About Nishimachi

Sakura and Gym

To share, to live and learn together and yet keep a special identity... that is Nishimachi

Tané Matsukata, Founder (1918-1989)

Founding Philosophy

Nishimachi believes that education should promote the well-rounded development of individuals through the cultivation of their intellectual, creative, personal, social, and physical abilities. The school is committed to educating both Japanese and expatriate students to be international and independent thinkers. Nishimachi's educational philosophy is grounded in a spirit of internationalism and humanism that allows children to learn in a supportive caring environment. 

We believe that learning a second language is not limited to language skills, but also develops international perspective and understanding, giving our students the opportunity to grow beyond a single culture. We believe that classroom and co-curricular activities should foster sensitivity to, and respect for, individual talents as well as differences. We believe that every student must learn to function both as an individual and as part of a group. Our ultimate goal is that every Nishimachi student learn to live harmoniously in, and contribute to, world society.

Our School Today

2030 Graduate Statement

KNOW, CARE, TAKE ACTION

Nishimachi graduates will be leaders. They will mobilize and motivate others through strong collaboration and communication. They will be digitally advanced. They will be proactive, and adopt multiple perspectives to think flexibly and resourcefully. Nishimachi graduates will be ethical, forward thinking, and reflective. They will be accountable for the decisions they make. Nishimachi graduates will understand cultures, value difference and show compassion, and have a service orientation. They will think globally, and take action locally to safeguard the future of the planet. Nishimachi’s mission is to cultivate unique, reflective graduates who:

Inquire, innovate and think creatively and critically to maximize their learning
Value the significance of language and culture and are advocates for diversity
Embrace opportunities to display leadership by taking initiative and bringing out the best in others and themselves
Remain positive, humble and ethical when making decisions
Show confidence and determination to move forward when facing challenges
Actively contribute to and transform existing beliefs to ensure the sustainability of the planet

Nishimachi graduates know, care, and take action to bring value to others and make a genuine difference to the world.

Nishimachi Learner Expectations

A Nishimachi education is about much more than academic programs or subject offerings. What makes Nishimachi special is community and our culture of respect, understanding of diversity, focus on active learning, trust, and communication, and strong commitment to language learning, in both English and Japanese. All members of the Nishimachi community, including students, teachers, support staff, parents and the larger community, are part of the continuous process of growth and learning.  We are all learners; we all realize the value of the following expectations for learners:

We make connections:  We cultivate meaningful connections between people, cultures and ideas.

We take ownership:  We take initiative, we explore our own questions and accept responsibility for our actions.

We pursue challenges:  We take risks and persevere.

We act ethically: We respect differences, are empathetic and work to find solutions on a global and local level.

We are creative: We use multiple processes to think, innovate and reflect.

 

Accreditations & Memberships

Council of International Schools

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

East Asia Regional Council of Schools

Japan Council of International Schools

Innovation 800 Cambridge

WIDA International Schools Consortium