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Starting school is an exciting time in your child’s life. Columbia International School is proud to offer an English-based kindergarten program that establishes a strong foundation for learning in the early years for students four and five years old. At Columbia International School, your child is entering an environment that values the uniqueness of each child and the diversity of all its learners. In a safe and caring learning environment teachers work to promote the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of every child to ensure he or she is successful at school.  Cradled in the “whole child” philosophy our kindergarten offers a healthy and safe learning environment where each child while actively engaged in their own learning process, is supported and challenged to reach their highest potential.  Caring and experienced teachers provide opportunities for growth in six major areas: Personal and Social Development, Language, Mathematics, Science and technology, Health and Physical Activity, and the Arts.

This is an exciting time for your child and we want you to be an active part of this wonderful experience.

Parents are welcomed to get involved in their child’s education and the many activities of the greater school community.  With all of us working together we can create a wonderful and rewarding learning experience for all our young learners.

If you are interested in giving your child a head start by establishing a strong foundation for learning in a multi- cultural environment I encourage you to review the links below or give us a call at 0429-46-1911. By doing this, you will be on the path to providing your child with a rewarding and successful school experience.

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Kindergarten Program

Kindergarten Curriculum


Mr. M. Merritt
Homeroom: K1/K2/K3
Educational Background: Bachelor of Science (University of Phoenix); Teaching License Program (University of West Florida)
Home Town: Boulder Jct., Wisconsin, United States of America
E-mail: merritt@columbia-ca.co.jp
Teaching Year: 14 years in japan
At Columbia since: 2012
Ms. E. Beresford
Homeroom: K1/K2/K3
Educational Background: B.A. (Trent University); B.Ed. (Queen's University); OTC
Home Town: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
E-mail: beresford@columbia-ca.co.jp
Teaching Year: 5 years in Canada, Turkey, Japan
At Columbia since: 2014
Ms. E. Hoshikawa
Homeroom: Teacher Assistant
Educational Background: BTEC (Sparsholt College); Certificate of Higher Education (Winchester Shoei College)
Home Town: Tokyo, Japan
E-mail: hoshikawa@columbia-ca.co.jp
Teaching Year: 5 years in Japan
At Columbia since: 2012
Ms. R. Merritt
Homeroom: Teacher Assistant
Educational Background: NCMA Childminding license. Certificate of Education (Sheffield College, England), Completed the 420 hour advanced skills of teaching Japanese language course, Arc Academy, Tokyo, Japan.
Home Town: Tokorozawa, Japan
E-mail: rmerritt@columbia-ca.co.jp
Teaching Year: 7 years in Japan
At Columbia since: 2012

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