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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 17 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: ¥2,120,500
to: ¥2,862,500
This school has more than one campus in Tokyo:
Hikarigaoka Campus: Ages 3 to 15

Address: 7-5-1 Hikarigaoka, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 179-0072 Japan

Meguro Campus: Ages 2 to 6

Address: 2-11-5 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0042 Japan

Bunkyo Campus: Ages 15 to 18

Address: 6-18-23 Honkomagome Bunkyo-ku Tokyo 113-0021, Japan

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All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

Approximately 35% of students at A-JIS have two Japanese parents, another 30% have one Japanese and one non-Japanese parent. The remaining 20% are expatriate, coming from some 50 nationalities.

Native English speaking teachers

All class teachers are native English speaking teachers, in almost all cases hired from abroad.

Language support for students not fluent in English

A-JIS has an integrated Intensive English Preparation program designed to help students upgrade their English skills to mainstream Grade language requirements. This support is provided until the 8th Grade.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Japanese, and any other languages offered by Pamoja in the DP years

Max. number of students per class

On average, the student to teacher ratio at A-JIS is 15:1. In the K3 and K4, there are no more than 15 children with two adults. In K5, the maximum number is 20 students with 2 adults. In the Primary classes G1 - G3, student numbers are capped at 20; G4, G5 and Secondary class sizes are capped at 24.

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

The K4 and K5 use iPads provided by the school, G1 - G3 bring in their own iPads, and G4 and above all bring their own laptops. The whole campus is connected with the school wi-fi. Whilst technology is used in the classrooms to differentiate Literacy and Numeracy activities, it's also used for research and creating presentations. In the Secondary, Google Classroom is used by all teachers.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No, the school is secular and we welcomes students from all races, religions, and cultures.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

We offer Vegetarian & Halal food in the cafeteria, and we also have a prayer room for those students who wish to pray during school hours.

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

Results in these examinations

High of 40, and Low of 27

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

The amount of time spent on homework depends on the grade, but students are expected to spend their time after school on activities other than homework.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Learning Support Teacher and Specialist

Learning support offered

We have a Learning Support Department, and students with learning needs with the capacity to access the IB curriculum are considered for application.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The tasks and assignments will be differentiated within the class.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes, through an external service.

Entry evaluation for students

Interview with principal, admission assessment and entrance examination.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

The interview is designed to learn from the student what they enjoy about school and what they expect from Aoba : it is also designed to learn from parents why they wish their child to receive an international education. It is also the opportunity for parents’ or students’ questions to be answered.

The admissions assessments have two main purposes:
- Assessment of the students previous learning and understanding, and
- Identification of any learning and/or language support needs the student might have.

All assessments are age-appropriate, and they are designed to be straightforward and non-stressful: we want the students to show their capabilities.

An English and Math proficiency test is given to all students during the admissions process.

Waiting list

Yes, depending on the grade.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

To accommodate the needs of families who must relocate either globally or locally at any time of the year, Aoba accepts applications all year round.

Students can join after academic year begins

Aoba accepts new students all year round.

School start time

8:30 am

School finish time

3:25 pm

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, after school.

School bus service available


School provided lunches


Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes, Vegetarian and Halal.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Aoba offers many after school clubs: art, sports, drama, music, and more. Clubs are run at the school by staff, instructors, and outside experts. Some of them are: Band, Japanese Taiko Drums, Dance, Hand Bell Choir, eSports, Digital Design, and Sports.

Sports activities included

In addition to PE classes, students have the opportunity to join intramural sports and competitive sports teams, including soccer, basketball, and volleyball.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Sports facilities at the school

Gymnasium, 25 meter outdoor pool, turfed soccer/futsal/football field, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, playground with slides and jungle gyms

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

As an international school in Japan, we aim to develop:

Global Leaders
Global leadership is a mindset that enables us to initiate, lead, and participate in socially responsible actions. Global leaders take action through a holistic, balanced, and reflective framework. They lead with an understanding of multiple perspectives related to physical, managerial, psychological, political, cultural, and spiritual domains

Entrepreneurs and Innovators
Entrepreneurship and innovation are core to social responsibility. They involve the discovery and application of knowledge and ideas to improve the human condition. Entrepreneurs innovate by generating and applying new ideas designed to impact the world in positive ways.

Effective Communicators
Effective communication involves both imparting and exchanging ideas in a clear and concise way to produce desired results. Effective communicators are active thinkers and attentive listeners who offer ideas openly and weigh them against the thoughts and ideas of others with their integrity maintained.

Wise Risk Takers
Wise risk takers have the courage to attempt new and untested things in order to achieve their goals. They use discerning and analytical thinking to identify potential and manage risk. They see solutions instead of problems, possibilities instead of obstacles, and probabilities instead of futility.

Effective Problem Solvers
Effective problem solvers are open-minded and see problems from multiple perspectives. They can analyze problems in order to understand, assess, and identify possible solutions. They act on solutions that are designed to make the world a better place to live.

Teaching approach of the school

At Aoba, we implement the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum with an emphasis on developing the characteristics of global leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in our learners. We focus on building effective communication, problem solving and wise risk-taking skills.

We have chosen the IB because it helps us develop well rounded learners who:

respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind;
are confident in their own identities;
make ethical decisions;
join with others in celebrating our common humanity;
are prepared to apply what they learn in real world, complex and unpredictable situations (adapted from the IB)

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