Shinagawa International School has moved to a new campus facility in Shinagawa Ward from its prior site in the Omatesando/Jingumae area in Shibuya Ward.
The school said the reason for the move is that it has outgrown its current building and its sister school also needs the space. This means it will no longer be an “exchange” school and have to meet certain enrollment criteria and quotas set by the Shibuya government. It will be open to everyone in a true international spirit, the principal said.
The new facility has triple the space of the Jingumae School campus and has two floors. The top floor will be devoted to classrooms and our library. The bottom space will be used for an indoor play area. The new school will be open to 3-year-olds through 6th-grade students.
The school is easily accessible and is a 5-minute walk from Shinagawa Seaside and Aomono-Yokocho stations. Nearby is Samezu Athletic Park which contains picnic accommodations and a baseball diamond. There is also an athletic club down the street that offers a pool, gymnastics, a running track, a climbing wall and martial arts.
About Shinagawa International School
Originally founded in 2007 as Jingumae International Exchange School, Shinagawa International School (SIS) moved to its current premises in June. An IB World School for children aged 3-12, SIS offers a holistic and student-centered approach in an environment that embraces diversity and creativity.
As an IB World School, SIS aims to put students at the center of their own learning from an early age. By nurturing students’ curiosity and self-motivation, SIS provides the groundwork children need to become better learners at school and for the rest of their lives. The IB curriculum’s “programs of inquiry” tackle themes related to identity, expression and organisation in society in an trans-disciplinary way - combining communication, creativity and science. For example, a project about the self may involve a lesson on the parts of the human body. Creating a drawing or model of the body uses artistic skills, while labelling the body and understanding its functions use language-based and science-based skills respectively.
Each student has a portfolio of their own work, and they have complete control over what they include in it. This portfolio acts as a physical reflection not only of the student’s academic work, but also their personal accomplishments, which appear as memos attached to various pages. These accomplishments include doing well on tests, but can also be as simple as an improvement with regards to timekeeping or handwriting. Through this, students come to understand the value of hard work, and their own potential for personal growth.
SIS understands the importance of exposing children to different cultures from a young age, and strives to maintain a diverse, multicultural environment. The school’s students currently comprise more than 20 different nationalities, and this, combined with an international staff, helps promote the value of diversity.
As the school teaches primarily in the English language, and some students come from families where English is not the main language, it is vital that those students receive the help they need to bring their linguistic skills up to the level where they can get the most out of their education. SIS prides itself on its EAL (English as an Additional Language) Support system, where the EAL Support teacher works alongside homeroom teachers to develop students’ English ability to the point where they can join the mainstream curriculum. Parents from non-English-speaking families can rest assured that their child’s needs will be tended to, and they will develop into multilingual speakers.
Academic staff strive to deliver a Japanese curriculum that supports and challenges students of all levels of ability by differentiating the lesson activities and individualizing the tasks. SIS offers two Japanese language learning groups: the Kokugo Group, for students who are native speakers of Japanese, and the JSL (Japanese as a Second Language) Group. The Kokugo Group follows the adapted national curriculum according to the PYP framework. Instruction for JSL students is differentiated according to students’ Japanese proficiency level.
To learn more about Shinagawa International School and to arrange a visit, check their home page.© Japan Today