The current situation for international schools in Japan

In Japan the number of international schools is growing year by year. Classes are conducted in English and the environment this creates, in which students can easily develop their English language skills and absorb an international outlook, is a major draw for both expats and globally-minded Japanese families.

However, the secret of international schools’ success is not simply that they develop students’ English skills, but also that they incorporate distinctive educational methods and philosophies into their teaching, including...

A Montessori education

Montessori emphasizes “spontaneity” and “self-educational power”, allowing children to learn by freely choosing their own activities and repeating them until they are satisfied.

A multi-age education

Each classroom has a three-year age-grade range of students (ages 3-5, 6-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18), and an abundance of resources for active and interactive learning.

The Reggio Emilia approach

This innovative approach respects children’s individuality, allowing them to learn through their experiences. It also places importance on creating an environment of direct contact with other people and on group work to encourage cooperation.

“A child’s spontaneity and wonder are things to treasure for as long as they last;

for the greatest minds, they last a lifetime”

MEES International School

MEES International School

Taking the Montessori Method and the Reggio Emilia Approach as its starting points, MEES is continually developing its curriculum, putting the needs of the child at the center. The world is changing rapidly. With new technology being developed every day, it is necessary to prepare our children for the challenges ahead. The world 20 years from now will demand different skills than it does now. At MEES International School, children are encouraged to think independently in a creative, lively and flexible environment filled with music, art and technology. At MEES children can be children!

3-23-6-2F Sendagi Bunkyo-ku Tokyo

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New International School

New International School

At New International School of Japan, 57 teachers and staff serve 270 children from age 3 to grade 12. The students learn from one another as well as from the teachers in a highly interactive resource-based style of multi-age and dual-language education that features a thematic approach and developmental continuums from the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. From age 6, Mandarin Chinese is offered as an elective and all of the students learn to play the violin by ear. Accredited by the Council of International Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, NewIS occupies two complete buildings and parts of several more, including a 44,000 volume library facility. Graduates attend universities in Japan or abroad.

3-18-32 Minami-Ikebukuro Toshima-ku Tokyo

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