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Schools are listed by region from north to south, and alphabetical by city name within the region.
Hokkaido International School Niseko
Hokkaido International School Niseko is a fully (WASC) accredited elementary day school program in the resort town and region of Niseko. HIS Niseko is an International Primary Curriculum school in conjunction with the HIS Sapporo campus. HIS Niseko places emphasis on direct and meaningful experiences in learning and is uniquely located to take advantage of the sport and outdoor opportunities and facilities of a world-class resort. Classes are taught in three groupings: Early Years; Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary.
Hokkaido International School
Hokkaido International School is a day and boarding school of approximately 200 students from PreSchool – Grade 12. We offer the International Primary Curriculum, International Middle Years Curriculum and a four-year high school program that is capped by the university-preparatory Advanced Placement program course offerings that are common to high schools across the US. HIS places emphasis on direct and meaningful experiences in learning and has a unique focus at the high school level on environmental science, environmental understanding, outdoor education and leadership training.
Tohoku International School
Tohoku International School is the only accredited Kindergarten to Grade 12 comprehensive international school in the Tohoku region. Located in Sendai, a city of over one million people, we are surrounded by the beautiful ocean scenes, while nestled into the spectacular mountains of the region. Students attend our school from countries worldwide, and graduate with the intent of attending universities in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. We welcome students of all nationality and faith. All students aspire to be Responsible, Open Minded, Knowledgeable, Risk Takers, and strong Communicators.
Columbia International School
Columbia International School is a day and boarding school certified by the Ontario, Canada Ministry of Education and (WASC). Columbia offers motivated Japanese, Asian and ex-pat students a safe and healthy learning environment where, in small classes, each individual student is actively engaged in their learning process. In technology and resource rich classrooms, dynamic and highly qualified teachers support and challenge students to understand the changing world around them. Our teachers incorporate the healthy whole-child concept, recognizing that social and emotional development along with academic progress is essential for each child. Graduates are attending leading Universities in Japan, Canada, USA, and other English speaking countries.
American School in Japan
Founded in 1902, The American School in Japan is a dynamic school with a rigorous academic program that young alumni report prepares them well for the future. Our two campuses serve an international student body from nursery to grade 12. State-of-the-art facilities on our 14-acre main campus support outstanding performing arts opportunities and an extensive athletics program, and allow us to offer over 100 co-curricular activities. An innovative curriculum includes a focus on design and technology, over 20 Advanced Placement courses in high school and access to collaborative online courses through Global Online Academy. Graduates matriculate to leading universities in the in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Japan.
The British School in Tokyo
The British School in Tokyo occupies two sites at the heart of the city. Having developed its reputation over a quarter of a century, today’s school accommodates 725 students, aged 3-18 representing 50 different nationalities. In 2012 BST was officially recognised as Excellent, the highest grading, in all eight areas examined by the International Schools Inspectorate (ISI). We are proud of our academic performance, but education means much more than the pursuit of top grades. Sport and the arts are central to what we offer here, and we are acutely aware of our obligation to equip young people to make their way in the world as confident, caring and responsible global citizens.
Canadian International School
The emphasis at CIS is on the child as an individual. Classes are small, allowing for meaningful interaction between child and teacher on a daily basis. Parental involvement is actively encouraged and welcomed. A language support programme is available for elementary and junior high school students.
Christian Academy in Japan
CAJ offers a fully accredited, Christian focused, western style educational experience in English for students from grades K-12. Our engaging academic program is both challenging and responsive to students with diverse needs and learning styles. CAJ has a wide range of music, sports, fine arts, student leadership, service learning, and other activities. Our welcoming community, dedicated staff and beautiful campus help us pursue our mission of preparing students to impact the world for Christ.
