About Our School

Head of School Message

Dear students and parents,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Capital Tokyo International School (CTIS). I invite you to explore our platform and discover the many opportunities waiting for you within our community.

At CTIS, we strive to provide opportunities that allow our students to grow, discover their own interests, develop new skills, and take on new responsibilities, while we support them in the pursuit of academic, social, and personal success. We strive for academic excellence and we are committed to providing a learning environment that fosters curiosity and enhances critical thinking skills. We want our students to be bold and creative, embracing new ideas and approaches, to become responsible citizens of this 21st century.

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing the best possible education for every child in our care. Our teachers are committed to innovation, research, and best practices in teaching and learning and are here to help our students achieve their full potential.

Capital Tokyo International School is working towards authorization of the Primary Years Programme*. We are excited about this new journey that we are embarking on to continue to grow as a school.

CTIS takes our duty of care very seriously, and we always strive to ensure that your children feel safe, supported, and inspired every day.

I encourage you to embrace the opportunities that lie ahead, here at Capital Tokyo International School. Let us work together to create a school environment that is inclusive, dynamic and that fosters creativity. Let us continue to build a strong sense of community among students, staff, parents, and the wider community.


Gustav Helman
Head of School
Gustav Helman

Gustav Helman / Head of School

IB MYP Coordinator / IB DP Coordinator / IB CAS Coordinator / IB Workshop Leader / IB Examiner

Gustav Helman has been teaching in international schools for the past 31 years, in Zambia, USA, Argentina, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Brazil, and Japan. He comes to CTIS with a vast experience in the four IB Programmes, as a teacher, department coordinator, head of faculty, DP and MYP Coordinator, and Principal. He is also a DP Examiner, DP Workshop Leader, and Online Facilitator for MYP and PYP. He has also worked towards the IBDP authorization and review processes, as well as WASC, CIS, and NEASC accreditation. He is a “Third Culture Kid” (he is of mixed parentage, Polish and German), and grew up moving countries and continents due to his dad’s job. After obtaining a degree in education, he pursued post-graduate studies in Curriculum Development and Comparative Linguistics at Yokohama National University. He is currently finishing his MBA at the University of Cumbria. During his free time, he enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and trying “all-things-technology”.
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