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REGULAR PROGRAM   18 months – 6 years old
Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why are there so many international preschools in Tokyo?
A: The exact definition and purpose of a “preschool” or “kindergarten” can vary considerably between countries and cultures. This flexibility allows many schools to use these titles without adhering to any academic or professional standards. As a result, many so-called “international preschools” are actually closer to nurseries or simple babysitting services. The recent craze in ECE (Early Childhood Education) has allowed many of these schools to flourish. Parents should consider a school’s academic standards and the qualifications of its teachers (areas in which KPIS excels) carefully when choosing the right school for their child.
Q: How does your school focus on a child’s academic career after graduation?
A: KPIS has an extremely high rate of acceptance to prominent international elementary schools, who often report back that our graduates are doing quite well. These schools often recommend KPIS to prospective students.
Q: What are the differences between a preschool that offers ECE (Early Childhood Education) and one that just teaches English?
A: The difference between such institutions is quite clear. A school that labels itself a "preschool" and yet whose primary goal is to offer English instruction has the following four characteristics:
The school does not embrace a strong and unique educational philosophy
The school does not have a year-round educational curriculum for each age group
Teachers are hired for being native speakers of English; they do not need to be qualified teachers with a university degree in early childhood education or a related field
The program focuses on teaching English

On the other hand, a preschool that aims to offer an early childhood education rather than only an English language program has the following six characteristics:
The school embraces a strong and unique philosophy
The school's educational program, planned by qualified teachers, is based on a year-round curriculum for each age group
Teachers, regardless of their nationalities, are qualified with a university degree in early childhood education or a related field
The school guides children to acquire social skills, the most important lesson in early childhood years
The school's curriculum enables children to transit smoothly into elementary school upon completion of kindergarten
Upon completion of kindergarten, children are admitted to international and Japanese elementary schools without difficulty
Q: Which schools, specifically, do children attend after graduation?
A: The majority of foreign nationals (in addition to some Japanese nationals) are admitted to institutions such as St. Mary’s International School, Seisen International School, and American School in Japan. Even Japanese nationals who choose to attend Japanese elementary schools after graduation take advantage of the school’s continuing education program, which further develops English ability.
Q: Does Komazawa Park International School offer an inclusive ECE (Early Childhood Education) program, or is it simply an English language school?
A: KPIS is not an English language school. It is an educational institution that embraces a unique educational philosophy, which can only be understood and practiced by specialists in ECE. As a result, all of the teachers are qualified ECE specialists who believe strongly in what they are teaching. KPIS also seeks teachers with warm personalities. These factors help create a loving environment that gives children the confidence they need to develop important skills and a sense of maturity. At KPIS, we work as a team to create this nurturing, educational environment for the children.
Q: What are the qualifications for admission? Is there a test?
A: Priority for admission is given to foreign nationals and returnees. Japanese nationals are also admitted if their parents strongly advocate the school’s educational philosophy. However, we normally admit such children only under the age of 3 and require that their parents have the ability to communicate comfortably in English. While there is no admission test, we ask all prospective students and parents to come in for an interview with the principal.
Q: What kind of educational philosophy do you embrace?
A: KPIS is committed to offering ECE of superior quality to children of all nationalities, religions, and ethnic backgrounds. The school’s programs are in line with current research in child psychology and are centered on each child’s overall development. KPIS understands the crucial importance of stimulating a child’s mind during its early stages and strives to provide a well-balanced curriculum that does so. We offer a safe, child-oriented environment that nurtures pre-academic skills and challenges creativity through varied hands-on activities. In short, we strive to enrich the lives of our children.
Q: Why is the tuition so high?
A: Our tuition prices reflect several important factors. Our outstanding facility offers standards of cleanliness and safety unparalleled among Tokyo international schools and is specifically designed to be child-friendly. We also strive to hire only the most highly qualified, professional teachers with extensive experience. These elements create a high-caliber program that is on par with the highest standards for international education and more than justifies the cost of tuition.