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We inspire and empower our students to think creatively and critically, pursue lifelong learning, and contribute positively to the global community


We inspire and empower our students to think creatively and critically, pursue lifelong learning, and contribute positively to the global community


We inspire and empower our students to think creatively and critically, pursue lifelong learning, and contribute positively to the global community

What is NIS?

NIS is an inclusive school community serving the needs of students with various gifts and talents, embracing a diversity of language, culture, and personal identity. Guided by the framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, our talented educators challenge students to question the answers and stretch their imaginations, empowering them to think creatively and critically, pursue lifelong learning, and contribute positively to the global community.

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What is the IB?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) develops critical, creative and reflective thinking, fosters the disposition of international mindedness and nurtures student confidence, self-belief and self-discovery. At its core, the IB curriculum enables students to understand themselves as learners - and as global citizens.

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Why Choose NIS?

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NIS Community

Whether a recent graduate, a long-ago alumni or a former NIS parent, the special bond that keeps the NIS community together is strong. Hear what they have to say . . . 

Alumni, Class of 2015

NIS shaped me into becoming a more global-minded person. It’s so unique and such a privileged position to be in, to be able to grow up in that international space.

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Alumni, Class of 2016

Being immersed in a highly multicultural and diverse environment at NIS was definitely an asset for my university years and currently at my workplace.

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Alumni, Class of 2017

At NIS the student-to-staff ratio is excellent and encourages all students to get involved.

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Alumni, Class of 2016

Undertaking the IB Diploma Programme at NIS cultivated me to become an independent, open-minded, and active learner. 

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Alumni, Class of 2012

NIS allows students to leverage the size and the flexibility of the school to their advantage and learn how to "build". 

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Alumni, Class of 2015

The IB programme and the teachers at NIS really helped me to become a proactive, quick learner.

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Alumni, Class of 2014

One of NIS's mission is to enable students to articulate their dreams, and be confident and comfortable in doing so. NIS provided me with the support and opportunities to learn how to really give each dream or idea a shot and quickly adapt if it was not really what I thought it would be. 

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Alumni, Class of 1993

NIS is where I was challenged, intellectually, the most. It was where I had the best community experience and I was very stimulated extracurricularly.

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Alumni, Class of 2012

I love how NIS fosters a strong sense of open-mindedness that is quite unique to this world. 

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Alumni, Class of 2009

NIS prepared me to see myself as part of a community that transcends borders, and to work with people from different cultures and places.

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Alumni, Class of 2018

The teachers at NIS were very encouraging and caring. My teachers were always happy to explain difficult topics to me outside of class and challenged me to learn more.

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Alumni, Class of 1984

Because NIS was a small school, we were very close. Even if you were in different grades or came from different cultural and economical backgrounds, we all were friends and that is a very special feeling.

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Alumni, Class of 2017

I am sincerely happy to have transferred here. NIS opened many opportunities and allowed me to meet many people that have shaped me into a different, but better person.

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Alumni, Class of 1983

NIS is a wonderful, diverse group of students that allows you to really get a chance to view other cultures and lifestyles.

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The Deo Family
Former Parents

We were a part of the NIS family for almost three years. NIS is more than an educational institution - we saw it as a small community where expat families bonded and emerged into the Japanese traditions. The atmosphere was always warm and welcoming to students and their families. Our son spent some wonderful years in NIS, made great friends, and the teachers provided for an unlimited growth potential. We always felt welcomed to address concerns or feedback on his classroom progress. We believe his time at NIS helped to better prepare him for more challenging work ahead, and since our return home to the U.S, he was placed in advanced or honors classes.

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Alumni, Class of 2015

I love how age doesn’t matter when it comes to friendship at NIS!

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The Branum Family
Former Parents

Our three-year experience at NIS was extremely positive. It opened a whole new world for our son, who attended grades 4 through 6. He gained a new, more global perspective and developed friendships that we hope will last a lifetime. The excellent education he received continues to help him excel since re-entering public school in the US. In particular, the inquiry or project-based curriculum has helped him with time management and cooperative learning.

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Alumni, Class of 1982

NIS is constantly growing but it hasn't lost the "small town" feel. Walking the hallways today and having the students greet me, even though they don't know who I am really reinforces this for me.

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The Goya Family
Former Parents

Nagoya was our first experience outside Brazil. When we arrived at NIS our children had never studied at an international school and they did not speak English. We were very well received by all members of the school community and our children felt confident and welcome from day one. In just a little time our children started to speak English and got well integrated to the school. We really enjoyed being part of the school and treasure the good memories from this time. We will always remember NIS with love!

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Former Parent

The teachers at NIS helped our family make, what would have been a difficult transition, a much easier one. As a parent of children with learning challenges, I have always had to educate and advocate for them. But here at NIS, I have always felt that I am being heard and that I am not alone.

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Learn More About Our Alumni!

Whether they have been a member of our community for just a short while or for their entire school life, NIS graduates and former students can be found in all corners of the globe, following their passions and having an impact in their communities in a variety of ways. 

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