New academic year at Makuhari International

Carp streamers decorated Makuhari International School last month. PAUL ROGERS

As the cherry blossoms come out and the school koinobori is put up, Makuhari International School (MIS) starts its fourth academic year.

As an Article One International School, MIS follows the Japanese school calendar year beginning in April and ending in March. Many of the students enrol in April, but some also enrol in September.

After last year’s unsettling period for all, it is good to see that enrolment numbers are on a sharp increase once more and the school is filling classes and employing more staff.

March was time to say a sad farewell to the school’s first graduates as the 6th graders moved on not only to other international schools, but also to private and public Japanese junior high schools. The first graduation ceremony was a moving and important event for the school, and the staff were very proud to see where those children have transferred (available at

The coming year will be another important one for MIS — with one of the school’s main aims being the start of the accreditation process; a rigorous schedule, but one that staff hope will help MIS continue to grow and develop as a quality international school in Chiba. — PAUL ROGERS

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