AIS Founding Purpose
Masao Suzuki, AIS Chairman. October 2005
After the passing of the Showa Era which was called the “era of war,” the Heisei Era came and 17 years have gone since then. The Showa Era: The role of “national education” in the reconstruction of the land after the war was significant, with the democratic education of “collectivism” and “egalitarianism,” combined with the acquisition of much knowledge and technology from advanced nations, greatly raising the intellectual level of the Japanese people in a short period of time. In a blink of an eye, Japan rebuilt its land, reconstructed its economy, and in a matter of decades, its national income and livelihood reached the top level in the world. After which came the Heisei Era: A global era in which the relationship of friendship and cooperation between nations in the international community is rapidly deepening. In other words, it can be said that this is an era when Japan should acknowledge its place in the world, and consider what each of us can and must do for the world “as a brother of all humankind” and “as a member of humanity.”
More than a few people from the fields of culture, arts, music, sports and medicine have already made their way onto the world stage. Daily news tells us of Japanese people who are active all over the world. However, the number is still low. The world is calling for even more influential Japanese people. When tens of thousands of Japanese people who are welcomed, appreciated and respected by the world appear all over the world, the image of “Japanese people of war and aggression” and “Japanese economic animals” will become a thing of the past, and as a true member of the world, I am sure that they will be truly welcomed by the international community. We want to raise many children who can play an active role in the world in the 21st century. This is the feeling that is embedded in the management and all operations of AIS.
It is natural that AIS adheres to English as an international language; however, AIS could achieve this simply by opening an English class for infants or an English conversation school. AIS decided to expand its business into the field of primary and middle years education because it believes what is most important is the person who uses English. After all, English is nothing more than a communication tool, a kind of technology.
AIS fosters children with rich language skills and international as well as prominent individual characteristics. Herein lies the fundamental philosophy of education that AIS aims for: AIS provides “small class sizes” and “education that fosters individuality” that goes beyond “collectivism” and “egalitarianism” which differs from Japan’s current style of compulsory education and public education. This is the reason why we are proposing a new and practical primary and middle years educational institution.
The 21st century is not an age for mediocrity. It is an age when “prominent individuality” is put to the test. Postwar “collectivism” also had a historical mission to raise the “average score.” But this is no longer valid in today’s harsh international community of unprecedented cooperation and competition. We need to challenge a new style of education. Although AIS is a “non-school corporation” that stands as a joint-stock company for the time being, it has repositioned the NIP as it has been to date from “early years” to a “primary years” school (subsequently to add “middle years”). As a result, the “hands-on English language school” that was started at NIP five years ago has become even larger, evolving as a full-scale educational institution.
Twenty or thirty years from now, we “dream” of the small children who spread their wings and graduate from AIS growing up and playing active roles in important positions all over the world. AIS wants to start this journey with parents who can share such “dreams.”
AIS is a privately-owned kindergarten and elementary school, founded for Japanese children living in the international era of the 21st century. Education at AIS is based on the curriculum guidelines set by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan and education foundations of North America. Moreover, we have adopted a unique educational philosophy and policy that emphasizes language skills and internationality, which can only be done as a private facility.
AIS Educational Principles
“Protecting children’s human rights, emphasizing individuality, respecting national character, fostering internationality”
・The 21st century is an era in which “international relations” of the world transcending national borders are deepening.
・Necessary to survive this era and lead a fulfilling life is the background as an international person.
・AIS provides essential foundation skills and primary years education, and fosters the ability to live in the world.
・AIS offers a 9-year integrated education for children from 3 years old to 6th grade.
・AIS is in principle a school for Japanese children, but foreign children can also enroll.
AIS Educational Policy
“Aiming to be internationally-minded with language skills to play an active role in the world“
・A healthy body, rich humanity, emphasis on freedom and individuality
・Respect for Japanese culture and fostering international mindedness
・Acquisition of bilingual (multilingual) language skills centered on Japanese and English
・Implementation of primary years education in accordance with the curriculum guidelines of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
・Combined use of primary years education in accordance with North American curriculum guidelines
・Guidance for going on to overseas high school through acquisition of high comprehensive academic ability and advancement to quality junior high school
Aichi International School is committed to developing self-assured, positive, independent students. Our values reflect our school, our community and who we are. Our core values are;
We aim to maximize our abilities and potential across all aspects of their learning, be it academic, sporting or artistic.
We strive to inspire students to be committed to everything they do, with a sense of responsibility for local, national and world communities.
Relate to other people, languages and cultures with openness, willingness and respect.
To be confident in our own abilities, performances and presentations.
Aichi International School is a unique school in the Tokai region of Japan, offering a fully inclusive English immersion program at kindergarten age, and a bilingual (Japanese/English) education at elementary school.
AIS aims to be recognized for providing excellence in education and exceptional care for every child. As a school we help children gain the skills to meet their further educational opportunities, with both Japanese and English-based learning.
Students will not only develop an understanding of the culturally diverse world that we live in, but they will will develop their understanding of Japanese traditions, history and values, as well as their identity as residents or citizens of Japan.
Expected School-wide Learning Outcomes (ESLO)
ESLOs are our goals for each student to actively pursue during their K-12 school years. The ESLOs are statements about what all students should know, understand, and be able to do by the time they graduate. The following are Aichi International School’s ESLOs:
AIS is preparing ‘internationally-minded’ people that:
a. Can use verbal and non-verbal techniques to communicate with others
b. Develop an understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture
c. Develop an understanding and open-minded approach towards other cultures and histories
AIS students develop respect for themselves and others by:
a. Cooperating and working together on academic and non-academic group projects
b. Demonstrating a positive attitude, enthusiasm for learning and active participation
AIS develops intelligent and effective communicators that:
a. Can read and write in English proficiently
b. Can receive information and construct meaning through reading and listening
c. Develop an appropriate competency and appreciation of Japanese language and culture
AIS students develop a healthy self-confidence:
a. By showing they are prepared to risk take and challenge themselves by trying new things
b. Being motivated learners with a curiosity about the working universe around them