【Event Report】How to choose a Best Fit School

How to choose a Best Fit School

Sponsored by FSA and Tricor! The Latest on International schools & Boarding schools

-Event report on a popular international educational event

On Thursday, November 10 and Thursday, November 17, “International schools  and Boarding schools Online Seminar” (sponsored by FSA and Tricor) was held. Approximately 570 participants (total for the two days), mainly foreign investors who are considering stationing in Japan and domestic and foreign families interested in international education, listened attentively to the appeal and latest situation of international schools and boarding schools in Japan.

The editorial team will provide a three-part report on the seminar with presentation from the speakers.

In this article, we bring you a presentation by Michio Montogomery, The Representative Director & CEO of Global Step Academy Group, on “How to choose a Best Fit School.”


Michio Montgomery
The Representative Director & CEO of Global Step Academy Group
Mr. Montgomery currently is the Representative Director & CEO of Global Step Academy Group, an international education-focused company that provides international education services, both online and offline, for students around the world.
He was also the former Representative Director & CEO of ABC Cooking Studio, the largest cooking school business in Japan and one of the largest in the world. He left after the sale of the company to NTT Docomo in January 2014. Before that, he was an M&A associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML). He supported the team in numerous billion-dollar domestic and cross-border M&A deals. He graduated from Babson College with a BA in business administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Economics.


Location and position map of 49 leading schools in Japan

-Location map of 49 leading schools in Japan
Let’s take a general look at what kind of international schools and boarding schools exist in Japan and where they are located.

PDF MAP 

As you can see, most of the schools are located in the Kanto area, but there are many schools in other major cities in Japan that have excellent programs and interesting and unique visions.

-Position map of 49 leading schools in Japan

PDF Position-map

This is another angle on the positioning of each of the 49 international schools and boarding schools in Japan. This is not the best way to see the differences between the schools, but it is very simple.
The horizontal axis is the year of establishment, and you can see whether the school is a traditional school or an emerging school. If we look around the new schools on the left side, we can glimpse the recent rush of international schools and boarding schools opening. Characteristically, newer schools need to be more competitive in various aspects, so they have the advantage of having unique curricula and lower-than-average tuition fees.
Next, the vertical axis is a comparison of tuition fees, not only tuition fees, but also the overall necessary expenses such as enrollment fees and facility usage fees. The line right in the middle is the 2 million yen per year line, which includes tuition, facility fees, and other expenses. This is a typical tuition amount for an international school in Japan.
Some of the newer schools that are quite more expensive are Rugby (Chiba), Harrow Appi (Iwate), Jinseki (Hiroshima), and ISAK (Nagano). These are boarding schools in Japan. They are much higher in terms of tuition fees, but they offer vast and wonderful facilities and environments that other international schools cannot offer.

-A list of 49 leading schools
As a support tool to help you choose the best fit school for your child, we have created an updated list of 49 leading schools.

Please use the list to find the best fit school for your child, using the advice from our educational consultants and the school selection process we have described so far.

