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The American School in Japan is a private, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities, but it primarily serves the U.S. community living in the Tokyo area. The School was founded in 1902. The school year comprises two semesters extending from September-January and from January-June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors elected for one-year terms by the Trustees of the American School in Japan Foundation, the sponsors of the School. Usually Board members are U.S. citizens. Trusteeship in the Foundation is extended to representatives of businesses, U.S. government, church organizations, alumni and staff who have an interest in, and provide financial support to, the school.
Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of U.S. college-preparatory schools except that Japanese language and area studies are offered to all students. Four libraries of 45,000 titles staffed by three professional librarians and aides promote an emphasis on student research. Among an extensive range of elective courses, Advanced Placement courses are offered in at least 14 subjects. The School has no provisions for students with significant learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. The elementary, middle, and high schools are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. For the most part, graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States.
Faculty: In the 2000-2001 school year, there are 152 full-time and 9 part-time faculty members including 123 U.S. citizens, 20 host-country nationals, and 18 third-country nationals.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year, enrollment was 1,491 (N-Grade 5: 645; Grades 6-8: 332; and Grades 9-12: 514). Of the total, 1051 were U.S. citizens, 249 were host-country nationals, and 191 third-country nationals.
Facilities: The elementary (K-5), middle (6-8), and high (9-12) schools are located in western Tokyo and include libraries, fine arts facilities, a radio/TV studio, laboratories, 6 computer centers and 500 multimedia machines for student use, Internet access, choral and instrumental music rooms, an auditorium, 3 gymnasiums, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and playgrounds/fields. Optional school bus service is provided with an average transit time of 50 minutes. A separate facility for nursery and kindergarten students is located in central Tokyo.
Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, about 75 percent of the School's operating income derives from tuition and fees. The remainder comes from donations, grants, investments, and auxiliary enterprises. For school year 2000-2001, annual tuition rates (computed at #yen;#110 to $1.00) are $17,127 for nursery through grade 12, payable in Japanese yen or in U.S. dollars at the prevailing rate of exchange. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars at the exchange rate of $1.00= yen; 110.)
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further with A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.