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Aoba-Japan International School

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CurriculumInternational, American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
International Baccalaureate Yes
Yearly fees (G7): ¥2,462,500
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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 20 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: ¥2,462,500
This school has more than one campus in Tokyo:
Hikarigaoka Campus: Ages 3 to 18

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

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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 20 nationalities.

Max. number of students per class

On average, the student to teacher ratio at A-JIS is 15:1. In the pre-school and Kindergarten years there are no more than 16 children with two adults. In the Primary classes, student numbers are capped at 24; and in the Middle School and High School class sizes are capped at 24.

Average number of students per class


Native English speaking teachers

Yes, 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


Uniform required


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 A-JIS: 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.

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.

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

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?


School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Learning Support Teacher and Specialist

School start time

8:45 am

School finish time

3:25 pm

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:
art club, global leadership, model United Nations, brain bowl, yearbook.

School provided lunches


Sports activities included

Through Physical Education in the PYP, students are learning the “language” of physical movement, exploring the skills associated with the different areas of PE. Students learn to understand what they can and cannot do physically. They become aware of their own strengths and areas to develop in this discipline.

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

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Aoba-Japan International School is a mainstream school within an environment that allows it to pursue a new set of goals and objectives that were, until only a short time ago, not possible.
As an International School, A-JIS has, since the start, been a school where Japanese and foreign students learn in a mutually supportive environment. Indeed, a major objective is the facilitation of bilingual internationally minded graduates. A-JIS has, from the start, been a school in which intensive language programming is key to the academic success of students. Core instruction is in English. While Japanese students from Grades 1 to 12 are required to study their native language at a level similar to that within the Japanese school system, international students must accomplish high completion levels in the JPL standard before graduation.
A-JIS is now not only accredited by the NEASC and CIS, but also, as of June 2015,it is officially an IB World School.

Teaching approach of the school

A-JIS provides a curriculum based on the US Common Core and influenced by International standards:

- A-JIS develops citizens of the world in relation to culture, language and learning to live together.
- A-JIS builds and reinforces students’ senses of identity and cultural awareness.
- A-JIS fosters students’ recognition and development of universal human values.
- The school's goal is to stimulate curiosity and inquiry in order to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning.
- A-JIS equips students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge, individually or collaboratively, and to apply these skills and knowledge accordingly across a broad range of areas.
- A-JIS provides international content while responding to local requirements and interests.

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