Education Feature: No Borders

For over 25 years No Borders has been a leader in the educational industry in Nagoya. We offer a  full time International Preschool and Kindergarten and have over 100 passionate staff and educators to support your family. We have five locations throughout Aichi and offer many community events, programs and extra curricular activities. Education is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent and our goal is to guide you through the process, show you what we have to offer and see if it is a right fit.  

We believe that education begins at school but finishes at home,  therefore, we have high levels of communication with our families and work closely with them to ensure the success and emotional well being of each student.  This connection and partnership with our families and team of dedicated and professional staff are the key benefits to a No Borders education.

What is your school philosophy?

We believe the best way to ensure a successful and fulfilling future is through a well-balanced education consisting of academic, social and emotional skills. We further believe the best way to develop these talents is starting from a young age. As educators, we should not only teach, but rather listen, inspire, motivate and develop the whole student. We believe in challenging our young learners to think critically and more importantly think for themselves.

What are the ages of children in your classes and how many classes are there?

That’s a long answer! We have five locations and four divisions of No Borders. Our largest department is our preschools which has around 200 students spread out in several classes per school. Then we have our full immersion kindergarten, which has around 150 students, then we have our after school and Saturday program which has over 500 hundred students, and then our dispatch department which works with about 20 Japanese schools. So, the No Borders community, we are proud to say is quite large and reaches thousands of students on a monthly basis.

What is the maximum number of children per class?

Like many schools, we have set maximum numbers, but it will also change based on the student needs and number of teachers. So, on average we have about 12-15 students per class, with multiple teachers in each class.

When does your school year start?

Beginning of April.

Do you accept children throughout the year?

Yes, with a stipulation. Preschool, we accept year round. For our after school programs and Kinder, they would have an assessment and there would also have to an open place, which is becoming more difficult to find.

What would you say your school does best?

While we are by no means perfect, I feel No Borders has a lot to offers our families. However, if I had to quickly identify two areas that we are most proud of, it would have to be the quality and commitment of our teachers and secondly, because of their commitment, the results the students are obtaining. And I don’t mean in the basic language skills only, but rather the social and emotional development that is attained while studying at No Borders.

Do you incorporate Japanese language learning as part of your curriculum?

In our preschool and After School programs, we adopt a “no Japanese” policy, as they are here only a short amount of time. However, in our Kinder course, which is fulltime, we have two Japanese classes throughout the week.

When you get parental feedback what is the general nature of their comments?

The saying goes, “you can’t please all the people, all the time”. And for those in education, you know that is true. However, because of our policy of transparency within No Borders, and the culture of openeness that we are created and have with our families, we for the most part, healthy and honest relationships with our families.

What kinds of families send their children to your school and what is the main reason they give?

This answer to this question has changed over the years. In the past, parents only came here for preschool, and the main reason for their kids to have a safe and fun environment in an English setting. It was a little more casual. However, the last few years, we have seen a vast increase in parents wanting a more global and formal education for their children. Which is what lead to our opening of the Kinder course. Initially the Kinder course occupancy was slow to increase, but now most of our schools have waiting lists. So the parents mind set has definitely changed and now they are even hoping we will open an elementary division.

Where do your students tend to matriculate to once they complete your school?

As of now, most of students tend to go onto Japanese schools. And due to their foundation here, we have seen no problems with the transition, and the students are excelling! However, we are currently forming affiliations with other international schools to have our students transfer there.

How do you think international education is changing in Nagoya?

This is similar to what I said earlier. Education has definitely seen a change in Nagoya over the last several years. Before, parents were only interested in after school English, or a couple days a week in preschool. They looked at it like an extra-curricular activity. However, nowadays, they seem to understand the importance of, not just English, but rather an international style education. With that awareness in our parents, it has led to the obvious increase in enrollments.

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