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ASIJ has a rich and successful history that spans over 100 years and places it among the top international schools in the world. The success of its past students and the educational achievements of its current students are beyond question.

— WASC Accreditation Team

Who are we?

ASIJ offers an American-style college preparatory education for the children of international families.

The American School in Japan (ASIJ) is an independent, co-educational day school serving students of all nationalities. Founded in 1902, ASIJ offers an American-style college preparatory education for the children of international families, including those on temporary assignment, as well as families who make Tokyo their permanent home. The school offers a standards-based curriculum culminating in an American high school diploma. ASIJ’s program develops the necessary skills for a student to be successful in their future academic endeavors, including in Advanced Placement courses and other advanced topic courses.

Complementing its academic program, ASIJ encourages students to engage in a wide variety of co-curricular experiences, including fine arts, athletics, and service-related clubs, which we believe contribute to the development of the whole child. ASIJ further draws on its unique presence in Japan by incorporating language and cultural studies that celebrate its host country. ASIJ is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

Our Commitment

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Our Mission

Fostering a community of inquisitive learners and independent thinkers, inspired to be their best selves, empowered to make a difference.

Our Core Values


We act responsibly and with integrity. We are honest and respectful.


We take risks and learn from failure.We are resilient.


We act with empathy, caring for our communities and the world. We are kind and thoughtful.

Our Portrait of a Learner


Self-directed learners

An open, positive view toward
learning and life

Grit, resilience, and adaptability

Empathy, compassion, and
integrity in action


Global Citizenship

A global perspective

Commitment to human equity and well-being through empathy and compassion for diverse values and worldviews

Genuine interest in human and environmental sustainability

Solving ambiguous and complex problems in the real world to benefit citizens



Working interdependently as a team

Interpersonal and team-related skills

Social, emotional, and intercultural skills

Managing team dynamics and challenges



Communication designed for
audience and impact

Message advocates a purpose and makes an impact

Reflection to further develop and improve communication

Voice and identity expressed to advance humanity



Economic and social entrepreneurialism

Asking the right inquiry questions

Pursuing and expressing novel
ideas and solutions

Leadership to turn ideas into action


Critical Thinking

Evaluating information and arguments

Making connections and
identifying patterns

Meaningful knowledge construction

Experimenting, reflecting, and taking action on ideas in the real world


The Bigger Picture

Our publications below offer additional insights into who we are, what we do and what we accomplish.