Hayama International School
- Age: Preschool: 2-3 years old; Pre-Kindergarten: 3-4 years old; Junior Kindergarten: 4-5 years old; Senior Kindergarten: 5-6 years old; Elementary School: 6-12 years old
- Area: Hayama, Kanagawa; Shirokanedai, Tokyo
Hayama International School provides a serene and natural setting that is sure to inspire your child or children. The seaside flanks the school on the west side while majestic mountains can be viewed from the east. Mount Fuji peeks out occasionally on clear days and can be seen from every classroom. This natural scenery creates an encouraging environment conducive to learning, and it helps to solidify our school’s mission:
Play, Think, and Learn
The school’s main focus is to instill in our students the requisite knowledge, skills, and experience to become productive members of the culturally diverse, international community. We accomplish this goal through a primarily English language curriculum that stresses creative as well as fun activities throughout the school day. Our talented faculty understands the importance of teaching basic life skills and promoting an inviting learning environment so that children can explore their individual ideas and curiosities.
At Hayama International, we strive to bring out the best in our students. We understand that in order to accomplish this we must employ only the best faculty and support staff. Each of our dedicated and highly motivated teachers and staff possesses the appropriate teaching experience, educational background, nurturing attitude, and playful disposition that enable our students to learn acceptance and empathy for different cultures, to welcome people with different personalities, and to seek out new and exciting experiences.
Preschool: 2-3 years old
In preschool, your child will most likely be away from the family for the first time, and we take this opportunity to introduce your child to personal responsibility. Autonomy is an integral part of our program and we strive to make this transition comfortable for both the child and the parents. As the child learns these basics, they will also be introduced to the alphabet, numbers, colors, new vocabulary, music, stories, and arts and crafts. They will also engage in various activities, specifically designed to develop fine motor skills, gross motor skills, sensory awareness, cognitive development, creativity, music and movement ability.
Pre-Kindergarten: 3-4 years old
Once the children finish their first year of preschool, they are ready for new challenges and stimulation. This year will introduce for the first time a mild focus on academic performance, which will prepare them for the Junior and Senior Kindergarten years. In the Pre-Kinder classroom, children still have not perfected all the basics like toilet training, eating properly, and speaking English. We continue to provide support for them to master these areas, but in addition, the children have a few more expectations. They will express their feelings through words, share ideas with the class, and learn academic building blocks like letter and number recognition, and writing for the first time.
Junior Kindergarten: 4-5 years old
Senior Kindergarten: 5-6 years old
These two years are crucial to the child’s preparation for elementary school. Not only do we provide the necessary academic tools like math, reading, writing, and science, but we mentally and emotionally prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead. Social development is essential to a child’s overall success in school and in life. By this age, the children can start to reason, understand consequences, and predict outcomes for the first time. This is why we find it so important to spend time correcting behavior, teaching values, and guiding the children in their self-expression. Lessons like sharing and empathy for others go in tandem with the academic lessons, as the kids learn to work with one another to achieve common goals. As the students navigate through life, the lessons they learn in this year will prove to be essential to their success.
Access & Map
Address: 4427-1, Akiya, Yokosuka, Kanagawa
Address: 5-17-1, Shirokane-dai, Minato, Tokyo
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/Hayama-International-School-261831703839842/