FOR US, OHANA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL IS

Our Passion

 
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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.

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The Future is Child's Play

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A love of learning starts with

Purposeful Play

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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.

 

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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

Embrace Differences

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KEY CONCEPT

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

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Classes

 

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.

 
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BUDS CLASS

15 Months - 3 Years

 

PETALS CLASS

2.5 - 4 Years

 
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FLOWERS CLASS

3 - 5 Years

 

 

Afterschool Classes

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.

 

 

Inquiries

03-3408-8888
Office Email

 

 

SemesterS

Summer School 2016: June to July 2016
Fall Term: August to December 2016
Winter/Spring Term: January to June 2017

OPENING HOURS

Monday: 7:30am–5.30pm
Tuesday: 7:30am–5.30pm
Wednesday: 7:30am–5.30pm
Thursday: 7:30am–5.30pm
Friday: 7:30am–5.30pm

 

Children are born with wings

  GREAT TEACHERS ARE JUST THERE TO HELP THEM FLY.

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PEOPLE

Our Founders


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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

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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

 

Volunteering

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!

Place to Grow and Ohana International School visited Minami Sanriku in October 2016 to hold one of our monthly PTG workshops. This is the result!
 

Learn more, and

Get to know us

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Learn More About Ohana

 
 

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...

MISSION

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...

 
 
 
 

PHILOSOPHY

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...

CURRICULUM

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...

 

AFFILIATIONS

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...

EMPLOYMENT

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...

 

 

Testimonials

"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..."

 
 
 

Media & Articles

 
Ohana interview in Tokyo Families

Ohana interview in Tokyo Families

Feature article in Being A Broad

Feature article in Being A Broad

Review in Metropolis Magazine

Review in Metropolis Magazine

Article in Japan School News

Article in Japan School News

Listing in GISJ

Listing in GISJ

Interview in Envoy

Interview in Envoy

Article in Japan Today

Article in Japan Today

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First Meeting

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Come and visit Ohana International School! It is the easiest and fastest way to get to know each other. 

Call us today at 03-3408-8888 to arrange a school tour or fill out the contact form below:

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Getting Here

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
3-12-36 Motoazabu
Minato-Ku, Tokyo
Japan 106-0046

Phone: 03-3408-8888
Fax: 03-3408-8888

Open Daily M-F: 7:30AM - 5:30PM