Schoolwide Curriculum Philosophy

As a Catholic international all-boys school, the curriculum at St. Mary’s reflects our Guiding Statements and a focus on the whole child. Our standards based curriculum is developed using the Understanding by Design approach, guided by a Curriculum Review Cycle process for renewal, and examined for horizontal and vertical alignment in grades RP-12 through mapping.

Students acquire the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and creative ability to move along the developmental arc from inquiry, to passion, to purpose. We seek to find the intersection between each student’s learning, their individual needs, and the needs of the world.

School Philosophy

St. Mary's International School endeavors to form free and responsible young men. As a Catholic school, it integrates the acquisition of knowledge, the establishment of responsible freedom, and the deepening of personal faith. Education at St. Mary's is based on love and respect for the person, in full recognition of the dignity of humankind created in God's image and destined to live in union with Him.

Students are made aware of global issues, as well as of the aspirations of people who work for peace, justice, freedom and truth, in the hope that these may engender beliefs and actions conducive to the betterment of humanity. In this process, personal development is marked by empathy and mutual trust.

Academic programs are rigorous and challenging and are designed to prepare students for higher education within a safe, caring and orderly atmosphere. The all-boy environment creates a place wherein positive self-esteem can fully develop and where learning is promoted at a pace appropriate for boys. A comprehensive and enriching co-curricular program is offered, which allows for individual expression to enhance self-worth.

At St. Mary's, members of the international community in Japan can establish an identity respectful of both cultural and religious differences in an atmosphere that values diversity.

School Mission

Our mission is to Instruct, to Educate, and to Impart Christian Values.

School Vision Statement

St. Mary's is committed to educating boys to be lifelong learners of good character who demonstrate academic, physical, artistic, and moral excellence, respect for religious and cultural beliefs, and responsibility as international citizens.

Schoolwide Learner Expectations

The St. Mary's community is committed to developing self-directed, life-long learners who are:

Of Good Character,
Reflecting values consistent with Christian principles,

Demonstrating a firm foundation in the academic, physical, and artistic disciplines,

Globally Aware,
Showing sensitivity and compassion toward human and global concerns in a multi-cultural world, and exhibiting initiative, reliability, and perseverance in their response to these concerns,

Critical and Creative Thinkers,
Confidently using appropriate resources and current technology, either independently or collaboratively, to reason, make decisions, and solve problems in a variety of contexts,

Effective Communicators,
Receiving and expressing ideas and information competently and precisely.

Bell Schedule

Middle School Curriculum

Design and Technology


Technology and design surround us, from the screens on our personal and household devices to the emergence of AI and machine learning. Students must develop competence in the effective use and management of the technologies impacting their lives now and into the future. In the Middle School Design Technology classes students will develop skills in a variety of areas: graphic design; effective visual communication; 2D and 3D design and rapid prototyping (laser cutting, 3D printing, etc); development of physical and virtual solutions to a variety of design challenges. Concepts related to science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) will be incorporated into design challenges using a design thinking approach. Students will use a range of tools and technologies to develop and create innovative design solutions, including: 3D printers, laser cutters, graphics tablets, and industry-standard design software suites.