ASIJ’s mission of “developing compassionate, inquisitive learners prepared for global responsibility” provides a foundation for our academic program. The curriculum is guided by American and internationally recognized curriculum standards and is designed to foster academic excellence, creativity and individuality. Class sizes and support structures ensure there is opportunity for individualized instruction — an important part of ASIJ's emphasis on teaching to the whole person and attention to students' unique strengths and needs.
A dynamic and diverse school community nurtures our students’ love for learning and is shaped by our dedicated and experienced faculty with the support of a highly engaged parent body. Whether it is at the Early Learning Center or in a high school classroom, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and compassion are the key values embedded throughout our curriculum. Supported by extensive access to technology, students and teachers have the ability to explore and share information in a multitude of ways in every subject area.
With superior facilities and quality teachers, the academic program is designed to provide opportunities for students to excel in a wide range of activities. From learning Chinese, building robots or conducting an investigation in forensics class, to taking a master class from a visiting musician or working with an author in residence, ASIJ strives to provide innovative and authentic learning experiences for students that challenge and inspire them. An extensive range of extended campus activities supports our learning goals and mission at all grade levels—whether it is kindergartners taking a field trip to see soba produced, middle schoolers talking to atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima or seniors staying with a Japanese family on a farm in Nagano.
ASIJ high school students can choose from a range of pathways that provide opportunities to prepare them for college, career and life-worthy pursuits. In addition to over 22 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, students can take AP Seminar and AP Research to achieve the AP Capstone Diploma. Students have access to Global Online Academy where they join students from member schools around the world in high-level classes beyond the ASIJ curriculum. Students can also select courses such as Independent Inquiry and Advanced Japanese that allow them to pursue interests in their lives or in their community that help then develop as a deep inquirer and problem solver. Our high school recognizes students making a difference through the Impact Program.