Gingertree International School
Gingertree International School (GIS), a branch school of Zoo-phonics Academy, was opened in April 2004 in Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. It is near Omotesando Station on the Ginza Line and Hanzomon Line of the Tokyo Metro. It provides international preschool and kindergarten programs, and afternoon ESL classes for children here.
At Gingertree International School is provided a fully integrated preschool curriculum for children 2 to 4 years of age and kindergarten curriculum for children 4 to 6 years of age. The programs are designed to promote each child’s physical, social, emotional, academic and cognitive skills development.
There are two classes in the preschool program: Missy Mouse Class for children aged 2 to 3, and Robby Rabbit Class for children aged 3 to 4. Deedee Deer Class is the kindergarten program for children aged 4 to 6. Children are placed in level appropriate classes and move up to the next class based on detailed assessments. Children are academically stimulated and encouraged to participate in class discussion as they progress through the GIS’ program, and as they gain self-confidence they expand and develop their creativity, social skills, and self-esteem.
The merits of the school are as follows:
– Small classroom sizes with low student-teacher ratio and experienced classroom teachers who give warm and attentive care in a nurturing environment.
– Individual personalities and abilities are valued and conscientious, personalized guidance is given that match needs.
– Age/level-appropriate classes follow academic targets and monthly themes in a full year comprehensive curriculum.
– Many hands-on activities and games included in our academic curriculum which all children will enjoy and be eager to learn.
– Guidance and coaching discipline and manners during life at school: greetings, decision making, self-help skills, cleaning up after oneself, and showing consideration for others.
– No Japanese in the classroom. An English-only environment promotes usage and language development.
– Regular communication between teachers, parents and guardians in the form of communication books, monthly newsletters and bi-yearly parent-teacher conferences.
– Consultation and preparation guidance for post-graduate opportunities: kindergarten, elementary school and international school.