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Parent's Review of New International School of Japan in Tokyo, Japan

What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)

New International School of Japan

In what town or city is this school located?

Tokyo

How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)

International

What grade levels are represented at this school?

K- 10

How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)

Train and foot

How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?

Bilingual, Multi-age. e.g grades 6,7,8,9,10 all in one room. No school yard. Some Computers. Few sports.

What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?

This school caters mainly for permanent residents of Japan. Not a good option for expats, as the bilingual approach results in lower levels of development in both languages. Students ending up weak in both.

The majority of students are Japanese, with some lack of motivation to learn English.

How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?

No PTA

No parent forums.

Informal coffee gatherings by chance, only.

What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?

Be careful.

Japanese is the only language spoken by most students and students not fluent in Japanese are somewhat left out, as they are a minority. i.e. one or two per class.

The bi-lingual approach, while nice in theory, is actually very Japanese oriented, with fewer native English speaking teachers, and far fewer native English speaking students.

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Feb 26, 2013 20:05

Absolutely agree with the Report. We had big problems when moving to another country. The composition of the English-speaking teachers is always changing and qualifications desired. The program is very vague. Good base is absent, in which so children need, especially in the early years.

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Feb 26, 2013 20:06

Absolutely agree with the Report. We had big problems when moving to another country. The composition of the English-speaking teachers is always changing and qualifications desired. The program is very vague. Good base is absent, in which so children need, especially in the early years.

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