Willowbrook International School
Willowbrook is an independent preschool located in the heart of Tokyo for children ages 15 months through 5 years. Since 1998 we have been committed to creating a learning environment of alumni, staff, teachers, parents and students who collectively support the growth and development of each student in our community. The school offers an integrated educational curriculum with an emphasis on human values, interpersonal skills, creativity and multi-cultural awareness. In considering students for admission, school welcomes all children into our program regardless of ability, although we equitably build each classroom negotiating the fine balance of language, age and gender.
School building has 1,500 square meters from the basement to 4th floor including:
– Atelier (Art Studio)
– Outdoor Play Areas
– Gym/Multipurpose room
– Discovery room
– Arisugawa Park in neighborhood
When you enter the foyer of our school, you may notice that it is void of bright colors and bold patterns or print. School’s natural and neutral surrounding is the stage upon which each student and each class can create their own world through discovery, creativity and innovation.
The comprehensive integrated curriculum is designed around a theme based project approach. School presents based learning program where the child`s interest dictates the theme or project.
School’s unique hands-on learning style, blended with the right amount of skill-based pre-academics (i.e. math, science, literacy, etc.) and creative energy, has led to increased student involvement and hopefully stimulates a lifetime of intellectual learning. The environment and curriculum for each of our classes is designed to be developmentally appropriate, interesting and challenging as well as providing continuity throughout your child’s four-year preschool journey.
The English program for ages fifteen months through five years is taught by a qualified Lead Teacher who is a native English speaker; however, Japanese culture and language lessons are an integral part of our daily program.
In addition to the English program, the Dual Immersion or bilingual program is conducted in both English and in Japanese. For these classes, Lead Teachers in both English and Japanese are native speakers. For younger children ages two to three, children receive daily instruction in both languages switching halfway through the day. For ages three to five years, we offer a combined age class with more intensive bilingual programming where the language instruction changes based on the day of the week. For example, Mondays and Wednesdays are taught exclusively in English, while Tuesdays and Thursdays are taught exclusively in Japanese and then on Friday switching languages at mid-day.