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, 13 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 per class.
QI understand that GSC × JNC is one of the key concepts in education at CHSIT. 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 and 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 following are available to those students who are interested. (Scheduled)
 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. <Club Activities or self-learning at the Resource Center>
    (Overseen by CHIST teaching staff, as these activities are part of the overall education at CHIST)
    Approx. 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. <After School Care>
    (The cost of after-school care is separate from CHIST school fees, etc., as it is run
    by outside instructors)
QWhat does the yearly schedule look like?
The following is the planned schedule for the 2018 academic year.
  4/9–6/29 Spring Term  7/2–7/13 Summer School (optional)
  8/27–12/19 Fall Term  1/7–3/20 Winter Term
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?
We plan on introducing a school uniform for elementary school students, but the design of the uniform is still under discussion. We have not made a decision yet as to whether junior and senior high school students will wear a uniform.

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

QHow much does it cost to study at CHIST?
Please see the table below. Please contact us for further details.
CHIST tuition and Other Fees (unit:yen)
Time of Payment At Entrance Examination At Enrollment First year of Elementary, Middle and High School Apr. (Spring Term) Sept. (Fall Term) Jan. (Winter Term) Total
Entrance Examination *1 20,000      20,000
Entrance*1  300,000     300,000
Facility Maintenance*2   400,000    400,000
Tuition (Elementary)*3    624,000 832,000 624,000 2,080,000
Tuition (Middle) *3    627,000 836,000 627,000 2,090,000
Tuition (High) *3    660,000 880,000 660,000 2,200,000
Educational Enrichment    20,000 20,000 20,000 60,000
*1  These fees are NOT charged when continuing from Elementary School to Middle School, or from Middle School to High School.
*2  This fee is charged in the first year of Elementary School, Middle School and High School. This fee also applies in case of incorporation.
*3  We offer sibling discount from 2nd children/student. 10% of his/her tuition is discounted.
*   In case of incorporation, Tuition and Other Fees are charged from the month of the enrollment date. Tuition and Educational Enrichment fees will be
Divided in the number of months of the term and charged from the month of enrollment date.
*   In case of withdrawal, any fee once paid will not be refunded.
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 tablet computer (G2 or later), school uniform (for elementary school; no decision yet made for junior and senior high), lunch (only to users), 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.