よくあるご質問

“What is International School?” “Will my child learn to speak English?”
In this section we answer the questions we are most frequently asked by parents.
We believe that this section is very important to your child’s future, so please take some time to read through the questions and answers.

  • Q1

    Is class observation possible? Can I observe classes individually?

  • Yes. For parents who are interested in the international program, attendance at a parent visit is an important step in our application process.
    This visit lasts approximately two hours and provides a general overview of the school with a presentation from the members of the administration team as well as tour of the facility.

  • Q2

    Is there a time limit by which I need to decide after observing classes?

  • No. We understand that it is important that you take your time to carefully think over what is best for your child. Once you are ready to apply for class, please contact us.

  • Q3

    My child has never studied English before; can she join your school?

  • Yes, students with no English skills can join the program. Admission to our International Program is based on a child’s ability to learn, not on their knowledge in English.

  • Q4

    Is mid-year entry possible?

  • Yes. Mid-year entry is possible if classes are not at capacity. Please contact us about availability.

  • Q5

    Can my child borrow books from school?

  • Yes. Trinity Mirai’s library contains approximately 1,000 books in both Japanese and English.

  • Q6

    Can I drop my child off at school early in the morning?

  • Yes. Students can come to school for extended hours (Long-course) which is from 8am to 6pm. Earlier drop-off and later pick-up are possible. Please contact us for details.

  • Q7

    Can I have my child at school for longer hours?

  • Yes. If you wish to have your child at school for longer hours, please enroll your child in the Long-course. The majority of our students are Long- course students.

  • Q8

    Do you have after-school programs?

  • Yes. Trinity Mirai offers rich, nurturing, and varied after-school and Long- course day care, which are used by approximately two thirds of our students.
    Kinder program students often pay discounted pricing for after- school classes. We also offer special programs during school vacation periods.

  • Q9

    How are students assessed?

  • a. STEPS Program:Student’s condition is recorded daily in a teacher to parent journal. In addition, there are three parent-teacher interviews per year (at the end of each term).
    b. KINDER Program:Students are assessed on their academic and social behavior.
    A report card is given out at the end of each term. There are three parent-teacher interviews per year (at the end of each term).

  • Q10

    Do you have a Summer Program?

  • Yes. We have a Summer School Program that is available for our International Program students.
    Please contact us for more details.

  • Q11

    Where do the families who apply to Trinity Mirai International School come from?

  • We are proud to share that we do not only attract families from Kuzuha, but also from several other parts of Osaka, and from Kyoto.

  • Q12

    What’s unique about your International Program?

  • If comparing to most international schools, there are several major differences. As we truly believe that Japanese children need to understand their own culture and language, we teach one class of Japanese language every day. In additional, events commonly found in Japanese kindergartens are incorporated into our International Program. In addition, we have numerous teachers that educate and interact with our students, which provides children with a richer education experience.

  • Q13

    What’s the best age to start learning English?

  • The best age to start is different for every child; however, it is easier for students to start developing bilingual ability from about the age of 1.5 years old.

  • Q14

    What’s the difference between Short-course and Long-course? What are the benefits to being a Long-course student?

  • Short-course students come to school for only the regular hours of the school day. Long-course (daycare) students can come to school as early as 8am and stay as late as 6pm. One key difference between Short-course and Long-course is that students are able to interact more naturally in English during daycare time. While students do use English during regular school hours, the bulk of their time is spent in lessons. During regular school hours students mainly learn English, whereas in daycare times (Long-course), students have opportunity to freely apply the English they have learned in lessons.

  • Q15

    Will learning English affect my child’s Japanese language ability in the future?

  • Although Japanese children that learn English can mix up languages, it generally does not affect a student’s Japanese ability when they get older. Because bilingual children are comfortable with both languages they sometimes associate both languages as being one language, but as they get older they learn to separate the languages.

    Some parents are also concerned that their child may have weaker Japanese because of learning a second language. While it’s understandable to be concerned, the ability of children to learn a second or even a third language at a young age should not affect their Japanese. Their lack of Japanese ability may be due to less practice, but as children get older the concerns that parents have when students are young naturally goes away.

  • Q16

    What can students do to help with their Japanese while going to International School?

  • In order for students to have more interaction in Japanese, Japanese lessons outside of regular school time are available. Students can also take recreation lessons taught in Japanese such as rhythmic gym and gymnastics.

  • Q17

    I heard that compared to regular Japanese schools, international schools have long vacations. What about Trinity Mirai?

  • Trinity Mirai International School has similar vacation times to regular Japanese kindergartens. However, even during long vacations, where Japanese kindergartens are closed, our school is open for our special programs – Summer School, Winter School, and Spring School.

