Nishimachi is known for its innovative international educational excellence in Japan for over sixty years. The language of instruction is English. Additionally, all students study Japanese.

Working with a dedicated faculty and staff, students benefit from the school's rigorous curriculum, close-knit community, and interactions with the vibrant local culture. Students leave Nishimachi thoroughly prepared to continue their education in first-class learning institutions around the 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. 

Nishimachi leaners are empowered to know, care and take action to bring value to others and make a positive impact in their world.

The academic environment at Nishimachi is both rigorous and nurturing, promoting independence and resourcefulness while touting tolerance, understanding, and respect for self and others. Teachers care about the overall well-being of each child, and they 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, developing necessary interpersonal skills in the context of the classroom, they also learn about themselves as learners.

“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, rewarding learning experiences for students. At Nishimachi, the ultimate goal of learning is student understanding and ability to communicate what they have learned. Students are at the center of the learning process at all grade levels, and they are aided by a supportive and nurturing faculty and by technology tools that are used in meaningful contexts to enhance learning.

Nishimachi Learner Expectations

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. All members of the Nishimachi community, including students, teachers, support staff, parents and the larger community, are part of the continuous process of growth and learning.  We are all learners; we all realize the value of the following expectations for learners:

We make connections:  We cultivate meaningful connections between people, cultures and ideas.

We take ownership:  We take initiative, we explore our own questions and accept responsibility for our actions.

We pursue challenges:  We take risks and persevere.

We act ethically: We respect differences, are empathetic and work to find solutions on a global and local level.

We are creative: We use multiple processes to think, innovate and reflect.