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Main subjects

Main subjectsOur program focuses on the development of the students’ abilities in five main areas: languages, mathematics, physical education, music and presentation skills.
We believe that just preparing the students for their university entrance exams is not enough, and most importantly it is not the final aim of education. Education should provide young people with the tools they need to accomplish their life goals. This is the criterion that guided us in the selection of our main focus.


Languages (English and Japanese)

Languages are the expression of a country’s culture. Our program supports the development of the students’ proficiency both in English, the language of communication in today’s global society, and in Japanese, which is fundamental to live and work in Japan. Language learning is integrated with the cultural and historical background necessary for intercultural understanding.



MathematicsNurturing the children’s mathematical thinking means developing their ability to find and solve problems and evaluate situations objectively; all skills that will prove useful in their adult life. Our program guides the students progressively, enabling them to experience the joy of understanding.


Physical Education

Sports and physical education are fundamental to grow healthy and strong, as well as an effective tool for the students to learn the importance of teamwork and develop proactive minds open to challenges. Our PE classes, all taught by professional instructors, foster the children’s love for movement and promote the acquisition of healthy lifestyle habits.



MusicMusic is a great way to express our feelings, as well as a powerful comfort in times of trouble. With the support of professional instructors, the students will get familiar with the world of music and enjoy learning how to read scores, compose their own music and play a variety of instruments.


Presentation and Performance Skills

Presentation and Performance SkillsSpeaking in front of an audience will be common for the students once they become adult members of the society. Learning how to organize their ideas clearly and explain them toothers will enable them to grow into confident adults capable of learning from their mistakes. Our lessons and school events provide the children with plenty of opportunities to make presentations and perform; all while having fun and nurturing their sense of accomplishment.


School Life

An immersive English learning environment

An immersive English learning environmentAll of the communication at school, except for Japanese classes, is carried out in English. Immersed in our English speaking environment, the students will naturally assimilate the correct use and pronunciation of the language through daily interaction with native English-speaking teachers and the other members of our international student community.


A wide variety of school events

The school year at Tokyo West is rich with events. Students participate with great enthusiasm, making unforgettable memories while developing their cooperation and independence.


Club activities

Club activitiesAfterschool club activities are provided for our Elementary, Middle and High School divisions. Club activities are a great chance to build friendships with students of other grade levels, learn how to support each other and work together towards a goal, and develop the children’s social and communication skills.
Currently we offer sports clubs such as soccer, futsal, basketball and academic clubs such as music, art and newspaper. Participation to all afterschool club is free of charge.


Wednesday special program

Wednesday special programProviding the students with opportunities to learn, explore and experiment in multiple ways outside the classroom setting plays a vital role in our educational approach. Our Wednesday special program, held a few times per month, features a variety of activities promoting inquiry-based learning. At the end of each session, the students have time to look back and exchange ideas about the activity they took part into. Wednesday special program activities can be broadly divided into the four groups below.

1. Getting to know the local community

The students will learn about nature and society in the Hachioji and Tama areas. We will visit science museums, art museums, factories, and garbage and sewage treatment plants. Students joining this program will have the opportunity to cultivate plants and take care of animals as well.

2. Community Service

The students will commit to different kinds of volunteer activities such as cleaning the school and visiting a nursing home. Also, upper grade students will read books in English and Japanese to lower elementary and kindergarten students.

3. Other Activities

Other activities include Project Adventure, a physical education program designed to encourage students to mature through self-discovery, as well as preparation for school events such as our Sports Day and Winter Presentation. In order to raise international-minded citizens, our students will have opportunities to learn about other cultures through a global exchange. This may be through performance, research, international relationships, or other educational activities.

4. Personal Projects

Students from grade 6 to 9 will embark on personal research projects. Each student will research about a topic that captures their interest and later present it to their peers and teachers. Personal projects are a wonderful opportunity to promote academic inquiry, personal growth and presentation skills.



