The Nishimachi International School (NIS) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school founded in 1949 to serve as a center of education for Japanese and expatriate children. Nishimachi's educational philosophy is rooted in a spirit of internationalism and humanism, which allows children to learn in a supportive environment. Nishimachi provides children with an education, in English and Japanese, which seeks to develop international perspective and understanding. The program extends from kindergarten through grade 9. The school year is divided into 2 academic semesters, beginning in late August and ending in June. An optional two-week Japanese summer school program is offered to Nishimachi students.
Organization: The School is recognized as a foundation, by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and has 8 members of the Board of Directors and 17 Trustee members.
Curriculum: Nishimachi strives to create a student-centered learning environment where all students are respected, nurtured, and encouraged to be confident learners. The School provides students with strong support and guidance and offers them opportunities to become increasingly independent and responsible. The following range of subjects encompasses its educational program: English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, Japanese language, Japanese social studies, art, music, physical education, and health and wellness. The Japanese language program is an essential element of the educational program for all students. Each student is assigned to classes in Japanese ranging from beginning Japanese-as-a-Second-Language to native-level Japanese. Approaches to learning vary within each grade level; and the teaching methodologies provide for individual and pair work, small group work, whole class teaching, literature circles, cooperative learning, one-on-one teaching, involvement in projects, and writing assignments. The educational program directs the energy and the vitality of students towards the realization of their potential so that they will become well-rounded and successful individuals who are ethical, respectful of others, and tolerant and open-minded global citizens. Nishimachi is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and by the Council of International Schools.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 60 faculty members. Faculty members come to Nishimachi with average of 8 years of teaching experience and remain at Nishimachi an average of 9 years. Of the current staff, approximately 50 percent have advanced degrees, including doctoral degrees.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 427 (K.-grade 9) representing 30 countries.
Facilities: The School is located in central Tokyo and comprises 6 buildings: the Matsukata House; the Ushiba Memorial gymnasium/auditorium, the kindergarten building in the Moto Azabu Hills complex, the primary building housing grades 1-2, the upper elementary/middle school building housing grades 3-9; and the Yashiro Media Center. The Matsukata House was the original family residence of Nishimachi’s founder and now serves as the main administrative building. The Yashiro Media Center, completed in the summer of 2007, contains about 20,000 volumes, 70 percent in English and 30 percent in Japanese, a variety of reference materials, tapes, CDs/DVDs, and two portable laptop wagons for Internet access. Nishimachi’s outdoor education center, Camp Rioichiro Arai “Kazuno,” is located in Gunma Prefecture, 150 kilometers northwest of Tokyo.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the School's operating income derives from tuition and donations. Annual tuition rates, including Education Enhancement Fee, are $28,575. The School charges a nonrefundable $240 application fee. Once admitted, there is a one-time only, nonrefundable registration fee of $3,858 and a building fee of $6,430. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars at the exchange rate of US$1.00=JPY 77.76.)