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International SchoolJiyugaoka International School provides an exciting, enlightening and safe all-English learning environment for children ages 2 to 6 years old. Our four grades are divided by age and level, with low student teacher ratios. Our foreign teachers each have a wealth of experience in early childhood education, and here it is marshaled to meticulously develop a child's English skills using our internally produced curricula and materials. Math, science, social studies, music, arts and crafts, and other disciplines are taught in engaging and constructive ways following monthly themes. We emphasize life skills and self-discipline, such as independence in daily tasks and respect for others. Together our students grow their independence, social skills, positive attitude, and creativity while gaining unique comprehension and insights into the international society that the world offers them.

Preschool Program

Missy Mouse Class

3 - 5 days per week (Monday – Friday)
9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (Half Day) / 9:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. (Full Day)

Children over 2 years of age are eligible to enter the Missy Mouse program. This is a small class with a 5 to 1 student-teacher ratio. Children who are apart from their mothers for the first time will receive plenty of individual, warm attention and care from the teachers helping them to adjust to their new environment and routines at school. Children at this age rapidly build language, motor, and social skills.

Our academic curriculum emphasizes English language arts to first develop children's listening and speaking ability. Through Zoo-phonics, children develop their phonemic awareness of the 26 letters of the alphabet, which in turn helps them to build a solid foundation for their future reading and spelling skills. We also introduce math concepts including numbers, shapes, and sorting. In Learning Centers connected to monthly themes, children participate in hands-on activities and interact with other children while developing their social skills, such as cooperation, sharing and taking turns. The Missy Mouse class also incorporates song and movement as a large part of the program understanding the benefits of these to children of this age.

Robby Rabbit Class

5 days per week (Monday – Friday)
9:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. (Full Day)

The Robby Rabbit program is for 3 to 4 year old children, or children of equivalent level, of the second year in Safari Kids' preschool. The class has a maximum of 12 children, one classroom teacher and one assistant teacher. At this age children are improving their coordination, beginning to combine ideas and learning more complex games, all while learning about themselves and each other. Our teachers provide plenty of individual attention to support each child's unique needs.

Our comprehensive curriculums introduce language arts, math, science, social studies, music, arts, and physical education. Monthly thematic programs motivate and challenge children to learn and develop curiosity and self-direction. With continuous emphasis on language arts by Zoo-phonics, the children will gain phonological awareness skills and begin to combine single sounds into groups to start reading words and short-sentences, and then work on early literacy Zoo-phonics mini-books. They will also continue to improve their fine motor skills and learn correct pencil grip, in turn developing penmanship. Math lessons will introduce and develop concepts such as numbers, geometry, and measurement through our original math curriculum and plenty of hands-on activities and games. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing during P.E. and play time in the park will keep their bodies active and energetic.

Kindergarten Program

Deedee Deer Class

5 days per week (Monday – Friday)
9:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. (Full Day) 

Our kindergarten program is a two-year comprehensive academic program for children aged 4 to 6 years old, and who have completed the one-year Robby Rabbit curriculum or equivalent level. The program is divided into two classes depending on the child's age and academic experience; Deedee Deer Class 1 and Deedee Deer Class 2 - Class 1 is equivalent to the U.S kindergarten program, and Class 2 is equivalent to the U.S. first grade program.

Our program helps children build brain power prior to beginning elementary education by supporting the development of judgment, perception, memory, reasoning, critical thinking, and language through a full year comprehensive curriculum and many hands-on activities. Each class is small with a maximum of 10 students and one teacher who can provide the individual attention to meet each child's level and needs. The teachers conduct their classes in a playful and enjoyable manner since they are aware that this is an important time in a child's life and strive to develop a love of learning in their students.

The curriculum is built upon the core areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, music, arts and physical education. Children also continue to expand their knowledge in a variety of topics through monthly thematic learning centers while increasing their ability to discuss these topics in English. While learning advanced phonics patterns with the Zoo-phonics' method, children will start working on literacy with our Home-Reader program. As children progress, they will continue to develop their reading comprehension and vocabulary through books, writing journals, and learning center activities. During math studies, children will rapidly build their comprehension of large numbers, number operations, geometry, measurements, and more.

At this age children are ready to take on more responsibility, can accept the basics of social play and complete much more complex tasks. They will make new friends and gain the confidence, self-esteem, and negotiating skills necessary for a lifetime of healthy relationships.

Long Daycare

Jiyugaoka International School offers an "Extended Daycare Program" until 6:00 p.m. every day. Japanese staff teachers provide Japanese language instruction through games, songs, and themes such as the four seasons and traditional events that take place in Japanese kindergartens and nursery schools.