ASIJ's Roppongi Campus was specially designed to accommodate our Early Learning Center (ELC). Although our pre-school program began in 1953, our Early Learning Center opened in its current location in the Roppongi Hills complex in 2003. The facility was custom designed by Spaces for Children, a group of leading educational architects.
Our classrooms were designed with the Reggio Emilia philosophy in mind, where the physical environment of the classroom is often labeled the "third teacher." At the ELC, natural light, indoor plants and displays of children's work are combined with the ample classroom materials that are essential to the Reggio Emilia approach. Each of the eight spacious classrooms features separate areas that can be used for art and crafts, group activities and creative play, a reading loft and a dramatic play area that might be a vegetable shop one month or a Japanese house the next. In addition, classrooms are equipped with storage cubbies for each child, a small kitchen area and child-sized bathrooms, which make for a homey and comfortable environment. The design of the classrooms is meant to facilitate learning and to facilitate the independence that we encourage in children.
In addition, a dedicated music room, library, speech therapist's room and multi-purpose community room provide flexible spaces for specialist classes and activities. A family area adjacent to the ground floor entrance creates a welcoming area where parents can gather and socialize.
Our outdoor play area features an array of stimulating interactive equipment and sand and water areas where students explore and play during their recess time. Individual classes also take turns to use the facilities at the adjacent Robot Park play area in Roppongi Hills.