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The American School in Japan

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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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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 20 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: ¥2,785,000
to: ¥2,940,000
This school has more than one campus in Tokyo:
The American School in Japan : Ages 6 to 18

Address: 1-1-1 Nomizu Chofu-shi, Tokyo 182-0031 Japan

Early Learning Center: Ages 3 to 6

Address: 6-16-5 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032 Japan

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Max. number of students per class

The maximum class size is 18 for each nursery class, 20 for each pre-kindergarten class and 22 for each kindergarten class.

Average number of students per class


Native English speaking teachers

ASIJ’s 160-plus faculty members represent 13 different nationalities with the majority being US citizens. All are experienced teachers, with approximately 69% having earned post-graduate degrees (MA / PhD). Faculty members average 19 years of teaching experience and stay an average of 9 years at ASIJ, creating a consistent and stable environment for our students.

Language support for students not fluent in English

The school offers English Immersion Program.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish.

Use of technology in the classroom

Bright and airy classrooms provide flexible teaching spaces in which our students learn. Ceiling-mounted projectors and an open Wi-Fi network facilitate the integration of online tools and content into classes.

Technology is ubiquitous at ASIJ. ASIJ has 1:1 laptop programs in the middle and high school, and access to laptops and iPads in all elementary classrooms. Both campuses have universal wireless internet access that allows students and faculty to use technology wherever they are at school. ASIJ embraces technology as another tool for learning and communicating, and it is steadfast in its endeavor to teach digital citizenship and responsible use of this essential component that impacts all our lives.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.

Uniform required


Entry evaluation for students

There is no general entrance examination. ASIJ reviews school reports, test scores and recommendations. Applicants may be requested to participate in academic, English or other screening prior to an admissions decision.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

ELC / Kindergarten: Many applicants to these grades will be screened prior to admission.
Grades 1-12: There is no requirement for an interview or ASIJ entrance examination. Applicants may be invited for a screening prior to an admission decision.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


External examinations or assessments available

AP Exam

Results in these examinations

In May 2014, 324 ASIJ Students took 803 AP exams, with 94% of ASIJ students scoring a passing grade of 3 or higher. This compares favorably to the US average of a 60% pass rate.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

ASIJ has a learning support program N-12 that supports students with mild learning needs. Each applicant is reviewed individually to evaluate whether ASIJ can support their learning needs within the curriculum.

TheEarly Learning Center is unique in being the only international preschool in Tokyo with a full-time, on-site, certified speech and language specialist, who works with students, parents and teachers.

Learning support offered

The ELC offers individual and small group pull-out and in-class speech and language support for students. Language acquisition is a key developmental task in the early years.

School start time

8:30 am

School finish time

3:00 pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Some of the clubs are: basketball, karate, soccer, swimming, golf, cross country, volleyball, chess, robo design, tennis, field hockey, brains bowl, ballet, boy scouts, girl scouts, art, dance, jazz band, math and many more.

School provided lunches

ASIJ serves a wide variety food and beverages through the cafeteria, kiosk and via various vending machines in the middle and high school areas.

Sports activities included

Racket sports, soccer, floor hockey, gymnastics.

Sports facilities at the school

Tennis courts, 25m indoor pool, dedicated high school gym, two sports fields and a fully stocked fitness gym are some of the spaces that students enjoy for PE and after-school sports.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The American School in Japan ASIJ is a non-profit, independent, co-educational day school that offers an American-style college preparatory education.

ASIJ's core values are:
- Students: ASIJ prioritizes the needs of the whole individual and promotes a balanced education for each student. It focuses on the acquisition of high-level academic skills and the healthy social, physical and emotional development of its students.
- Excellence: ASIJ inspiresits students to achieve their full potential and to passionately pursue excellence in everything they do. ASIJ actively seeks out learning experiences that develop creativity and instill the desire to achieve personal success.
- Environment: ASIJ recognizes and accepts its obligation to act responsibly to protect the environment and conserve our resources.
- Honesty and Integrity: ASIJ promotes honesty and integrity in its interactions with one another.
- Heritage: ASIJ celebrates over 100 years in Japan and takes advantage of the potential learning opportunities beyond the classroom in one of the world's most dynamic, cultural, social and economic centers.
- Service: ASIJ develops good citizens who contribute to the betterment of the school, the community and society.
- Community: the school's varied backgrounds enrich ASIJ's community, and an environment of respect and tolerance allows the school to comfortably express its views.

Teaching approach of the school

ASIJ’s curriculum is inspired by the best in American and international education and is designed to foster academic excellence, creativity and individuality. Small student-teacher ratios are maintained to assure opportunity for individualized instruction — an important part of ASIJ's emphasis on teaching to the whole person and attention to students' unique strengths and needs.

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