Practical Learning for Self Expression
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. The Japanese program is designed to create awareness of the Japanese culture and is taught with the same principles as the international curriculum. The program incorporates world-class standards that actively involve students in the learning process. The time a child spends with a teacher and with their parent’s influences and develops their self-concepts and values. These interactions influence them throughout their lives. We as a school offer a place to reach those who need the most help to adopt ways to teach children to cope with the tasks and problems of the present and later life. We, teachers, are here to develop positive social skills, helping children to interact with their peers and aults. The students learn cooperative and problem-solving skill while developing leadership sills as well as being aware of the need for kindness and empathy towards others.
Our goals in Bilingual Education are for:
Students to be social, culturally and linguistically adaptable in a global setting
Students to achieve competence in the first and second language (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
Students can apply higher thinking skills in both Japanese and English
Students to acquire the same English Language skills as students in English- only schools. Gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the Japanese culture.
As the grade level progresses, students will gradually become proficient in both English and Japanese. Please be aware that our program is designed specifically for Japanese speaking families and therefore English is their second language. Based on research from Cornell
University in 2009 second language acquisition reaches its apex at the age of 3 to 4. Therefore we encourage families to start exposing them to their second languages as early as possible.
The Grade School curriculum, based on Ontario National Standards from Canada and Japanese education standards, is built by teachers while taking in to account observations from daily conversation with students, class attitudes, and communication between students. While it is common in Japanese elementary schools to learn from textbooks, at SIS the students search for answers themselves from information they have gathered and analyzed.
Text: The bear with the red hat was angry. He was angry because the rabbit stole his hat.
Text based question: Why was the bear angry?
Critical Analysis Question: If your hat was stolen, like the bear, what would you do with your angry emotions?
Text based questions are formulated off of information found within the text. However, questions based off of critical analysis allow for development of thinking and analysis skills.
Inquiry-Based learning is a student-directed learning that believes that education begins with the curiosity of the learner. It is an approach to learning whereby students find and use a variety of sources of information and ideas to increase their understanding of a problem, topic, or issue.
At Shonan International School, we are committed to providing learning opportunities that espouse investigation, exploration, research, pursuit, and study upon all areas of subject content. The school culture is based on the idea that the responsibility of learning is given to the students. Therefore the role of the teacher is not to dispense knowledge and make decisions for the students. The students are expected to collaborate and cooperate with one another to construct meaningful connection towards their learning. As a 21st century skill, it is vital for students to take ownership of their learning.
|Ages||Grade 1~Grade 5 (Grade 6 is considered Middle School)|
|School Lunch||Catering available, or bring lunch from home|
|Morning Child Care||7:30~8:15|
|Family Support||Pick-up support may be available from Fujisawa or Tsujido stations.|
|Academic Support||Additional academic support classes may be suggested depending on child’s needs.|
|Study Abroad Programs||Italy, Canada|
|Special Needs||SIS does not have all the facilities necessary to support students with special needs. However, we are able to accept students with special needs that are within our limits and we will do our best to assist the students.|
|Summer Program||Every last week of July to third week of August (subject to change)|
|Spring Program||Every March|
|Requirements for Admission||Parent commitment to school mission, participation in monthly parent workshops, language environment in grade school years, social language (admission may be contingent on additional academic support prior to beginning classes at SIS)|
|Shonan International School Kindergarten||30||10||200,000〜||899,649〜||◎||◎||◎||無償化対象施設
|Shonan International School Grade School||30||10||200,000〜||950,640〜※学年によって異なります||–||–||–||–|
|S International School(TOKYO)||150||–||300,000||1,750,000||◯||◎||◎||PYP|
|A International School(TOKYO)||80||–||64,800||1,296,000||–||–||–||–|
|K International School Tokyo(TOKYO)||630||–||300,000||2,202,000||◯||◎||◎||PYP, MYP, DP|
|Y International School(TOKYO)||120||–||175,000||1,892,000||–||–||–||–|
|C International School Tokyo(TOKYO)||267||–||150,000||1,600,000||–||–||–||–|
|U School of Tokyo(TOKYO)||200||–||225,000||1,210,000||–||–||–||–|
|K Elementary and Middle School(TOKYO)||92||–||200,000||1,990,000||–||–||–||–|
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