Parents in Japan looking for a school for their children often have to consider the pros and cons of the Japanese education system versus an international one. But despite Japan’s efforts to update its curriculum to include more English and from an early age, it really offers very little to ex-pats or parents who would like their children to become "global citizens."
International schools, however, offer the perfect solution for both ex-pats and children looking for an international education.
October is the perfect time of year to consider the first or next step for your child. With schools having been in session for a while now, the teachers and pupils are more relaxed and there is no rush around enrolment deadlines for the next year.
Here are some of the best international schools in Japan:
Aoba-Japan International School (A-JIS) is a secular, co-educational school welcoming children from all nationalities and religions (our current population is approximately 300 students from 30 countries). READ MORE
CHATEAU SCHOOL is a new concept English speaking international pre-kinder and kindergarten offering prestigious early education for 0 to 6 years old. Children check into school with their school passport and explore the world as “diplomats” through a globally exclusive program. READ MORE
A San Francisco mom started Gymboree, the global leader in classes for 0-5 year olds, in 1976. We currently have over 700 sites in more than 50 countries around the world. Our programming experts have teamed up with the US research organization, “Zero to Three®” to develop age-appropriate programs which incorporate the latest research in early child development. READ MORE
Kspace International Preschool & Kindergarten began in 2002, when children from our mother and child classes became confident enough to spend time away from their parents. Organically, our team of amazingly talented and artistic teachers came together, and with them our community grew. We moved to a new larger, purpose built school in Shirokanedai in 2005 and since then the school has flourished and developed a reputation for a superb curriculum and a refreshing open approach to education. READ MORE
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 to children from all over the world. Nishimachi's educational philosophy is rooted in a spirit of internationalism and humanism that allows children to learn in a supportive, stimulating, and caring environment. READ MORE
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. The school is the oldest existing international school in Japan and Asia. Located in the residential and historical Yamate area of Yokohama, the school is well serviced by public transportation being close to train, and subway stations, as well as several bus routes. READ MORE
Sakura International School provides a balanced, holistic bilingual program where students can be proficient in both English and Japanese. We place a strong emphasis on the Japanese cultural identity. Another core philosophy is leadership. Students are encouraged to be independent and take responsibility for their own learning and other areas of school life as well as being mindful of and caring toward others. READ MORE
Seisen International School in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward is a Catholic, college-preparatory, girls’ day school with a co-educational Montessori kindergarten and a Toddlers program for 2-year-old children. Students of all races, nationalities and faiths are challenged in moral, physical, spiritual, intellectual and emotional development. READ MORE