Nishimachi learners are empowered to know, care and take action, to bring value to others and make a positive impact in their world. As part of a community of learners, students are guided to take personal ownership of their learning, to make meaningful connections with others, to pursue challenges and persevere, to act ethically and respectfully, and to use multiple processes to think, innovate and reflect.

The language of instruction is English. Additionally all students study Japanese daily. Working with a dedicated faculty and staff, students benefit from an inquiry-based learning that is personalized and community-oriented.

At Nishimachi, our approach with learning and teaching is guided by 7 Principles of Learning:


These 7 Principles of Learning can be summarized in 3 Pillars of Learning.

The 3 Pillars of Learning at Nishimachi define learning as:

  • Inquiry-driven
  • Personalized
  • Community-oriented

The academic environment at Nishimachi is both rigorous and nurturing, promoting independence, resourcefulness, tolerance, and respect for self and others. We care about the overall well-being of each student, and strive to create an environment in which students can foster strong relationships with one another and with their teachers. As students learn how to be part of a group, and develop interpersonal skills in the context of the classroom, they also learn about themselves as learners. Students leave Nishimachi prepared to continue their education at first-class learning institutions around the world. 

“Understanding by Design” forms the curricular framework at Nishimachi. This concept of curriculum development, assessment, and instruction is designed to foster deep understanding through stimulating, engaging and active learning experiences. At Nishimachi, the goal of learning is for students to apply their skills, knowledge and understandings in real-world contexts. Students are at the center of the learning process at all grade levels, and they are aided by a supportive and nurturing faculty and a range of technology tools that are used in meaningful contexts to enhance learning.

Grade Level Overviews