Student Learning

What is the school’s learning mission?

Our student learning expectations (SLEs) provide our learning mission, which is to educate students to be communicators, thinkers, responsible learners, collaborative workers, developers of quality work and global ambassadors. Students become motivated life long learners who are able to live in and contribute to a diverse and changing world.

What kind of curriculum does Nishimachi use?

The school features a unique, rich international curriculum taught in English using an inquiry approach to learning knowledge, skills and understandings. The overall academic program of English, mathematics, social studies and science is complemented by daily Japanese, music, physical education, art, drama, exploratory, community service and outdoor education programs.

What do you offer in Arts education?

Visual Arts, Music, and Drama provide an education rich in aesthetic experiences that are open ended, exploratory in nature, and meaningful. Participation is highly valued, and teachers work to help students identify their strengths and chart their progress. Unique opportunities present themselves for students to express themselves in ways not afforded them in other subjects. Lifelong participation and appreciation for the Arts is the main goal. In addition to curricular offerings, there are also public performance and exhibition opportunities throughout the year. All middle school students participate in at least one all-school drama production a year.

Do students get the opportunity to participate in trips/outdoor activities?

Extended science study and social studies field trips for grades 4 to 9 are held during the year at the school's lodge “Kazuno”, Kyoto/Nara and Hiroshima. Grades 2-5 participate in off-campus swimming programs and grades 4-9 have 3-5 days of ski school in Niigata.

How do students use information communication technology (ICL) in their learning?

An important means of enhancing teaching and learning at Nishimachi is the effective use of information and communication technology. Technology continues to have an increasingly significant impact on all aspects of education, life at home, and in the workplace. Students at Nishimachi are encouraged to become twenty-first century learners through the use of information technology at school and at home. This is embedded throughout the curriculum to ensure the acquisition of necessary skills and knowledge across grade levels. Ultimately, this allows students to function productively in a modern global society. Technology is utilized in the classrooms through creating, publishing, searching, and researching.

Do students have access to a library?

Students use the "Yashiro Media Center" which contains a library of about 20,000 volumes, 65% in English and 35% in Japanese. In addition students are able to use media center computers and the Internet to search for information on topics related to their studies. Through effective use of traditional resources and technology, students are empowered to achieve their potential as learners.

Are students involved in community service?

At Nishimachi a strong sense of community service begins in Kindergarten. Our philosophy is "to nurture in our students the natural response to want to contribute to their communities, local, global and immediate, and to develop a life-long commitment to community service." Students have opportunities to contribute to, and participate in, a variety of community service projects such as Tohoku relief projects, community service with sister schools in Japan and in Cambodia, various international disaster relief support projects, helping the aged and homeless and animal welfare support.

Do you offer any summer programs?

Nishimachi offers a short summer school program, only for Nishimachi students, during two weeks in June. Attendance at the summer school is optional. Summer school further develops Japanese/English listening–speaking, reading, writing, and linguistic skills in languages, science, social studies, calligraphy, sports and fine arts. Students have opportunities to research using books and information technology, produce creative work, be involved in interactive group projects, visits to museums and participate in field trips.

Does Nishimachi offer standardized tests?

Yes, we do.

We conduct MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing, which was developed by Northwest Evaluation Association in the U.S.A. Students in grades 2 to 9 take MAP tests in Mathematics, Reading and Language Usage. The tests are taken twice in the year, in September/October and in April. MAP is a measure of academic progress and is adaptive to student responses.

The Writing Assessment Program (WrAP) is used in grades 3-5 during Semester 1. WrAP assessment provides a direct measure of each student’s writing ability resulting from the production of a writing sample in response to a specific prompt. WrAP is scored holistically and analytically by two professional scorers, providing a direct measure, using a six-trait, six-point rubric, to provide data that can help target writing instruction for each student.

Standardized tests provide data from an independent source. This is used in conjunction with results from other assessments given by teachers to provide feedback to students, parents and teachers.

QUICK FACTS
How many students does Nishimachi have?
  • 402
How many students are in elementary school?
  • 315
How many students are in middle school?
  • 86
How many classes are there in each grade level?
  • Kindergarten, grades one through three – Usually three classes of up to 20 students per class. Grade four onwards – Two classes of up to 20 students
What is the nationality breakdown of Nishimachi's student body?
  • Japanese 35%, American 39%, Other nationalities representing 26%.
What are the school's hours of instruction?
  • Kindergarten - 8:15 am to 2:30 pm
  • Grades 1 to 9 - 8:15 am to 3:30 pm
How many teachers do you have?
  • 54 teachers, 34 in elementary and 18 teachers in middle school.
What is the teacher student ratio?
  • 1:7
Nishimachi International School
2-14-7 Moto Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0046 Japan Tel: +81- (0)3-3451-5520

A well-recognized, independent, and coeducational K-9 international school in central Tokyo.

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