New International School (Ikebukuro, Tokyo)

3-18-32 Minami-Ikebukuro Toshima-ku Tokyo 171-0022
Phone: 03-3980-1057   Fax: 03-3980-1154
Founded in 2001, New International School of Japan offers a new and innovative style of education in the context of international schools in Japan.  Serving children from preschool to Grade 10, it is the first international school specifically established to meet the needs of permanent, international marriage, and/or long-term residents of Japan, regardless of nationality, in the clear and research-based recognition that dual language and multiage education is good for children! Families temporarily in Japan but with an interest in Japanese as well as English are also welcome.
In addition, the school offers a smooth transition for children moving from a Japanese based educational system to an English one from high school, or vice versa.
At New International School, the children learn bilingually in both English and Japanese through team-taught multiage classes; a resource and thematic-based curriculum; and a combination of whole group, individual, center-based and project-based activities. There are two full time homeroom teachers for fewer than 20 children in each exceptionally well-resourced class room.  Parents are assured of their child’s progress in both languages along developmentally based continuums, through parent seminars, student presentations, student-led conferences, anecdotal reports and portfolios.
The children maintain and develop their social and academic skills, creativity, and independence in a child-centered environment they can participate in with great enthusiasm. The school’s performing arts program includes the violin by the Suzuki Method for all children from age 8 and above.  From age 5 up, physical education includes Tae Kwon Do, and Mandarin Chinese is offered as an elective.  Graduates have entered international high schools, private Japanese high schools and boarding or day schools abroad.  The latter currently include the Putney School and St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont and Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts.
Our school is multiage by design, with a two to three year age range of children in each class, and as such offers a real alternative to the fixed curriculum age grade system which originated in Prussia in the early 1800’s and was designed for and belonged to an industrial/factory age, long passed.

2 thoughts on “New International School (Ikebukuro, Tokyo)”

  1. I do not know who wrote the September 4, 2012 comment, but it is not accurate, Grades 7~10 have two floors, not one, and they are beautiful classrooms. Grade 6 children are in one of two Grade 4~6 classes. There are no outside grounds, but there is a playground on the roof of one of the buildings and the school rents a full-sized gym for the older children (9 and above) in addition to using a large all-purpose room for the younger ones.. The younger children have PE twice a week and Taekwondo once a week in that room, and they also go to parks twice a week. All students have art, music, Taekwondo, PE, library (24,000 volumes), and about half of them also learn Chinese in classrooms other than the homerooms and often in another building (the school has two complete buildings and parts of two others in proximity). There are also numerous field trips. The high school and colleges destinations have been just as good or better than any of the other international schools. This person seems to assume anyone with an Asian looking face is Japanese and only speaks Japanese. In fact as of two weeks ago (last count) 38% of the children had two Japanese parents, which is probably close to average for most of the schools in Tokyo, unless they have a quota system for admissions. Another 24% have one Japanese parents. In any event, nationalities and language proficiencies do not necessarily correspond. The school does not misrepresent itself. Parents are invited and encouraged to visit, attend seminars or orientations before making any decision to enroll and the school has an open door policy once the child has enrolled. The children are welcome to speak Japanese or any other language. The school does not believe in English only policies. However, the children develop both academic and communicative proficiency in both English and Japanese, as is the mission of the school. Yes, we have more Japanese teachers. That is because all of the classes are team taught in two languages. We believe in addition to the language benefits, it is a great experience for children to experience having two adults with very different cultural backgrounds planning and working together in their classroom as well as a three year age range of classmates learning together. In our style of education, diversity is a positive rather than an inconvenience or even an enemy of the “system.” I have come to call it a Vygotskian style of education, as explained in the orientations and seminars, after Lev Vygotsky who emphasized that learning and language acquisition is a social process.

    I agree parents should be careful. They should be careful to think about educational issues and visit any school whose mission they may have an interest in. And they should be careful to take reviews such as those that may appear on any website with a grain of salt.

    Steven Parr, Founding Director/Head of School
    New International School of Japan

    1. well i honestly wish my parents would have listen to me when i told them i wanted to go to this school while i lived in tokyo with my aunt and uncle i think it would have gave me a fair chance to learn more japanese and still hold on to my english. this school would have helped alot since im mutiracail and i want to learn all the languages of the culutres that i have inside me. but since my mother is thai and my dad is black american and japanese they thought i was best for me to move from living with my aunt and go to a boarding school in thai.

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