WHO WE ARE
60 Years of Teaching Excellence
Our founders Shelley and Darren are not only the owners of the school - they are also our head teachers - bringing unparalleled passion and commitment to your child's education everyday. Shelley Sacks and Darren Winney bring more than 60 years of experience in education and specifically early childhood education. Each of our teaching staff is experienced, qualified, and tenured, and we are proud to say that most staff members have been with us since the beginning.
New! Steam Builders
The Future is Child's Play
Learn robotics, engineering, coding, science projects and more in a fun and interactive way!
A love of learning starts with
Imaginative and dramatic play mimics real life.
It gives us the freedom to be creative. When children are encouraged to explore, collaborate, express thoughts, and embrace differences, they will naturally develop a love of learning. The case for putting play first in preschool is not a theory. Learning through "Purposeful Play" is natural for children. Read our article about play-based learning in Tokyo Families magazine written by our school director, Shelley Sacks.
Join us for a day-in-the-life at Ohana
Click above to learn more about our days at Ohana, meet our teachers and founders and see what we get up to everyday.
WITH COMPASSION AND UNDERSTANDING, WE
Children learn more quickly in mixed age, diverse environments.
The potential for learning is far greater in a classroom where children are exposed to many cultures, levels of ability, and various age groups. We aim to nurture each child’s unique individuality and honor their differences. This is how we structure Ohana, and a key part of why we are an inclusive school focused on spirit, compassion and understanding. We aim to teach children how to live in community, embrace difference, and be honorable citizens in a global world.
"Our classes are all multi-age, because we live in a multi-age family, community, and multi-age world..."
CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES THAT
Make us Individual
At Ohana, each child is seen as an individual. Our teachers put a lot of thought into deciding which class best fits a child’s needs. Our three classes are grouped according to age with a curriculum specifically designed for each class. Watch each of the videos below to learn more about what goes on in each of our classes each day.
15 Months - 3 Years
2.5 - 4 Years
3 - 5 Years
A wide range of after-school enrichment programs are offered throughout the school year and are also open to non-Ohana students. After-school classes start from 2:30 onwards.
Programs include: Phonics, ESL, Early Numeracy, Group Art, Design and Technology, Foreign Languages, Music, Dance and others. Program offerings are subject to change depending on the term.
Summer School 2016: June to July 2016
Fall Term: August to December 2016
Winter/Spring Term: January to June 2017
Children are born with wings
GREAT TEACHERS ARE JUST THERE TO HELP THEM FLY.
SHELLEY SACKS, COFOUNDER
Shelley was born in Cape Town, South Africa and studied Early Childhood Education at Barkly House Teachers Training College, which specialised in training teachers for preschool and kindergarten. At an early stage in her teaching career she was awarded a scholarship by the Department of Education in Cape Town, recognising her excellence in teaching. She went to the University of Cape Town for further studies and received a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Education...
"We aim to nurture each child’s unique individuality and honor their differences. Every child in our care is valued, respected, and given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own learning under our guidance."
~ Shelley Sacks
DARREN WINNEY, COFOUNDER
Darren has always believed that children are capable of creative thinking and skills far beyond their years. He has 23 years of teaching, administrative, and teacher training experience. He graduated as a designer and — after using his qualifications in art, design, and construction — returned to university to do a post-graduate qualification in Education...
"Children from all over the world come to Ohana, and our mission is to help them know that they feel and belong right from the start."
~ Darren Winney
Ohana International School and the Ohana Parent's Association are proud to be volunteering and hosting workshops in Tohoku with Place to Grow. We recently held our second art workshop for children in Minami Sanriku - check it out!
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Pillars of Education
Play and learning at Ohana International School in Tokyo are inseparable. In the early years, children are learning more and at a faster rate than at any other time in their lives...
At Ohana International School in Tokyo, we aim to teach the children in our care how to love in the community, embrace difference, and be honorable citizens in the global world...
At Ohana International Preschool Tokyo we: 1) Respect the fact that all children are individuals. 2) Aim to nurture each child’s unique individuality and honor their differences...
In the creation of Ohana International School in Tokyo’s curriculum we have included the ideals and philosophies of many early childhood theorists as well as new up to date information...
Ohana International School in Tokyo is a member of The Tokyo Association of International Preschools (TAIP). Through our TAIP membership, we attend workshops for parents and teachers...
Ohana International School is an English language preschool for children aged 15 months to 5 years old. Our aim is to provide innovative teaching practices and concepts in a loving and...
"Our daughter started her very first school at Ohana after having visits to other schools. We knew the moment we met Shelley that Ohana was her school..."
"Switching our son to Ohana’s Flowers class for pre-k has been a great decision for our family. The warm and nurturing environment, the flexibility of attending three days per week, as well as the structured..."
"Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to visit Ohana yesterday. I was extremely impressed with the way that the preschool is run; your passion..."
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Call us today at 03-3408-8888 to arrange a school tour or fill out the contact form below:
Our school is located between 7 to 10 minutes walk from Azabu Juban station (Exit 4 or 7).
Ohana International School:
R-Mind Motoazabu Building
Open Daily M-F: 7:30AM - 5:30PM