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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 14
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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 14 students / class
Maximum 16 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: ¥1,700,000
to: ¥2,000,000
Address: 151-0063 Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Tomigaya, 2 −21−10 Kijima Bldg. Japan
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Number of students

230 students

Number of nationalities represented in the school

40+ nationalities

Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students


Native English speaking teachers

Native, certified elementary school teachers.

Language support for students not fluent in English

The school provides ESL and learning support services, and tutoring after school.

Additional language classes offered by the school

UST teaches Japanese every day. The classes are level-based. In addition to Japanese, a Spanish elective is offered in Middle School.

Max. number of students per class

16 students

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?

All kindergarten classes have teaching assistants in addition to lead teachers. In lower elementary, teaching assistants are employed, if needed.

Use of technology in the classroom

In Early Years children use iPad for learning centers; starting from G3 all students have individual iPads. Middle schools students have laptops. Technology is integrated into the classwork and used across all subjects.

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)

The school has a daily online learning protocol across all grades that includes all academic and specialty subjects. To support working parents and struggling students, in addition to the in-class support we offer daily online consultations, small-group tutoring and one-on-one sessions.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No. We welcome and celebrate all religions and cultures.

External examinations or assessments available

Starting from Grade 4, all students complete a standardized diagnostic test in Math and English called i-Ready. This diagnostic test is conducted three times a year to help teachers better identify students' areas of need and trace progress throughout the year. Based on the test results, struggling students would then receive individualized support.

Results in these examinations

More than half of students place within 80-99% of National Norm.

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 20 min of homework; Eighth graders' homework takes about an hour to complete. The homework includes English, Japanese, Math and special projects (for Science, Social Studies, Art, Music or Guidance).

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes. UST has a learning support specialist and a school counselor.

Learning support offered

Our learning support specialist provides push-in and pull-out services for students whose individual requirements can be met within the mainstream classroom. We also work with independent specialists who conduct assessments and provide additional services that go outside of the scope of a learning support specialist (e.g. speech therapy, occupational therapy, ABA therapy etc. ).

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

UST employs differentiated, ability-based teaching that 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 external educational psychologists.

Entry evaluation for students

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

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Elementary and middle school level tests include reading and writing assessments, and a math test.

Waiting list

Yes, for some grades that are currently full.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Our official registration deadline is January 10th.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, we have a rolling enrollment, particularly for students transferring from other international schools domestically or overseas.

School start time

8:15 am for Grade 5-Grade 8;
8:30 am for Kinder - Grade 4;
8:45 am for Pre-school and pre-Kindergarten

School finish time

3:15 pm

Supervised care before/after school

Supervised care is provide between 8:00 am and 5 pm.

School bus service available


School provided lunches

No. However, we have an organic lunch catering service that delivers lunches daily and could be ordered by parents.

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

The catering company does.

Uniform required

Yes, PE uniform for all grades and regular school uniform from Grade 1.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

UST offeres ECAs Monday through Thursday. About 30 different clubs that include sports, visual and performing arts, and various academic activities. Individual tutoring is also available as part of our after-school program.

Sports activities included

All students have PE classes twice a week. Starting from Grade 1, students also go swimming one a week as part of their PE activities.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

The school has very accomplished soccer team, track&field team, and a basketball team.

Facilities at the school

UST has an extensive library equipped with 20,000 books. We also have a science lab, 2 art rooms and 2 music rooms, Japanese classrooms, ESL room and a counseling room.

Sports facilities at the school

UST uses local sports facilities near the school: swimming pool, athletic field, soccer pitch, gym. We also have a gym at our middle school building.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

UST a unique school founded by teachers and parents to provide affordable, quality educational opportunities for families in Tokyo. UST is a popular choice for parents who are looking for a holistic, child-centric school community with good balance between a rigorous international curriculum and daily Japanese program, with great emphasis on creativity, outdoor education, community service and charity.

Teaching approach of the school

UST believes that elementary school should provide individualized approach to education and focus on the “whole child” by addressing every child’s social-emotional, physical and academic needs. The school employs a holistic, inquiry-based approach to teaching with a focus on hands-on learning and outdoor education. We believe in the importance of creating opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom by taking them on nature strolls, community walks, field trips etc., as well as frequently organizing scholastic and cultural events at school.

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