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|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Class sizes||Average||10 students / class|
|Maximum||14 students / class|
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|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
|Most common nationality||
|Ratio of local students to international students||
|Max. number of students per class||
10-14 (10 for K-2, 12 for 3-6, 14 for 7-8)
|Average number of students per class||
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?||
Yes, the school employs two classroom assistants.
|Native English speaking teachers||
|Language support for students not fluent in English||
Yes, we have an English as an Additional Language Support program in place for Grades 5-8, as well as English Conversation Skills classes during Homework Lab time.
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
In addition to Japanese, we have offered a range of foreign language classes over the years. From "big" languages like Korean and Mandarin Chinese to relatively smaller languages like Greek and Dutch, students generally have at least one foreign language option each term to take as an elective.
|Use of technology in the classroom||
Students have access to laptops for school work. Every classroom has a screen or projector. English & Math labs involve the use of learning software to track student progress.
|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)||
Yes, during emergencies (such as the COVID-19 lockdown), we are equipped to provide 100% online lessons without resorting to 'asynchronous' learning or sacrificing the students' equitable access to the curriculum.
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?||
|Approximate hours of homework given||
The amount of time needed to complete homework ranges from 0 to 1~1h30m per school day, depending on the grade. The typical school day involves a Homework Lab in which students can complete most or all of their homework in the presence of a teacher.
Yes, once we reach maximum capacity.
|Entry evaluation for students||
Yes, we conduct a Math and English diagnostic assessment to understand where to place the student. Prospective students also must complete a trial day during a typical school day. This allows both us and the family to see if the school and child are a good fit. We also observe the student's behavior to better understand if they would contribute to the classroom dynamic (ex. we use a Tier system to limit the number of high needs students in order to maintain a balance in each grade).
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
The Math and English diagnostic assessment are paper-based examinations to assess student knowledge in relation to Common Core standards and to better understand where to place the incoming student.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)||
We accept new student registrations throughout the year for grades where there is availability.
|Students can join after academic year begins||
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation||
|External examinations or assessments available||
Students in Grades 3-8 take the ISA (International Schools' Assessment) yearly. Kindergarten students participate in the Baseline diagnostic to determine their starting points and growth metrics for their first year at school. Grade 8 students take the PSAT in preparation for high school.
|Results in these examinations||
Students typically score at or above average on the PSAT.
|Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?||
KAIS EMS is a secular school. Although we do not explicitly teach religion, students do learn about various religious belief systems in their Humanities/Social Studies classes.
|How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?||
Religious or not, we try our best to accommodate all requests from families.
|School bus service available||
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
We have a School Counselor, School Nurse, and classroom assistants.
|Learning support offered||
We offer weekly Social Awareness classes as a 'universal intervention' in order to practice communication and emotional regulation strategies, as well as to respond to topics of immediate importance for students in Grades 1-8.
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students||
Students who need challenge opportunities may be placed in a higher level classes, depending on teacher observation, family request, and assessment metrics.
|Student access to education psychologist||
Our school currently does not employ an educational psychologist, but we do collaborate with third-party professionals should the need arise.
|School start time||
Arrival time is from 8:15 to 8:37 a.m., with school officially starting at 8:40 a.m.
|School finish time||
Our early years program finishes at 3:35 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and at 2:50 p.m. on Wednesdays.
|Supervised care before/after school||
Yes, we offer a number of after-school activities.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
Athletics Club (soccer, volleyball, basketball), Cinema Club, Robotics Club, Pony Club
|School provided lunches||
No, but we coordinate lunch ordering and delivery from a third-party lunch provider, Luca Deli.
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)||
No, but our third-party provider accommodates for several types of dietary needs/restrictions.
|Sports activities included||
We have weekly Physical Education classes for every grade, as well as sports electives on Wednesdays, and rotating morning workouts.
|Sports facilities at the school||
Open space on the 4F, equipped with a climbing wall, climbing ropes, monkey bars, and ping-pong tables and other sports equipment.
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
Our school is a member of ISTAA, a sports league for international schools. Our team, the ALPACAS, competes against other schools in the league in various sports.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
Since opening the school in 2014, we have welcomed students and families from over 20 countries. We are dedicated to providing a unique international learning experience that fosters your child’s natural inclination towards curiosity, self-discovery, personal excellence, and joy. Our school accomplishes this by offering (1) personalized instruction, (2) high academic standards, (3) interdisciplinary, project-based learning, (4) an emphasis on inquiry and experience, and (5) a responsible approach to discipline in which students are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions.
|Teaching approach of the school||
High quality teaching is a whole-school approach that covers all aspects of the teaching process, from planning, implementation, and assessment of lesson goals in order to ensure that all children in our care are showing growth and experiencing achievement in the face of challenge. KAIS adopts an approach to high quality learning characterized by 7 key standards that work mutually to support the best possible learning outcomes for our students:
Setting High Expectations
Promoting a Growth-Oriented Ethos
Demonstrating Subject and Curriculum Knowledge
Responding to the Strengths and Needs of All Students
Using Assessment to Impact Learning
Managing Behavior Effectively