1. 地域社会を知る


2. 地域社会に奉仕・貢献する


3. 各種教育・交流活動に取り組む

児童・生徒の成長と変化を促す教育プログラムProject Adventureの実施。音楽、芸術、体育などの行事やその準備として活用します。国際交流などに関する活動にも取り組みます。

4. 個人研究Personal Project (G6~G9)に取り組む

G6~G9の生徒はPersonal Project(個人研究) にも取り組みます。Personal Project(個人研究)では、各生徒が自ら課題を設定して探究活動をおこない、その成果を発表しあいます。

Japanese Language Education

About Japanese LanguageIn addition to English, our school also focuses on Japanese language education. Native Japanese-speaking students and students with native-like Japanese language proficiency will use Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) textbooks and cover the same lesson contents as Japanese schools. Students learning Japanese as a second language at a beginner or intermediate level will attend a dedicated Japanese language class with special lesson contents.
Like for English, our objective is for our students to master Japanese language as a communication tool. We teach not only conversation but also basic reading and writing according to the level of each child. We believe the exposure to Japanese culture through learning the language in a fun and engaging way will become an asset for our students. It is also said that learning a second language has a considerably positive impact on a person’s overall learning ability.

当校では、日本語教育にも力を入れております。日本語が母国語もしくは、同等レベルの生徒に対しては、文科省の教科書を使用して日本の小中学校と同じ内容の学習をおこなっております。また、まったくはじめての生徒を含め、日本語が外国語となる生徒に対しては、Japanese language classとして、既存のクラスルームではなく、国語科に併設されているクラスにて特別授業をおこなっております。



Health Care Center

Health Care CenterWe have a health care room on the first floor of our main building, with a resident school nurse. The school nurse watches over the health of our students as well as working in close contact with our two chefs, exchanging information and providing counsel regarding school lunch and meals.


School Lunch

School lunchWe have a school cafeteria where our two school chefs serve a healthy and balanced lunch. School lunch is prepared in compliance with the food hygiene regulations set by the Hachioji Health and Safety Center (Hoken-jo).


Academic and Career Advisers

Two of our teachers are appointed as career advisers, and will provide students with counseling regarding their future academic and career paths. In addition to enrolling in our school’s middle and high school divisions, we also offer consultation about transferring to other schools and going on to higher education. We actively support each student so that they can choose the educational path that best suits them and allows them to fulfill their dreams.


Student Council and Parent Association

Student Council (SC) and Parent Association (PA)Our Student Council (SC) is formed by student representatives from each grade and is a schoolwide program that engages students from all grades. The Council meets regularly to plan school-wide events and exchange ideas, actively focusing on participation in community activities and volunteer opportunities.

We also have a Parent Association (PA) formed by parent representatives from each grade. The Association cooperates with the school to improve its educational environment for the students, enrich the curriculum, take care of the facilities and help with school events. PA members actively participate and share ideas through the school council. We are grateful for their support and commitment to make our school a great place to study and grow.



Standardized Achievement Test

Standardized Achievement TestStudents from grade 3 to 9 will be taking standardized test ACER ISA (International School Assessment) every year. The ISA assessment program is designed specifically for students in international schools in grades 3 to 10, and it is being adopted in many international schools both in Japan and overseas. Test results will be published and we hope this will greatly contribute to the improvement of each student’s academic abilities as well as positively impacting the overall level of the school.


Supplementary Classes

Afterschool supplementary classes are offered once or twice a week, mainly for lower elementary grades, G1 and G2. These classes focus on homework support and assistance in small group settings.
We currently offer supplementary classes only for Language Arts (English). We will also start supplementary classes for other subjects such as mathematics if necessary.

G1, G2の低学年を中心に、週1~2回程度、少人数の放課後補習クラスを開講しております。
この補習クラスでは、宿題のサポートをメインにおこなっております。現在のところ、Language Arts(英語)1科目のみに対応しておりますが、必要に応じて、数学など他の科目の実施も検討してまいります。


Please feel free to inquire.(英語・日本語対応) TEL 042-691-1441 Office hours 9:00 - 16:00 [Weekdays except holidays ]