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The five Features of Suomi Elementary & Junior High School

If we can protect our freedom, our children will learn and grow forever. Believe in children rather than manage them, that is the style of Suomi.

  •  Learn by yourself

    Learn by yourself

    It is a style in which the children learn on their own with the theme of curiosity gained in life, nature, and society. Instead of textbooks, the children decide how to spend a day (curriculum) at a meeting every morning.

  • Conversation in English

    Conversation in English

    All conversations between the children and the teachers are in English. There is no curriculum for learning English, but the school is full of live English.

  • Dialogue, not class

    Dialogue, not class

    There are basically no teacher-centered classes. The focus is on dialogue between the children according to their learning stages.

  • Collaboration through the grades

    There is plenty of time to work together from the lower grades to the higher grades. Through collaborative work, the children can learn from each other.

  • No comparison, no test

    We value the distinctiveness of children and do not compare them. There are no tests, but at the end of the semester we will present what we have learned at the end of the term.

Suomi History

July 1988

-Establish Japan’s first English language-based childcare “Maria Inter International Kindergarten” in Fuji Yoshida City

-Founder, Shoji Hideo (The Chairman of the Fuji Five Lakes International Tourism Liaison Council)

April 1990

-Moved Aikoen to Fuji Kawaguchiko Town

October 1996

-Moved Aikoen to the current location and applied for the school corporation "21st Century Peace Light International Cultural Academy"

December 2008

- “21st Century Peace Light International Cultural Academy” Approval

-Shuji Tsurumi inaugurated as the Chairman

April 2001

-Maria Kokusai Kindergarten Opened: Shoji Elena, Principal

April 2008

- “Kindergarten/Center for Early Childhood Education” Approval

April 2010

-Miyoko Horiuchi inaugurated as the Chairman

April 2011

-Shoji Elena inaugurated as the Chairman

December 2012

Suomi Elementary School approval

April 2013

-Suomi Elementary School Opened: Shuji Tsurumi, Principal

March 2016

-Separated the kindergarten as a social corporation

April 2016

-Renewed directors, Renamed the corporation to the “International Environmental Welfare Education Academy”

-Inauguration of the Chairman Shoji Hideo, Inauguration of Principal Shoji Hideo, Suomi Elementary School

December 2016

- “Suomi Junior High School” Approval

April 2017

-Suomi Junior High School Opened: Shoji Hideo, Principal

March 2019

-Vocational School “International Environmental Welfare Education Academy” Approval

March 2020

-Suomi Junior High School 2nd term building construction completed

March 2021

-Suomi Junior High School final facility gym hall construction scheduled to start