Physical address: 5-13-39 Shirokanedai, Minato Ku, Tokyo 108-0071
Telephone: +81 3 5421 4186 / +81 3 3446 3478
Teaching language: English throughout all classes. Japanese on specific days for the bilingual programme (JLIP) or Language Arts.
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 14 months to 6 years
Kspace International School was established in 2000 and has successfully helped to educate and raise thousands of fulfilled little individuals. The school is conveniently located in central Tokyo but sits beautifully placed in a peaceful, leafy area, surrounded by nature.
The school has four internal sections: the international school (14 months to 6 years), parent and child classes (3 months to 4 years), extracurricular and private tuition (14 months to 11 years) and seasonal camps (14 months to 8 years).
The school's alumni have been placed at many prestigious international elementary schools in Japan and abroad, including the British School in Tokyo, American School in Japan and Nishimachi International School.
The National Curriculum for England is at the core of study for all age groups. However, it is adapted to perfectly suit the needs of very young children aged just 14 months upwards.
The classroom atmosphere has been developed to support a strong love of music, which provides the vehicle for so many wonderful subjects to be taught in a fun and relatable way. We offer the opportunity to enjoy an expanded performance and creative arts syllabus.
Children study Maths Mastery (Singapore Maths) and Read Write Inc, plus Jolly Phonics for the younger students. Kspace offers British-based learning in a cosmopolitan atmosphere, with many international and global influences. Having drawn out some wonderful elements of educational philosophies like Reggio Emilia and Montessori, the school adapts and applies them in practical ways that work well in today’s environment. Their unique curriculum is based on the UK Early Years Foundation Stage, with additions that make it work perfectly for native English speakers, expatriate children, returnees and multilingual learners. The curriculum is also influenced by student interest, student background and student need.
What the school says
"Kspace is a progressive learning organisation that embraces developments in education whilst keeping essential values close to heart. We adopt a caring and hands-on approach with our children and build very strong bonds with our families. We are a secular, co-ed school, with a young and dynamic staff. Our core team consists of highly skilled, native English speaking teachers. Many of our team are parents of children on a journey to multilingualism.
We enjoy a ‘home-from-home’ atmosphere and Western-based schooling in class, plus the joy of the Japanese experience as we are nestled amongst a well-established community. Our philosophy involves nurturing skills for the little explorer, artist, musician, scientist and investigative learner in every child. We provide daily guidance, motivation and challenges, resulting in academic success and satisfaction, and most importantly, happiness. We value play and experimentation as valuable learning processes and draw families to us that share the same values."
Fees for the 2018/2019 school year range from 950,400 JPY per annum for two days a week for 14-month- to 2-year-olds, to 2,860,000 JPY per annum for five days a week for 4- to 6-year-olds. There is a one-time 200,000 JPY entrance fee.
From the head teacher
"Kspace offers a real sense of friendliness and community. We empathise with challenges faced by expatriate mothers/parents raising infants abroad, children living in cities, students coping with different environments at home and school, and all parents who are guiding their children to becoming global citizens. Many of our programmes are geared towards supporting working and busy parents. We help guide tiny ones through everything from toilet training to healthy eating habits, and are there for them right up to when they grow and need admissions/interview skills training!
Parents and children love coming to us. We focus on creating quality experiences for children every time they visit us. We treasure all elements of their childhood whilst working hard to ensure the level of education is superb. As soon as you walk through the door you will feel welcomed."
What the parents say
"Our children thrived emotionally and academically. We made the mistake of moving our eldest to a larger school a year early but regretted it rapidly – made sure we kept the younger child in for the full haul! We still think of them often now our children have grown and thank them for providing the perfect early years."
– Australian family
"We were so sad to leave – finding a replacement for Kspace in London proved to be almost impossible!"
– British family
"This is the school that the Scandis all recommended to us when we relocated, and now I know why!"
– Danish family