to the Board’s policies. The relationship between the Board and the Director may be characterised as the split between strategy / policy and operations / administration. The Board limits itself to setting out the strategic direction of the school and to broad considerations of policy; the Director operates the school to implement the strategy and these policies. However, the Board of Governors retains the ultimate responsibility for the long-term viability and success of the school. The Board of Governors has clearly formulated policies set out in its comprehensive Board Policy Manual, a copy of which is available for consultation from the Director's Office. The Board meets monthly during term time, minutes are published to the community.
The ongoing linkage between TISA and AIOC is maintained through the Board of Governors, whose Chair reports to the President of AIOC.
The International School of Azerbaijan (TISA) opened in September of 1996 to serve the needs of the growing business and diplomatic community in Baku. The school is operated by the first oil consortium to begin operations in Azerbaijan after the country’s independence in 1992, the Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC). During the first two years of operations, the European Council of International Schools managed the School under contract with AIOC, and the school was located in the AIOC guesthouse on Nigar Rafaballi Street in the city.
From September of 1998 the School began operating as a department within AIOC, and later within BP-Amoco (now BP) when it became the single operator in June 1999. AIOC initiated the construction of a purpose-built structure designed for 200 students in the Stonepay development on the edge of the city in the Yeni Yasamal district. The school moved to the new site in January 1999.
Between 1999 and 2001, TISA went through an intense period of curriculum development and gained authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) for each of the three International Baccalaureate Programs: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), The Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). In 2003, TISA was accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).
In November of 2000, the introduction of an IB Diploma programme and increase in numbers in the school caused the school to undertake a second stage of primary construction funded by BP, Statoil and others. TISA 2 was completed in November 2001 and added classrooms, laboratories and a dining/assembly hall, sufficient for a school of over 350 students. Growth has continued and TISA 3 was built in 2003 and extended in 2006.