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NAME:  Columbia International School
LOCATION:  Tokorozawa, Saitama
TYPE OF INSTITUTION:  International School
(Grades 1-12, Coed)

Established in 1988 and accredited by the Ministry of Education of Ontario, Canada, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in the US. Columbia International School is committed to academic excellence. Columbia International School is proud of its quality education and its professional faculty. The School provides a caring and supportive environment for students to prepare themselves for postsecondary education overseas.

  • All staff members hold a minimum of a Bachelor in Education, and are professionally trained and experienced within the education sector.
  • The school encourages active learning, and customizes different teaching modalities to tailor the needs of individual learners.
  • A set standard-based curriculum in which students understand clearly what is expected of them and how their achievements are being assessed.
  • A clear course outline for each course, and are available to meet prospective and existing parents upon request.
  • Clear objectives set for each program for students in all levels.
    • English ShowerTo foster greater proficiency in functional English language.
    • To ensure students develop proficiency levels in the Japanese language appropriate for their age groups (Elementary School Program).
    • To ensure students develop academic levels which are appropriate for their age groups.
    • To enhance their computer literacy (all students from Grade 7 and above have laptop computers, with wireless connections, that are used as part of the study curriculum).
    • To develop greater cultural awareness.

  • To foster the personal growth of each individual student and instill a sense of social awareness and encourage respect for achievement.
  • To develop powers of critical and creative thought, and prepare its students both for the demands of post-secondary education at North America's finest universities and for life as international people.
  • To provide students with varied opportunities for achievement and personal fulfillment through academic studies and other extra-curricular pursuits, based on the recognition of the importance of personal development and self-esteem for success in life.

Columbia International School offers courses covering a wide range of academic content, consisting of:
  • Elementary SchoolElementary School (Grades 1 to 6), bilingual and multi-age classes

  • Junior High School (Grades 7 to 9), immersion English classes for non-English speaking children

  • High School (Grades 10 to 12), courses are accredited by Province of Ontario, Canada and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The Grade 10 program is highly structured to provide a sound and broad base for choices in subsequent years. The Grade 10 year (9 credits) and the first two terms of the Grade 11 year (6 credits), all students follow a common Foundation Program, which focuses on the essential components of the Columbia program. The grade 11 and 12 programs can be tailored to reflect the needs and abilities of the individual student. The academic program is structured so that a student may complete the diploma requirements in 3 years. The school year is based on a trimester system: April ˇ˝ July, September ˇ˝ December, Decemberˇ˝ March. Credits are conferred each semester. Students can obtain a maximum of three credits per trimester.

Study in CanadaEach student in Grade 7 onward is assigned a teacher advisor. The role of the advisor is to monitor the academic and social development of each student, meet with the student regularly for the purpose of reviewing his or her program development, identify support and opportunities for academic and social growth, and to maintain effective communication with parents on these matters. While not replacing traditional sources of information and support within the school such as the individual subject teacher, the advisor can act as a support and coordinator of action plans for both students and parents. Advisors write several reports during the school year on their students. Parents are encouraged to contact the advisor throughout the year. The advisor will continue to monitor progress of their students as they progress through the school.


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Columbia International School
153 Matsugo
Tokorozawa, Saitama  359-0027
Tel: 04-2946-1911
Fax: 04-2946-1955
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