International, American curriculum
Ages 3 to 12

United School of Tokyo

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CurriculumInternational, American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 12
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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 12 students / class
Maximum 16 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus

This school is not available for a twelve year old child.

Address: 151-0063 Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Tomigaya, 2 −21−10 Kijima Bldg. Japan

All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students

130 students

Number of nationalities represented in the school

25 nationalities

Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

Limited amount of local students

Max. number of students per class

15-16 students

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?

All kindergarten classes have 2 teachers , elementary classes have 1 teacher.

Native English speaking teachers

Native, certified elementary school teachers.

Language support for students not fluent in English

The school provides pull-out ESL classes.

Additional language classes offered by the school

UST teaches Japanese every day. The classes are level-based.

Use of technology in the classroom

In Kindergarten children use iPad for learning centers; starting from G1 all students have individual iPads. Technology is integrated into the classwork and used across all subjects.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Homework starts from Grade 1.

Approximate hours of homework given

The amount of homework differs by grade. First graders get 25 min of homework; Six graders' homework takes about an hour to complete. The homework includes English, Japanese, math and social projects (for science, social studies, art or music)

Uniform required

Yes, from G1.

Waiting list

Yes, for some grades that are currently full.

Entry evaluation for students

Kindergarten level entry requires a trial and a simple assessment conducted in the classroom. Elementary school entry requires a trial and entry tests.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Elementary level tests include a reading assessment and a math test.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

UST has a Official registration deadline is January 8, 2016

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, especially for transfer students.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


External examinations or assessments available


Results in these examinations


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No. We welcome and celebrate all nationalities and religions.

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


Learning support offered


The school supports gifted, able and talented students

UST employs differentiated, ability-based teaching, which allows us to stimulate and challenge each individual student.

Student access to education psychologist

UST has an in-house school counselor and ties with several educational psychologists.

School start time

8:45 am for elementary and 9 am for pre-school and Kindergarten

School finish time

3:15 pm for elementary and 3 pm for pre-school and Kindergarten

Supervised care before/after school

Supervised care is provide between 8:30 am and 5 pm.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

UST offeres ECAs Monday through Thursday. About 20 different clubs that include sports, dance, music, art and academic activities.

School provided lunches

No. However, we have an organic lunch catering service that delivers lunches daily

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

The catering company does.

Sports activities included

Students have PE classes twice a week. In addition, elementary students have swimming class once a week.

Sports facilities at the school

UST uses local sports facilities near the school: swimming pool, athletic field, soccer pitch.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

The school has a very accomplished trackandfield team and a junior swim team.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

UST is a unique school founded by parents and teachers. At UST families and educators have come together to provide affordable, quality educational choices for families in Tokyo. We commit ourselves to creating a happy, family-like space that aims at academic excellence fostered by warmth, acceptance, respect, flexibility,creativity and community service.