About SIS

Mission Statement

Shonan International School upholds the following standards to create global citizens.

Mission Statement

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Shonan International School is committed to providing children with a bilingual education program with a strong commitment to Japanese language, culture, and curriculum while developing commitment to intercultural understanding


Vision Statement

1.The Japanese program aims to raise awareness of Japanese culture and is taught on the same principles as the international curriculum.

2. The program incorporates world-class standards for learning that encourages students to actively participate in the learning process.

3. Students spend time under the influence of teachers and parents and develop time to develop self-concepts and values. These interactions affect them throughout their lives.

4. As a school – we provide an environment for learning through issues and issues that will affect our students’ future lives, from the issues that society currently faces.

5. Teachers,Students and Parents develop positive social skills to help students interact with peers and adults.

6. Students learn collaborative, problem-solving skills and develop leadership, recognizing kindness and empathy for others.

The 4s

A student who is respectful is considerate about the feelings of others and will treat them fairly. Students should also respect themselves and be able to set and respect personal boundaries. A respectful student will not tease, ridicule and bully others.

* Students become respectful when they are treated with respect*
A resourceful student is able to communicate in different ways. There are encouraged to use many resources to learn about problems and gain multiple perspectives.

* Students become resourceful when they are given opportunities to ask meaningful questions*
A responsive student is friendly kind and respectful. When a student is respected they can respect in return. Respect means not hurting each other and solving problems by talking and listening.

* Students become responsive when they are respected*
Students can take responsibility for their actions and their feelings.

* Student becomes responsible when they are given responsibilities and praised accordingly*

SIS employs the Gaiety Method, a discovery-based learning method which allows for the practical application of the 4Rs. Discovery-based learning places the child at the center of the learning process, and is driven by what interests and motivates them. Educators cretae learning goals for their students, and create classes which directly reflect student interests. Learning based on “discovery” focuses on the implications of themes and is instilled more naturally in the child, instead of emphasizing how much factual knowledge is being memorized.
We believe that co-active dialogue with the adults around them, who have their own beliefs and values, are essential in turning student thoughts and ideas into output. This co-active dialogue creates Encouragement
(instilling “courage”), which leads to motivation and energy.
Encouragement should be speech based on the recipient’s emotions and thoughts, which differentiates it from speech solelyy based on praise.



  • Adults involved with children are learning the implications of their behavior in line with their psychology.
  • Adults who interact with children observe their behavioral patterns and support independent solutions while developing their ability to communicate.
  • Adults who interact with children are interested in, experience, impress, and encourage their children’s interests.
  • Adults involved with children are conscious of the attitude of flexibly adopting various ways of thinking as a team.
  • Adults who interact with children are honing their goodness.
  • Adults who interact with children know their children’s values ​​and treat them without prejudice.
  • Adults who interact with children enjoy the results of their experiences, discuss them in order, and create logical thinking for their children.
  • Adults who interact with children have a clear purpose, look back on themselves, and practice in good faith.
  • Adults who interact with children create and shape newthings that are fun.



Company Name
Shonan International School Inc.
May, 2011
C-2F Aerus Tsujido, Hatori 3-1-8, Fujisawashi, Kanagawaken
Tomoki Suzuki, President
Operational Goals
①Realizing children’s thoughts and ideas
③Supporting adults who challenge themselves

Shonan International School

  • Kindergarten CoordinatorGaiety Iwasawa
  • Grade School CoordinatorBryan Norton
  • Curriculum CoordinatorTakemi Iwasawa
  • Administration LeaderSeema Eiko Aso
  • KindergartenPrivate Hoikuen Facility(Unlicensed Daycare)
  • Grade School and Middle SchoolAlternative School


Why SIS at Shonan?

The Shonan area, surrounded by both mountains and the ocean, is blessed with ample opportunities to interact with nature. Many of our programs encourage our students to explore and expand their interests, of which many can be found in the natural environment that Shonan provides. We have chosen Shonan as our home, so our students may fully utilize and expand on their curiosities. The area is also easily accessible to Tokyo, and the residential environment is very favorable to families.