PDF School-list

Name of School Boarding
/
Day
Age
range
Girls/
Boys/
Co-ed
Annual Tuition
2022-2023
Curriculum / Qualification Year of
foundation
Accreditation Association University
acceptances
Location
1. Saint Maur International School Day 2.5-18 Co-ed JPY2,230,000 Montessori,IPC (IPC), IGCSE,
IB (DP), AP, Christian
1872 CIS, NEASC,
IB
JCIS No disclosure Yokohama,
Kanagawa
2. American school in Japan Day 3-18 Co-ed JPY2,885,000 American Curriculum,
AP
1902 WASC NAIS, EARCOS,
CASE, JCIS, GOA
2022 Chofu,
Tokyo
3. International School of the Sacred Heart Day 3-18 Girls JPY2,210,000 Original,
Christian
1908 WASC, CIS EARCOS, AGSA,
JCIS, KPASS
2022 Shibuya-ku,
Tokyo
4. Deutsche Schule Kobe International Day 2-11 Co-ed No Disclosure German curriculum,
IB (PYP)
1909 IB NA Kobe,
Hyogo
5. Canadian Academy Day & Boarding 3-18 Co-ed JPY1,260,000(D)
JPY5,110,000(B)
IB (PYP, MYP, DP) 1913 WASC, CIS, IB JCIS, APAC 2022 Kobe,
Hyogo
6. Yokohama International School Day 3-18 Co-ed JPY2,520,000 IB (PYP, MYP, DP) 1924 CIS, NEASC, IB JCIS 2022 Yokohama,
Kanagawa
7. St. Michael’s International School Day 3-11 Co-ed JPY1,397,000 IPC (IEYC, IPC),
Christian
1946 WASC, CIS,
COBIS, IPC
EARCOS, ICA, JCIS NA Kobe,
Hyogo
8. Nishimachi International School Day 5-15 Co-ed JPY2,910,000 Original 1949 WASC, CIS AAIE, WIDA, EARCOS, ICA, JCIS NA Minato-ku,
Tokyo
9. Christian Academy in Japan Day 5-18 Co-ed JPY1,670,000 American curriculum,
Christian
1950 WASC, ACSI EARCOS, CSI,
CSPN, JCIS
2022 Higashikurume,
Tokyo
10. Marist Brothers International School Day 3-18 Co-ed JPY1,556,500 Montessori, American
Curriculum, IB (DP)
1951 WASC, IB EARCOS, JCIS 2022 Kobe,
Hyogo
11. St Mary’s International School Day 5-18 Boys JPY2,480,000 Original, IB (DP),
Christian
1954 WASC, CIS, IB EARCOS, JCIS 2022 Setagaya-ku,
Tokyo
12. Okinawa Christian School International Day 3-18 Co-ed JPY868,000 American curriculum,
Christian
1957 WASC, ACSI EARCOS, JEMA, CSPN,
NASSP, JCIS, NCAA
2022 Yomitan,
Okinawa
13.Hokkaido International School Day 3-18 Co-ed JPY1,101,000 Reggio Emilia, IPC (IPC,
IMYC), CPC, AP
1958 WASC, IPC WIDA, EARCOS, JCIS 2022 Sapporo,
Hokkaido
14.Seisen International School Day 2-18 Girls JPY2,130,000 Montessori, IB (PYP,
MYP, DP), Christian
1962 CIS, NEASC, IB JCIS 2022 Setagaya-ku,
Tokyo
15.Hiroshima International School Day 3-18 Co-ed JPY1,220,000 IB (PYP, MYP, DP) 1962 CIS, IB JCIS 2022 Asakita-ku,
Hiroshima
16. Nagoya International School Day 3-18 Co-ed JPY1,890,000
IB (PYP, MYP, DP) 1964 WASC, CIS, IB JCIS 2022 Nagoya,
Aichi
17. Tohoku International School Day 4-18 Co-ed JPY693,000 IB (PYP, MYP, DP),
Original
1970 WASC, IB EARCOS, JCIS 2022 Sendai,
Miyagi
18. Fukuoka International School Day 3-18 Co-ed JPY1,539,800 IB (PYP, MYP, DP) 1972 WASC, CIS, IB EARCOS, WIDA, NWEA, JCIS 2022 Sawara-ku,
Fukuoka
19. Lycée Français International de Tokyo Day 3-18 Co-ed JPY1,462,887 French Curriculum,
OIB
1975 AEFE No disclosure Kita-ku,
Tokyo
20. Aoba Japan International School Day 1.6-18 Co-ed JPY1,966,500 IB (PYP, MYP, DP),
Original
1976 CIS, NEASC, IB EARCOS, JCIS 2022 Meguro-ku, Bunkyo-ku,
Tokyo
21. Columbia International School Day 4-18 Co-ed JPY1,624,500 Canadian Curriculum 1988 WASC JCIS, ASCD 2022 Tokorozawa,
Saitama
22. British school in Tokyo Day 3-18 Co-ed JPY2,625,000 British Curriculum
(GCSE, A-Levels)
1989 COBIS FOBISIA, JCIS 2022 Minato-ku, Setagaya-ku,
Tokyo
23. Tokyo International School Day 5-15 Co-ed JPY2,730,000 IB (PYP, MYP) 1994 CIS, NEASC, IB EARCOS, JCIS NA Minato-ku,
Tokyo
24. K International School Day 3-18 Co-ed JPY2,302,000 IB (PYP, MYP, DP),
IGCSE
1997 CIS, IB, Cambridge EARCOS, JCIS, PTC 2022 Koto-ku,
Tokyo
25. Tokyo YMCA International School Day 5-15 Co-ed JPY1,844,700 American Curriculum 1998 WASC NA Koto-ku,
Tokyo
26. Canadian International School Day 3-18 Co-ed JPY1,850,000 IB (PYP), Canadian Curriculum,
AP
1999 WASC, IB, PEI 2022 Shinagawa-ku,Meguro-ku,
Tokyo
27. Kinder Kids Day 0-6 Co-ed No disclosure Original 2000 NA Tokyo,Kanagawa,Aichi,Kyoto,
Nara,Osaka,Hyogo, Fukuoka
28. New International School Day 3-18 Co-ed JPY2,450,000 Original,
Multiage Education
2001 CIS, MSA JCIS, PEN No disclosure Toshima-ku,
Tokyo
29. Laurus International School of Science Day 1.5-12 Co-ed JPY1,755,000 Cambridge (CP, CLS),
Original
2001 Cambridge NA Minato-ku,
Tokyo
30. Osaka YMCA International School Day 3-18 Co-ed JPY1,248,000 IB (PYP, MYP, DP) 2001 WASC, IB EARCOS, ECIS,
WIDA, JCIS
No disclosure Kita-ku, Nishi-ku,
Osaka
31. Kansai International Academy Day 0-18 Co-ed JPY2,550,500 IB (PYP, DP),
Original
2001 CIS, IB No disclosure Kobe,
Hyogo
32. Musashi International School Day 2-18 Co-ed JPY1,337,000 Cambridge (CP, CLS,
IGCSE, A-Levels)
2002 Cambridge No disclosure Mitaka,
Tokyo
33. Global Indian International School Day 2.5-16 Co-ed JPY1,186,892 Montessori, IB (PYP, DP),
CBSE, Cambridge (CLS, IGCSE)
2002 IB, Cambridge,
CBSE
GSF NA Edogawa-ku,
Tokyo
34. The Montessori School of Tokyo Day 2-15 Co-ed JPY2,410,000 Montessori 2003 IMC AMI, JCIS NA Minato-ku,
Tokyo
35. Horizon Japan International School Day 3-18 Co-ed JPY1,800,000 IB (PYP, MYP, DP),
American Curriculum
2003 WASC, CIS, IB ECIS 2022 Yokohama,
Kanagawa
36. Aichi International School Day 3-12 Co-ed JPY1,234,200 Japanese Curriculum,
Canadian Curriculum
2006 WASC, MEXT NA Nagoya,
Aichi
37. Makuhari International School Day 3-12 Co-ed JPY1,600,000 Japanese Curriculum 2006 CIS, MEXT EARCOS NA Narashino,
Chiba
38. Okinawa Amicus International School Day 3-15 Co-ed JPY702,000 Original 2011 Round Square NA Uruma,
Okinawa
39. International School of Nagano Day 0-15 Co-ed JPY1,372,000 IB (PYP) 2013 IB NA Matsumoto,Nagano,Ueda,
Nagano
40. UWC ISAK Japan Boarding 16-18 Co-ed JPY5,282,000 IB (DP) 2014 IB, MEXT UWC 2022 Karuizawa,
Nagano
41. Camelot International School Day 6-18 Co-ed JPY1,170,000 Cambridge (CP, CLS,
IGCSE, A-Levels)
2014 Cambridge No disclosure Itabashi-ku,
Tokyo
42. International College of Technology Boarding 15-20 Co-ed JPY3,250,000 Japanese Curriculum
(MEXT KOSEN)
2018 MEXT 2022 Kanazawa,
Ishikawa
43. Jinseki International School Boarding 5-12 Co-ed JPY7,340,000 IPC (IPC), MEXT 2020 IPC, MEXT NA Jinseki,
Hiroshima
44. NUCB International College Boarding 16-18 Co-ed JPY3,500,000 IB (DP), MEXT 2021 MEXT BSA, ABSA NA Nisshin,
Aichi
45. Phoenix House International School Day 5-11 Co-ed JPY2,890,000 British Curriculum 2021 NA Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo
46. Phoenix House International School Day 6-12 Co-ed JPY2,772,000 IB (PYP) 2022 NA Minato-ku,
Tokyo
47. Harrow International School Appi Day 11-18 Co-ed JPY8,490,000 British Curriculum
(IGCSE, A-Levels)
2022 NA Appi Kogen,
Iwate
48. Rugby School Japan Day 11-18 Co-ed JPY5,000,000 British Curriculum
(IGCSE, A-Levels)
2023 NA Kashiwanoha,
Chiba
49. Malvern College Tokyo Day 5-13 Co-ed JPY2,500,000 IB (PYP, MYP) 2023 NA Kodaira,
Tokyo

