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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: ¥2,840,000
to: ¥2,840,000
Address: 2 Chome-14-7 Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 106-0046, Japan
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

USA, Japan, Australia

Ratio of local students to international students


Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


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


Use of technology in the classroom

We use laptops and iPads for all the grades K-9.
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.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Between 20 to 60 minutes per day, depending on subject and grade level.

Uniform required

No school uniform, but we do have a PE uniform.

Waiting list

In some grades, yes. To be wait listed applicants need to pass the screening test and be accepted pending a spot becoming available.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes, all applicants are required to take screening tests before admissions decisions are made. K-Gr.2 applicants must take an in-person screening at Nishimachi. We can send a screening kit to their current school for Gr. 3-9 applicants.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

We require screenings for English and/or Japanese for Kindergarten applicants depending on their language background. For Gr. 1-9 applicants, we do screenings for English and Mathematics.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

There is no deadline as we have a rolling admissions, however, local applicants are recommended to apply 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.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


External examinations or assessments available

MAP Test, WrAP 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 students practice religion at the school? What religion?


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

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 minimal.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

We don't have a gifted program at Nishimachi, but we make sure that all the students are challenged.
For Middle School Math, we have grade-level Math and an Advanced Math.

Student access to education psychologist

Our students do not have a direct access to an educational psychologist, but we have a school Counselor who can refer to an organization or psychologist.

School start time

8:15 am

School finish time

2:30 pm for Kindergarten; 3:30 pm for Gr. 1-9

Supervised care before/after school


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.
MS students can be on our sport team: (Girls: Volleyball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer)(Boys: Soccer, Basketball, Cross Country)

School provided lunches


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.

Sports activities included

Soccer, Doge Ball, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Swimming, etc.

Sports facilities at the school

Gym and outdoor court

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

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

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Founded in 1949, Nishimachi International School is an independent, coeducational K-9 school in central Tokyo with an internationally well-known academic reputation based on our unique history, English-Japanese language programs, and multicultural approaches to learning. Nishimachi's rigorous English-Japanese program and strong community attract many bicultural families whether they are expatriate or local families. Also, Nishimachi benefits from the committed and dedicated support of parents and alumni.

Teaching approach of the school

A Nishimachi education is about much more than academic programs or subject offerings. What makes Nishimachi special is community and our culture of respect, understanding of diversity, focus on active learning, trust, and communication, and strong commitment to language learning, in both English and Japanese. We aim to develop in every student an awareness of, and appreciation for, all cultures. Six school-wide student learning expectations (SLEs) are at the center of our daily work: at Nishimachi students learn to be good communicators, collaborators, thinkers, responsible learners, developers of quality work, and global ambassadors.

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