|The American School in Japan is a
private, coeducational day school, serving students from age 3 to
grade 12 on two campuses: the Early Learning Center
(Nursery-Pre-kindergarten-Kindergarten) in Roppongi and the Chofu
campus in western Tokyo (kindergarten-grade 12). The School serves
students of all nationalities, with the majority having U.S.
citizenship. The school year comprises two semesters, August-January
Organization: The School is governed by a 15-member Board
of Directors elected for one-year terms by the Trustees of the
American School in Japan Foundation, the sponsors of the School.
Usually Board members are U.S. citizens. Trusteeship in the
Foundation is extended to representatives of businesses, U.S.
government, church organizations, alumni and staff who have an
interest in, and provide financial support to the school.
Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of U.S.
college-preparatory schools except that Japanese language and area
studies are offered to all students. Four libraries of 45,000 titles
staffed by three professional librarians and aides promote an
emphasis on student research. Among an extensive range of elective
courses, Advanced Placement courses are offered in at least 14
subjects. The School has no provisions for students with significant
learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. The elementary,
middle, and high schools are accredited by the Western Association
of Schools and Colleges. For the most part, graduates go on to
colleges and universities in the United States.
Faculty: In the 2004-2005 school year, there are 159
full-time and 9 part-time.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year,
enrollment was 1,520 (N-grade 5: 652; grades 6-8: 370; and grades
Facilities: The Chofu campus (kindergarten-grade through
12) features libraries, fine arts facilities, video studios,
laboratories, 800+ computers with internet access for student use,
choral and instrumental music rooms, and auditorium, three
gymnasiums, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and playgrounds/sports
fields. Optional bus service to/from central Tokyo and the Chofu
campus is available, with an average transit time of 50 minutes. The
Early Learning Center (nursery-kindergarten) features its own
library, music room, community room, and playground.
Finances: In the 2004-2005 school year, about 75% of the
School's operating income derives from tuition and fees. The
remainder comes from donations, grants, investments, and auxiliary
enterprises. Annual tuition rates (computed at ¥110 to $1.00) are
nursery-grade 12: $17,473, payable in Japanese yen or in U.S.
dollars at the prevailing rate of exchange. (All fees are quoted in
Mr. Timothy Carr, Headmaster
The American School in Japan
1-1, Nomizu 1-chome
Chofu-shi, Tokyo 182-0031, Japan