Tokyo
International, Japanese curriculum
Bilingual
Ages 3 to 12

Makuhari International School

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CurriculumInternational, Japanese
Languages of instructionEnglish, Japanese
Age RangeAges 3 to 12
BilingualYes
International Baccalaureate No
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Number of students

300

Most common nationality

Currently MIS has about 65% of all children who are Japanese Returnee students. This means they have lived and studied abroad before returning to Japan. The rest are either dual nationality or foreign.

Max. number of students per class

24

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native speaking teachers (in language of instruction)

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in the school's language of instruction

English Support

Use of technology in the classroom

Interactive smartboard technology - large touch sensitive computerised teaching screens.
Wireless networks including Media Centre - laptops with remote internet access.

Uniform required

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

Test, interview

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

School bus service available

Yes

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

MIS offers many after school clubs and a wide variety of types of club, ranging from art, through sports to drama and music. Clubs are not only run by staff at the school - MIS also uses outside experts where possible and convenient. Clubs, where organised by the staff, are free for children at the school and run from 3.30 pm to 4.10 pm.

School provided lunches

MIS does not offer a hot lunch for children. MIS does however, use an outside company from which parents can order lunches.

Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports facilities at the school

Grass playing field, outdoor court, grass play area, multipurpose hall.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Makuhari International School was established in 2009 with the aim of providing an international education for returnee Japanese families and expatriates alike. The dual-language curriculum, using the Japanese National Curriculum as a framework makes MIS a perfect choice for families who would like their children to become bilingual and truly internationally minded. Japanese language, literature and culture are safeguarded by the teaching of key subjects in Japanese whilst also offering Japanese language and culture courses to non-native speakers.

The MIS vision is first, to be able to offer a top quality education and give parents real choice - the choice to attend a bilingual school, where English and Japanese are valued equally, and whose diploma allows transfer to Japanese junior high schools as well as international schools. Second to be in the vanguard of creating a new generation of internationally-minded students, primed to become future leaders in Japan's ever-changing society.

Teaching approach of the school

MIS follows the objectives from the Japanese Curriculum. However this is only the school's basis. In reality MIS expands upon these as well as supplement them with objectives and content from various other curricula. This makes MIS curriculum extremely rich and diverse, and very international in flavour. It is also important to realise that what MIS teaches and how MIS teaches it are separate concepts. MIS not only follows the recommend number of 'minimum hours' from the Japanese Ministry of Education, but suppliments this with extra periods to ensure time for consolidation and extension. Extra sessions are also allocated for English and Maths, ensuring that children are taught these key subjects at least once a day. And in Grades 5 and 6 MIS teaches Social Studies not only in English, but repeats this in Japanese. This helps consolidate a subject rich in content and concepts.

All other subjects are taught in English except for Japanese or Japanese Studies. Japanese tends to be studied usually by Japanese Returnee Students whilst Japanese Studies is often a subject for non Japanese children; which covers some Japanese language studies as well as understanding about Japanese culture and traditions. Dual nationality children have the choice (if their spoken Japanese is strong enough) of taking either Japanese or Japanese Studies.

Where exactly is this school?

Get in touch with this school

Contact email: info@mis.ed.jp
School's webpage: www.mis.ed.jp
School's Fees webpage: www.mis.ed.jp/english/enrolment.html
Address: Japan, 〒261-0014 Chiba Prefecture, Chiba