Learning at Canadian International School

By on June 29, 2009

Raising a family can be a very rewarding experience, but a scary ride as well! The last thing parents want to worry about is their children‘s education. With many schools in Tokyo, every mom or dad wants to make the best choice.

The Canadian International School is a small private K-12 school, complete with summer and Saturday classes.

Principal Robert Pittman says the strong curriculum and faculty make CIS stand out. It is the only school in Tokyo offering fully certified Canadian curriculum and an International Baccalaureate PYP program.

“We’re blending together two curricula to create a comprehensive program for students,” said Pittman.

CIS also offers the Advanced Placement Program, which allows high school students to take university courses so they can challenge themselves in subjects they love while completing current classes.

Pittman also prides the school on the qualifications and the standards of its staff. Each teacher must be certified with post-secondary training in Education, as well as a specific subject area.

The teaching is also designed to facilitate cultural understanding and encourage the interaction of students from various backgrounds.

“There are so many differences – physical, cultural – that they become the norm of how the school operates daily, so they’re no longer seen as unusual.”

Their new guidance department is a great addition, says counsellor Catherine McAleer from Prince Edward Island, Canada, contributing career exploration and university decision making, as well as anti-bullying initiatives, among others.

“They understood how important a peaceful school was,” says McAleer of a week in November when children promoted unity via drawn pictures and self-made mobiles which were then displayed. “Being proactive in preventing trouble before it starts is vital in every school. You teach students how to behave in a way that won’t require intervention.”

McAleer does individual and small group counselling on subjects such as behaviour modification on respecting others, and anger management.

The CIS staff is predominantly Canadian, while others hail from the US, UK, Australia, and Japan.

Students keep busy (having a blast!) at the indoor/outdoor activity and play area, the gym and athletic centre, science labs, or music and art areas. After-school programs and clubs range from soccer and karate to French and digital photography – to name a few.

If you seek a fun, safe learning haven for kids with a strong curriculum and qualified teachers, Canadian International School is one to check out! 

Canadian International School Admissions Office

5-8-20 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku

Tokyo 141-0001 JAPAN

Tel: (03) 5793-1392 Fax: (03) 5793-3559 


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