Working at Nishimachi
Our school features a unique, rich international curriculum based on U.S. Common Core standards. Classes are taught in English with project based approaches focused on developing critical and creative thinking. Every student studies Japanese everyday and we have classes to accommodate all levels of Japanese proficiency. Our mission is to educate students to be leaders, innovators, and motivated thinkers who will contribute to a diverse and changing world.
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.