Leading International Schools in the Greater Tokyo Area

Whether in Tokyo temporarily or for a more long-term stint, ensuring that your children receive the education they need to be competitive globally is extremely important. Here, J Select presents some of the leading international schools in the greater Tokyo area that can help prepare your children for further education in Europe, North America or elsewhere in the world.

For students who wish to prepare for entering American universities, J Select has also found a small school environment providing tailored needs for students to optimize their US college admission profile. Check all the details here.

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◆ Nishimachi International School (Minato-ku)
◆ Saint Maur International School & Ecole Francaise de Saint Maur (Yokohama)
◆ The British School in Tokyo (Shibuya-ku)
◆ The American School in Japan (Chofu-ku)

Nishimachi International School


Founded in 1949 and located in the heart of Tokyo, Nishimachi International School has been providing innovative educational excellence for over 70 years. The language of instruction is English and all students study Japanese language daily. Working with a dedicated faculty and staff, Nishimachi students benefit After attending Nishimachi, students are thoroughly prepared to continue their education in first-class institutions around the world, having been guided to take personal ownership of their learning, from the school’s rigorous curriculum, close-knit community and interactions with the vibrant local culture. make meaningful connections with others, pursue challenges and persevere, act ethically and respectfully and use multiple processes to think, innovate and reflect. The school is committed to educating students of all nationalities, cultures and backgrounds to be international and independent thinkers.

Selling Points

Nishimachi is a small community school conveniently located in the Moto-Azabu area of ​​Minato-ku, Tokyo, one of the most popular areas for foreign residents for its convenience to parks, multinational corporate headquarters and many embassies. 

The Japanese program is an integral part of Nishimachi International School. The school believes that learning another language provides the opportunity to grow beyond one’s native tongue. The goal of Japanese education at Nishimachi is to develop the capability of each student to communicate in Japanese: reading, writing, listening and speaking, while having a solid understanding of Japanese culture.


Nishimachi features a unique, rich international curriculum based on US common core standards. Classes are taught in English with project-based approaches focused on developing critical and creative thinking. Students study Japanese every day and there are classes to accommodate all levels of Japanese proficiency The school aims to educate students to be leaders, innovators and motivated thinkers who can contribute to a diverse and changing world. Nishimachi’s curriculum is structured to ensure that students receive a rigorous education, relevant to their context and to their experiences in a global community. .Core subjects draw from Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core, and the AERO (American Education Reaches Out) framework. Specialist subjects are based on American education standards including SHAPE America’s National Standards for Physical Education, and the National Coalition for US Arts Standards.

The school offers a robust after school activities program and middle school sports program. Many students visit the school’s outdoor campsite in Gunma for school trips once or twice per year and students in grades 4 to 9 also go on a ski trip to Niigata once a year.

Admission terms

The school year runs from late August until mid-June. Local applications for kindergarten are due by October 31. Grades 1 to 9 and international kindergarten applications are accepted throughout the year.

Age Group   5 to 15

Accreditations  CIS, WASC, JCIS






Nishimachi International School

Address: 2-14-7 Moto-Azabu, Minato-Ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-451-5520
Admissions Inquiries: admissions@nishimachi.ac.jp 

General Inquires: info@nishimachi.ac.jp



Saint Maur International School & Ecole Francaise de Saint Maur


Established in 1872, as innovators of international education in Japan, the school continues to meet the needs of children (coed, 2.5 years to Grade 12) from the multicultural and multifaith international community. Saint Maur faculty and staff develop learning experiences based on the belief Students are provided with a balanced, quality academic and extracurricular program which to date has resulted in a Saint Maur education is preparation for the future. 100% matriculation rate into four-year universities and colleges.

Selling Points

Coed, in a caring family environment, Saint-Maur believes that Students Behavior Profile, Essential Outcomes and Restorative Practice are important guiding principles throughout the development of their students. They prepare students from over 40 countries to be global citizens through dynamic, international curricula. As The cultural diversity inherent in Saint Maur is one of their strengths, and students develop the knowledge, skills and internationally minded approach necessary to contribute productively to an increasingly interdependent global society. Although the school remains traditional in values, it is progressive in educational innovation . Saint Maur has continuously been among the first schools in Japan, Asia, and the world to adopt and develop the Montessori system, the International Primary Curriculum (IPC),the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) program and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

Since academic year 2022, the school upgraded its tennis facility to include lighting. This allows now the tennis club and aficionados to continue playing after school, even during the fall and winter months. Tennis clinics are now conducted by professional tennis coaches twice a week for students.