International School of the Sacred Heart
The International School of the Sacred Heart, located in the heart of Tokyo is an English-speaking school for girls Grades 1 through 12, as well as for boys and girls 3 to 5 years old in our Kindergarten program. Serving the international community in Tokyo since 1908, ISSH strives to provide a balanced education for future woman leaders, encompassing their intellectual, spiritual, physical, social and emotional development. Our teachings are based on the 5 Goals of the Worldwide Sacred Heart community: faith, intellect, community, awareness, growth and the school’s academic program features an international AP-based curriculum. It is also a school with a strong sense of community which lasts a life time.
The Montessori School of Tokyo
The Montessori School of Tokyo (MST) strives to engender in students, a love of learning and an acceptance of personal responsibility for intellectual growth and social interaction. We are a close-knit community of around 100 families with children ranging from 2 to 12 years old. Extra-curricular opportunities abound, from athletic competitions, science fairs, ski-trips, overnight adventure camps to school musicals, choir festivals, and a Model United Nations trip to NYC. Our core values of Confidence, Respect and Compassion represent the characteristics we strive to instill and uphold in our administration, faculty and student body.
New International School
Founded in 2001, New International School is dual language in English and Japanese, and multiage by design with a three year age range of children in each class. The school uses a thematic approach and the Scottish curriculum, with two homeroom teachers, interactive whiteboards and computers in each class, a 40,000 volume library, and an exceptional music and arts program. All of the children learn to play the violin by ear from age 6. Mandarin Chinese is offered as an elective. NewIS is accredited by CIS and MSA from preK age 3 to Grade 12, and affiliated with the Coalition of Essential Schools and the Progressive Education Network in the USA.
Nishimachi International School
Conveniently located in central Tokyo, Nishimachi International School is a co-educational, nonsectarian, K-9 day school that offers a vibrant education in English and Japanese. For more than six decades, students have left Nishimachi well equipped to meet the challenges of higher education, careers and a fast-moving world. Nishimachi’s mission is to educate students to be international and independent thinkers, and is committed to developing strong language and communication skills, analytical and inquiring minds, cross-cultural sensitivity, creativity, flexibility, and the ability to work well in groups. The school awards scholarships to selected students from a variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
Tokyo International School
TIS is a fully accredited International Baccalaureate school for 4-14 year olds. We successfully achieve our mission to nurture confident, open-minded, independently thinking, well-balanced inquirers for global responsibility. We are truly international and centrally located on a purpose built new campus. We are an Apple model school with laptops for every Grade 5-8 student. The 21st century skills are explicitly implemented. Japanese is taught every day from Grade 1-8. We offer extensive after school activities and provide early and late bus transport. Our students transition well to high-schools of their choice.
Tsukuba International School
Tsukuba International School is located in Tsukuba Science City, a place where critical thinking, creativity, and independent thought are highly valued. The school provides a warm and welcoming environment for students of all nationalities. We offer a preschool programme (ages 3 to 5), an elementary programme (Grades 1 to 5) and a middle school programme (Grades 6 to 10). We are an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP). Since our founding in 1992, we have been dedicated to promoting international-mindedness in the northern Kanto Region.
Saint Maur International School
Saint Maur International School is situated in the historical area of Yokohama. Established in 1872, as innovators of international education in Japan, the school continues to meet the needs of children (co-educational, 2½ years to Grade 12) from the multi-cultural, multi-faith international community. Saint Maur faculty and staff develop learning experiences based on the belief that each student is an individual with unique abilities, strengths and talents. The school provides students with a relevant and rigorous curriculum, equipping students to thrive as global citizens in the 21st century. The school also has a French Section.
Yokohama International School
Founded in 1924 as a pioneer in international education, Yokohama International School remains committed to providing the highest quality, balanced education to internationally minded students ages 3 – 18 in an inquiring, supportive and exciting learning environment. Located on an attractive campus in Yokohama, only 35 minutes from central Tokyo, YIS is an independent, not-for-profit school fully accredited by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Our educational programs reflect the best practices in international education today, centered on the three programs of the International Baccalaureate, and we are known for our warm and welcoming school community.
