Founded in 1902, The American School in Japan is a private, coeducational day school, serving students from age 3 to grade 12 on two campuses: Early Learning Center (nursery- pre-Kindergarten -Kindergarten) in Roppongi and the Chofu campus in western Tokyo (Kindergarten-grade 12). The school serves students of all nationalities, with the majority having U.S. citizenship. The school year has two semesters.
Organization: The school is governed by a 15-member board of directors elected for one-year terms by the Board of Trustees of The American School in Japan Foundation, the sponsors of the school. Trusteeship in the Foundation is extended to representatives of business, U.S. Government, alumni and staff who have an interest in and provide financial support to the school.
Curriculum: The American School in Japan’s mission is to foster a community of inquisitive learners and independent thinkers, inspired to be their best selves, empowered to make a difference. We believe that students become their best selves when they are known, valued, and cared for in a dynamic learning environment that challenges them to collaborate, communicate, and inquire. Our school is a vibrant, multicultural community, with a curriculum of excellence, similar to a U.S. college-preparatory school. The ASIJ curriculum is standards-based and comprises all elements of the instruction and assessment process. A dynamic curriculum is one that is designed to support and inspire all learners as they construct new understandings through meaningful experiences. It is sequential and developmentally appropriate, allowing all students to access effective resources and opportunities for learning. A focus on the whole child is represented in a diverse range of opportunities for leadership, service, and participation in theater, music, dance and a vast array of sports. We celebrate our unique place in Japan and offer Japanese language and cultural experiences to all students, including daily Japanese instruction in grades 1 to 5. High school students can excel through enrollment in Advanced Placement courses, along with unique study opportunities through the Global Online Academy, the Impact Program, Independent Inquiry, Entrepreneurial Japanese, and other Advanced Topics. Our graduates attend outstanding universities in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, Japan, and other countries. ASIJ is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Accreditation is a voluntary practice initiated by institutions that requires a rigorous self-reflection and evaluation that is appraised for overall educational quality. This process emphasizes ASIJ’s commitment to continuous improvement.
Faculty: There are 14 administrators, 16 professional staff, 17 assistant teachers, 170 full-time teachers, 7 part-time teachers, 2 full-time nurses and 1 part-time nurse for the 2020-2021 school year.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, enrollment was 1675 (N-grade 5: 688; grades 6-8: 403; and grades 9-12: 584).
Facilities: The Chofu campus (Kindergarten-grade 12) features libraries, fine arts facilities, video studios, science laboratories, choral and instrumental music rooms, an auditorium, three gymnasiums, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and playgrounds/sports fields. Creative Arts Design Center contains a multi-purpose performance space for elementary children, two elementary music rooms and two elementary art rooms, five design technology studio labs, one robotics lab, a strings room, a Japan Center, and a space for professional learning. ASIJ has a campus wide wireless network to support faculty, staff and students. Grades 6 through 12 have a 1:1 laptop program, 1:1 iPads in grades 1-5. Optional bus service to/from central Tokyo and the Chofu campus is available, with an average transit time of 50 minutes. The Early Learning Center (nursery-Kindergarten) is a purpose built facility featuring its own library, music room, community room, and playground.
Finance: In the 2020-2021 school year, more than 90% of the school’s operating income will be derived from tuition and fees. The remainder comes from donations, grants, investments, and auxiliary enterprises. Annual tuition rates for 2020-2021 are ¥2,595,000 to 2,750,000 ($24,260-25,906 at ¥106=$1US) for Nursery through grade 12, payable in Japanese yen.
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.