As one of the greatest influencers on a child’s development, early education is of critical importance; how a child learns about the world will ultimately impact his or her place in it. With this in mind, parents are, understandably, keen to place their child in the most ideal environment for his or her bright future.
In Tokyo, a growing number of families consist of at least one non-Japanese parent. Expat families, meanwhile, increasingly consist of both parents from different countries and children born in different or several different cultures. Such internationalization is leading to greater demand for international early-years education that will support children in becoming global citizens and embracing both their own identity and that of their peers.
But with such varied education options in Tokyo, it can be a struggle to decide which program best suits youngsters’ needs. That’s why Savvy Tokyo has asked the principal of Summerhill International School, Anita L. Sutton, to share some of the benefits of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. As an expert in early childhood curriculum development, having set up learning centers in locations across the globe, Anita has a wealth of experience in understanding what makes kids tick and how to help them achieve their potential.
Catering to students aged 3 to 19, the IB program offers a continuum of international education, encouraging children and young people to achieve both personal and academic growth via four programs: Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program, Diploma Program, and Career-related Program.