Oct 10

Top 18 International Schools In Tokyo

Top 18 International Schools In Tokyo

A snapshot: schools in Tokyo considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.

With (pending) next to their names, schools that have received a complete GSGI review indicate that we have them on our list of institutions to examine.

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International schools

American School in Japan (ASIJ)  

Ages 6-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,510 students; American curriculum; American High School Diploma; and Advanced Placement.

Established in 1902 and located in Chofu, a suburb of Tokyo, the ASIJ campus houses a 570-seat theater and Japanese culture center. All students in primary school study Japanese, regardless of their dual citizenship or percentage of American students. Most of their graduates go to the United States, followed by Asia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe, with a small proportion staying in Japan. By the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredited (WASC).. 

ASIJ Early Learning Centre

Ages 3-5; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 160 pupils; adapted Reggio Emilia

Opened in 2004 in the upscale Roppongi Hills complex in the heart of Tokyo, ASIJ specializes in English language instruction in addition to a program on Japanese culture. Beautiful structures and a great location. 

British School in Tokyo (The)
Ages 3-18; co-ed; day; autonomous; private non-profit; 1,100 pupils; National Curriculum for England/IGCSE/A Level

Only 63 students were on the roll call when Margaret Thatcher established the inaugural school in 1989. Currently, 350 kids attend the junior school on the Shibuya site, and 620 students aged 9 to 18 attend the 2017-built Showa campus. A recognized participant in the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and a British Schools Abroad (BSOA) independent schools inspectorate (ISI) inspection (BSO). 

International School of the Sacred Heart

Ages 3-5; co-ed, ages 6–18; girls exclusively; day; independent; a private non-profit; 550 pupils; IPC/adapted middle school curriculum; AP and US High School Diploma

A Catholic day school for girls in the center of Tokyo. Boys are permitted to enroll in kindergarten (3, 4, and 5-year-olds), but only girls can enroll from grade 1 and up. The school was founded in 1908 as a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, which is connected to institutions and schools in 44 nations. Spanning all year levels, approximately 550 pupils. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS) (WASC). 

Nishimachi International School

Ages 5 to 15; co-ed; day; autonomous; private non-profit; 480+ students; adapted curriculum using US Common Core Standards 

An international school with lessons taught in English and mandatory Japanese studies which was established in the heart of Tokyo over 70 years ago. Most graduates continue their education at various international schools throughout Japan, including ASIJ, YIS, ISSH, St. Mary’s, Seisen, Aoba and Saint Maur as well as boarding schools within Japan and abroad. Accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 1986 and accreditation from the Council of International Schools (CIS) since 2006.

Seisen International School 

Ages 3-18; co-ed (kindergarten), girls; day; independent; private non-profit; 650 students; Montessori/PYP/adapted curriculum/IGCSE (art & design, music)/IB Diploma

A Catholic school for females with a mixed-gender Montessori kindergarten. The curriculum has always included the Japanese language and culture. About 30% of students come from Japan or Asia, 30% from the UK or Europe, and 40% from the US or Canada. Norm IB scores are 3 points higher than the global average, and almost 50% of IB graduates attend American universities. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) (CIS). 

Tokyo International School (TIS)

370 pupils in the PYP/MYP program; ages 4 to 14; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit;

The school relocated in 2013 to Minami-Azabu in the heart of Tokyo. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) (CIS). They all have iPads or Macbooks because the school is an Apple Distinguished School. By 2024, it hopes to grow into new campuses for middle and high schools in a neighboring site and offer the entire International Baccalaureate program. 

Aoba – Japan International School Hikarigaoka

Ages 3-18; co-ed; day; autonomous; private non-profit; 330 pupils; PYP/MYP/IB Diploma

Although 90% of the pupils are Japanese, English is the language of instruction. However, daily lessons in the Japanese language are offered. The school utilizes a school bus and requires a uniform. They are endorsed by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools (CIS) (NEASC). Many graduates have gained admission to prestigious UK universities.

Aoba – Japan International School Meguro

330 children; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; adapted curriculum; ages 18 months to 6;

Kindergarten for the primary school in Hikarigaoka in the heart of Tokyo.

Canadian International School Tokyo

Ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 330 pupils; PYP; modified Canadian curriculum; Canadian High School Diploma; AP

The school’s enrolment has increased from 50 to over 300 pupils as it approaches its 20th anniversary. The majority of the students are Japanese, and the majority of the teachers are from Canada. The other pupils represent 25 different countries. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Unsurprisingly, most graduates enroll in universities in Canada or the US, with a smaller number choosing to stay in Japan or travel to Korea and Australia.

Columbia International School

Ages 6 to 18; co-ed; day; autonomous; private non-profit; 270 students; Ontario curriculum; Ontario High School Diploma (OSSD);

The first of two Canadian-education-focused international schools in Tokyo. High-caliber academic programs and diplomas and recognized by top international schools. Founded in 1997 and given Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation (WASC).

GREGG International School

co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 120 students; adapted curriculum; ages 1–12;

Established kindergarten and primary schools that have a 50-year history with a focus on international education. The adorable “Duckling” class is the moniker given to the kindergarten. Though the classrooms are bright and lovely, they are a little diminished by an uninteresting façade.

K International School

Ages 3-18; co-ed; day; autonomous; private non-profit; 660 pupils; PYP/MYP/IB Diploma

Founded more than 20 years ago, with a kindergarten that opened its doors in 2014. Teaching the International Baccalaureate program and producing IB Diploma results that are incredibly impressive (top school in Japan for the last five years and recently ranked 12th in the world). Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). Just over 25% of the students have US passports, representing more than 40 different countries (high rate of dual national students).

Montessori School of Tokyo (The)

Ages 2–15; co-ed; independent; private non-profit; 170 students; Montessori

The program is now in its third decade and has grown from the original kindergarten structure to include instruction for older kids up to fifteen. It is now the first Montessori middle school in Japan. This Montessori school is fully accredited and offers English instruction.

New International School of Japan

Ages 3-18; co-ed; day; autonomous; private non-profit; 250 pupils; adapted curriculum

Japanese/English bilingual small school founded in 2001. Caters to pupils who speak primarily Japanese. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council of International Schools (CIS) (MSA).

Shinagawa International School

Ages 3-13; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 200 pupils; PYP/Adapted/MYP candidate

Opened in 2007 and offers an IB-based curriculum (currently seeking Middle Year’s authorization), with a maximum of 25% of students from any one nationality allowed to enroll. Also offers summer school.

St. Mary’s International School

Ages 4-18; boys; day; autonomous; private non-profit; 900 pupils; adapted American curriculum; American High School Diploma; International Baccalaureate.

International, boys-only, Catholic school created in 1954 (students need not be devout Catholics). Located on a nine-acre, solar-powered, eco-friendly facility that was completely restored in 2010. boys from almost 50 different countries. The lads are noted for their athletic skills, especially in swimming and athletics, and sports are strongly encouraged. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS) (WASC).

Tokyo YMCA International School

Ages 4-14; co-ed; day; autonomous; private non-profit; 200 students; adapted American curriculum.

A small school that is frugal with its knowledge. Added a class for grades 7 in 2016 and 8 in 2017. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)