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CurriculumsIB and American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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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 15 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: ¥2,000,000
to: ¥2,350,000
Address: 1-24 Onocho, Kanagawa Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 221-0055, Japan
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

Currently, 1/3 of the students have a foreign nationality, 1/3 have dual nationalities and 1/3 have a Japanese nationality.

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

English as an Additional Language Support. There are mainly two types of EAL support provided at HJIS:

- Pull-out support is for students who feel more comfortable receiving instruction at their level of proficiency. They are withdrawn from their English Language Arts classes all or part of the week by an EAL teacher and English is taught at a lower level until they gain confidence in entering the regular classes.

- In class support is provided to students who feel comfortable being instructed at the school level, but need assistance in accomplishing tasks assigned during English Language Arts classes. The EAL teacher spends time inside the classroom with those students and they work together on the language activities so that the student is supported to become an independent learner.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Japanese and Spanish

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

We require 1:1 Laptops for all students starting from lower elementary. Younger students require a 1:1 iPad.

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)

Absolutely! We pride ourselves on offering an exemplary virtual classroom experience in times of emergencies.

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

Results in these examinations

Our students perform very well on the SAT, and IB Diploma Course.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.

Entry evaluation for students

Interview and assessment

Brief description of entry evaluation required

All students must go through a level test and an individual interview in order to be accepted into HJIS. As a part of the application process all parents must sit the enrollment interview, which is to ensure the school's philosophy and programs match parent's educational beliefs and expectations.
Factors that contribute to acceptance depending on the grade are:

Preschool: Ability to separate from parents, social maturity, self-help skills, language ability, fine and gross motor skills and the current makeup of the class. Students must be able to toilet themselves independently.

Primary and Middle School: Age-appropriate social skills, language ability, academic ability and the current makeup of the class.

Waiting list

Depending on the grade level, at times you may need to be included in a wait list.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline. We offer rolling admissions.

Students can join after academic year begins

Most children are admitted in September, but if vacancies exist the school will normally admit children throughout the course of the year.

School start time

Preschool, Kindergarten and Primary School: 8:30
Secondary School: 8:15 Due to covid these times have slightly changed and are always reviewed.

School finish time

Preschool, Kindergarten and Primary School: 15:15
Secondary School: 15:25 Due to covid these times have slightly changed and are always reviewed.

School bus service available


School provided lunches

Yes, a hot lunch can be purchased.

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

All dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Robotics, soccer, drama, yoga, maths, cooking, knitting, study skills, art and design, school band, volleyball, graphics design, basketball, football, tennis.

Sports activities included

Students across the school take P.E classes.

Facilities at the school

Science Labs, Theatre, Primary Library, Secondary Library, Media Centre, and Computer Lab.

Sports facilities at the school

Playground, gymnasium, basketball pitch, and vast rooftop field.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Horizon Japan International School serves students from preschool through high school, and is an IB Continuum School offering the PYP, MYP and DP programmes.
As an IB World School, our mission is to develop each student by providing an outstanding international education for overall success in a caring and courageous environment from early years through to university entrance.

Teaching approach of the school

Horizon Japan International School ​is accredited as a Gakkou Houjin (educational not-for-profit corporation) by Kanagawa Prefectural Government as of 2004. HJIS is also fully accredited by two of the world’s leading accreditation organizations: the Council of International Schools (CIS), based in Europe, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), based in the USA. This recognition as an international school in Japan and having joint accreditation are evidence of our commitment to academic excellence. The high standards set by CIS and WASC Accreditations ensure that HJIS is able to attract and retain professional and dedicated teachers.

We are an IB (International Baccalaureate) World School, authorized to offer the PYP, MYP and DP Programmes. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education. As a school, we follow the IB framework and implement the US Common Core.

HJIS aims at educating each of its students to be:
- A responsible and principled individual who is respectful and caring towards self and others
- A successful and independent learner who accepts challenges and uses inquiry and critical thinking to gain knowledge
- A global citizen and leader who can communicate effectively with an open mind and multilingual skills

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