Milestones


1948

  • Tané Matsukata returns to Japan after 17 years in the United States

1949

  • Classes begin for four students in the Murata home with three teachers
  • Nishimachi School is founded and formalized by the Minato-ku Government

1951

  • First school building is completed

1953

  • First elementary graduation takes place

1955

  • Nishimachi School is recognized as Gakko Hojin by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government

1956

  • Primary language of instruction becomes English
  • Japanese classes begin with two Japanese students

1958

  • Kindergarten is added

1962

  • Japanese-language studies become a requirement for all students

1963

  • Junior high begins with grade seven; grade eight is added in 1964; and grade nine in 1965

1965

  • Matsukata House reverts to the Matsukata family from the Venezuelan government
  • First edition of Ayumi (school yearbook) is published by grade eight students
  • Junior high is relocated to Matsukata House

1966

  • School name is changed to Nishimachi International School
  • First junior high (grade nine) graduation takes place
  • Tradition of annual ski trips begins
  • First Food Fair is held

1968

  • Student Council (StuCo) is established

1970

  • First edition of Nishimachi newspaper CHIHEISEN is published by grade seven and eight students
  • Camp Rioichiro Arai is dedicated at Kazuno, Gunma-ken

1973

  • First Japanese program and speech contest are held

1975

1979

1980

  • Tomo no Kai (parent association) is formed
  • First issue of The Internationalist is published

1984

1985

  • Phase I building (Ushiba Memorial Gymnasium) is completed

1986

  • Nishimachi is accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)
  • Phase II building (primary building) is completed

1989

  • Founder, Tané Matsukata, passes away
  • Tané Matsukata Fund for International Education (scholarship fund) is established
  • 40th anniversary is celebrated in honour of Tané Matsukata (read The Internationalist article)

1990

  • New lodge at Camp Rioichiro Arai is completed

1991

  • Nishimachi-Kai (alumni association) is formed

1993

  • Japanese presentation program replaces Japanese speech contest

1994

  • Sister school ties with Kurohone elementary and junior high school are formalized

1997

  • Phase III building (upper elementary and junior high building) is inaugurated

1999

  • WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) self-study is completed and six-year accreditation awarded
  • 50th anniversary celebrations are held over three days (read The Internationalist article)

2000

  • Middle school program replaces junior high school

2001

  • ERB standardized testing begins
  • Nishimachi builds and supports Kirivorn School in Cambodia

2002

  • Kindergarten is relocated to the Moto Azabu Hills complex

2003

  • Outreach Scholarship Program for Student Diversity is established

2004

  • Tokutei Koeki Zoshin Hojin (Special Public Interest Promotion Organization) status is granted by Tokyo Metropolitan Government

2006

  • WASC (Western Association of School and Colleges) and CIS (Council of International Schools) ten-year joint accreditation is awarded

2007

  • Phase IV building (Yashiro Media Center) is inaugurated
  • Multi-purpose area, under the gym, is renovated

2009

  • Reinforcement work of the Matsukata House is completed
  • Enhanced art program of music, performing arts, visual arts, is implemented for both middle school and elementary school

2011

2015

  • 65th anniversary is celebrated

2016

  • CIS (Council of International Schools) and WASC (Western Association of School and Colleges) ten-year joint accreditation is awarded

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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