Programs

  • Kindergarten
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School

Kindergarten

Ruby Angels: 2 years old ~
Junior KG: 3 years old~
Senior KG: 4 years old~
Time: 9:30 to 14:00 (Wednesdays till 12:00)

Overview
Kindergarten students start by learning social skills and how to communicate. Montessori tools, logic building puzzles, books and games are used to stimulate their five senses and encourage them to explore and become independent learners.

Junior Kindergarten (3-4 years old) students start with phonics and the concept of numbers. Senior Kindergarten students (4-5 years old) learn simple arithmetics and spelling. Science is taught using fun experiments and demonstrations.

Information Technology is the key for their future, hence basic computer skills are introduced at an early stage.

Kindergarten children (2 years old) who join us may choose from one of the following options only for the first term. From the subsequent term onwards, they must be enrolled for the five days a week program.

Three days a week: (Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays) Five days a week: (Monday to Friday)

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Preschool
Junior KG
Senior KG

Elementary School

Year 1 (5 to 6 years old) to Year 6 (10 to 11 years old)
Time:
Year 1: 9:30 to 14:00 from September to March (Wednesdays till 12:00), 8:15 to 15:30 from April to July
Year 2 to 6: 8:15 to 15:30

Overview
The best curricula from around the world are blended together to bring the best balance of education in academic and life skills. At the end of the school day, there is a teacher-assisted Homework Support Time for Year 1 (starting from April) ~Year 4 students to complete their assignments at school.

To empower students with multilingual communication skills, Japanese is mandatory and follows the content prescribed by the Mitaka Board of Education. From Semester 3 of Year 1 to Year 7 (Middle School first year), students have Japanese class 4 times a week. Also, with the expectation of China being the world’s largest economy by 2030, in order to equip LAIS students with fundamental skills to shine on the global stage, Chinese is mandatory for all students from Year 5 to High School. (Non-Japanese students may choose to learn other languages instead of Japanese or Chinese with substitute teachers when offered.)

Robotics, a subject that allows students to become familiar with technologies while having fun with robots, starts in Year 4.
This introduces the students to programming and supplants their understanding of machines.

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Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6

Middle School

Year 7 (11 to 12 years old) to Year 9 (13 to 14 years old)
Time: 8:15 to 15:30

Overview
The Middle School curriculum is based upon the recommendations and endorsed textbooks as prescribed by the Cambridge International. Year 9 students take the Cambridge Secondary Checkpoint Examinations. In addition to the Cambridge International requirements, their oratorical skills are developed through impromptu speeches and debate. The Japanese language curriculum uses the texts followed in public schools in Tokyo.

Students are leaders in club activities. Dance Club, the various volunteering groups, Calligraphy Club and Table Tennis Club are all governed by the respective student councils.

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Year 7
Year 8
Year 9

High School

Year 10 (14 to 15 years old) to Year 13 (17 to 18 years old)
Time: 8:15 to 15:30
Overview
The High School is divided into Post Secondary and Senior High Divisions. Post Secondary covers the Year 10, Year 11; whereas, the Senior High includes Year 12 and Year 13.
The Post Secondary students take the IGCSE examinations and the Senior High students take the International AS/A Levels. The Cambridge International qualifications are highly recognised by leading higher education institutions around the world.

In High School, the students are introduced to classes such as culture and Individual Study that encourage students to be individual thinkers. Classes incorporate latest news, politics, and global issues, out-of-the-box thinking and logical-thinking which are key elements for succeeding in society.

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Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
Year 13

Qualifications

  • Cambridge
    International
  • IGCSE, AS & A
    Levels
  • University
    Applications
  • Support
    Programs

Cambridge International

The Middle School and High School of LAIS are accredited by Cambridge Assessment International Education (hereinafter referred to as Cambridge International). In Japan, only a handful of schools managed to obtain accreditation from Cambridge International successfully.

What is Cambridge International

Cambridge International is a part of the University of Cambridge and is known as the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. The international qualifications offered by Cambridge International are recognised by educational institutions worldwide, including the world’s best universities.

As for July, 2019, there are over 10,000 schools in more than 160 countries that offer Cambridge programmes and qualifications. The Cambridge programmes value deep subject knowledge as well as the conceptual understanding that helps students make links between different aspects of a subject. Also, the programmes encourage students to develop higher order thinking skills, including problem solving, critical thinking, independent research, collaboration and presenting arguments, which help students prepare for their future lives as confident global citizens.