Nagoya International School
Nagoya International School is an IB World School, fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As an IB World School, our curriculum is framed by the programs of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and assessed against consistent standards and benchmarks. The language of instruction is English, and our program is intended for the international and internationally-minded families of Nagoya. NIS graduates can be found pursuing their dreams and contributing to their communities at universities and colleges around the world, and in professions that represent all walks of life.
Founded in 1913, Canadian Academy is a private college preparatory international school accredited by the US-based Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). An IB World School, CA is certified to offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and to award International Baccalaureate diplomas. Canadian Academy’s nine-acre campus is a purpose-built facility featuring fully equipped classrooms, science laboratories, a fitness center, two gymnasiums, and two theaters. The current enrollment of 600 students is made up of as many as 35 different nationalities with about 56% Asian (including 23% Japanese), 18% North American, 8% European, and 18% representing the rest of the world. Approximately 15 high school students live on campus in our dormitory.
St. Michael’s International School
Founded in 1946, St. Michael’s International School caters for children from 3-11 years of age. SMIS offers a British education, delivered through the International Primary Curriculum by a highly qualified British and International staff supplemented by specialist teachers in Japanese, Music, PE, Library, ICT and English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL.) Central to this is a strong values curriculum, promoting respect, compassion, honesty, integrity, tolerance, understanding and endeavour. Accredited by Council of International Schools (CIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) we have a reputation for high academic standards nurtured in a warm, friendly atmosphere. SMIS has been a leading provider of primary education in Kobe for more than 60 years.
Kyoto International School
KIS offers a quality international education in the heart of Kyoto City. KIS develops global citizens within an inquiry based and student centered education model. We offer programs for children from 2 to 15 years old. Focus is given to progressive education practices and learning outside the classroom with class trips and overnight and overseas learning experiences. Founded in 1957, KIS is a fully accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is also an IB world school offering the Primary Years Program. KIS is known for its caring, collaborative, and fun school community that nurtures children to reach their full potential through individual attention and small class sizes. ESL support and tuition scholarships available.
Osaka International School
Osaka International School (OIS) was founded in 1991 along with its sister school Senri International School (SIS) to bring together, for the benefit of returnee, national, and international residents of the Kansai region, the best of Japanese and non-Japanese educational ideas, systems, and techniques. OIS is a coeducational college preparatory not-for-profit school governed by Kwansei Gakuin Educational Foundation, which educates students from kindergarten (age 4-5) through grade 12. OIS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges; and it was the first school in Japan to gain authorization to offer all three IB programs.
Osaka YMCA International School
The Osaka YMCA, in co-operation with Osaka City Government, opened Osaka YMCA International School (OYIS) in September 2001. OYIS remains the city’s first and only Pre-K – 8 WASC accredited, IB World School and strives to be a leading provider of international education for the citizens and residents of Osaka and its environs. OYIS is also a US State Department Office of Overseas Schools endorsed school. OYIS provides a rigorous, challenging and developmentally appropriate educational experience that promotes international mindedness. As a member of the Osaka YMCA, OYIS students have access to YMCA facilities both locally and throughout Japan as well as to the international network of the YMCA.
Hiroshima International School
HIS, a fully accredited day school for students aged 3-18, is committed to excellence in education: by our mission we aim to “engender in students a will to achieve excellence, demonstrate integrity, and behave in socially and environmentally responsible ways.” HIS runs authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Diploma Programs, together with a middle school program modeled on similar educational principles. We enroll students from all over the world, creating a friendly and cooperative multicultural student body. We are the only school in the Chugoku region of Japan where children of all ages can obtain an international education in English.
Fukuoka International School
FIS is a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited independent, non-profit PreK–Grade 12 international and internationally minded school located in Fukuoka, the largest city on the island of Kyushu. Students come from many different nationalities but are united by the mission of the school, which focuses on developing critical thinking and inquiry skills designed to equip students for a rapidly changing world. To this end the school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma School and in support of inquiry based learning is in the final phase of full authorisation of the IB Primary Years Programme.