Working at Nishimachi
Our school features a unique, rich international curriculum taught in English using an inquiry-based approach. Our mission is to educate students to be leaders, innovators, and motivated thinkers who will contribute to a diverse and changing world. Our 2030 Graduate Statement clearly describes the global citizens we want to develop.
The program is complemented by music, physical education, art, drama, exploratory, service learning and outdoor education programs. Environmental education field trips for grades 4 to 8 are held during the year at the school's lodge and campsite “Kazuno”, and students in Grade 9 have a number of challenging learning activities, such as climbing Mt Fuji, visiting Kyoto and Hiroshima, and participating in a service learning trip to Kirivorn, Cambodia. Grades 2-5 participate in off-campus swimming programs and grades 4-9 have 3 or 5 days of ski school in Niigata. We also offer an optional language and activities-based summer school and many of our students (Grade 1 to 9) take Japanese national achievement tests. The school year begins in late August and ends in June.
We believe that working in teams supports continuity, maximizes teacher strengths, and provides regular opportunities for reflection and peer feedback. Flexibility, sensitivity, and an ability to effectively work with others are essential characteristics for Nishimachi faculty, staff, students and parents.
Currently our school has 60 faculty members from the United States of America, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Ireland, Germany and New Zealand. The faculty members come to Nishimachi with an average 8 years of experience and remain at Nishimachi on average for 10 years. Of the current staff, approximately 45% have advanced degrees.
Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection. All international applicants for positions at Nishimachi are asked to provide/ verify appropriate "child protection" or ‘working with children” certification as part of their application.
- Minimum Teaching Qualifications
- Teaching Teams
- Individual Vs. Team Responsibilities
- Curriculum Planning
- Specialist Teachers
Helping students learn is a collaborative experience at Nishimachi...
Teachers at Nishimachi work as members of specific grade-level teaching teams. Teams consist of two or three homebase/advisory teachers and a Japanese-language teacher. Kindergarten, grade one and grade two have teaching assistants.
Each homebase/advisory teacher is responsible for their students and meets with them daily. Teachers are responsible for the personal and social welfare of their homebase/advisory students, for monitoring daily and overall academic progress, and for reporting to parents. Teachers often have the opportunity to teach students from other homebases/advisories on the same grade. This gives students the opportunity to learn from a variety of teachers and permits teachers to discuss student progress on the basis of first-hand knowledge.
Each grade level has specific curriculum expectations. Nishimachi encourages teachers to share individual talents and expertise with others on their team, as well as with their students, so that everyone in a grade level benefits from a range of teaching styles.
The homebase/advisory teachers for each grade level meet regurlarly to plan and reflect. Each team is responsible for the grade level curriculum, assessment, homework assignments, newsletters, budgets, parent activities, and field trips. Although teachers share specific responsibilities on their teams, communication and working among team members is expected and essential for smooth daily operations and achieving a positive working dynamic.
Japanese-language teachers support the integration of Japanese language into classroom activities and facilitate cross-cultural understanding and communication. Nishimachi has specialist teachers for music, art, physical education, English and Japanese-speaking library staff, ESL teachers, a learning support teacher and a guidance counsellor. The grade-level teaching team interacts and coordinates with the specialist teachers to help achieve student learning and personal and social objectives.
If you are interested in registering as a substitute teacher with Nishimachi, please send your résumé by one of the methods mentioned below:
- Download Employment Application Form
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Fax: 03-3456-0197
- Postal mail to 2-14-7 Moto Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0046 Japan
Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection. The school requires background and criminal record checks as a precondition of employment.
Only selected candidates will be contacted. Résumé will not be returned.
Thank you for showing an interest in joining Nishimachi International School.