Learning in Elementary School
The Elementary School provides a safe and nurturing learning environment with high social and academic expectations for all students. All classes are taught by certified, accomplished, and experienced teachers who are committed to ongoing professional development. Each child is assigned to the care of a specific home-base teacher, who understands their academic and social needs. Teacher to student ratios are intentionally small to facilitate a strong community of learners. Our dedicated faculty, in collaboration with support staff, maintain the high standards and expectations that are the hallmark of a Nishimachi education.
In addition to home-base teachers, other qualified teachers support the full scope of the elementary learning environment. Specialists teach Music, Art, Drama and Physical Education. Bilingual classroom assistants work closely with the teachers and our youngest learners in each kindergarten class. This ensures a positive and successful transition to schooling. This support is continued through Grades 1 and 2 with grade-level team assistants.
Japanese language teachers teach smaller classes to meet the diverse needs of Japanese language instruction. The faculty meets frequently to discuss curriculum needs, student welfare, and the integration of Japanese language and culture into daily learning. When necessary, the student support team works with the home-base teacher to further support the social, emotional and intellectual growth of each student.