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Language of instructionEnglish
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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 19 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: ¥2,960,000
to: ¥2,960,000
Address: 2 Chome-14-7 Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 106-0046, 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

USA, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea

Ratio of local students to international students


Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

We have limited language support in English.

Additional language classes offered by the school


Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

We have a 1 to 1 device program in K-9. Devices are provided to students from the school (they cannot be taken home).
An important means of enhancing teaching and learning at Nishimachi is the effective use of information and communication technology. Technology continues to have an increasingly significant impact on all aspects of education, life at home, and in the workplace. Students at Nishimachi are encouraged to become twenty-first century learners through the use of information technology at school and at home. This is embedded throughout the curriculum to ensure the acquisition of necessary skills and knowledge across grade levels. Ultimately, this allows students to function productively in a modern global society. Technology is utilized in the classrooms through creating, publishing, searching, and researching.

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)

During the COVID-19 pandemic Nishimachi implemented many new avenues for teaching virtually. We used Zoom and other digital tools to help our students learn even when our campus was closed.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


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


External examinations or assessments available

MAP Test, ISA Writing, NRT(Japanese assessment only for students in our native level class.)

Results in these examinations

The Nishimachi MAP scores for Math are above the EARCOS average. ISA Writing scores are also above average fro both exploratory and narrative writing.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, depending on grade.

Approximate hours of homework given

All students are encouraged to read in English and Japanese daily. The amount of homework varies by grade.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

We have a Learning Services team that includes a Learning Support Teacher, ESL teachers and a speech therapist who cater to the whole school, but we do not have a program.

Learning support offered

As mentioned above, we do not have a program, so the support we can provide is limited.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

We have a teacher-leader who is developing a gifted and talented program at our school.

Student access to education psychologist

Our students do not have a direct access to an educational psychologist, but we have an elementary school and middle school counselor on staff, who can refer to an organization or psychologist.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes, all applicants go through a screening process before admissions decisions are made.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

All students are screened in English, in Kindergarten we will also screen in Japanese some applicants depending on their language background. For Gr. 1-9 applicants, we screen for English and Mathematics.

Waiting list

In some grades, yes.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

There is no deadline as we have a rolling admissions, however, local applicants must apply to Kindergarten by October 31 for the new school year beginning the following August.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, we accept mid-year enrollments until March. For students who are attending one of the schools in Tokyo that is a member of JCIS (Japan Council of International Schools), we suggest that you apply for the beginning of the new school year.

School start time

8:15 am

School finish time

3:15 pm for Kindergarten; 3:30 pm for Grades 1-9

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, we offer after school care for an additional fee.

School bus service available


School provided lunches

We offer parents an option order from an outside lunch service that gets delivered everyday.

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

We keep track of allergies and special diets, and offer accordingly when we provide food at school for special occasions.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Karate, French, Drama, Soccer, Tennis, Hula, Beginning and Intermediate Band, Pottery, Chinese, French, Drama, Elementary Chorus, Dodge Ball, Girl Scouts, Golf, Fencing, Hula, Ikebana, Karate, Violin, Guitar, Taiko, Netball, Shuji, Shogi, Yoga, Chess, Computer Club, iPad Software Club.
Middle School Sports - (Girls: Volleyball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer)(Boys: Soccer, Basketball, Cross Country)

Sports activities included

We have a full physical education curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade 9.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, we are a member of the Kanto Plain League, our teams play against other international schools.
Girls: Volleyball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer / Boys: Soccer, Basketball, Cross Country

Facilities at the school

We have a library, science lab, STEAM lab, Multi Purpose Room, art room, music room and a discovery play room in our Kindergarten building.

Sports facilities at the school

Gymnasium, outdoor playground/basketball court, roof top turf and non-turf practice spaces

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Founded in 1949 and located in the heart of Tokyo, Nishimachi International School has been providing innovative educational excellence for over 70 years. The language of instruction is English and all students study Japanese language daily. Working with a dedicated faculty and staff, Nishimachi students benefit from the school’s rigorous curriculum, close-knit community and interactions with the vibrant local culture. After attending Nishimachi, students are thoroughly prepared to continue their education in first-class institutions around the world, having been guided to take personal ownership of their learning, make meaningful connections with others, pursue challenges and persevere, act ethically and respectfully, and use multiple processes to think, innovate and reflect. The school is committed to educating students of all nationalities, cultures and backgrounds to be international and independent thinkers.

Teaching approach of the school

Working with a dedicated faculty and staff, students benefit from the school's rigorous curriculum, close-knit community, and interactions with the vibrant local culture. Students leave Nishimachi thoroughly prepared to continue their education in first-class learning institutions around the world.

As part of a community of learners, students are guided to take personal ownership of their learning, to make meaningful connections with others, to pursue challenges and persevere, to act ethically and respectfully, and to use multiple processes to think, innovate and reflect.

Nishimachi leaners are empowered to know, care and take action to bring value to others and make a positive impact in their world.

The academic environment at Nishimachi is both rigorous and nurturing, promoting independence and resourcefulness while touting tolerance, understanding, and respect for self and others. Teachers care about the overall well-being of each child, and they strive to create an environment in which students can foster strong relationships with one another and with their teachers. As students learn how to be part of a group, developing necessary interpersonal skills in the context of the classroom, they also learn about themselves as learners.

Nishimachi’s curriculum is structured to ensure that students receive a rigorous education, relevant to their context and to their experiences in a global community. Core subjects draw from Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core, and the AERO (American Education Reaches Out) framework. Specialist subjects are based on American education standards including SHAPE America's National Standards for Physical Education, and the National Coalition for US Arts Standards.

“Understanding by Design” forms the curricular framework at Nishimachi. This concept of curriculum development, assessment, and instruction is designed to foster deep understanding through stimulating, rewarding learning experiences for students. At Nishimachi, the ultimate goal of learning is student understanding and ability to communicate what they have learned. Students are at the center of the learning process at all grade levels, and they are aided by a supportive and nurturing faculty and technology tools that are used in meaningful contexts to enhance learning.

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