Why the East Building



In order to deliver the school needed for Nagoya, NIS must improve our facilities to meet market demands and international standards in education. Our current campus was designed for a small-school model of 250-350 students running a 20th century curriculum and is inadequate for a medium-sized school delivering the kind of learning expected in 2020.

The design for the new East Building – and related campus rezoning, re-purposing and renovating – was the result of a thorough analysis of the needs of an internationally-benchmarked curriculum. Consequently, the new building is not simply intended to add more ‘regular’ classrooms; the building is planned to meet the needs of a contemporary curriculum serving a student body of 450-550 students to the standards expected by our parents and accreditation bodies.

The science labs provide the space and capacity to deliver a curriculum rich in the experimental sciences and so, along with the newly completed Design and Fabrication Lab, provide an authentic learning experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). At the same time, the specialist Arts facilities (Music, Visual Arts and Theater) allow us to educate the whole-child by fostering artistic expression as a means of understanding and shaping our world. The additional break-out, assembly and multi-purpose spaces enable the type of flexible, collaborative learning necessary to prepare young people for the realities of the modern workplace and, finally, the additional space of the East Building enables the remainder of the NIS campus to be re-zoned in a manner that supports student learning and well-being.

By being able to accommodate over 500 students, NIS can maintain a student body that is large enough to benefit from the breadth and depth of curriculum that is expected of a top international school. A student body of this size can offer multiple course pathways in high school, a wider range of options in sports, the arts and club activities, and can help to attract and retain the best teachers looking to work in a vibrant, collaborative environment. If Nagoya wishes to have a good school that meets international benchmarks, that school needs to be able to support at least two classes in each grade.

In short, the 2020 Vision Project ensures that Chubu region has the school it needs to deliver the kind of learning demanded by the community we serve.