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Which nationalities are represented at your school?
Currently about 60% of our children are from Japanese returnee families. This means they have lived and studied abroad before returning to Japan. The remaining students are either of dual nationality (29%) or foreign (11%).

What is the purpose of the school?
The school was created to offer an International style education to Japanese children returning to Japan (who have been to other International Schools abroad) or dual nationality children/foreign children living within travelling distance to the school.

What curriculum are you teaching?
We plan our teaching from the learning objectives (knowledge, skills and understanding) of the Japanese National curriculum. We are able to modify and adapt the curriculum where appropriate to align closely with the school's mission whilst remaining true to the original learning objectives. We draw upon other international curriculum models to achieve this. English teaching largely follows the Literacy Framework which is followed in most UK schools.

The curriculum is not decided by class teachers but supplemented by them and aims at stretching and supporting children within a precise and structured programme of subjects and activities.

How can you ensure your school is International whilst you are teaching the objectives from the Japanese Curriculum?
There are many International Schools in Japan and their programmes vary from school to school. Some use the English National Curriculum, some use an American curriculum, some use the IB curriculum and some devise their own. We are no different in this respect. In all cases these schools are international in the sense that they:

- Use and adapt a curriculum to be international in content and focus.
- Employ native English-speaking teachers.
- Accept children from a variety of countries, including their host country.
- Conduct their teaching in English.
- Aim at giving children some of the skills and knowledge required to function outside of the host language.

We are no different, here at MIS.

What nationality are the teachers?
All class teachers are native English speaking teachers, in almost all cases hired from abroad. Among other things these teachers are:

- Teachers who are well-trained, well-qualified, committed and career-orientated.
- Teachers dedicated to the profession who love children and educating children.
- Teachers who are flexible and team-players who wish to continue learning as well as teaching.
- Teachers who are looking to constantly improve what we offer the children as well as their own skills as teachers.

Teachers are initially hired on two year contracts - much as other International Schools.

Is the school accredited?
The school is recognised by the Ministry of Education in Japan. The school is also a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and is part-way through the accreditation process. The CIS team visit will take place in February 2017.

How large are classes?
Class sizes in Kindergarten 1-3 are up to 20 maximum. Class sizes in Grades 1-6 are up to 26 maximum.

Where might students go after attending MIS?
Children will have various choices upon graduation from Makuhari International School. These will include:

- Enrolling at a Japanese Junior High School. Because MIS has 'Article One' status, this means that transferring to a Japanese

School will not be a problem.
- Enrolling at another International School.

Does the school have a hot lunch programme?
MIS does not offer a hot lunch for children. We do however, use an outside company from which parents can order lunches.

Do you have a bus service?
We provide buses for children. Currently about 37 % of our children use a bus. Our buses go to Bayshore, Chiba, Funabashi, Tsudanuma/Baytown and Urayasu. All buses employ English speaking bus assistants.

Are there any after-school activities offered?
We offer many after school clubs and a wide variety of types of club, ranging from art, through sports to drama and music. Clubs are not only run by staff at the school - we also use outside specialists where possible and convenient. Clubs, where organised by the staff, are free for children at the school and run from 3.30pm to 4.10pm.

Do you offer a summer school?
We offered a very successful Summer School for the first time in 2016. This will be an annual arrangement.

Do you allow parents to tour the school?
We are delighted to show prospective parents around the school. If interested, please contact the school and we will arrange such a tour. If possible the Head of School will conduct such a tour.

What language are the lessons taught in?
All lessons, with the exception of Japanese or Japanese Studies (and some Social Studies lessons in Grades 5 and 6), are taught in English by native English class teachers. Children will be screened before entry at the school to ensure that their English proficiency is at an appropriate level to allow them to access the curriculum.