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Saint Maur International School

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CurriculumInternational, Catholic
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
International Baccalaureate Yes
Yearly fees (G7): ¥2,637,000
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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
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: ¥2,637,000
Address: 83 Yamatecho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0862, Japan
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

Fully 22% of our students have two or more passports, with 27 combinations of dual citizenship. The most numerous nationalities are Japan, the United States, and France, followed by South Korea, Britain, Canada, China, India, Spain, and Australia.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Japanese, French, Spanish, Mandarin

Use of technology in the classroom

The Technology Department is committed to ensuring that students’ balanced and global academic experiences are met with an equally balanced and diversified exposure to technology. While most schools choose to equip and train their students with one device on one operating system, Saint Maur expects students to be exposed to a multitude of the best available technological resources. Sain Maur realizes that technological proficiency in the 21st century is not limited to the proficient use of just one device, but being able to effectively use a variety of the best resources for the task at hand. Therefore, the infrastructure is an integration of the most powerful hardware and software offered by Microsoft, Apple, Google, Dell, Cisco, Lego, National Instruments, and more.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.

Uniform required


Entry evaluation for students

Entrance evaluation

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

The school accepts applications year-round. However, middle and high school classes for the next school year tend to fill up early in the previous spring.

Students can join after academic year begins

Most students enter at the beginning of our new academic year in August. But, up to and including 9th grade, students could enter at the new semester in January. Some elementary & Montessori students may enter at almost any time provided space is available and they complete our entrance evaluation.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


External examinations or assessments available

International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, IGCSE, Trinity International Music Examinations, Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

Results in these examinations

IB Program:
IB Diploma Candidates 1987-2015: 276
Diplomas Earned 1987-2015: 262
Success Rate: 95% (worldwide 79%)
Average Diploma Score: 32.4
Average Subject Score: 4.9

School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Learning Support Department

Learning support offered

The Student Learning Support Department provides students with a nurturing, carefully structured learning environment designed to accommodate each individual's learning needs. The Student Learning Support coordinator plans the support for each student, in close consultation with the Student Learning Support Committee, classroom/subject teachers and parents. An Individual Educational Plan or intervention plan is created to track student progress and developments. Frequent review meetings, involving all relevant parties, also aid in tracking progress.

Student access to education psychologist


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Volleyball, cross country, basketball, soccer, track and field, drama, brain bowl, band festival, solo and ensemble music, speech contest, jazz festival, honor band, orchestra, choral festival, choir, art and media, chamber orchestra, drama club, global issues network, Model United Nations, table tennis, tennis.

School provided lunches


Sports activities included

Elementary: soccer, basketball, gymnastics, Kendo, volleyball, circuit training/fitness, floor and field hockey, handball, kickball, t-ball and group games.

Middle School: Cross Country Running, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, and Tennis are among the athletic possibilities for Middle School boys and girls.

High School: Volleyball, Cross Country Running, Soccer, and Basketball.

Sports facilities at the school

Gymnasium, tennis courts, outdoor play areas, sports complex.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Saint Maur is the oldest international school in Asia and the third oldest in the world. It is located in Yamate, a historical, cultural, and residential area of central Yokohama, on the same site where it was originally founded in 1872. It is a private, college preparatory school, based on Christian values, with an outlook of tolerance and respect for all religions and cultures.
Saint Maur is highly selective, with only 30% of applicants accepted into the high school. No students are admitted to Grade 12.

Teaching approach of the school

Saint Maur is the only school in Japan which provides the chance to take both IB
exams (required) and AP exams (optional). Many students take AP exams in their IB subjects, especially when the curriculum overlaps. Two weeks in February are devoted to full-length mock exams for all IB/AP subjects.

The curriculum is particularly strong in Natural Sciences and the Visual and Performing Arts, thanks to the school's state-of-the-art Fine Arts Center and
Science Center, both built recently. Saint Maur encourages both boys and girls to
excel in both fields, against gender stereotypes, with role models provided by female Science teachers and male teachers of the Arts.

Saint Maur is also strong in language study: it is one of the few schools in which students learn three languages. English is the language of instruction in all grades, while all students study Japanese and either French or Spanish. Students are supported in independent study of the literature of their native country, and the school provides online beginning courses in French, Spanish, and Mandarin for those without previous study. (Saint Maur also runs a parallel elementary programme following the French national curriculum, called École Française du Saint Maur.)

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