While the curriculum in the Montessori School is vast, it is always developmentally appropriate for young children. They are individually guided through the program at their own pace and level. Along with the necessary skills for independence, the children are introduced in a sequential and concrete way to mathematics, language, phonetics, social studies, science, music and art.

The elementary curricular program includes language arts, structured word inquiry, mathematics, science, social studies, Japanese, English as an additional language, religious studies, personal, social and health education, technology, art, general vocal and instrumental music, grade 5 band , physical education, maker space and library skills.

Middle school students follow an established curriculum of English, natural science, mathematics, social studies (geography in grades 6 and 7 and world history in grade 8), technology (computer applications, computer science and robotics), fine arts (studio art, music) )))) and drama), world language (Japanese plus French or Spanish), religious studies, physical education and personal, social and health education. Students in grades 6 and 7 also take an organizational skills class designed to give them the tools to be intrinsically responsible and successful students.

An elective course among computer science, studio art and drama is selected in grade 7 to study in grade 8. At the end of grade 8, two elective option courses are selected for continued study in grade 9. The first course is among IGCSE computer science , IGCSE visual arts, IGCSE drama and IGCSE music. The second course is the world language course among either Japanese, IGCSE French B or IGCSE Spanish B.

Saint Maur has high academic expectations of its students, and all courses help them to develop the foundation they will need to succeed in further education and their careers. The rigorous graduation requirements, which set higher academic expectations than at most comparable high schools, ensure that External exams, which include IB, AP, IGCSE, PSAT and SAT, recognize students’ academic abilities and achievements.


Saint Maur International School is dedicated not only to cater to the needs of its students, but also to be a support and driving force for its extended community of neighbors, families and alumni. In a normal year, the school organizes a number of events either Events such as the Christmas Bazaar, concerts and plays, the annual Food Fair, the International Day, Japanese Culture Day, Science Fair, Sports Day and more provide additional rhythm to the year.

Extra Services

Parking is available for parents with students in Montessori to grade 3. The school also boasts a unique Adult Enrichment Program. This program is fundamental to Saint Maur’s lifelong learning philosophy by offering parents and community an opportunity to develop an interest in ongoing study, while also demonstrating to students that education is a constant pursuit.

A French primary school was opened on campus in 2007 to cater to children who need to keep up with their national curriculum while in Japan.

Admission Term  All year round

Age Group   2.5 to 18

Accreditations IB World School, CIS, Cambridge International Examinations, International Primary Curriculum, Japan Council of International School, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Trinity College London.

Saint Maur International School & Ecole Francaise de Saint Maur
Address: 83 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Tel: 045-641-5751
Contact: office@stmaur.ac.jp

The British School in Tokyo


Established in 1989, The British School in Tokyo (BST) is an independent, two-site coed school offering a high-quality British education in central Tokyo to international students from 3 to 18 years old. Over 1,000 students of 65 nationalities follow the English National Curriculum from Early Years through to A Levels and University application.

With a full range of extracurricular activities and an outstanding sports program, BST prides itself on its pupils being well-rounded individuals, fully equipped for the challenges of the future.

Selling Points

All BST teachers, with a few subject-specific exceptions, are expected to have qualified in the UK, or to have taught in the UK or at another British International School within the past five years. The recruitment process is thorough and involves senior leaders observing teachers in their classrooms.


The British School in Tokyo follows the English National Curriculum. Grades are nursery through year 13. Students start their GCSEs and IGCSEs in year 10 (14 years old) and they start their A Levels in year 12. All lessons are taught in English with the exception of Japanese, French and Spanish.

New Primary School Campus in September 2023

The British School in Tokyo was set up as a charitable trust in 1988 by a group of parents who wished their children to have a British-style education in Tokyo. 

The school now has over 1,000 students, 300 from ages 3 to 7 at Shibuya and 700 from ages 8 to 18 on the Showa Campus at Sangenjaya.

In 2019 the school confirmed that it had officially launched a new central Tokyo Primary School campus project in partnership with the Mori Building Corp. The partnership with Mori Building will enable BST to open a new Primary Schpool campus within the prestigious Toranamon-Azabudai mixed-use urban development. The new campus with its outstanding facilities is scheduled to open in September 2023 with an initial 700 children from nursery to year 6 and will replace the current facilities for primary children at the Shibuya and Showa campuses.

For more details see here: https://www.bst.ac.jp/school-life/central-tokyo-bst-primary-school-campus-project

Extra Services

A bus service exists between the Shibuya and Showa site for all primary Showa pupils. Furthermore, the public transport system is excellent in the Greater Tokyo area and BST Shibuya is only a short walk from Shibuya station (one of the largest transport hubs in Tokyo). A number of bus routes stop directly outside BST Showa which is also just a short walk away from Sangenjaya Station. For parking there is coin parking opposite and around both campuses.

