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American and International
Ages 3 to 14

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CurriculumsAmerican and International
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: ¥1,475,000
to: ¥1,805,000
Address: 151-0063 Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Tomigaya, 2 −21−10 Kijima Bldg. Japan
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All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students

200 students

Number of nationalities represented in the school

30+ nationalities

Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

Limited amount of local students

Native English speaking teachers

Native, certified elementary school teachers.

Language support for students not fluent in English

The school provides pull-out ESL classes and tutoring after school

Additional language classes offered by the school

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

Max. number of students per class

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.

Use of technology in the classroom

In Early Years children use iPad for learning centers; starting from G3 all students have individual iPads. 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.

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


External examinations or assessments available

All upper elementary students complete a standardized diagnostic test in Math and English called i-Ready. This 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 25 min of homework; Six 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


Learning support offered

While we do not have an on-staff SLN specialist, we work with independent specialists who provide support to some of our students with special learning needs.

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.

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 reading / writing assessment and a math test.

Waiting list

Yes, for some grades that are currently full.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

An official registration deadline December 31st.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, especially for students transferring from other international schools domestically or overseas.

School start time

8:30 am for elementary and 8:45 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 8:15 am and 5 pm.

School bus service available


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.

Uniform required

Yes, from G1.

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. In addition, elementary students have swimming class once a week.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

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

Sports facilities at the school

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

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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