Ohana International School website:  http://www.school-in-tokyo.com/

2-17-8 Azabu-juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045

Phone: 03-3451-0087 Fax: 03-3451-0087 Email: info@school-in-tokyo.com

Ohana International School

Founded in 2010 by Shelley Sacks and Darren Winney, Ohana is a small preschool in the heart of Azabu-juban — with bright and colourful classrooms on two floors, and eco-friendly equipment throughout. Curriculum and philosophy based on the integration of a number of early childhood education philosophies: Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and Rudolf Steiner.


Ohana International School classroom facility


“OIS is an inclusive preschool with a difference, located in Azabu-juban and catering for children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years.

Our learning programme is designed to build on the strengths of each child, valuing families and their ethnicity as well as everyone’s contribution to the school. We honor the uniqueness of each child and his or her faith, religion, family and culture. We have also taken into consideration the importance of both academics and the ‘emotionalisation’ and ‘socialisation’ of children in their early years. We believe that young children are active learners who construct their own knowledge and understanding of the world, and that play is central to this. Environment and social interactions serve as scaffolds whereby children progress to higher levels of development, learning motivation and developing the ability to make their own choices.

Our programme teaches children about the environment and how each of us can do something to “Save the World” (children separate their own garbage each day); Early Literacy and language activities; Math and number games; Gross and fine-motor activities; Science and discovery activities; How to live in a community and embrace difference; How to express ones thoughts and feelings in an honorable and respectful way to others

Children with special needs are welcome at our school. We have experienced staff with relevant qualifications and work with a network of specialists when necessary.”