It’s tempting to talk about the future, but sometimes the future is already here. The world we live in today is already far different to the world familiar to our parents and grandparents. To succeed in the globalised economy, academic prowess can only take students so far; it’s clear that creativity, collaboration, and communication, combined with adaptability are needed to navigate the ever changing opportunities and challenges we see.
Equally clear to anyone paying attention to the news today is the impact of unethical or amoral individuals and groups far beyond their own communities. Leading positive change requires a core set of values that serve as a compass; what may not be clear is that having such a core set of values can also be a barometer for future success. One such school that understands this, and is using it to unleash students’ potential, is Aoba-Japan International School (A-JIS).
A-JIS, an international school in Tokyo, is an IB Continuum World School that aims to develop global leaders to lead positive change in the world. This is done through its unique curriculum, supported by the school’s faculty who are skilled at inspiring students to seek opportunities that lay ahead of them.
With campuses located in Meguro and Hikarigaoka, A-JIS provides students with a vigorous, engaging international education in a safe and supportive environment. The school prides itself on helping students develop skills that will help them thrive in university and beyond, fuelled by their use of the internationally recognised IB curriculum, which uses an inquiry-based approach to learning that trains students to develop deep conceptual understanding and take charge of their own learning.
A-JIS welcomes students across all ages; it offers the IB Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Senior Years Programme. In senior school, students can choose from the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the A-JIS Global Leadership Diploma (GLD) programme. The GLD programme is unique as it prepares students to effectively participate in our increasingly global society and follow their passions in a systematic, sustainable manner. Students develop the skills and attitudes of successful and happy citizens ready to lead positive change in the world.
As a testament to its high standards, the school boasts several accreditations, including the International Baccalaureate, Council of International Schools (CIS), and the New England Association of the Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Becoming a student at the school also entails studying in a diverse student body. A-JIS has 530 global students comprising of 46 nationalities, allowing students to develop their global awareness and understanding of cultural differences and commonalities.
Values that serve as a vessel for student success
While talent and hard work are among the crucial ingredients for success, students who develop the right values are better prepared to navigate the vicissitudes of life.
A-JIS stands out from other international schools in the region thanks to its unique Core Values, which are woven into the school’s curriculum. They act as a catalyst for developing 21st-century learners with the necessary skills to thrive in the disruptive future of work.
The school aims to develop future global leaders, or students with the mindset to initiate, lead and participate in socially responsible ways. Global leaders take action through a holistic, balanced and reflective framework; they lead with an understanding of multiple perspectives related to physical, managerial, psychological, political, cultural and spiritual domains.
Entrepreneurship and innovation are also important attributes that the school aims to instill in its students. They are core to social responsibility and involve the discovery and application of knowledge and ideas to improve the human condition. Entrepreneurs innovate by generating and applying new ideas designed to impact the world in positive ways.
With the age of automation well underway, “human skills” such as communication are the ones likely to increase in value. A-JIS aims to develop effective communicators, or individuals who can impart and exchange ideas clearly and concisely to produce desired results. Effective communicators are active thinkers and attentive listeners who offer ideas openly and weigh them against the thoughts and ideas of others with their integrity maintained.
As fortune favours the bold, A-JIS strives to develop wise risk-takers who have the courage to attempt new and untested things to achieve their goals. Students who possess this skill use discerning and analytical thinking to identify potential and manage risk; they see solutions when others see problems, possibilities instead of obstacles, and probabilities instead of futility.
Lastly, with the world in a constant state of flux, effective problem-solvers are needed more than ever. A-JIS aims to mould its students to be open-minded to be able to view problems from multiple perspectives. This includes cultivating an analytical mind, enabling students to understand, assess, and identify possible solutions to existing problems.
All the right ingredients
A-JIS isn’t ready to rest on its laurels. It is continuously striving to improve teaching and learning to ensure students enjoy an unparalleled school experience. They’ve partnered with local and international universities to have ready access to expertise and research in the field of teaching and learning to ensure students learn from the best.
A-JIS’ holistic approach to education, coupled with its academic vigour and five core values, is moulding strong, independent learners, the best kind of education any parent can seek for their child.