What We Offer

Personalized Learning

We employ differentiated instruction in many of our classes to tailor content to individual students. In math, for example, we use leveled Singapore Math assessments to keep track of and adapt to student progress. Those who are able to demonstrate mastery over a set of topics may pursue more challenging ones, while students who have trouble grasping concepts are given the assistance they require to not fall behind.


Every semester, students choose from a complement of hobbies and interests they want to pursue. Interested in photography? We have a DIY darkroom under the stairs. Like cooking? Try your hand at making hummus, chocolate brownies, or ice cream (just don’t eat them at the same time!). Our electives span the whole spectrum, from physical to creative to technical. We’ve got classes that focus on creating an awesome yearbook, bending minds through logic games, practicing the guitar, shaping worlds in drama class, building discipline through karate, learning technical skills in tear-down lab, and much more!

Small Classes

We believe in small class sizes, with a maximum ratio of 12 students to 1 educator in elementary, and 15 to 1 in middle school for our core subjects. This creates a comfortable classroom atmosphere in which every student gets the appropriate attention he or she deserves. Reduced class sizes also prevent students from slipping through the cracks, and producing mediocre and uninspired work.

Homework Labs

At KAIS EMS, students do much of the heavy lifting of learning — the homework — at the end of the school day, in the presence of an instructor who assists, guides, answers questions, and motivates the students as they study. Every term, we meet with families to decide which Homework Labs would suit the needs of their child. Students choose from a variety of activities, including general Homework Labs, Math or English ‘Focus’ Labs, Athletics, and English or Japanese Conversation Skills classes. These labs have the secondary effect of alleviating parents of their nightly duties, enabling families to spend quality time together doing other activities.

Game-based Learning

The application of game-design elements in the classroom can be a powerful method for teaching difficult subject matter to children. Our social studies classes, for example, employ roleplaying game mechanics for the lower grades, helping to promote intrinsic motivation in students and to communicate complex concepts. The students could play as daimyo in control of feudal provinces at the end of the Edo period. A unit covering the Paleolithic Age could have students struggling to survive, living a nomadic lifestyle until they develop agriculture and other technologies on their Tech Tree. Similarly, the ‘age of exploration’ could come alive, pitting the students against monstrous waves, mutinies, and starvation in their quest to establish trade routes in the spice-rich Moluccas.

After-School Club Activities

Students get to choose from a wide array of after-school activities, from competitive sports to more chilled out and cerebral activities. Our Futsal club, for example, is a great place to master football skills and develop teamwork. Students desiring a mix of sports can join the Sports club, which introduces a new sport every month. In the Cinema club, students watch important classic and contemporary films, analyzing composition techniques, and discussing the great masters of film and their contributions to the ongoing history of cinema. We’ve got more activities on offer, so you’ll definitely find something that suits your interests.

Learning with Technology

We provide a laptop computer to every student in Grade 3 and above. Students learn a variety of fundamental skills, from writing and sharing documents, checking their grades (anytime, anywhere), and preparing stimulating presentations, to more complex skills ranging from video editing, audio production, and even programming through our affiliated Tokyo Tech Club! Our next step: incorporating virtual reality technology into the classroom with HTC Vive headsets!

School of Rock

Our students take weekly lessons from professional musicians at LiVEJAM, a fully-equipped rock music studio where they get the opportunity to learn a different instrument every year until they graduate. Aside from establishing foundational knowledge of multiple instruments, their hard work is rewarded by participating in a live performance at the end of every semester. Students this year will focus on the Peruvian cajón (a percussion instrument) as well as on their choir skills.

Mind, Body, Soul

A healthy body creates a strong immune system and a healthy mind. At KAIS EMS, intensive morning workouts keep the students fit, healthy, and mentally sharp – in the best possible condition for maximum learning efficiency. We also encourage positive fitness habits by introducing students to meditation and breathing techniques, as well as a regular static stretching routine. We have the responsibility to not only educate students about their physical health and the important role exercise plays, but also to encourage them to develop their mental and spiritual capacities as well.

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Open Mic Signups

We have begun sign-ups for our 2nd annual KAIS EMS Open Mic Event to be held during school on Friday, March 2nd. Interested […]

Last Week of Term 1 (Dec. 11-15)

Next week will be memorable, exciting, hectic, meaningful, crazy, and a lot of other adjectives! Yes, it’s the last week of […]

Spelling Bee Semi-Final

The KAIS EMS Spelling Bee Semi-Final will be held in homerooms this Wednesday. Please help your child study over the next few […]

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What our students say

KAIS EMS is an inspiring place that has grown a lot over the years.

Connie Grade 5

The KAIS EMS elective system is the best. The students really enjoy it because they can take a break from studying regular subjects. The school is also a great environment to make friends.

Sasha Grade 4

KAIS EMS is an awesome school! It challenges students, and is a bullying-free school. It’s got a lot of fun field trips and activities, nice teachers, and lots of homework!

Cecilia Grade 6

The classes at KAIS EMS always have creative projects. I really like the science ones!

Chris Grade 6

KAIS EMS is a really good environment that gives us the opportunity to make more friends and learn many things. KAIS is so awesome!

Motoharu Grade 6

KAIS EMS is a great school where you can learn a lot of things! My school before was boring, but not KAIS EMS. There’s no bullying, and not too much homework.

Chelsea Grade 5

This is the best school ever! There are tons of fun classes that you can enjoy, from singing and cooking, to language arts and social studies. My favorite is dance class. The teachers are wonderful!

Josie Grade 7

KAIS EMS Comprehensive Student Surveys

Every semester, we survey the students in order to gather data on a comprehensive array of topics, from academics, extra-curricular activities, their sense of belonging, and so on. After analyzing and interpreting the data in a series of meetings, we constantly adjust and improve our school to fit the needs and expectations of our students. We take school culture very seriously, and work hard to cultivate a great atmosphere, both socially and academically. We're a young school with a great team, and we feel that survey data will only serve to keep us on our toes. If we slip up or slack off, it'll show... just another opportunity to develop and change, to grow and reinvent ourselves!

"I feel safe from being bullied in my school"
"I feel respected by my teachers"
"The teachers in this school make our classwork fun, interesting, and challenging"
"I have chances to take part in decision-making at this school"