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Some (Very Good) Reasons to Enroll Your Child at KAIS EMS
We encourage and even expect our students to work hard and to do their best. But we are friendly and open with them. Put another way, we are not exactly relaxed, but we are definitely not uptight.
Our faculty are all either qualified teachers or experts in their fields (with master’s degrees or above). And we can’t stress this enough — they all love teaching.
Our school is small enough to allow us to get to know all our students (and their parents) very well. We can recognize their strengths and spot their weaknesses. We can readily see what they need and what they contribute to their classes and the school.
The staff and faculty at KAIS EMS respect and value our students’ individuality even as we encourage them to consider the needs of others.
Our classes and hallways are lively and even noisy at times. Our students love to talk and to express themselves openly and passionately. They love to be involved and feel engaged.
From third grade on, our students are empowered with choice: choice in projects to work on, choice in elective classes to take, choice in Focus Groups to attend. At the same time, we give them all the guidance they need, especially those students who before they came to us, had not had the guidance they needed and deserved.
We like all our students to be self-starters and go-getters. We encourage them to come up with ideas on their own and then to pursue those ideas as far as they can go.
We invite and applaud curiosity. We encourage our students to ask questions and then to use their skills and the myriad resources available online and elsewhere to find the answers to their questions and to satisfy their curiosity on their own.
We want our students to do their best in sports and performances, but we also encourage them to never forget the importance of joy.
From third grade on, rather than having just one teacher for the whole day, our students study with a different teacher for every subject. This exposes them to a variety of personalities and teaching styles, and contributes greatly to their understanding of people and the world we live in.
We want all our students to go home every day and tell their parents, “I had a great day at school today!” We believe that learning, even when it’s hard, should be fun.
We embrace technology. Our students learn to design compelling presentations. They familiarize themselves with image manipulation software. They learn to design 3D models using SketchUp, and even print them with our 3D printer. They learn to shoot and edit video and record music. From this year, they'll even get a chance to learn using our new VR devices! They become modern whiz kids, in other words.
We believe that school is a place for face-to-face interaction. We don’t allow our students to use their phones at school.
Our students are all hip, cool, and kind. Each and every one has a fascinating, unique personality and has interests of his or her very own. They are welcoming to newcomers. They embrace EVERYONE. They are our pride and joy. They are awesome.
Some Reasons for Not Attending KAIS EMS
While our sports program is evolving and improving, it is unlikely to ever be up to the standards of the larger international schools. We just don’t have the space. If you want your child to attend a school with a robust, competitive sports program, we are probably not for you. That being said, however, for a school our size, our sports program is very respectable and we make excellent use of the space that we have. We offer swimming lessons at a nearby sports and fitness center, and we have daily in-school fitness classes that keep our students in tip-top shape both physically and mentally (and we like to play a lot of ping-pong). And in 2016, our soccer team is going all the way to Italy to compete in a tournament there. At any rate, as far as sports is concerned, our focus is on the opportunities for personal growth that sports present rather than on the sports in and of themselves.
If your child prefers to “hang back” and blend into the background, he or she may struggle at a school like ours. Our small classes mean that every child is noticed and stands out. We all, students, staff, and teachers alike, know one another. We “hang out” with and speak to one another every day. That’s part of the friendly, family-like, fun atmosphere that defines us. But again, it is also not everyone’s cup of tea.
We are very proud of our Japanese-Language program, but we also know that it is unrealistic for us to expect a child in our program to develop his or her Japanese-language skills at the same rate as a child attending a Japanese school. Some international schools devote several hours a day to Japanese, and for some families, these would be the best option. But at KAIS EMS, our first priority is English. We have, therefore, made the conscious decision to focus on English five hours a day; only one hour is devoted to Japanese. This ensures that our students are fully proficient and fluent in one language and fairly advanced in another. Parents of students at our school who want their children to be “perfect” in Japanese are advised to have their children attend a cram school or spend part of their vacations in a Japanese school.
Though we respect all religions and their adherents, KAIS EMS is a secular school. We do not reject or edit works of literature or other texts based on religious considerations. In our science classes, we teach "Darwinian" evolution. Thus, parents who don’t want their children exposed to the western literary canon or to scientific ideas that challenge or oppose orthodox religious thinking should consider one of the many religion-based international schools that are available in Tokyo. Please note, however, that if their parents request it, we do allow some students to substitute some classes for others (sex education, for example). We are quite flexible about such things and do all we can — again, within reason — to make everyone feel at home and their ideas and beliefs respected.