FAQ

Students/Parents

How many students does Nishimachi have?

Approximately 460 students

How many students are in elementary school?

Approximately 350 students

What secondary schools do Nishimachi students go to after graduation?

63% attend international high schools in Japan:

  • American School in Japan 56% (of the 63%)
  • Yokohama International School 17% (of the 63%)
  • International School of the Sacred Heart 12% (of the 63%)
  • St. Mary's International School 6% (of the 63%)
  • St. Maur International School 2% (of the 63%)
  • Seisen International School 2% (of the 63%)
  • Other international schools 5% (of the 63%)

7% choose Japanese high schools

  • ICU High School
  • Shibuya Makuhari Senior High School
  • Toho Gakuen Senior High School
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Hibiya High School
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School

30% go overseas mainly to high schools in the USA

  • Andover (USA)
  • Cate School (USA)
  • Cranbrook School (Australia)
  • Kent School (USA)
  • Lawrenceville School (USA)
  • Le Rosey (Switzerland)
  • Miss Porter’s School (USA)
  • Northfield Mount Hermon School (USA)
  • Phillips Exeter Academy (USA)
  • Taft School (USA)
  • The American School in London (UK)
  • The Willeston-Northampton School (USA)

What universities and colleges do Nishimachi alumni attend?

U.S.A.

Berklee College of Music
Boston College
Boston University
Brown University
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth University
Harvard University
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Johns Hopkins University
Loyola Marymount
New York University
Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University
Stanford University
Texas A & M
UC Berkeley
UCLA
University of Chicago
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Washington
Vassar College
Wesleyan University

Japan

International Christian University
Keio University
Kyoto University
Sophia University
The University of Tokyo
Waseda University

U.K.

Cambridge University
Imperial College London
University of Oxford

Australia

Griffith University
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Sydney University
University of Melbourne

Canada

McGill University
University of British Columbia
University of Toronto

Switzerland

École hôtelière de Lausanne

How many students are in middle school?

Approximately 115 students

How many classes are there in each grade level?

Kindergarten, Grades one through five – Usually three classes of up to 20 students per class. Grade six onwards – Two classes of up to 20 students

How long does a typical student stay at Nishimachi?

3 to 7 years.

How many students complete the full 10 years at Nishimachi?

Between 10 to 25% of students who begin in Kindergarten graduate from the school in grade 9.

Where do most of the students live and how do they commute to school?

The majority of students and families live within a 30 minute walking distance from school.

What kind of jobs do alumni typically pursue?

Education (13%), Finance (12%), Arts & Entertainment (8%), Information Technology (8%), Sales/Marketing (8%) Health Care/Medicine (6%) Engineering (5%), Travel/Transportation (5%), Government/Military (4%), Legal (4%) and Others (27%).

What is the gender ratio in Nishimachi?

Overall - Boys 44% Girls 56%

In elementary - Boys 45% Girls 55%

In middle school - Boys 43% Girls 57%

How do parents participate in campus life?

Parents belong the Tomo no Kai (TNK) community. Parent volunteers can join one or more TNK committees (Food Fair, Auction, Cross Cultural, Bookworm Club, Community Service, Earthquake and Safety, Father’s Club, Lunch, Grant Requests, Website, Social and Staff Appreciation and the Quilt). Parents use their many talents and skills to support the school. Parents can also volunteer to be room parents, trip chaperones and library helpers.

Faculty/Staff

Facilities

Where is the school located?

The campus is located in central Tokyo.

What facilities do you have?

The school is comprised of six buildings:

a) Matsukata House, Ushiba Memorial gymnasium/auditorium, kindergarten building, primary building housing grades 1-2 and upper elementary/middle school building housing grades 3-9.

b) Matsukata House was the original family residence of Nishimachi’s founder Tane Matsukata and is used as an administrative center. 

c) The sixth building is the “Yashiro Media Center”.

d) Two other buildings are located in Nishimachi's outdoor education center, Camp Rioichiro Arai. It is located in Kazuno in Gunma Prefecture, 150 kilometers northwest of Tokyo. 

What kind of computer facilities do you have?

School-Wide network infrastructure allows for "Connected Learning", where every student at Nishimachi has access to a digital device as well as a stable of shared devices. Our Connected Learning program enables us to maximize student learning in the Elementary School classroom and further expands our ability to deliver critical Digital Literacy, Digital Citizenship and Digital Leadership skills to all students.

Health & Safety

How does Nishimachi handle medical/health issues?

  • A nurse is on the school premises every day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The nurse is responsible for:
    • Attending to minor injuries and illnesses that occur at school
    • Dispensing medication when necessary
    • Maintaining annual height and weight records
    • Conducting regular vision and hearing screenings, scoliosis screening and lice checks

What kind of campus security does Nishimachi have?

In order to assure adequate campus security, the school works in conjunction with an independent security company and the local authorities to oversee general supervision of the internal and surrounding external school environment.

What kind of emergency plan do you have for earthquakes or other disasters?

We have a well developed plan in case of emergency that would allow us to ensure our students' safety. The buildings are reinforced concrete and built to earth quake standards. The Matsukata House which was built in 1921, had major reinforcement work to meet the seismic standards for safety in 2008. There are helmets and fire hoods in each of the classrooms. 

  • The majority of classrooms and learning/playing areas have direct telephone access.
  • For emergency contact with staff and students the school operates a public address system, which can be activated from the front office or by remote control.
  • The front office, school nurse, and the community liaison officer can access local emergency services.
  • At least one emergency evacuation/lock down, fire or earthquake drill is practiced each term.

History & Governance

When was Nishimachi founded?

Nishimachi was founded 1949 by the late Tané Matsukata, a Japanese national, who after the second world war had returned to Japan after seventeen years in the United States, where she received her education as a librarian. Miss Matsukata found Japan very badly scarred from the war while the slow process of rebuilding the country had begun. It was apparent to her that there was moral rebuilding to be done as well. In discussions with friends, who were mothers, she began to realize the important role that education would play in the reconstruction of Japan after the war and as a result started the school with four students who lived locally.

What kind of governance structure does Nishimachi have?

  1. Nishimachi International School is, legally, a school foundation (gakko hojin) and is recognized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as a foundation with seven directors and fifteen trustees. Its purpose is to carry out "educational undertakings designed to teach Japanese and foreign children the cultural values and skills necessary to become persons with international perspective." Its Articles of Endowment identify the authorities and responsibilities of Advisors, a Board of Trustees, Statutory Auditors, and a Board of Directors.

  2. The Board of Directors consists of seven persons, of whom one is the Headmaster, three are elected by the Board of Trustees, two are elected by the Directors who were themselves elected by Trustees, and one Director-Trustee elected jointly by the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees.

  3. The Board of Directors hire and evaluate the Head of School and husband the Foundation's assets and direct their use for education. They meet periodically to monitor the operation of the school, determine policies, and set long-term objectives

What kind of accreditation does Nishimachi have?

The school is jointly accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). The accreditation is based on a yearlong self-study and the report of a visiting evaluation team, thereby providing a "stamp of approval," as well as a means to systematically evaluate the total school operation by involving the faculty, staff, students, and community. It also provides a common international evaluation criteria link with schools in the United States, in Asia and the Pacific as well as schools in Australia and Europe.