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Aoba-Japan International School

Aoba-Japan International School

7-5-1 Hikarigaoka, Nerima-ku, Tokyo, 179-0072, Japan

+81 3 4578 8832



Aoba-Japan International School
School type Co-educational Day
Status Private
Head of School Jake Madden
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 2-19 years
Number of pupils 750
Average Class Size 15-25
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:9
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP
Diploma Coordinator Preethi Liyanagamage
MYP Coordinator Chris Radnich
PYP Coordinator Karen Chen
Associations CIS, NEASC, IB


Our team is waiting to welcome you at our school either online or in person.


We are an internationally recognised multi-campus kindergarten through university group, transforming education for learners in Japan and beyond.

Mission statement

In order to achieve our Vision we will continue our emphasis on Aoba's strategic transformative imperatives:

  • Group Culture & Leadership to enhance and nurture progressive mindsets and actions.
  • Teaching & Learning to ensure continued flexible delivery of internationally relevant curricula connecting to local and global contexts.
  • Learning Environment & Capability to facilitate physical & virtual campus design that supports innovative teaching and learning.
  • Economic Sustainability & Engagement to ensure sustainable growth and optimal resource alignment with Aoba's identity.

Our Philosophy

We believe that our young people are enabled to reach their full potential as international citizens who are dedicated to learning and who are inspired to succeed in an ever-changing world.

Our 5 Core Values

At Aoba we value the concepts of:

  • Global Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Effective Communication
  • Wise Risk Taking
  • Effective Problem Solving

Learning at Aoba

Aoba is one of the only full IB World Schools in the Tokyo area and features the typical characteristics expected of an IB school. In recognition of Aoba's expertise in IB curriculum and pedagogy, Aoba has been commissioned by MEXT to lead the IB Consortium in Japan. Aoba has also been selected by the IBO as one of only five schools worldwide to pilot the Online IBDP, leveraging Aoba's innovative teaching methodologies and cutting edge technologies.

What sets Aoba apart from other schools, however, is the innovative, progressive approaches to learning we employ from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Aoba consistently features authentic team-based inquiry in all three IB programmes at the school: PYP, MYP, and DP. We take a multi-age, transdisciplinary approach to the IB that really brings the programmes to life for our students.

Our students co-plan their learning with their teachers and are supported to truly take ownership of their learning whilst developing desirable marketplace skills and dispositions as described in our Core Values. Students move beyond simply solving problems for themselves or even solving them for others. We seek to develop students that can create the conditions to empower others to solve problems for themselves, a more sophisticated and powerful mode of leading positive change in the world.