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American and Catholic
Ages 3 to 18

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CurriculumsAmerican and Catholic
Leaving qualificationsAP and SAT
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Leaving qualifications AP and SAT
Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 20 students / class
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: ¥2,340,000
to: ¥2,610,000
Address: 4-3-1 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0012 Japan

International School of the Sacred Heart provides education only to girls.
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

Japan, USA

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes, ESL

Additional language classes offered by the school

Japanese and French

Max. number of students per class

Kindergarten to Grade 4: 22
Grades 5 to 12: 25 per class

Average number of students per class

Grades 1 to 4: 17
Grades 5 to 12: 22

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes in the Kindergarten

Use of technology in the classroom

Sacred Heart is equipped with computers, mobile devices, software and Internet service that are available to students. This includes their own individual laptop computers for each student from grade 5 to 12 for use in school and at home. Through our School-wide Integrated Learning Community (SILC) technology allows Sacred Heart students to:

have seamless and instant access to resources
have an immediate response to current events
access a wide range of resources that fit learner’s individual needs
learn in new ways
have more control over their own learning
collaborate, create and share knowledge locally and globally

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

In the case of an extended closure of the campus, student learning will continue via Moodle (in Middle and High School)
and Google Sites (in Kindergarten and Junior School)

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

There is a values program in the Middle and High school.

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

We welcome all faiths and religions

External examinations or assessments available


Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

K5, Grades 1 & 2: 15-30 minutes per day - including reading
Grades 3 & 4: 30-40 minutes per day - including reading

Middle School homework time guidelines: Grade 5/6 10 minutes per 40 minute period in academic subjects. Grade 7/8 15 minutes per 40 minute period in academic subjects

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, K to Grade 8

Learning support offered

1:1 support and in-class support

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Enriched math classes from Grade 7 and above. Advanced Placement (AP) from Grade 11.

Student access to education psychologist

Students are referred

Entry evaluation for students

Yes, screening for Kindergarten and Junior School. Assessment tests in Middle and High School

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Screening and assessment tests

Waiting list

If a grade is full, there may be a waiting list.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We have a rolling admissions and accept applications throughout the year. Applications for the following school year are open from September 1st.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

Kindergarten: 8:30 am
Junior School to High School: 8:20 am

School finish time

Kindergarten: 2:50 pm
Junior School: 3:00 pm
Middle and High School: 3:30 pm

Supervised care before/after school

We have an Extended Day Program (EDP) with additional fee

School bus service available


School provided lunches

Yes, optional

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


Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Sports: volleyball, cross country, tennis, basketball, soccer, track and field
Arts: orchestra, choir, vocal ensemble, joint musical, show choir

Sports activities included

PE: K3 to Grade 10

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, our high school sports teams compete in the Kanto Plain league

Facilities at the school

Library, science labs

Sports facilities at the school

Gymnasium, outdoor field

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The International School of the Sacred Heart was established as the first international school for girls in Tokyo.

Pioneers in girls’ education in Tokyo since 1908, the International School of the Sacred Heart is the forerunner in providing a whole-person and well-balanced education for the international community in Tokyo.

Cultivating kindness and compassion, educating internationally minded citizens, and ultimately preparing young women with courage and confidence for the future: this is our expertise and our dedication.

Teaching approach of the school

Learning enriches the mind, which enriches the world. It is for life. A successful learner seeks challenge, questions, collaborates, perseveres, reflects, is confident and loves to learn.
Everyone at Sacred Heart is a learner.
The International School of the Sacred Heart inspires faculty and students to be active, informed, and responsible citizens locally, nationally, and globally. All members of the school model and teach skills needed to build community. We promote a safe and welcoming environment in which each person is valued, cared for and respected.
Our curriculum is based on the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools worldwide. It is developed using the most current educational research, receives ongoing evaluation to ensure it incorporates all forms of critical thinking and inspires lifelong learning.
International School of the Sacred Heart teachers:
1. provide clearly stated, visible, and specific objectives for each lesson
2. have high expectations based on the belief that all students can achieve
3. create a positive and respectful learning environment in which questioning is
encouraged and it is safe to make mistakes
4. help students to talk about the learning process - to build knowledge, make meaning
and apply understanding
5. use a range of learning opportunities and teaching strategies that engage and
challenge all students
6. regularly assess and provide appropriate feedback
7. guide learning to appropriate levels of deep understanding to enable students to achieve mastery
8. collect evidence that shows the level to which teaching and learning has been successful
9. continually develop high levels of knowledge and understanding of the subjects they teach and how to teach them
10. inspire a joy of learning

International Mindedness
At the International School of the Sacred Heart we strive for international mindedness as a way of thinking and acting based on a belief that we can make our interdependent world a better place.
In our curricular and co-curricular programs in Grades 7-12 we:
a. value the importance of developing and reaffirming individual identity and self-esteem
b. are open to understanding the complexity of cultures and faiths
c. promote and teach additional languages and communication skills
d. develop skills for non-violent conflict resolution and peacemaking
e. advocate for equal dignity and social justice
f. recognise our responsibility to take care of the earth and each other
g. instill a lifelong commitment to serve locally, nationally and globally
In our curricular and co-curricular programs in Grades K-6 we:
a. recognize and take pride in who we are, where we come from, and how we grow
b. respect how we are alike and different
c. learn other languages and ways to communicate
d. learn to work and play with others and solve problems peacefully
e. treat all with equal respect and stand up for others
f. understand that we share the Earth and need to take care of it and each other
g. learn to help others at home, in our community, and around the world

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