Cambridge International curriculum at LAIS

Cambridge International helps the teachers to improve classroom practice by identifying what currently works well, and then building on these existing skills and traditions. At LAIS, there are key aspects to pedagogy which we will always consider. These include:
 ・Object lead planning (this is when we match LAIS objectives with Cambridge International’s);
 ・Active learning (this is an ongoing continuous process where constant revision is made);
 ・Assessment for learning (verbal, written, visual tests coupled with observations help revisions);
 ・The provision of high-quality feedback (essential item in helping students and teachers alike);
 ・Language use and quality learner talk (English is the medium of education and aspire for highest levels of exposure);
 ・Digital technology. (such as interactive smart boards software, use of Videos/ Audios and the assistance of computers to impart knowledge and help students present their work).

IGCSE, AS & A Levels

IGCSE

Year 10 & Year 11 at LAIS

Cambridge IGCSE, which stands for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education, is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. Most IGCSE courses take 2 years to complete.

There are over 70 subjects available at Cambridge IGCSE and schools can offer them in any combination, which allows schools and students to build/learn around their specific needs and interests. Grades of the Cambridge IGCSE assessment are internationally recognised and many universities around the world allow students to directly apply with the IGCSE qualifications.

AS & A Levels

Year 12 & Year 13 at LAIS

The Cambridge International A Levels program is typically two years and the first year is also called AS Levels program. Students may choose the AS Level alone or complete two-year A level courses. Both AS & A Levels are recognised by higher education institutions around the world and are used by thousands of learners to gain places at leading universities worldwide. In countries such as the United States and Canada, good grades in carefully chosen Cambridge International A Level subjects can result in up to one year of university course credit.

Source: www.cambridgeinternational.org

University Applications

Japanese Universities

In April 2016, the Japanese government published a new policy confirming that Cambridge International AS & A Levels are equivalent to the national high school graduation certificates for admission to universities in Japan. This applies to Japanese and international students aged over 18. Following the publication of this new policy, more Japanese universities recognise Cambridge qualifications including IGCSE/AS/A Levels for admission use. LAIS students may apply for a variety of September-entry programs offered by Japanese universities such as The University of Tokyo, Kyoto University and Waseda University with their A Levels results directly.

Overseas Universities

Well recognized by higher education institutions and employers around the world, Cambridge International qualifications offer students a passport to success in the global stage. We have listed a few examples for your reference and you can find full details of world university recognitions at the database of Cambridge International.

UK:

Cambridge International AS & A Levels are equivalent to the AS & A Levels taken by students in the UK, and are accepted for entrance to UK universities in the same way as the UK A Levels. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs to meet their entry requirements.

USA:

Universities and colleges across the USA, including all Ivy League universities, welcome students with Cambridge qualifications. Colleges and universities generally require a minimum of AS or A Levels for admission, but some colleges will accept Cambridge IGCSEs as meeting entry requirements. Some institutions and credential evaluators may consider five Cambridge IGCSE qualifications with passes at Grade C or higher to be equivalent to a high school diploma.

Canada:

Universities and colleges across Canada welcome students with Cambridge qualifications. If you possess at least four AS Levels and/or at least two A Level qualifications you are eligible to apply to Canadian universities. More competitive courses may require additional qualifications at higher grades. Colleges may accept Cambridge IGCSE as meeting entry requirements. You may be eligible for advanced standing credit.

Singapore:

Singapore remains an important destination for higher education, particularly with students from the Asia-Pacific region. Cambridge qualifications are widely accepted in Singapore.

Australia:

Universities across Australia welcome applications from Cambridge students. Cambridge International A Levels are widely accepted for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses.

Source:
1. Cambridge Assessment International Education, University recognition worldwide: Guide to the recognition and acceptance of Cambridge qualifications, July 2018
2. www.cambridgeinternational.org

Support Programs

The Academic Counseling Department of LAIS supports students’ university applications in various ways, including:
 ・Assisting students in preparing for standardized tests such as the TOEFL and SAT;
 ・Arranging for universtities’ school visits;
 ・Providing assessments and mentoring regarding choice of universities and probable good fits based upon the needs of the student;
 ・Arranging for suitable personality testing;
 ・Revising, correcting and suggesting modifications to the student applications;
 ・Advising on the suitable career options for university life.