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Sep 28, 2012

10 Early Years Tokyo Schools For Kids & Tots

If you’re planning to move and have children, especially young ones, finding a home within distance of the school you’d like them to attend is always a high priority.

In order to help you make your decision easier we’ve brought together 10 English speaking schools. So without further ado, and in no particular order here are the schools, there websites, and a little about them:

International School of the Sacred Heart • Hiroo

Following kindergarten this is an all girl’s school, but prior to that they offer a great system that also emphasizes computer literacy at a young age.

In talking about their program the school’s Principal emphasized their extended classrooms:

We have an extensive Open Area which extends the classroom experiences allowing the children to experience dramatic play, painting, handcrafts, water and sand exploration and practical life activities…

Visit ISSH’s website

J’s International School • Azabu-Juban

A great early years school for “Little Lambs, Busy Bees, Ready Rabbits, & Clever Cats!”

If their fun naming style doesn’t tell you about them then hopefully one of their student’s parents can:

…You all made me feel so comfortable because I knew that Kai was enjoying his days. Sometimes he would even complain, “How come I never get to stay late!” When your child doesn’t want to return home at end of an already long day, then you know he’s had a great day!

Visit J’s website

Joy to the World American International School • Bunkyo-ku

A great international school that even offers a Summer in Hawaii program!

About their pre-kindergarten program they had this to say:

Pre-Kindergarten has two main goals: first, to guide students in their transition from home life to school life, and second, to provide students with the social and academic skills needed for Kindergarten. These goals are achieved with careful consideration of each students needs and abilities

Visit Joy to the World’s website

Sesame International Preschool • Hiroo

Sesame stands for: Smile Esteem Spirit Appreciation Manners Equality

In writing about what makes them different they said:

…what sets Sesame apart are our kind hearted teachers. Almost all of our student’s parents comment on the home-like feeling… We believe that children are only limited by a lack of experiences and benefit most from an increase in opportunities…

Visit Sesame’s website

Alpha Kids Square, Club, & Academy • Tokyo, Kansai, & Kyushu

Alpha is a large children’s pre-school that also leans towards being a day care provider.

In their Mission Statement they say:

We provide the following that help “healthy growth of children”, “social prosperity”, and “prosperity of employees and families”.
●The substantial childcare and early educational programs
●Esteem of child’s individuality and promotion of creativity with help from our staff members…

Visit Alpha’s website

Bilingual Kids International Preschool • Sakurazutsumi & Sakai

BKI is very proud of their Reggio Emilia approach to education and development of children.

In regards to what sets them apart they had this to say:

…we do not assume what your child may like to learn about, we simply uncover their interests and then follow them to wherever they may lead us! Our school truly believes that “The mind forgets, but the heart always remembers!”

…with our Head Office/School located inside a beautiful, green, leafy park

Visit BKI’s website

ASIJ Early Learning Center • Roppongi

ASIJ is one of the most well known international schools in Japan with their main campus located in Chofu, but their “Early Learning Center” being located in the very accessible Roppongi.

In a message from their director she described their approach as follows:

…Children are encouraged to explore, manipulate, create, and construct things in their environment. The cognitive and social development of children is best encouraged through collaboration with others, discussion, discovery of the “how” and “why” of actions, and developing personal meaning through the application of what is learned…

Visit ASIJ’s website

The British (Primary) School in Tokyo • Shibuya

This great school offering a curriculum from 3 years of age all the way to graduation all using the British method of education.

The head of the primary school had this to say about their curriculum:

…with the wealth of extra-curricular activities, we strive to develop potential from within, encouraging each student to grow in confidence, flourish academically and develop a life-long love of learning

Visit BST’s website

The Montessori School of Tokyo • Azabu-Juban

This is one of the premiere schools in Tokyo offering an education in the Montessori method.

In describing their method and classrooms they had this to say:

When you walk into a Montessori classroom, the first thing you will notice is that everyone is busy and interested in what they are doing. One child is counting beads, others are working together on a puzzle map, and in the corner of the room a teacher is introducing a small group of children to a new language activity.

Visit MST’s website

Komozawa Park International School • Todoroki

A preschool and kindergarten located next to one of Japan’s biggest parks.

In talking about the benefits of being so close to the Olympic park KPIS had wrote this:

We strongly believe in the value of free play, and Komazawa Olympic Park serves as a large open classroom where our students enjoy the freedom of running, tumbling, and playing around as well as climbing trees. The fallen leaves, twigs, and rocks provide natural materials for our students to stimulate their creativity,

Visit KPIPK’s website

May 18, 2012
Francesco Agresti

Finding English Speaking Doctors

One of the biggest concerns for expats living in Japan is locating a good, English speaking doctor. Hopefully, this list of recommended clinics will put all your concerns to rest and keep you from feeling under the weather.

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