Makuhari International School
In May 2006 an application was made to establish an International School in Makuhari within a ‘Special Zone’ – an ‘Article One’ status school. The only International School in Japan to enjoy this status at this time.
Having ‘Article One’ status allows the school to use its own unique curriculum. It also makes it easier for Japanese children to move on to Japanese Junior High Schools at the end of Grade 6. (As opposed to children leaving other International Schools within Japan. Japanese Junior High schools must allow children from MIS to take entrance examinations to join their schools.)
Makuhari International School follows the objectives from the Japanese Curriculum. However this is only our basis. In reality school expandes upon these as well as supplement them with objectives and content from various other curricula. This makes the curriculum extremely rich and diverse, and very international in flavour.
School not only follows the recommend number of ‘minimum hours’ from the Japanese Ministry of Education, but suppliment this with extra periods to ensure time for consolidation and extension. Extra sessions are also allocated for English and Maths, ensuring that children are taught these key subjects at least once a day. And in Grades 5 and 6 students teach Social Studies not only in English, but repeat this in Japanese. This helps consolidate a subject rich in content and concepts.
All other subjects are taught in English except for Japanese or Japanese Studies. Japanese tends to be studied usually by Japanese Returnee Students whilst Japanese Studies is often a subject for non Japanese children; which covers some Japanese language studies as well as understanding about Japanese culture and traditions. Dual nationality children have the choice (if their spoken Japanese is strong enough) of taking either Japanese or Japanese Studies.
Kindergarten includes Kindergarten 1, Kindergarten 2 and Kindergarten 3 classes, with children of ages 3 to 6. School also has a lively Pre-School which runs twice a week for our two year olds. Children in regular Kindergarten have a slightly more flexible curriculum than those in Elementary. Kindergarten 1 finishes at 1.30pm whilst Kindergarten 2 and 3 finish at 3.20pm. The curriculum covers all the Japanese objectives as well as teaching a lot more in addition. These extra areas are covered under the Early Learning Goals of the U.K. which is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage. In this we focus on six key areas, in addition to the objectives taken from the Japanese Kindergarten Curriculum.
Elementary school – Grades 1-6 (Japanese, English, Mathematics, Science, Information Communication Technology, Personal, Social and Nature Studies, Social Studies, Art, Physical Education, etc.).