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


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.

Student Learning Expectations (SLEs)

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. We aim to develop in every student an awareness of, and appreciation for, all cultures. Six school-wide student learning expectations (SLEs) are at the center of our daily work: at Nishimachi students learn to be good communicators, collaborators, thinkers, responsible learners, developers of quality work, and global ambassadors.

A Communicator
Communicates interactively in a variety of forms in both Japanese and English
Shares beliefs and ideas openly, without cultural, social, or linguistic boundaries
A Thinker
Reasons logically and creatively
Gathers, selects, interprets, evaluates, and reflects on information
Solves problems, makes decisions, and draws conclusions with an awareness of the implications
A Responsible Learner
Shows initiative, is self-directed, evaluates progress, and accepts constructive criticism
Values every life situation as a learning experience
A Collaborative Worker
Recognizes and respects individual differences and similarities
Demonstrates flexibility and responsibility through active involvement in support of group needs and goals
Fulfills a variety of roles including delegating, coordinating, and synthesizing tasks and products
Communicates interactively, displaying empathy and consideration for differing ideas
A Developer of Quality Work
Chooses the appropriate resources when responding to a challenge
Creates a product that achieves its purpose and reflects quality craftsmanship
A Developer of Quality Work
Demonstrates responsible participation, cultural awareness, compassion, and respect
Makes connections through multilingual and multicultural experiences, and functions as an open-minded community contributor
Strives to be mindful of ethics and respectful of the natural environment
Develops a personal sense of direction

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