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Although relatively new, Chiyoda International School Tokyo (CHIST) has adopted a sophisticated learning approach and already established an impressive reputation. The school is currently in the candidacy phase for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programmes.

Maurice Mickle, middle school coordinator and English teacher, explained that the school has set high standards for itself and its students. “CHIST believes in high expectations with a sturdy academic curriculum. As our students undertake our rigorous program, we support them on their journey with a well-designed framework.”

Conveniently situated in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward, the school is surrounded by locations with histories dating back to the Edo Period (1603–1868). The central location also puts the school in close proximity to many train and subway lines.

Students commute on their own—for the most part—which fosters a sense of maturity, responsibility, and self-awareness.

As Daniel Roebuck, of the CHIST business office, pointed out, the facilities are built with students in mind. “At this new purpose-built facility, students have the opportunity to work in an environment that complements the way we teach and the way they learn.”

All CHIST graduates will leave the school with an inter­nationally recognized qualification, which opens up a broad range of global possibilities. As Mickle explained, “When students complete their education and receive a bilingual diploma from CHIST, they will be well prepared to enter English-speaking universities throughout the world.” But, he said, the school’s mission goes farther than that. “Our goal is to develop well-rounded students who will be successful in their daily lives as adults.”

Every child is different. And while some might thrive in busy, crowded classrooms, it is understood that most benefit from quiet, smaller classes. Giving them time to process information, receive individual attention, and gain more opportunities to speak out, the calmer environment molds children into confident learners, Roebuck explained. “Smaller classes allow customized enrichment and differentiation to be provided for students when needed. We can challenge our students more in this environment than in a standard classroom packed with students.”

The teaching styles implemented at CHIST are modern, student focused, and use approaches such as active listening and social learning, which inspire students to take greater ownership of their education. “Students get more buy-in and absorb the lesson better,” Mickle said. He also emphasized the importance of soft skills, which are integrated into the lessons at CHIST. “Soft skills—such as self-management and research—are taught by each teacher. Developing these skills will help improve various methods for authentic class projects. Access to tools, such as online resources or a thesaurus, are introduced to students to nurture these skills.”

In addition, peer-based learning methods are also very important. “Students gaining and constructing knowledge from peers is another approach we use, one in which every­one can bring something to the table from a variety of places and experiences. Teachers facilitate and guide dis­cussions between peers, which is much more effective and rewarding,” Mickle explained.

Although the school is still new, it is making its mark on the international educational landscape in Tokyo—and Roebuck said they were just getting started. “From the non-traditional classrooms to the opportunities for students to better under­stand themselves and their interests, CHIST will continue to stand out from the pack and mature into the best place to send your children.”

CHIST is now accepting April 2020 admissions for grades one to seven, as well as 10 and 11.