Nagoya International School
NIS is a private, coeducational day school founded in 1964 offering an internationally recognized curricular program from preschool through grade twelve. An integrated, interdisciplinary, standards-based curriculum provides students with a strong educational foundation that leads to college preparatory courses in the high school. The language of instruction is English. Graduates earn a standard U.S. high school diploma, and in addition, have the option to obtain the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma. The 2012 graduating class will be the third cohort of students to have completed the IBDP program.
Total enrollment at NIS is 333, with approximately 185 in grades 6-12. NIS serves students whose parents work in the international business community, as well as host-country nationals and other long term foreign residents of Nagoya. Over 30 nations are represented, with the largest number coming from the U.S. and Japan. As an international school catering to a wide variety of expatriate and international families, students are admitted at all times throughout the school year.
Set on a park-like campus of approximately 7.5 acres, the school consists of three modern buildings safely connected by terraces, greenery, covered walkways, an athletic field and a Cultural Center.
Early Learning Center (ELC) Preschool 3-4 and Kindergarten Snuggled between the elementary school, surrounding neighborhood homes and the Cultural Center, the ELC classrooms overlook an inviting playground lined with cherry trees and shrubbery. Bright, cheerful classroom space is warmed by the morning sunlight creating a welcoming and stimulating environment for young learners. The interior space is divided thematically into separate “sections” to accommodate a wide variety of learning areas. A kitchen and a brightly colored unisex bathroom are shared by all students. Outside-play is enjoyed in a safe, cozy and newly-renovated environment.
Elementary School Grades 1-5 Renovated in 2004, multi-functional classrooms in the east half of the round Raymond building open out to a tree-lined playground and athletic field. The unique design and color theme of the elementary section provides an inviting, nurturing space from the moment the children enter the hallway. Warm colors, carpeted floors, built in cabinets and ample classroom space encourage independent learning, collaboration and dialogue. Artwork and project-centered learning materials hang from the ceiling to stimulate and inspire. Each room has one full side of windows allowing for bright natural light and fresh air. Desks and tables are aligned in a variety of configurations depending on the unit or theme of the class at that time. The building is completely heated and air-conditioned.
Middle School Grades 6-8 Tucked in the ground level of the Wing Building, the middle school students are able to enjoy their own space away from both the older high school students and the younger elementary students. Classrooms are spacious, providing ample room for large group and individualized learning. While each room is equipped with computers, teachers often use the computer lab or the dedicated science lab in the Raymond building for whole-class instruction. Student work lines the middle school hallway wall, opposite a line of student lockers and leading towards the music and art rooms. In 2008, the middle school area was remodeled by pushing out walls to create larger classroom spaces, improved heating and air-conditioning, hallway lighting, and other improvements to provide barrier-free access between all buildings.
High School Grades 9-12 Six bright, comfortably sized classrooms and a row of lockers encircle a computer lab on the west side of the Raymond building that make up the NIS high school. Included in this are two science labs with ample space for both lecture and lab work. The library is centrally located in the Raymond building and used by all divisions. Even though the entire school is wireless, students can often be found in the computer lab as well as the library. Together with the rest of the students, the high school students utilize the music room, art room, gymnasium and fitness center. The building is completely heated and air-conditioned.
The artificial-turf athletic field was renovated in the summer of 2006 and accommodates tennis, basketball and soccer and is surrounded by an elementary/preschool playground with age appropriate equipment. A two-story field house includes a large changing room and bathroom with space for the PTA on the second floor.