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British, Christian, and International
Ages 3 to 11

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CurriculumsBritish, Christian, and International
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 11
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 22 students / class
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: ¥1,416,500
to: ¥1,585,300
Address: 3-chōme-17-2 Nakayamatedōri, Chūō-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0004, Japan
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

48% are Japanese nationals, 28% are dual nationalities, 20% are from other Asian countries, 4% are from rest of the world.

Ratio of local students to international students

76% are local, 26% are international (expat) students

Native English speaking teachers

SMIS prioritises the recruitment of highly qualified and experienced British and International staff.

Language support for students not fluent in English

We provide ELL support both within the classroom and as separate classes

Additional language classes offered by the school


Max. number of students per class

Early Years (Nursery & Reception combined): 36
Years 1-6: 25

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?

We have full time teaching assistants from Early Years to Year 3. From Year 4-6, we have part time teaching assistants.

Use of technology in the classroom

Every student from Years 1-6 will use their own Chromebook in the classroom. iPads are used in the classroom, which there are enough for every student to use in the classroom. The teachers use Clevertouch Boards (electronic interactive boards) as their teaching tools.

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)

When school lessons are to be offered online, children have the option to take their Chromebook or use computers from home, to access Google Classroom and Zoom classes.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

We are an Anglican church school, however we have children from all religious backgrounds. We encourage our children to practice their own religion accordingly.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

We teach children 7 school values, which is not based on religion but still encourages students to act ethically and with greater awareness of being a global citizen.

External examinations or assessments available

International Schools’ Assessments (ISA) Testing

Results in these examinations

Our students consistently perform better than "similar international schools" and "all participating schools"

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Home learning is assigned on weekly basis from Year 1 to Year 6.

Approximate hours of homework given

About 1~1.5 hours per week

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

As we are a primary school, all children will move onto a secondary school upon graduating.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Learning Enrichment Programmes to support individualised learning

Learning support offered

SMIS teaches all of its children in mainstream classrooms however SMIS does accept a limited number of applications from parents who have children with mild special educational needs. These additional needs may include: learning difficulties; language and communication delay; children with social or emotional problems or children with gaps in their learning due to moving around different school systems. As SMIS is not a barrier-free school it has limited facilities and provision to support children with physical disabilities.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Learning Enrichment Programme supports gifted, able and talented students.

Student access to education psychologist

We give referrals as necessary.

Entry evaluation for students

Children take assessment and there is a family interview before they are admitted to a class or on the wait pool.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Early Years children are assessed for their independence and basic knowledge. Primary age children are assessed for their reading, writing and mathematics knowledge.

Waiting list

Yes, we have a wait pool that are not ranked for classes that are full.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We accept applications throughout the year.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time


School finish time


Supervised care before/after school


School bus service available


School provided lunches

Yes. Parents sign up with Cezars Kitchen to have bentos delivered to school. The cost is 500 yen for Early Years and 600 yen for Primary.

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

Cezars Kitchen offers non-vegetarian and vegerian (JAIN safe) menu.

Uniform required

All students are required to wear our unisex uniform.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We offer various afterschool club activities from 15:20~16:10 (with fee)

Sports activities included

Weekly PE classes for all year groups. PE Morning and Sports Day activities are planned annually.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Older primary students (Years 4-6) are invited to participate in footsal tournaments with other international schools in the region.

Facilities at the school

Library, STEM room, theater screen in the school hall

Sports facilities at the school

2 shaded play areas, including a rooftop play space. On the rooftop, we have basketball hoops and soccer goals. We have play equipments such as monkey bars, "Supernova", climbing structures and swing on the playground.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Founded in 1946, St. Michael’s International School offers a distinctive British-style primary education within a culture of academic excellence and a caring family community. SMIS focuses solely on children aged between three and eleven years of age and maintains a strong connection to the Anglican church.


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