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Our School

Over a century of excellence

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

To know, value and care for each child

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 Strategic Priorites

Deeper Learning

Helping learners develop their capacities to independently and collaboratively solve real-world problems, understand concepts, make associations, think critically, synthesize, create, and apply learning in authentic ways.

Social Emotional Learning

Helping learners develop lifelong skills that are essential for everyone in order to positively manage emotions, focus attention, respect self and others, make responsible choices, and engage with diverse communities while preparing learners for college, career and a meaningful life.

Personalized Learning

Helping learners self-initiate, direct and manage their learning, identify and explore their interests and passions, research and investigate, and develop strong senses of agency and self-efficacy.

High-Impact Instructional Practices

Helping teachers deepen their collaborative expertise, hone their craftsmanship, implement research- based pedagogy, and cultivate consistency of language and practice in order to activate, engage, and challenge all learners.

Global Responsibility

Helping learners become global citizens who understand and respect diverse perspectives, engage in and support social justice and environmental issues, and possess deep respect and appreciation for Japanese culture.

Commitment to Safeguarding

Helping protect, promote, and optimize the health, safety, and wellbeing of students by instilling protective factors through the learning process and embedding a school culture of abuse prevention and vigorous response.