At J Prep, our mission is to guide students in unlocking their full potential.
We strive to foster each individual's development of English proficiency, critical thinking skills, and a genuine love of learning.
We expect our students, prepared with these tools, to become the leaders of the next generation – engaged global citizens making bold contributions to the future of Japan and the wider world.
We believe all children are capable of excellence.
They simply require a stimulating environment and the proper encouragement. Young children learn best by doing things on their own, through exploration and inquiry guided by professional educators.
Music and movement are both powerful learning tools that aid children in their intellectual development.
Equally important are strong literacy skills, which we foster in our students from an early age.
Sunnyside International Kindergarten offers a place for students to acquire new knowledge effectively by providing them with the right tools and by cultivating and nurturing in each child a love for learning.
Sunnyside offers an approach to early education that is unique among international schools in Japan today.
Our curriculum is designed to promote each child's physical, emotional, social, and academic development by combining an integrated approach to learning with the core principles of three of the world's most highly respected philosophies of early education.
At Sunnyside, we aim to provide a high-quality early education in English to all our students, regardless of native language or national origin. Highlights of our program include a four-year English immersion preschool/kindergarten course with optional morning and after-school care designed to simultaneously educate and care for young children.
After-school classes in various subjects will be offered daily and will supplement our core preschool/kindergarten curriculum. All programs are available to native and non-native speakers; however, instruction is conducted only in English, facilitating students' acquisition of important communication skills.
Sunnyside International Kindergarten will be opening at a beautiful new campus adjacent to our parent school, J Prep, in April 2016. Secluded and safe from road traffic, Sunnyside is within convenient walking distance of Jiyugaoka Station. Located in a bright setting, the school offers a warm, “at home” atmosphere, housing four colorful classrooms, a spacious play area furnished with indoor playground equipment, a kitchen for cooking activities, a bathroom featuring child-sized toilets and low sinks, a miniature garden for growing plants and flowers, and ample storage space for strollers.
Nearby are an outdoor shrine with an adjoining park and playground, and an expansive gymnasium located within the J Prep campus that will be used for events and physical fitness activities. Our facilities were professionally designed with safety in mind, and each of our four classrooms will be furnished and filled with developmentally appropriate child-friendly materials.
1-24-16 Jiyugaoka Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Tel : 03-6421-2987
Mail : email@example.com
A good early education is not possible without the leadership of talented, dedicated educators.
At Sunnyside we believe that teachers must serve their students through multiple roles: as mentors, directing each child's education from the perspective of someone who knows the child intimately; as role models, demonstrating the behavior expected from all our students as future global citizens; as inquisitors, posing questions to help children develop their creativity and critical-thinking skills; and as co-learners, evolving together with their students as they create lesson plans to match their students needs and interests.
Our teachers are all carefully chosen for their professional experience in early education, their love of children, and their dedication to nurturing in each child a passion for learning.
When one is a student it is their job to learn. I believe a common misconception is that this learning process does not need to continue once a certain point or position is reached. Learning is the key to being successful, and one can always learn from anyone. As I strive to better myself each day, I also strive to better those who are around me. “Never stop learning”, no matter where, or how far you go. We must be proactive. For the sake of our future, its world leaders, and our survival as a species, we must look forward and educate ourselves and others as much as possible, never looking back into ignorance.
Jun Saito is the founder and President of J Prep. After earning his PhD in Political Science at Yale University, he held faculty positions at Wesleyan University and Franklin and Marshall College before returning to Yale as a professor in 2008. He remained at Yale until he returned to Japan in 2012. He is also the bestselling author of three books on educational policy and language acquisition. Jun grew up in Yamagata prefecture, where he holds an English camp for children each summer. He and his wife Naomi have two children, ages twelve and four.
Sunnyside is open to all children ages 2 through 6, regardless of their English ability. Students with no prior experience in English will not be eligible to join the K2 or K3 classes of the kindergarten program, however. Non-native students with prior English education will be required to complete a placement test to ascertain their eligibility for K2 or K3 class.
Use of languages other than English is discouraged during class and play time in order to help students develop their English communication skills to the fullest. Nonetheless, at Sunnyside we embrace cultural diversity and encourage students to be open-minded and accepting of all children regardless of their ethnicity or native language.
Sunnyside's friendly and fully bilingual staff are available to offer parental support in both English and Japanese. Our program is designed to maximize each child's time spent learning in English at Sunnyside, with minimal homework to be completed at home after class. As part of our literacy program, however, students will be required to practice reading at home, and will be given an audio recording to assist them.
Research has repeatedly shown that children are most receptive to absorbing language, both oral and written, before the age of six. At Sunnyside we begin instruction in phonics and literacy as early as possible in order to maximize the timeframe in which children learn to read easily and effortlessly. Furthermore, strong literacy skills assist in language retention well beyond completion of kindergarten. Students who are able to read and write in English are more likely to retain their English when they enter Japanese primary school, although this is an environment when English is no longer regularly spoken.
Inquiry-based learning is a unique approach to education in which the teacher acts as a facilitator rather than an instructor, posing questions, problems or scenarios to the student rather than simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge. This approach to early childhood education encourages children to think creatively and critically as opposed to simply memorizing and repeating information.
Because we aim to provide the best English-immersion programs, only English is allowed during school hours at Sunnyside; however, first and foremost we acknowledge that we serve children who are living in Japan. Therefore, we celebrate Japanese traditions and make efforts to teach all children the values that the Japanese culture cherishes. We also believe that good behavior has no cultural boundaries. In each classroom, rules on expected behavior are clearly explained and posted as a reminder.
We are aware that the application process for elementary schools, both international and Japanese, can be confusing and overwhelming for both children and parents. Our experienced staff and teachers are prepared to assist families in completing the application process and to thoroughly prepare our students for their transition to primary school.
Sunnyside will be holding open information sessions throughout the month of June, both on weekday mornings and in the evening, as well as Saturday morning, in order to accommodate a variety of work schedules. A reservation is necessary. Please call or email to apply. Free childcare will be offered during information sessions.
Private information sessions and school tours are available by appointment.
Please come for a visit and learn more about our school!
Our friendly staff are happy to answer any and all questions.
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Please include your child's name, date of birth, and personal contact information.
Those interested in attending an information session for Sunnyside should apply via e-mail. Please include your name, your child's name, age, and date of birth. Our staff will contact you with dates & times for upcoming information sessions.
Please attend the information session on the designated day. During the meeting the school director will be present to explain about Sunnyside and discuss its programs in detail, followed by a Q&A session.
An application form will be provided during the information session. The application may be filled out and submitted in person or completed at home and faxed or e-mailed to Sunnyside admissions at a later date.
Once submitting the application form, applicants will receive an e-mail containing instructions on remittance of school entrance fees. After completion of payment your child's place at Sunnyside will be reserved.
Once the payment of school entrance fees has been confirmed, the enrollment process is complete. Our staff will contact you with regular school updates and important information for the upcoming academic year.