Idea Spot is introducing a new form of education, "micro school," to support children who will live in the coming era, by offering an innovative way of education, which is different from those of traditional schools, cram schools or private culture lessons.

What is "micro school"?

「マイクロスクール 」とは、徹底した少人数制にテクノロジーを組み合わせることで、一人ひとりの子どもに高度に個別化された教育を提供する、世界基準の新たな教育システムです。



Micro school is a new education system which, with advanced technology and small-group classes, provides education highly individually customized to each student.

In the United States, where micro schools have become already common, there are such examples as follow;

  • Acton Academy: the world's first micro school that opened in Texas in 2009
  • AltSchool: founded by Max Ventilla, a former Google engineer, and funded by globally renowned investors and technologists including Mark and Priscilla Zuckerberg
  • Khan Lab School: founded by the NPO Khan Academy, which delivers free high quality lectures on the Internet, with its slogan: " A Free World-Class Education for Anyone, Anywhere"
  • Parish Academy: the world's first Catholic micro school

Micro schools are popping up one after another all over the world and are viewed as notable movement in education.



Idea Spot Kyoto, as a pioneer of micro schools in Japan, is offering education programs individually customized to students trying to pass difficult entrance exams for top schools.

Why a "micro school"
here in Japan now?




Looking back on the Showa and Heisei era, in order to realize rapid economic growth, it had been thought important that everyone in society gets as much knowledge as possible. Educators had focused on making knowledge-packed study materials and learners spent much time to memorize them. As a result, the academic standards in Japan did dramatically improve in a short period of time, which led to an increase in national power.

Today, however, with advanced information technology, the value of knowledge in education has relatively declined as everyone now has easier access to information thanks to the Internet.

What should educational institutions focus on in the new era of Reiwa, then? We think it’s to provide an environment where students can learn with high efficiency. We optimize learning process of “what and how to learn now” according to characteristics of each child, and as a result, in a quite short time, children will learn how to think of a solution themselves. We will coordinate the whole learning process of each student, taking into account their future careers, besides the immediate target of passing entrance examinations.



Micro schools in Japan aim to suggest and offer highly individually customized education. And to realize this, our purposes are as follow;

  • We make proposals based on what characteristic and ability each student has or to what degree they understand in learning
  • We choose carefully what we should teach, taking into account the shifts of the times

Three features of
“micro schools”


Micro school education has the following three features.




今の子ども達には、自分達が経験した古風な教育を受けさせるだけではなく、未来の世界を生きるために必要な教育を受けさせることが必要です。ラーニングガイド(Learning Guide)が生徒一人ひとりの特性や学びのスタイルを把握し、それぞれに適切な教育内容をコーディネートします。





Let's look at the details of each.

1. To offer lessons where students can learn how to live in the future world

We think it necessary for the youth of today to receive not the old-fashioned education that our generation had got but one that will enable them to live through the future world. Learning Guide will help understand each student's characteristics and learning styles, and coordinate the appropriate educational contents for each.

2. Smooth communication between parents and teachers

Since micro schools are fundamentally different from conventional education systems, there are significant differences in environmental designs too. The environment is designed so that parents and teachers can smoothly communicate with each other and foster better understanding of the changes that the educational reform in 2020 will bring. Smooth communication and cooperation between parents and teachers will lead to highly efficient education.

3. Highly individually customized education based on advanced technology and small- group classes

With advanced information technology, they say artificial intelligence could soon take jobs away from humans. Nevertheless, it is still the human role to take on the responsibility of education. With small-group classes, our professional teachers are committed to provide high quality education. In addition to data analysis of each student's learning progress, we utilize technologies such as databases and AI to provide much more efficient education than ever.

To develop digital literacy


「DQ」とは、OECDの全世界規模のプロジェクト「Education 2030」(2030年という近未来において子ども達に求められるコンピテンシーを検討するとともに,そうしたコンピテンシーの育成につながるカリキュラムや教授法,学習評価などについて検討している)においても取り上げられる、情報リテラシー / 情報モラル / デジタルスキルにおける新しいグローバル基準です。

In order to adapt to the coming age and to make effective use of more learning opportunities, it is indispensable for children to develop their digital literacy, or “DQ (digital intelligence)” at an early stage.

"DQ" is a new global standard in information literacy, information morals and digital skills. It is refereed in OECD's global project “Education 2030,” which examines the competencies required of children in the near future, as well as curricula, teaching methods and learning evaluations that could lead to the development of such competencies.



DQとは? https://cyber-felix.com/
DQ Institute (ENGLISH) https://www.dqinstitute.org/

Though there are still few opportunities to systematically acquire digital literacy from an early age in Japan, Idea Spot Kyoto is the first to adopt DQ education of the micro schools in Japan.

What is DQ? https://cyber-felix.com/
DQ Institute (ENGLISH) https://www.dqinstitute.org/