New International School of Japan was founded in 2001, as the first international school in Japan
specifically established to meet the needs of permanent, international marriage, and/or long-term
residents of Japan, regardless of nationality, in the clear and research-based recognition that dual
language and multiage education are good for children!
In addition, the school offers a smooth transition for children moving from a Japanese based educational
system to an English one, or vice versa, and families temporarily in Japan but with an interest in
Japanese as well as English are also welcome.
The school began for children from age 3 to Grade 9 and extended to Grade 12 from August 28, 2014.
It is accredited through grade 12 by both the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
(MSA) and the Council of International Schools (CIS), and it is a member of the Japan Council of
International Schools (JCIS), the Progressive Education Network (PEN) and the Coalition of Essential
At New International School, the children maintain and develop their social and academic skills,
creativity, and independence in a child-centered environment they can participate in with great
enthusiasm. Knowledge, skills and attitudes are developed through an inspired dual language
implementation of Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence.
Our students learn bilingually through team-taught multiage classes, a resource-based thematic
approach, and a combination of whole group, individual, center-based and project-based activities.
There are two full time teachers for about twenty children in each exceptionally well-resourced
Multiage education, like Montessori education, is constructivist, meaning that the children construct
their own knowledge and understanding based on experience. It is, however, a Vygotskian style of
constructivism which emphasizes learning and language acquisition as a social process. The students
learn from one another as well as from the teachers in a highly interactive style of education. The
children thrive in an environment where they can progress unimpeded by traditional grade level
From August of the calendar year in which they turn 6, all the students learn to play the violin by ear,
physical education includes International Tae Kwon Do, and Mandarin Chinese is offered as an
Interested persons are encouraged to visit by appointment or register for a group orientation and tour,
offered at least twice monthly, once in English and once in Japanese.
Founding Director/Head of School