Tokyo
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Ages 12 to 18

Tamagawa Academy (K12) and University

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CurriculumInternational
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 12 to 18
BilingualNo
International Baccalaureate Yes
Avg. students per class -
Max. students per class -
First year fees: ¥1,870,000

Fees / Price

School fees, for a twelve year old child , in JPY

Yearly fees: ¥1,720,000
When you first enroll your children in the school, some extra fees are applied:
One time fees: ¥150,000
Total first year fees: ¥1,870,000
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School Information

Number of students

First of all, I would like to draw your attention to that:
1) Tamagawa Academy is a Japanese school accredited by the Ministry of Education of Japan (MEXT),
2) therefore, most of our students are Japanese, and courses are taught in Japanese and partially English-Japanese bilingual environment except the IB course, and
3) the instruction language in the IB course is English.
Considering that this service is mainly for expats other than Japanese, we introduce our IB course which is most suitable for such students relocating from abroad. Accordingly, the information of IB course should be focused on, and as for the non-IB courses, treated as reference purpose only.
(Answer to the question)
No. of students enrolled in the IB course was 30 in grade 7 out of 170 from grade 7 to 12 in total.
There were 370 students in total from the kindergarten to the upper secondary school including the IB students.

Number of nationalities represented in the school

2 to 3 nationalities are represented.

Most common nationality

Japanese is the most common nationality.

Ratio of local students to international students

95% of students are Japanese.

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

Experience in studying in English is not necessary for those seeking to enrol in the MYP at Year 7. The curriculum and support classes are designed to further English acquisition, while maintaining the students' mother tongue.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Japanese

Use of technology in the classroom

Information science courses begin in 3rd grade to provide students with the ability to use computers and networks as vital tools. Students learn various important skills, including how to use these tools and netiquette. The Upper School Complex is home to the Multimedia Resource Center (MMRC), which nurtures intellectual
curiosity as a place for both classes and self-learning.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.

Entry evaluation for students

Entrance exam and interview.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

The subjects tested vary by year level. Year 7 (1st Year of Junior High School, enrolling in April): The exam is held at the same time as the general Junior High School entrance examinations. The examined subjects are Japanese, mathematics, science and humanities. Exams can be written in both Japanese and English.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

As mentioned ealier, Tamagawa Academy is a Japanese school, and its academic year starts in April and ends in March.
The deadlines of the registration for enrollment differes depending on the timing of enrollment.
1) for enrollment in April: registration in late January to early February (regular admission)
2) for enrollment in September: registration in early July (transfer admission)
3) for enrollment as needed basis (rolling admission): any time when an applicant move to Japan from abroad.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes.
As answered to the preceding question, the School accepts a transfer students throughout the academic year.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100% of the IBDP graduates advances to a higher educational institution.

External examinations/assessments available

IB Diploma

Results in these examinations

75% of the DP students is awarded the full DP of the IB Programme, and the average score is 30 out of 45 amongst the students awarded the full DP.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Although Tamagawa Academy is not a mission school, the School regards religion as important for education, but its educational philosophy is "education is not for a religion but a religion is for education".
Being based on such philosophy, the School introduces the teaching of Christianity for "Zenjin" (well-rounded person) Education of Tamagawa.

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

As mentioned ealier, Tamagawa is not a mission school. So, students with non-religion/a different religion are not forced to follow the teaching of the Christianity.
But there is a chapel hour in a week and it is counted as a lesson hour.
If a studet has a difficulty to attend the chapel hour, he/she might not be able to earn the relevant academic credit.

School bus service available

No.
All students have to walk from the nearest railway station/bus stop to the School, which takes a 15-minute walk.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

No. We have no particular program for such needs.

Learning support offered

N/A

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

There is no particular treatment for such students under the educational system of Japanese schools.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes.
There are school counselors who provide counseling as necessary.

School start time

Grades 7 to 12: 8:45 am

School finish time

Grades 7 to 12: 3:35 pm

Supervised care before/after school

Yes.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Judo, soccer, rugby, kyudo, softball, badminton, ski, hand bell, choir, broadcasting, art, baseball, kendo, track and field, dance, Danish, gymnastics, wind music, theatre arts, archery, English, drama, basketball, tennis, Shaolin, martial arts, swimming, aerobics, golf, orchestra, science, cheer dance, chorus, shorinjikempo, robot

School provided lunches

Yes, but only university students are allowed to buy and eat food in the cafeteria.
Students in the primary and secondary schools have to bring a lunch box and eat it in their classroom.

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

No.
As mentioned in the above, students have to bring their own lunch box.

Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports facilities at the school

50 meter indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, athletic field, adventure course

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Tamagawa Academy (K-12) was founded in 1929 as an elementary education organization. Later a secondary education division was added, and in 1947 Tamagawa University received approval for establishment as an "old system" (pre-war) university. As an academy (gakuen) which encompasses all school grades, Tamagawa currently provides education from kindergarten to graduate school level within a single campus.

With the school's primary educational principle of "Zenjin" Education, and as a private school with definite individuality, Tamagawa aims to build rich and harmonious human culture beginning with scholarship, morality, arts, religion, the body and everyday life. It is through education that we become better people. Education is an activity that improves a person - starting at the time of birth and continuing on throughout life. Tamagawa founder Kuniyoshi Obara characterized human beings as having an unique individuality from birth, and also a commonality with everyone in the world. The mission of Tamagawa education is to progress towards a realization of this principle and to produce outstanding individuals who can contribute not only to Japanese society but to the world.

Tamagawa provides a globally renowned, world-class education, seeking
to produce graduates capable of applying knowledge to the benefit of the
society. Tamagawa is a IB World School.

Teaching approach of the school

Tamagawa Academy (K-12) approaches K-12 integrated education as a sequence of growth stages. To ensure students become thoroughly familiar with the skills and knowledge required at each stage, the Academy in its educational activities promotes student interaction, even across grade levels, in various
aspects of learning and living.

To create the richest possible learning environment, some courses, such as English and music, are taught by instructors with expertise in the subjects from the 1st grade. From the 4th grade, each subject is taught by a specialist. The learning environment of Tamagawa encourages students to learn at any time by investigating topics and asking questions until they understand them. For such purpose instructors are on hand at all times in classrooms or neighboring study rooms.

Location

Get in touch with the school

Contact email: tamagawaib@tamagawa.ed.jp
School's webpage: www.tamagawa.jp/en
Address: 6-1-1 Tamagawagakuen, Machida, Tokyo 194-8610 Japan