CHIST Education

QYou state that your educational philosophy is grounded in Buddhist ideals. Does this mean that the students will have Buddhism classes?
We believe that Buddhism contains aspects which are common to all religions. Since CHIST is an international school, we welcome students from a wide range of religious backgrounds and beliefs, and we have no plans for conducting Buddhism classes. However, aspects of Buddhism will be incorporated into school events, and opportunities to learn about Buddhism as one of religions around the world will be introduced into classes.
QHow many teachers are there?
Currently, the following number of teachers are scheduled to be on staff when the elementary school opens in April 2018. This will allow for small class sizes of 20 students.

Teachers: 13
Librarian: 1
School Nurse: 1
QI understand that GSC × JNC is one of the key concepts in education at CHIST. Why do you blend JNC into global standard curriculum? For instance, in case of mathematics?
Japanese mathematics education is highly recognized around the world. Japanese students are always at the top of TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study), which is an international comparative educational survey for primary and secondary school students conducted by IEA (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement). By using the authorized mathematics textbook by Japanese government (English version) together with global standard math program, we aim to enrich our mathematics education.

English Ability

QHow much English does my child need to have?
All classes (except for Japanese class) will be conducted in English; thus, students will need sufficient English ability to keep up with class instruction. However, ESL (English as a Second Language) instruction will be available.
QHow much English do parents or guardians need to have?
After students are enrolled, parents and guardians will need to be able to communicate with foreign teaching staff about their children, school events, etc.; however, no specific level of English ability is required of parents and guardians.

School Life

QHow will students spend the day after arriving at school?
Elementary school students will arrive at school around 8:00 a.m. and leave around 3:00 p.m. At 8:15 a.m., students will have 10 minutes of “Silent Reading Time.” Please see the next question for information about what students will do after school from 3:00 p.m.
QWhat will students do after school?
The followings are planning to be offered to who are interested in.

[Tuesday and Thursday, 3pm-4pm]
We will offer extra activities provided by CHIST teachers. Details will be forthcoming, and may change depending on student interests.

[Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 3pm-6pm, Tuesday and Thursday: 4pm-6pm]
We will offer an After School Care program provided by an outsourcing company.
There will be a variety of cultural, sports or academic activities delivered by professional experts in the respective fields.

These After School Care programs will only be offered to CHIST students.

QWhat does the yearly schedule look like?
The following is the planned schedule for the 2018 academic year.
  Spring Term : April 9 to June 29   
  Summer School(if interested/ Tentative):July 2 to 13
  Fall Term : August 27 to December 20  
        Winter Term : January 7 to March 20, 2019
QDo you offer a school bus?
We are afraid but the school bus service for the year of 2018 will not be introduced, since we could not arrange the requested routes.
We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
QDoes CHIST have a school lunch service?
CHIST itself does not prepare or provide school lunch, but we are putting in place a system which allows parents and guardians to order nutritionally balanced lunch box meals.
QDoes CHIST have a school uniform?
The design of school uniform for Elementary students has been decided. Please click here for the details. We have not made a decision yet as to whether junior and senior high school students will wear uniforms.

School Admission

QWhen will the entrance examination be held? When is deadline for application?
Because international schools accept students who may arrive in Japan from overseas at any time, applications for admission are accepted year-round. CHIST, as well, does not set a fixed entrance examination date or admission application deadline. Interest applicants should first find out more about CHIST, such as by signing up for a school information session, and fill out an advance registration form.
QAre there any nationality restrictions for children/students?  Does it matter if both parents are Japanese?
At CHIST, we accept children/students from a variety of nationalities and backgrounds.

School Fees

QDoes CHIST offer a discount for siblings?
Yes. Starting with your second child, a 10% discount is applied to their tuition fees.
QWhat costs are there beyond the school fees?
Additional expected costs include those for a privately owned tablet computer or notebook (G2 or above), school uniform (for elementary school; no decision yet made for junior and senior high), lunch (only to users), after school care (for only participants), summer school (for only participants) and field trips/school trips.


QIs graduating from CHIST considered the same as graduating from a Japanese school?
CHIST is classified as a “miscellaneous school;” thus, graduating from CHIST is not considered the same as graduating from a Japanese school (i.e., from a school conforming to the stipulations of Article 1 of the School Education Act). CHIST will implement a rigorous curriculum which satisfies international standards and enables our high school graduates to be able to pass the admissions requirements of any university in Japan or overseas.