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|Language of instruction
|Native English teachers
|Extra languages (other than English)
|20 students / class
|22 students / class
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|Number of students
|Number of nationalities represented in the school
|Most common nationality
|Native English speaking teachers
ASIJ’s 160-plus faculty members represent approximately a dozen different nationalities with the majority being US citizens. All are experienced teachers, with many having earned post-graduate degrees (MA / PhD). Faculty members average 18 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 ELL support for those students who need it.
|Additional language classes offered by the school
Japanese, Chinese, Spanish.
|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
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?
There are assistant teachers at our Early Learning Center and in Elementary School.
|Use of technology in the classroom
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.
|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)
ASIJ has a well-developed Distance Learning Plan which is supported by a variety of tools and technologies appropriate to each grade level. The school has successfully operated in both a Distance Learning model and Hybrid Model during COVID-19.
|Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?
|External examinations or assessments available
MAP Tests, AP Exams. SAT, ACT
|Results in these examinations
ASIJ students consistently perform above the global mean in our AP Exam results, MAP test scores and other external assessments.
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?
Homework is limited in Elementary School and assigned as necessary in the Middle and High Schools.
|Approximate hours of homework given
Dependent on the subject and grade level.
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs
ASIJ has a learning support program N-12 that supports students with learning differences. Each applicant is reviewed individually to evaluate whether ASIJ can support their learning needs within the curriculum.
The Early 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.
|Student access to education psychologist
Students may be referred to an external professional.
|Entry evaluation for students
There is no general entrance examination. ASIJ reviews each family's application, 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.
Depending on the current situation some grades may be full and have a waiting list.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)
ASIJ has rolling admission. Please contact the Admissions Office for specifics.
|Students can join after academic year begins
Yes, students may join during the school year although there may be restrictions based on the grade level and specific timing. Please contact the Admissions Office for specifics.
|School start time
|School finish time
|Supervised care before/after school
No supervised care before school. ASIJ has a wide range of after school activities that students may participate in.
|School bus service available
|School provided lunches
ASIJ serves a wide variety food and beverages through the cafeteria and kiosk at the Chofu Campus. ELC students are provided with snacks in the classroom and families have the option to provide lunch or use an order service.
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)
Daily options for vegetarians are available with gluten-free, vegan and other dietary restrictions accommodated by request.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered
ASIJ has approximately 170 co-curricular activities school-wide. These include a wide variety of arts options, team and individual sports, STEM activities such as robotics and iGEM, Japanese cultural activities, service clubs and other special interest groups.
|Sports activities included
PE classes are part of the curriculum in all divisions of the school and encompass a variety of physical activities and sports including swimming.
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students
Yes, ASIJ's teams compete locally and internationally.
|Facilities at the school
At the ELC there is a library, music room and community room. At the Chofu campus there are three libraries, specialized rooms for elementary music, band, choir and music practice, 4 art rooms, 6 design tech labs, science labs in middle and high school, 420-seat theater, black box theater, Multi-Purpose room, and many other learning spaces. We also have a rice field on campus that is used for cross disciplinary study.
|Sports facilities at the school
Six tennis courts, 25m indoor pool, three gymnasiums, two sports fields, fitness center and weight room, wrestling room, dance studio and Multi-Purpose Room (used for kendo, karate and other activities).
|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.
|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.