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Aoba-Japan International School
Hikarigaoka Campus | Meguro Campus | Tokyo | Est. 1976
We all want the same things for our children. We want them to be safe, happy, to do the right thing, to be successful, to have meaningful friendships, to learn about themselves and the world around them, and to have the best possible future. At Aoba-Japan International School (A-JIS), we provide a high quality education that helps students realize their full potential. It is our goal to help every student be the best they can be.
Founded in 1976, A-JIS is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12, coeducational school for internationally minded families residing in Tokyo. We are a secular school, welcoming and respecting families from all nationalities and religions. We aim to provide learning opportunities that appropriately challenge every student, allowing them to happily learn in a safe and caring environment. Our experienced faculty endeavors to utilize best pedagogical practices based on current research to provide students with a wide variety of opportunities for success.
We provide a comprehensive curriculum, addressing all academic areas, including: English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, Japanese language classes, music, fine arts, physical education and technology/computers.
English is the language of instruction at A-JIS. All classes, except for Japanese language classes, are conducted in English and use native language resources. For students who have difficulty communicating in English, or cannot yet speak English, we have a very strong English language support program, where students are taught to read, write, and speak English in special classes preparing them to move to our mainstream program. Our English language support program has students communicating in English and ready for a regular, mainstream classroom in only one or two years.
In addition to the regular academic program, A-JIS also provides opportunities for students to participate in a number of clubs and extra-curricular activities to extend and enrich a wide variety of student interests in fun ways. Opportunities exist for students to join a number of sports teams, participate in band or choir, engage in traditional Japanese cultural activities, as well as participate in a number of other fun clubs and activities that allow students to learn new skills or develop existing ones.
A-JIS is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). A-JIS is also a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS), and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
Contact our friendly admissions staff for more information
Aoba-Japan International School admits students year round.
“The right choice for internationally minded families”
Early Learning Education
The early years program at A-JIS provides learning and developmental activities designed to help children develop creativity, observation, and problem solving skills, and will lay the foundation for future academic development. The program includes activities that allow students to discover the world around them through drama, building, exploration, literacy, numeracy, and inquiry. Students engage in experiential activities through direct sensory encounters as well as teacher-directed learning.
English Language Support Program (Intensive Classes)
For students who have difficulty communicating in English, or cannot yet speak English, we have a very strong English language support program, where students are taught to communicate in English in special classes preparing them to move to our mainstream program. Our English support program has students speaking, reading and writing in English, and ready for a regular, mainstream classroom in only one or two years.
Japanese Language Program
The Japanese language program consists of three levels of instruction at each grade level: Japanese as a Second Language (JSL) classes for students who are learning to speak Japanese, or have some conversational Japanese language ability; Transition Classes (T-Classes) for students who have a moderate to proficient level of Japanese, or have experienced some formal Japanese language instruction; and Kokugo classes for students who have experienced formal Japanese language instruction and are able to handle a grade level, Monbukagakushou (Japanese Ministry of Education) mandated Kokugo curriculum.
Mother Tongue Program
The Mother Tongue Program provides students with the opportunity to study their native language. It is important that students have an opportunity to study their mother tongue whenever possible. Research shows that students who participate in a mother tongue program benefit in many ways: they avoid language loss and have an easier time adjusting to an education program when they return to their home country; they perform at least as well as students in mainstream education, and in some cases, better; and they can experience an enhanced sense of identity, self esteem, and self-concept. Currently the Mother Tongue Program is offered twice a week, after school.
Values Education Program
A-JIS has shared a commitment with families to build social and moral character in students and has adopted the Living Values Education Program (LVEP), founded by Diane Tillman and Diana Hsu, as a guideline for implementation of a school-wide values program. The program allows students to explore a number of core values, focusing on a different set of values each month. The Living Values Education Program is supported by UNESCO and UNICEF.
A-JIS provides students with opportunities to learn about, and use, current technological innovations on a day-to-day basis to advance their learning. Technology is a tool that enhances learning and promotes digital literacy to develop global, connected citizens. The focus on technology at A-JIS is in teaching students how to determine what is important to learn, how to understand and adapt to new forms of technology, and assess whether a new technology is worthwhile. A-JIS strives to enable rich and relevant learning experiences through the effective use of digital tools and information, empowering students to contribute in a global context.
The Learning Support Program is designed to assist in developing the academic, behavioral and social development of students identified as in need of extra support. This is achieved through a continuum of services beginning from consultation with teachers to individualized instruction. Students who may be at-risk for learning difficulties are referred to and assessed by the Student Support Team (SST) who will evaluate the areas of concern and formulate goals and/or strategies to enhance student success in the classroom.