This list gives you a snapshot overview of schools in Tokyo that are considered by English-speaking expats... sometimes chosen by parents and sometimes not.
If we haven't reviewed a school, it may just mean we haven't found enough parents yet to give us the reliable reports indicating a full write-up is warranted.
Schools selected for a full GSGI review are indicated below with next to their name.
The American School in Japan (ASIJ)
1 - 1 – 1 Nomizu, Chofu shi, Tokyo 182 – 0031
American Curriculum. Non-denominational.1500 pupils on two sites. On Chofu Campus, from Elementary to Grade 12 (also one kindergarten class). Huge site with extensive playing fields but out of centre of Tokyo. Also Nursery and Kindergarten in centre of Tokyo in smart complex called Roppongi Hills.
ASIJ Early Learning Centre
6 – 16 – 5, Roppongi, Minato ku, Tokyo 106 0032
American curriculum, but quite universal. 160 students.This Early Years centre opened in 2004 and is custom built. Very central location and beautiful buildings.
Aoba – Japan International School (Meguro Campus)
2 – 10 – 34 Aobadai, Meguro ku, Tokyo, Japan 153 – 0042
Accredited: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Member: Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS)
Aoba – Japan International School (Suginami Campus)
2 – 10 – 7 Miyamae, Suginami ku, Tokyo, Japan, 168 – 0081
Co-ed, Kindergarten – Grade 9.
90% Japanese pupils, but lessons taught in English. Japanese language everyday. School bus. Uniform. No real provision for learning problems such as dyslexia. Accredited: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Member: Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS).
British School in Tokyo
1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002 Japan
Non-denominational, 470 pupils total (ages 3-13).
Only school in Tokyo which follows the English National Curriculum. Highly regarded by British community in particular with 67% British students. School on three sites at present, two of them very close to each other, the other (for Years 6–8) a short bus ride away. Usual choice for British parents with children of primary school age.
Canadian International School
5 – 8 – 20 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa ku, Tokyo, Japan 141 – 0001
Kindergarten – Year 12. Established in Tokyo and Osaka in 2000. Canadian curriculum, Canadian teachers, two semester year. Small classes.
Accreditation: Canadian Department of Education Province of Prince Edward Island, mother school – Richmond International High School, Vancouver, British Colombia.
GREGG International School
1 - 14 - 16 Jiyugaoka, Meguro ku, Tokyo, Japan, 152-0035
Co-ed day school, preschool through year 6.
International School of the Sacred Heart
4-3-1 Hiroo, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0012 Japan
Catholic foundation, American curriculum. Approximately 520 pupils total, ages 3-18 (all girls, apart from some boys in the Kindergarten). Very pleasant location in central residential district popular with expats. Built in 1968, traditional atmosphere.
International Secondary School
4 - 17 - 26 Mita, Minato ku, Tokyo, Japan, 108-0073
Co-ed day school, grades 6 through 12. Affiliated with Laurel Springs School, California.
K. International School
3 - 31 - 5 Higashisuna, Koto ku, Tokyo, Japan, 136-0074
Co-ed, K-12, IB school.
The Montessori School of Tokyo
1 - 5 - 10 Minami Azabu, Minato ku, Tokyo, Japan, 106-0047
Montessori pre school through G6
Nishimachi International School
2-14-7 Moto Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo Japan 106 0046
Independent, non-denominational. American curriculum but with input from European and British teachers. New head is from Britain. Over 430 boys and girls- from Kindergarten to Grade 9. Very pleasant location in popular expat residential of Azabu but also close to Hiroo. Only school with ambitious dual language, Japanese/English programme although lessons are taught in English. Attractive new, purpose-built kindergarten block.
Seisen International Girls’ School
12-15 Yoga 1-Chome, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158 -0097
Independent, Catholic foundation. 700 pupils total, with capacity for 765 (mixed kindergarten). Offers American and IB Curricula. Shares sports facilities with St Mary’s Boys’ School, 10 minute bus ride away. Also coordinates musical shows, etc, with St Mary’s.
St. Mary’s International Boys’ School
19, Seta 1-chome, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-8668
900 boys total (Nursery- Grade 12). Catholic foundation. Offers American and IB Curricula. Good sports facilities. Works with Seisen on sport, cultural activities etc. Traditional values. About to undertake an ambitious rebuilding programme.
Tokyo International Learning Community
Special Education Needs school, specifically aimed at international school for students with developmental delays or disabilities who might not otherwise be successful without support in mainstream international schools. Follows a SEN model similar to the United States, giving intensive individual and small group academic instruction in reading and mathematics; students also work on group learning skills (in Life Skills, Social Studies and Science activities). Speech therapy included in tuition; provided to all students. All students have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) (reviewed annually) which has been developed by his/her team of parents, teachers and therapists; this serves as guideline for student’s educational and therapeutic intervention strategies.
Tokyo International School (TIS)
3 - 4 – 22 Mita Minato-ku Tokyo 108 0073
Non-denominational; around 300 girls and boys from Reception to Year 9. Curriculum: International Baccalaureate (Primary Years and Middle Years). Owned by charismatic American educationalist Patrick Newell and his Japanese wife. Recently moved into a Japanese school building so plenty of space and facilities. A young school, expanding all the time.
Tokyo YMCA International School
2 - 2 - 20 Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 135-0016