Caring About Student Learning Since 1949
Cultivating well-rounded individuals through a learning experience that develops their intellectual, creative, personal, social, and physical abilities.
Our mission is to develop learners and leaders who know, care and take action, to bring value to others and make a positive impact on the world.
Why Choose Nishimachi?
Academically rigorous. Rich in diversity. Intimate school community. Our commitment to lifelong learning.
A Nishimachi education is much more than academic programs or subject offerings. What makes our school special is the community and our culture of respect, the way we embrace diversity, our focus on active learning, trust, and communication, and our strong commitment to language learning, in both English and Japanese. Every member of our community is part of the continuous process of growth and learning.
In 1949 we began with four students. English was taught as a foreign language, and our school was called Nishimachi School. By the mid-1950s we had one hundred students, and the number grew to more than 200 a decade later as students from many different countries enrolled. Junior high school level education was added in 1963 and has since evolved into our middle school with its own unique traditions and student responsibilities.
As the demographics of our school broadened, by 1966, we decided to change our name to Nishimachi International School. In 1986, we became accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a US West Coast accreditation body. Over the ensuing decade of the ’90s, the school updated its school philosophy and instituted Student Learning Expectations (SLEs). By 2006 we were also accredited by CIS, the Council for International Schools.
Statement of Multiculturalism Nishimachi believes that education should promote the well-rounded development of individuals through the cultivation of their intellectual, creative, personal, social, and physical abilities. The school is committed to educating both Japanese and foreign students to be international and independent thinkers. We believe that learning a second language provides the opportunity to grow beyond a single culture. We believe that classroom and co-curricular activities should foster sensitivity to, and respect for, individual talents as well as differences. We believe that every student must learn to function both as an individual and as part of a group. Our ultimate goal is that every Nishimachi student learns to live harmoniously in, and contribute to, world society.
In 2016, following a successful CIS/WASC reaccreditation, we took the recommendations of the report to develop the 2017-2021 strategic plan. A consultant was retained to help launch this effort, and students, staff, parents, and our Nishimachi-Kai community had the opportunity to contribute their ideas and thoughts through a community-wide survey. We also held a workshop/focus group where over a hundred parents attended. From the ensuing work over the past four years, Nishimachi Learner Expectations were born, and a new school-wide mission statement was articulated.
Our school year starts from late August and runs through mid-June. Nishimachi offers programs from Kindergarten (5 years old) to Grade 9, and our birthday cut-off is August 31. We consider the grade levels that applicants completed, however, applicants for Kindergarten must be 5 years old by August 31st of the year of enrollment. Applicants for Grade 1 must be 6 years old by August 31st of the year of enrollment. Please note that we do not make exceptions to the age eligibility for these grades.
**For students with Japanese nationality, please be aware of the expectation of Compulsory Education for students in Japan.
- Elementary School (K-5)
- Middle School (Grades 6-9)
- Japanese Language And Culture Program
- Summer School
We look forward to hearing from you and supporting you to find the right school for your children!