Admission terms

BST follows the UK academic year from September to July.
There are 3 terms — Term 1 (September-December), Term 2 (January-March) and Term 3 (April-July).
Term dates can be found here: https: / /www.bst.ac.jp/useful-information/term-dates

Age Group

We have two campuses separated by the year groups here:

Nursery to year 3 (3 year old to 7 year old children) are located at our Shibuya Campus. Year 4 and above (8 years old to 18 years old) are located at the BST Showa Campus.

Accreditations COBIS (Council of British International Schools), FOBISIA (the Federation of British International Schools in Asia), 

If you have any other queries, please contact the admissions team — admissions@bst.ac.jp






The British School in Tokyo
Address:1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5467-4321
Contact: comms@bst.ac.jp


The American School in Japan


At the American School in Japan (ASIJ), they believe it is their purpose to cultivate each student’s intellectual and personal passions and aptitudes by creating learning opportunities that build students’ capacity, autonomy and self-awareness. The American School encourages curiosity, model passion and provide a robust academic foundation with opportunities to learn independently. We inspire a lifelong commitment to learning with joy and enthusiasm for life, beyond the walls of the school. This commitment runs deeply through the school and is illustrated by the many opportunities for students to explore their interests and passions in authentic contexts for authentic purposes, both in the classroom and in over 170 co-curricular offerings across all grade levels. The scale and breadth of their cocurricular program illustrates their belief that students should try new things, take risks and persevere through challenges or failure in order to discover themselves.

Selling Points

Research shows that an inspiring and highly skilled teacher is the single most important school-related factor influencing student learning. Teachers at ASIJ care about their students, engage them, foster their sense of wonder and curiosity, help them weather challenges and mistakes, and encourage them to understand and explore their own capabilities and potential. ASIJ is very selective in its recruitment of teachers, attempting to identify and recruit outstanding teachers who possess the mindset, values ​​and skills that correspond with their commitment and mission. 

The American School also provides an outstanding professional learning program that helps teachers keep up-to-date on new research on how children learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom and new curriculum resources. ASIJ’s faculty represent 14 different nationalities with the majority being US citizens. All are experienced teachers, with approximately 75% having earned post-graduate degrees. A quarter of the teachers choose to stay at ASIJ for 10 or more years. Their learning community consists of 162 full-time faculty, 22 assistant and part-time teachers and 96 staff.


ASIJ is an independent, coed day school serving students of all nationalities. Founded in 1902, ASIJ offers an American-style college preparatory education for the children of international families, including those on temporary assignment, as well as families who make Tokyo their permanent home. The school offers a standards-based curriculum culminating in an American high school diploma. ASIJ’s program develops the necessary skills for a student to be successful in their future academic endeavors, including in advanced placement courses and other advanced topic courses. 

Complementing its academic program, ASIJ encourages students to engage in a wide variety of cocurricular experiences, including fine arts, sports and service-related clubs, which we believe contribute to the development of the whole child. ASIJ further draws on its unique presence in Japan ASIJ is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

Extensive bus service in central Tokyo

ASIJ provides an extensive bus service in central Tokyo. Each bus is its own mobile community, each of the 276 bus stops are the starting places of friendships — for students and adults alike. Every day almost 1,300 riders board a bus to come to school, Cared for by their well-trained bus monitors who make sure they are safe. Each rider taps on and off the bus with their ID so their parents can track them through the BusCatch app on their phone. Safety is paramount but should anything go wrong along the way, our 170 bus monitors are prepared and each certified in CPR and basic First Aid. All buses are also equipped with GPS tracking systems, two-way radios, iPhones and first aid and emergency supplies. 

At the end of the day, the younger students can take a bus home when school ends. Those in after-school activities can stay and take one of the later afternoon buses that align with their cocurricular programs.

Extra Service Limited parking is available on campus.

Admission terms

Eligibility requirements:
-All Applicants Must Have One Parent Who Speaks, Reads And Writes Fluent English
-All Applicants Must Reside In Tokyo With Their Parents During Their Attendance At ASIJ.

Age Groups

-K-Grade 12 (age 5 to 18)

Accreditations WASC, Keeping Children Safe






The American School in Japan
Adress: 1-1-1 Nomizu, Chofu-shi, Tokyo
Tel: 042-234-5300
Contact: enroll@asij.ac.jp



Nishimachi International School (Minato-ku)Saint Maur International School & Ecole Francaise de Saint Maur l (Yokohama)The British School in Tokyo (Shibuya) ,   The American School in Japan (Chohu)