At ASIJ, education extends beyond the classroom to over 170 co-curriculars school-wide. The scale and breadth of our program are unmatched—not just in Japan.
We believe that unique, challenging, and positive experiences help students develop skills that will serve them as they move beyond the walls of ASIJ and into the world. The program embodies our core values and allows students to discover who they are, explore their passions, and grow as individuals. ASIJ is a school where the coder on one of our robotics teams is also a Varsity athlete. The kind of school where you can play on the football team and in the jazz ensemble.
The kind of school where you can make a difference through meaningful, hands-on service opportunities. The kind of school where prowess on the field, in the dojo, and on the stage go hand in hand with academic success. We’re the kind of school that recognizes you can learn from defeat, from winning, and from being part of a team. The kind of school where you aren’t locked in a predefined track, but rather can explore new interests when that spark occurs.
During the school year, high school teams compete in 15 sports against other schools in 250 matches through our participation in the Kanto Plain League and various tournaments with other international and Japanese schools. We aim to involve as many students as we can on Varsity, JV, and JV B teams wherever possible while still providing a competitive experience. Students participate as athletes, team managers, game/event support personnel, student athletic trainers, and student coaches. In middle school, we offer 20 sports—some at a competitive level and others just for fun.
In elementary school, after-school sports activities range from swim and basketball to soccer and tennis. We also offer two unique sports programs that span across all divisions at the Chofu-campus, Shotokan karate, and kendo. At the ELC, after-school activities include karate and gymnastics. We have partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to help our student-athletes become “Better Athletes, Better People”. PCA focuses on teaching young adults that winning is important but it is more important to honor the game and those who participate in it.
From hula dancing at the ELC, ballet in the elementary school, to traditional Japanese theater in our middle and high school, there is certainly no shortage of opportunities for students to shine in the arts. Each division at Chofu stages a musical every year with additional opportunities to act, write, direct, edit and pursue stage crafts in the high school’s fall play and one act plays, the middle school movie, ASIJ TV and movie production club in high school. Qualifying students also have opportunities to join the Kanto Plain honor band, choir or orchestra, and AMIS music program. In high school students have the opportunity to engage in debate and speech competitions to further hone their aptitude and interest in public speaking.
Groups such as our Model UN, Amnesty International and 25 service projects offer our students challenging ways to learn and contribute to society as well as engage in and support social justice and respond to environmental issues.
Through activities such as rice project in the elementary school, our middle schoolers teaching English to Japanese students in Tohoku, or a yearly Habitat for Humanity trip, students learn to understand and respect diverse perspectives, and are empowered to make a difference to their world.
Whether it’s organizing a Space Conference with speakers from NASA and JAXA, competing in a VEX Robotics tournament or getting started with cardboard engineering, opportunities to explore STEM abound at ASIJ. Our younger students begin with simple coding and hands-on activities and progress to middle school where they start programming apps and building robots. Our annual VEX Tournament provides middle and high school teams the chance to compete against their peers while the Computer Science Club allows students to develop higher level skills. In high school, iGEM provides a challenging program that synthesizes multiple skills and see students collaborate to solve a problem using bioengineering. Also our high school and middle school students compete in North East Asian Mathematics competitions and International Academic Competitions.