  • Q18

    Do you provide a school lunch service?

  • School lunch service is available for STEPS and KINDER students.

  • Q19

    My child has food allergies; can I still order school lunch?

  • Yes. The catering company that we use will tailor lunches for children with food allergies.

  • Q20

    What are compulsory events that parents must attend?

  • a. STEPS pre-school:For the STEPS pre-school program, if students want to attend Sports Day, Christmas Concert, and field trip, parents must accompany the child to these events. Events are not compulsory for STEPS pre-school students.
    b. KINDER:Sports day, Christmas Concert, and the first field trip are compulsory events that parents must attend. However, exceptions can be made under special circumstances. Please contact us for more details.

  • Q21

    At what age can children join your International Program?

  • Generally speaking children can join our International Program from 1.5 years old, but earlier admission is possible under certain circumstances.
    Please contact us for more details.

  • Q22

    Is there parking available at school?

  • Yes, there are 5 parking spaces available.

  • Q23

    Can my child attend STEPS class on a different day if he misses a day?

  • Make-up classes are available to part-time students (3 times a week or less) in the STEPS pre-school program. Make-up is not available for full-time students. For students who take additional classes in the after-school program, make-up lessons are generally available. Please contact us for more details.

  • Q1

    Is it possible for my child to join English lessons and special programs if she’s not an International School student?

  • Yes. Our English classes, special programs, and recreation classes are open to everyone.

  • Q2

    What are observations and trial lessons?

  • Our administration team will show you around the school and you will be able to watch some lessons being taught. We will then explain our courses and options. If you are interested in taking a trial lesson, please let us know.

  • Q3

    Is there a time limit by which I need to decide after observing classes or taking trial lessons?

  • No. We understand that it is important that you take your time to carefully think over what is best for your child. Once you are ready to apply for classes, please contact us.

  • Q4

    Is mid-year entry possible?

  • Yes. Mid-year entry is possible if classes are not at capacity. Please contact us about availability.

  • Q5

    How will I know how my child’s English study is progressing?

  • Students use our original module cards for vocabulary and phonics development at home and parents can see their child’s progress with the module system. We also test students on the module system and issue certificates for completion of levels. In addition, we have open classes twice a year, and issue student report cards twice a year.

  • Q6

    When does Summer School start?

  • Summer School starts in the middle of July and finishes at the end of August. Short-course students come to school from 10am to 2pm (Level 4 and above 2:30pm), and Long-course students come to school from 8am to 6pm.

  • Q7

    Do you provide a school lunch service?

  • Yes. School lunch service is available during special programs.

  • Q8

    My child has food allergies; can I still order school lunch?

  • Yes. The catering company that we use will tailor lunches for children with food allergies.

  • Q9

    Can my child borrow books from school?

  • Yes. We have approximately 1,000 books available for children to borrow in both Japanese and English.

  • Q10

    Are private lessons available?

  • Yes. We can tailor lessons to meet your needs.

  • Q11

    Is there parking available at school?

  • Yes. There are 5 parking spaces available for short-term parking.

  • Q12

    Do I have to accompany my child to and from school?

  • If your child is under elementary school age we ask that you always accompany your child to and from school. If you are unable to bring your child to or from school, please arrange for another person (junior high school age and above) to do so. Please inform the school ahead of time that somebody else will be picking up your child from school. Students in elementary school and above can come to and from school alone after a parent has filled out a consent form. Please speak with office staff for details.

  • Q13

    Can my child attend class on a different day if she misses a day?

  • Yes. Make-up classes are available. Fees and other conditions may apply, so please speak with our office staff for details.

  • Q14

    From what age can children take-part in special programs?

  • Generally speaking children can take-part from 18 months of age, but under some circumstances younger children can take-part. Please ask our office staff fro details.

  • Q1

    Is it possible for my child to join recreation classes if she’s not an International School student?

  • Yes. Our English classes, special programs, and recreation classes are open to everyone.

  • Q2

    Ballet and Rhythmic Gym:
    I often hear of the significant performance related costs for ballet and rhythmic gym; how much are the performance costs for ballet and rhythmic gym at Trinity Mirai?

  • Because our ballet and rhythmic gym performances are held at the same time as our International School events, a lot of the costs associated with performances are significantly reduced.

  • Q3

    Art and Drum:
    I understand that your Art and Drum lessons are taught in English; does this make it difficult for children that have never studied English before?

  • We currently have students in both classes that have not studied English before. The students soon learn to understand the language associated with art or drumming and enjoy the class as much as the other students.

  • Q4

    What is the background of the teachers teaching Art and Drum?

  • Our art and drum teachers are both professionals with a lot of experience in the chosen fields both before and after coming to Japan.