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International and Japanese
Ages 3 to 12

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CurriculumsInternational and Japanese
Languages of instructionEnglish and Japanese
Age RangeAges 3 to 12
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and Japanese
Native English and Japanese teachers
Extra languages (other than English and Japanese)
Class sizes Average 10 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: ¥840,000
to: ¥1,002,000
Address: 4 Chome Momoyamadai, Tarumi Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 655-0854, Japan
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All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students


Native English and Japanese speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English and Japanese


Additional language classes offered by the school

Japanese (JSL)

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

1:1 iPad program, digital and computer literacy, learning to operate simple machines and tools, coding, using apps for writing, sharing and publishing work, which include video, photos, word processing, have subscriptions to learning apps for students, teachers incorporate digital technologies for interactive learning environments.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes. We shifted to online learning within a day during the first COVID-19 school closures. Because our students are used to using their iPads and technology in the classroom on a daily basis, they easily adapted to online Zoom meetings and submitting work on SeeSaw.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No, but we learn about cultures and religions in our Ethics studies

External examinations or assessments available

Cambridge English tests are optional

Results in these examinations

Results vary

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Japanese homework is to be completed and handed in every day. English homework is sent home once a week on Wednesday and students have until Monday to complete.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

Since we established our elementary school in 2017, our students haven't finished their elementary education yet

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

We have fully trained classroom teachers with teaching experience in their home country. We work with specialists outside the school to support individual learning needs.

Learning support offered

Teaching assistants, differentiated learning goals and plans

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Our curriculum is flexible enough to challenge students of all levels

Student access to education psychologist

Not at this time

Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

Students are interviewed with a focus on speaking, reading and writing in both Japanese and English

Waiting list

Not now

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Period 1 (Open Application. Priority period.) From September 15th to September 30th
Period 2 (Rolling Application. Restricted entry.) From October 1st

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time


School finish time


Supervised care before/after school

Students are supervised at school from arrival at 8:30 to departure at 4:30 (after clubs). Morning daycare is possible from 7:30am.

School bus service available


School provided lunches


Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

No. We can make some accommodations for students with allergies

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Drama Club, Japanese Club, Film and Photography Club, Table Tennis Club

Sports activities included

Tennis, Ganba (gymnastics at an external facility), Soccer, Swimming

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Facilities at the school


Sports facilities at the school


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Kobe Bilingual School is a bilingual international school in Kobe for children aged 3-12, promoting local and global learning. KOBILS implements Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence alongside the Japanese national curriculum. KOBILS strives to help develop SKILL in their students: to become Strong, Kind, Inquisitive, Life-Long Learners. They encourage children to recognise and build on their strengths while overcoming their weaknesses, whether they be in academics, sports or daily life. In this way children can be the best they can be and find their place as effective contributors to society - both now and in the future.

Teaching approach of the school

KOBILS have built a supportive school environment, with like-minded educators from different backgrounds, working together for their students. At the core of the KOBILS community is a unified and strong belief in how to educate students. Teachers are seen as facilitators of learning and students are encouraged to ask questions, taking control and responsibility for their learning. Teachers focus on the individual progression of students rather than reaching standardized testing targets. Lots of hands on activities in the classroom means lots of learning, lots of fun!

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