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Name: Ohana International School
Location: Azabu-Juban, Tokyo
Type of Institution: Preschool
Welcome to Ohana International School in Tokyo, an inclusive preschool with a difference, located in Azabu-juban, and catering for children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years. Our students are a wonderful mix of nationalities, with 60% of the children being non-Japanese, 10% being bicultural (Japanese plus another), and 30% being Japanese.

When you enroll your child in Ohana International School in Tokyo, you are immediately welcomed as a member of the Ohana family. We aim to create a warm, caring environment that reflects our philosophy and at the same time provides an infinite number of opportunities for children to develop a "love of learning." Our learning programme is designed to build on the strengths of each child, valuing families and their ethnicity as well as everyone's contribution to the school. We honor the uniqueness of each child and his or her faith, religion, family, and culture. Our students come from Japan, the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, the United States, and China - all nationalities are welcome.

Our program is what makes us unique. Our program is play-based and designed through careful study of Early Childhood educational practices, to develop the maximum potential emotionally, socially, physically, intellectually, and cognitively in all the children who attend our school through:
  • An educational program aimed at teaching children about the environment and how each of us can do something to "Save the World"
  • Early Literacy and language activities
  • Math and number games
  • Gross and fine-motor activities
  • Science and discovery activities
  • How to live in a community and embrace difference
  • How to express ones thoughts and feelings in an honorable and respectful way to others

The owners of Ohana International School in Tokyo are experienced educators who believe in developing the whole child. Shelley Sacks and Darren Winney have a combined 40 years of experience in teaching, especially in Early Childhood Education, in countries including South Africa, Australia, the UK, Taiwan, and Japan.

Our Curriculum
In the creation of Ohana International School in Tokyo's curriculum we have included the ideals and philosophies of many early childhood theorists as well as new up to date information about children and their potential and ability to learn in their early years.

We have also taken into consideration the importance of both academics and the 'emotionalisation' and 'socialisation' of children in their early years. We believe that young children are active learners who construct their own knowledge and understanding of the world, and that play is central to this. Environment and social interactions serve as scaffolds whereby children progress to higher levels of development, learning motivation and developing the ability to make their own choices.

Our commitment to the children in our Tokyo preschool is to provide materials and a learning environment together with exceptional, skilled, loving and caring teachers who are qualified educators. The basics of our curriculum follows the notion that:

  • The child is communicating.
  • The child is creating.
  • The child is socializing.
  • The child is physical and active.
  • The child is thinking, investigating, exploring, and problem solving.
  • The child has feelings and is emotional.
  • The child is spiritual and has morals.

The age-appropriate programme in each classroom is designed by the teachers, who work closely together with the Directors in order to fulfill the philosophy and "live the soul" of our international preschool. Our curriculum encourages the child to become open-minded, well-balanced, principled, risk-taking, thinking, caring, knowledgeable, reflective, inquiring, curious, appreciative, empathic, independent, respectful, committed, enthusiastic, and tolerant.

As a Japanese international school, we embrace many aspects of Japanese culture in our school, with daily 20-minute Japanese lessons and after-school classes. Teachers speak English and Japanese, as well as other languages, proficiently. We celebrate special days from all over the world, and have "respecting and embracing difference" at the core of our existence, and therefore support children through the language that is comfortable for them, while facilitating mastery of English.

Children with special needs are welcome at our school. We have experienced staff with relevant qualifications and work with a network of specialists when necessary.

Me and My Mom:
Programme for mothers and their little ones
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.30am to 11.30am
Regular programme:
Ages of children - 18months to 5 years
Time – 8.30am to 2pm (with extended hours – before school care from 7.30am to 8.30am and after school care from 2pm to 6pm)
After school tutoring:
Monday to Friday - individual or groups with a maximum of 4 children per group (per hour)
Time – 2.30pm to 6pm
After school classes:
Phonics – Tuesday and Thursday 2.30pm to 5.30pm (55 minute classes)
Art, Design and Technology – Wednesday 2.30pm to 5.30pm (55 minute classes)


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Ohana International School
2/3F Park I Bldg
2-17-8 Azabu Juban
Tokyo 106-0045
Tel/Fax: 03-3451-0087

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