What We Offer

Personalized Learning

We offer a degree of customizability for every child’s learning path through our Personalized Learning Plans, a differentiated approach that tailors the school schedule to individual students. If Math is a breeze, we can place the student at a higher grade level for those classes. If Language Arts is an issue, then why not increase the number of English Labs per week, or maybe join a Conversations Skills class? In other words, 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, learning Greek or Mandarin Chinese, practicing the guitar, shaping worlds in drama class, competing in table tennis, composing digital music, 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.

Focus Groups

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 Focus Groups 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.

Project Week

At the end of every term, we set aside the regular class schedule in favor of a more open and flexible approach to completing projects that we call Project Week. Students learn to carefully manage their time, assign roles and responsibilities, and work together productively to complete important projects and tasks. This period of intense work simulates ‘crunch’ time, periods in life where you simply have to do what it takes to complete a number of tasks within a limited time. Through this challenging process, students learn to become resilient, courageous, and confident individuals who can overcome any obstacle.

All-English Environment

KAIS EMS serves the educational needs of the international community in Tokyo. This community most often includes foreign families on temporary assignments, local bi-cultural families, and Japanese families interested in providing an English-based education for their children. In order to maximize their learning potential, our students are committed to speaking English with each other on campus, out of school, and in the digital world. We understand that many of our students are multilingual and that English is not their native language. This is precisely why we make sure to use English as the main language of instruction and communication except for in foreign language classes.

Learning with Technology

All students have access to laptop computers to complete homework, conduct research, practice coding, and more. 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 KTech Academy! Please note, however, that during breaks we typically have a no-screens policy to encourage student interaction.

School of Rock

Our students have the option to take weekly lessons from professional musicians at LiVEJAM, a fully-equipped rock music studio where they can choose classes such as digital music production, rhythm and melody, and pop singing. Aside from establishing foundational knowledge of music, students get to practice and perform in a relaxed and fun atmosphere that fosters their creative inspiration.

School Houses

Being such a small school, it’s important for students to interact not only with their classmates at the same grade level, but also with kids of all ages. To make this happen, students are organized into Houses and compete in daily challenges – morning workouts, reading competitions, trivia, spelling bees, and more. These points are carefully tallied and announced every Friday at our school assemblies, where we celebrate the projects the students have been working on, and showcase their hard work to the entire school.


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What our students say

“You can learn at your own pace and level for individual subjects, and it’s easy to make friends in and outside of your grade.”

Rosa Grade 6

“With its very friendly environment, KAIS EMS not only has outstanding teachers, but also offers a wonderful educational program for students of all ages. I think any child would enjoy coming to school here!”

Melissa Grade 8

“I feel very safe at KAIS, and the teachers support me and the other kids.”

Sarah Grade 4

“KAIS has given me the opportunity to excel at my passion and really challenge myself, and I am grateful for that.”

Lachlan Grade 8

“KAIS is great because I was able to make many new friends from different countries. This makes it exciting to come to school everyday!”

Tiana Grade 5

“We get to choose new electives every term, and that makes going to KAIS really fun and exciting!”

Toren Grade 5

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

Cecilia Grade 7

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

Chris Grade 7

“KAIS EMS is a really good environment that gives us the opportunity to make more friends and learn many things. It’s awesome!”

Motoharu Grade 7