Tokyo is the capital of one of the most industrialised nations of the world, Japan. It is a unique blend of the modern and the traditional and typifies what Japan is – a rich first-world nation with a traditional past steeped in its ancient history.
Tokyo is one of the few world cities and is as dominant on the world scene as are cities like London, Paris and New York. It is home to corporate giants like Honda, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Nippon Steel and so on, yet is known for its vibrant cultural scene as well.
It is also home to a large number of expats from around the world, many of whom live there with their families.
The city offers them world-class infrastructure including first-rate public transport and some of the best international schools anywhere. Let’s look at some leading Tokyo international schools including Tokyo Montessori school and Tokyo High Schools.
Some Leading Tokyo International Schools
1. Global Indian International School, Tokyo
Global Indian International School, Tokyo is a premier K to grade 12 school with four well-appointed campuses boasting a host of hi-tech amenities and facilities. Its teachers are as good as the best anywhere in terms of their qualifications and experience.
Part of a globally renowned network of international schools with branches all across the world, GIIS Tokyo is the first choice of school for a host of expats living in the city seeking a world-class education for their children.
It provides access to some of the best curricula available worldwide including Global Montessori Plus, CBSE, Cambridge CLSP, Cambridge IGCSE, International Baccalaureate Primary Years, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and International Baccalaureate Diploma Bridge Programme.
Its students have a terrific track record with regard to their academic performance as well as obtaining admission to some of the best colleges and universities anywhere. The school is popular not just with Indian expats, but also with English-speaking expats from other nations.
2. American School in Japan (ASIJ), Tokyo
American School in Japan or ASIJ is an outstanding K to grade 12 school providing stellar international education to its students. Its Early Learning Centre which was founded in 2004 in Roppongi provides the best possible education to children in the 3 to 5 years age group providing them access to an adapted Reggio Emilia curriculum.
Though the medium of instruction is English, there is a program about Japanese culture as well. The older campus in Chofu was founded way back in 1902 and caters to the educational requirements of students in the 6 to 18 years age group.
They are provided access to the American curriculum which leads to them earning an American diploma. They can also earn credits for university even while at school. It is hardly surprising that most of their graduates make it to top colleges in the US, UK, Europe, Canada, Japan and other places in Asia. It is also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
3. The British School in Tokyo
Founded in 1989, and inaugurated by the late British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, the British School in Tokyo is one of the most well-regarded international schools in Japan. Catering to the educational requirements of students in the 3 to 18 years age group, the school has 1100 students on its rolls and offers them access to the National Curriculum for England, Cambridge IGCSE and A Levels.
Everything about the school, from its infrastructure to its teachers is out of the top drawers. The education provided at the school is fully holistic and incorporates both academics and a range of extracurricular and co-curricular activities.
The school has a stellar academic track record with its students obtaining admission to some of the top universities in the world. It is not surprising that the school is amongst the most sought-after by ex-pats living in Japan as a place to send their children for education.
Going forward one can expect the Tokyo international schools of Japan to continue to play a stellar role in educating the children of the hundreds of thousands of expats who live in Japan.
Considering the fact that the Asia-Pacific region is going to be the engine of the world’s future economic growth, receiving one’s schooling in Japan can only augur well for a young expat seeking to make a future of himself in the emerging world.
The school of Japan provides a unique combination of Western pedagogy and Japanese principles of discipline, hard work and according importance of high quality above all else. The times that we live in are very dynamic and require one to have a very adaptive approach to dealing with what is going on in our environment.
Receiving an international education in a Japanese international school like the ones described above is very helpful in developing such qualities in an individual at a very early age.