*Criteria for selection: Overall evaluation of accreditation status obtained from international accreditation bodies, as well as the quality and history of the facility.
*Schools that declined to be listed when contacted in advance by the editorial staff will not be listed.

How can we enroll?

-Steps to Admission to international schools and boarding schools
When considering an international school or boarding school, the basic process is as follows.
imageFirst, search the Internet and make a list of schools you are interested in. Once you have made your list, contact each school to check availability for the grade level you are interested in. Then, adjust your schedule and go to the school that interests you for an orientation and school tour.
Once you actually go to the school and attend the orientation and tour, ask the school questions about the points you are interested in.
The school will then screen your child and family, depending on which grade level you wish to place your child in, whether it is Kindergarten or Elementary. The screening process may vary from school to school, depending on which grade level you wish to place your child in. The older your child is, the more different the transfer process will be.
For example, the school may ask a lot of questions about your child’s English level to make sure he or she can keep up in class, and they may also ask about your child’s ability in other subjects, especially math, and his or her grades from previous schools.
Then, if you are fortunate enough to be accepted, you will complete the enrollment process. This is the basic step for choosing an international school or a boarding school.

What should I pay attention to when searching for a school?

-What to look for when searching for a school
When searching for a school, there are some obvious but very important factors to consider. Such items are summarized above.

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