Service Learning & Round Square


Nishimachi International School was founded on the belief of developing a culture of learners who value the unique perspective of others and has consistently focused on developing intercultural awareness and understanding among staff, students and the wider community. Nishimachi strives to maximize student gains in learning, specifically in areas of global and intercultural learning and service. Service-learning experiences continue to be developed into curricular units throughout the school. Nishimachi’s dedication to taking a proactive approach to becoming a more reflective and outward-looking community has allowed the school to form many partnerships with different organizations around the world. Nishimachi is a community of learners who believe in the power of collective wisdom and collaboration and developing best practice among staff. It is with this in mind that our leaders and educators will work side by side to integrate and identify the ways in which the Round Square IDEALs and Disciplines are being lived within the school community. 


The Round Square IDEALS in our school

A Nishimachi the Round Square IDEALS are woven into the core of our beliefs and implemented on a daily basis in all parts of our community. We believe education is about much more than academic programs or subject offerings. What makes Nishimachi special, and aligned with RS beliefs and values, 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 are part of the continuous process of growth and learning and are committed to realizing the IDEALS within the context of our school.

What being a Round Square school means to us

Nishimachi International School was founded on the belief of developing a culture of learners who value the unique perspective of others. Becoming a Round Square Candidate School will provide additional opportunities to transform student learning and develop a connected network of students who have the ability to transcend their learning and to make a positive impact both locally and globally, through practical, socially responsible decision-making and experiences.

Service Learning, Leadership and Action at Nishimachi

Nishimachi is a community where knowing, caring and taking action is embedded in our identity and integral to our curriculum.

Service learning is experiential and enacted from a place of mutual understanding. It  addresses human and environmental needs and includes advocacy, direct or indirect involvement with people, animals and the environment to make an impact, as well as research to influence policy and practice.

Service learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates meaningful action with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach global responsibility, and strengthen communities through mutually beneficial partnerships.

Students develop leadership skills and learn to collaborate, think critically, and problem solve.

(This definition is adapted from Linking Service-Learning and the Common Core State Standards: Alignment, Progress, and Obstacles. Education Commission of the States. By Lisa Guilfoile and Molly Ryan. April 2013)