1Your school name is Jingumae Internatioal Exchange School. What does Exchange refer to?
Until the end of June 2018,as a part of exchange activities, which is the unique feature of our school, JIES has operated a wide range of academic, social and cultural school events, activities and excursions in cooperation with our neighboring public Jingumae Elementary School.
2What kind of cultural demographics are represented in the JIES community?
We have students from more than 20 different countries including American, European, Australian, German, Korean etc. From 2018 September, we will also start to take student who has Japanese origin.
3What are the school's hours of instruction?
• Preschool, Kindergarten - 8:30 am to 3:00 pm • Grades 1 to 6 - 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
4What is the teacher student ratio?
5JIES's Japanese Program
We believe that learning another language provides the opportunity to grow beyond a single culture. The ultimate goal for students attending JIES, from Kindergarten through Grade 6, is to set each student firmly on a path towards bilingualism. Specifically, the goal of Japanese education at JIES is to develop the capability in each student to communicate in Japanese: reading, writing listening, and speaking.
6How much English does my child need to have?
All classes (except for Japanese class) will be conducted in English; thus, students will need sufficient English ability to keep up with class instruction. However, ESL (English as a Second Language) instruction will be available.
7How much English do parents need to have?
After students are enrolled, parents and guardians will need to be able to communicate with foreign teaching staff about their children, school events, etc.; however, no specific level of English ability is required of parents and guardians.
8Are there any nationality restrictions for the students/children? Will it be alright if both parents are Japanese?
At JIES, we accept children/students from a variety of nationalities and backgrounds.
9When is deadline for application?
Because international schools accept students who may arrive in Japan from overseas at any time, applications for admission are accepted year-round. JIES, as well, does not set a fixed application deadline. Interest applicants should first find out more about JIES, such as by signing up for a school information session, and fill out an advance registration form.
10What costs are there beyond the school fees?
Additional expected costs include school uniform, after school programs (for only participants), summer school (for only participants) and field trips/school trips, PTA contribution fee, annual stationary fee.
11Does JIES offer a discount for siblings?
Yes. Starting with your second child, a 20% discount is applied to their tuition fees.
12Can students start school in April?
JIES accepts new students all year round. Since the new school year in Japanese schools starts in April, JIES ,Of course accepts students in April. They join the class appropriate to their age, according to our Admissions Policy.
13Is JIES affiliated with a particular religion?
No, we are a secular school and we welcome students from all races, religions, and cultures.
14What are the class sizes?
On average, in the Preschool and Kindergarten years we have no more than 24 children with Homeroom Teacher and Team Teacher for each class. In the Primary classes, student numbers are 20 for each class.
15What nationality are the teachers?
All class teachers are native English speaking teachers from UK, USA, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia. Teachers own education certificates, licensed and also well- trained, qualified, experienced and committed to excellence.
16Does JIES have a bus service?
Yes, we currently run several bus routes throughout the city. The bus routes are designed to cater to families living in the wider Tokyo area. Please contact the school for more information.
17Are there any after-school programs offered?
We offer many after school programs: art, sports, drama, music, and more. ASPs are run at the school by staff, instructors, and outside experts.
18What safety and security measures are taken at JIES?
Fire, earthquake, and lockdown drills are held regularly throughout the year. The low student-teacher ratio contributes to close care and quick response during accidents.
19Does your school have insurance?
Yes, we do. Please contact us for more information.