School's In When it comes to parenting in Japan, one of the biggest questions expats face when it comes to the kids is: where to send them in school?
Parents looking for a good education for their children have to wrestle with the important choice between the Japanese education system versus the type of system they might used to in the West.
What's more, those looking to encourage and nurture their children to become "global citizens" often run in to a language barrier — there is not much education available in Japan’s schools in English.
One option to consider is enrolling at a quality international school.
October is the perfect time of year to consider this critical next step for your child. With the school year already underway, both the teachers and the students are more relaxed and there is no rush around enrollment deadlines for the next year.
Here are some top international schools in Japan for you to consider. Featured Schools 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 both 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 Saint Maur International School et Ecole française de Saint Maur Established in 1872 and innovators of international education in Japan, Saint Maur International School in Yokohama 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, it is well serviced by public transportation — being close to train and subway stations, as well as several bus routes. READ MORE Aoba-Japan International School Aoba-Japan International School (A-JIS) is a secular, co-educational school welcoming children from all nationalities and religions — its current student body is comprised of approximately 300 students from 30 countries. READ MORE
Kspace International Preschool & Kindergarten Kspace International Preschool & Kindergarten began in 2002, when children from its mother-and-child classes became confident enough to spend time away from their parents. Organically, its team of talented and artistic teachers came together, and with them the community grew. The school moved to a new, larger, purpose-built building in Shirokanedai in 2005 and since then has flourished, developing a reputation for a superb curriculum and a refreshing, open approach to education. READ MORE
Gymboree A San Francisco mom started Gymboree, the global leader in classes for 0-5 year olds, in 1976. The school currently has over 700 sites in more than 50 countries around the world. Our programming experts have teamed up with the U.S. research organization Zero to Three to develop age-appropriate programs that incorporate the latest findings in early child development. READ MORE
Montessori School of Tokyo Situated in the heart of the metropolis, the Montessori School of Tokyo (MST) is a well established school offering a vibrant and fresh vision of education for your child. MST boasts bright and spacious classrooms and a well-stocked library containing over 8,000 volumes. It also boasts one of the largest gardens in central Tokyo, where children care for their own fruit, flowers and vegetables, and can enjoy learning in the natural environment provided. READ MORE
Happy Days Tokyo International Preschool Happy Days Tokyo International Preschool believes that childhood days should be happy days! That's why our time is filled with exciting learning, new adventures and exuberant play in an environment that always keeps the child’s needs in mind. From ballet to yoga, or piano to art, every child will find an activity to brighten his or her day! Located in the prestigious Ebisu district, Happy Days is near several residential areas, including Daikanyama, Shibuya, Aoyama,and Roppongi. READ MORE