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The American School in Japan Head of School

Jul 24, 2016




  • The AmericAn School in JApAn

    Tokyo, JApAnheAd of School


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    Mission Statement

    Developing Compassionate, Inquisitive Learners Prepared for Global Responsibility.

    Strategic Objectives

    Students at ASIJ will:

    Become adept at identifying problems and us-ing innovation and collaboration to design and evaluate solutions.

    Take risks, explore passions, develop their strengths, and pursue their personal paths with resilience.

    Develop the capacity to understand different perspectives.

    VisionTo be an exemplary international learning commu-nity that nurtures each students full potential.


    Students Excellence Environment Honesty and integrity Heritage Service Community

    The poSiTionThe American School in Japan has been educating students in grades K-12 for more than a century. 1,620 students from approximately 40 countries are enrolled in ASIJs two campuses in Tokyo, and a strong faculty of 150 teachers forms the lifeblood of this rigorous, high-achieving school. ASIJ provides an American-based college preparatory education, offering a full suite of Advanced Placement and honors courses and providing a firm grounding in educational basics as well as cutting-edge electives and programs that help prepare students for success in a global, 21st century world. Life at the school is rich and robust, with over 100 activities offered for students in grades K-12, a dynamic community service program, and well-equipped, state-of-the-art campus facilities. As the oldest and largest international school in Tokyo, ASIJ has much of which to be proud, including its commitment to innovation, its strong governance and leadership, its environmental sustainability efforts, and the quality of its college acceptances and matriculation. Constituents of the school laud its strong academic program, its commitment to cultivating a diverse population, and its warm and inclusive community of students, faculty, and families. Despite its successes, ASIJ never rests on its considerable laurels. The school continues to refine and enhance its programmatic offerings, constantly challenging itself to be the best school it can be.

    Since 2010, ASIJ has been well served by a caring and expert Head of School. As Ed Ladd prepares for retirement at the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year, the school plans to appoint an Interim Head of School for the 2016-17 school year and appoint a permanent Head of School to begin in July of 2017. The successful candidate will be an international school leader with proven experience and ability to build and guide a strong administrative team and faculty. S/he will possess an unwavering commitment to students and will be a keen advisor and contributor to the administrative and development responsibilities of the office. This is a significant career opportunity for a highly qualified candidate seeking a new leadership position at a school with a long tradition of excellence.

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    Fast Facts

    Total students: 1620 Number of nationalities in student body: 40 Total faculty: 150 Number of nationalities among faculty: 10 Faculty with advanced degrees: 60% Student/teacher ratio: 10:1 Annual operating budget: $35 million

    School hiSToryASIJ began as the Tokyo School for Foreign Children in 1902, when a dynamic group of women recognized the need for a school to support the citys growing foreign community. The initial school was contained in rented rooms of the Kanda YMCA, and over the next several decades it grew in size and stature and moved to its own campus. After closing during the war years, ASIJ reopened in 1946 to support the military and civilian families present in post-war Tokyo. A greater influx of both students and teachers precipitated a move to a new, specially-designed campus in Chofu in 1963. Since then, the school has continued to grow and now serves 1,620 students on its two campuses. Throughout its history, the school has remained dedicated to its founding principles: diverse multicultural learning and lasting personal connections. ASIJ is one of the oldest and most respected international institutions in Japan, and it provides an education that prepares students for successful futures in a global world.

    The School Today, life at ASIJ is defined by a desire to foster academic excellence, creativity, and individuality. The union of the schools mission and defined Student Learning Outcomes provides a solid foundation for some of the best academic programs in the United States and internationally. Teachers instruct the whole person, instilling in students the skills of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and compassion. ASIJ celebrates the diversity of its community and encourages each student to formulate his or her own innovative, authentic learning experience. 85% of students participate in one or more of the 100-plus co-curricular activities offered at ASIJ, pursuing passions and interests ranging from competitive and intramural athletics to the visual and

    performing arts to Model UN, Amnesty International, and service programs. Students at ASIJ are curious, well-rounded, budding global citizens.

    eArly leArning cenTerStudents begin their years at ASIJ in the Early Learning Center (ELC), in a program and building that are both specially designed to meet the needs of three-, four-, and five-year-olds.

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    The cornerstone of the ELC is the belief that young students learn best by having direct sensory encounters with the world as well as teacher-directed experiences. Students in the ELC learn in a variety of ways, crafting a strong base of experiences essential for later learning as they explore, manipulate, create, and construct. When they leave the ELC, they have well-developed senses of excitement, curiosity, and self-esteem.

    elemenTAry School The foundation for the rigorous, exploratory academics and rich co-curricular program that extend through high school begins in the ASIJ elementary school, which enrolls students in grades K-5. At this level, students follow a nine-day cycle that allows them to focus on core academic subjects (reading, writing, and math) as well as specials (art, music, physical education, and Japanese language) each day. Technology is integrated throughout the elementary school program, and students become adroit users of laptops and iPads to enhance their learning.

    A strong team of learning specialists helps children as they learn at different speeds and different levels at this young age, and each child feels nurtured and encouraged as well as challenged. Teachers focus on literacy, in both English and Japanese, and students gain familiarity and comfort with the written word, completing reading and writing exercises and beginning to study Japanese in first grade. Japanese is taught at both a native and non-native level.

    Teachers address the needs of the whole child: beginning in kindergarten, the curriculum promotes a love of learning and encourages social, emotional, physical, and academic development. Classroom teachers provide a program that emphasizes the development of social skills required for successful learning and living within the classroom community. The integrated curriculum focuses on thematic units and incorporates early reading development and math skills based on the Everyday Math Program. Students continue to learn in hands-on,

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    multi-sensory ways at age-appropriate levels throughout the remainder of the elementary program, and as they grow older they focus increasingly on developing independenceas readers, writers, and critical thinkers. Throughout their time in the elementary school, they continue to focus on the Japanese culture that defines and distinguishes the school. By the time they leave the elementary school, students are strong and independent learners, as well as active, collaborative members of a larger community.

    middle SchoolAs students progress through the elementary and middle schools, they learn to navigate the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional changes that arise on their paths to adulthood. Coursework is challenging yet supportive, and teachers encourage students do their best work at all times. Throughout their years at ASIJ, students take advantage of the vast resources available to them in Tokyo and Japan, through frequent field trips off-campus. Middle school students take part in the Extended Campus Program, the aim of which is to broaden a students learning in unique settings in the mountains, lake regions, cities, and coastlines of Japan.

    Through ASIJs Japanese Language and Culture program, middle school students come to understand the culture in which they live. They study Japanese language throughout the program, and co-curricular programs introduce them to traditions and cultures such as sumo wrestling, taiko drumming, shodo (calligraphy), karate, and Nihon Buyo, among others.

    Middle school teachers serve as advisors and mentors for students, meeting with them daily in an Advisory period. During this time, groups of 10-12 students meet together with their faculty advisor for sessions including Social and Emotional Learning and one-on-one Academic Advisory. This program creates a structure for school activities, grade level programs, daily announcements, and strong relationships at the school.

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