Tokyo
Christian, American curriculum
Ages 2 to 11

Yokohama Christian School

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CurriculumChristian, American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 11
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Number of students

40

Number of nationalities represented in the school

6

Most common nationality

Japanese
Multi-ethnic

Ratio of local students to international students

We do not maintain a strict ratio at this time.

Max. number of students per class

10 students per age level

Average number of students per class

8

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native speaking teachers (in language of instruction)

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in the school's language of instruction

No, but added support is offered throughout the school day.

Additional language classes offered by the school

The main school program does not include extra language classes, but we offer an afternoon English program that can be useful for students needing extra help.

Use of technology in the classroom

Technology is used in a supporting role in the classroom. As a school focusing on Early Childhood education, technology is not of the greatest importance. Instead of technology, children are encouraged to explore their surroundings and think creatively by using their 5 senses. From grade 2, students have a computer class, which helps them learn the basics of typing. As students move through the upper elementary grades, students will be learning about internet safety, word processing, basic spreadsheet construction, and using presentation software.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Homework is assigned from kindergarten.

Approximate hours of homework given

10 minutes for Kindergarten. 15 minutes for First Grade. 20 minutes for Second Grade. 30 minutes for Third Grade. The pattern continues through the upper grades.

Uniform required

No

Waiting list

Not at this time.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes, our school is equipped to assess the level of entering students in Literacy and Mathematics.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

A literacy and mathematics assessment is given to students to determine whether they are at grade level. Yokohama Christian School belongs to WIDA International School Consortium (https://wisc.wceps.org/), which allows us to assess an entering student's academic English level.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

As of right now, it is open registration.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

As a preschool and primary school, all of our students go on to other schools to finish their schooling.

External examinations or assessments available

Diagnostic assessments are given to entering students to determine their proficiency in mathematics and language arts. These assessments are used to help a teacher customize their teaching to the needs of each student. The Fox-in-the-Box assessment battery by McGraw-Hill are used for Pre-K and K-3. These assessments cover literacy and mathematics. As we grow as a school, a more comprehensive assessment is being explored.

Results in these examinations

Students achieve grade-level standards by the end of the school year.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Yes, Yokohama Christian School is a Christian school affiliated with Yokohama Union Church. The basic tenets of protestant Christianity is taught to all students through lessons in Bible and Worship during the week. Yokohama Christian School is a mission school that aims to reach people outside of the Christian community.

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

Parents are aware of the teaching methods and philosophies of the school before a student is enrolled. The school is consistent with teaching, but does not require every student to already have a faith that is compatible with the schools. There is no discrimination against students who do not come from religious backgrounds.

School bus service available

Not at this time.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Not at this time. However, YCS staff and administration are willing to work with parents, within reason, to accept students with different needs and abilities.

Learning support offered

Preschool classrooms have assistant teachers who are able to assist students in a variety of ways to help them fit into the classroom setting. YCS also has connections to Tokyo English Life Line and other counseling and assessment services that are able to help diagnose and empower parents.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Due to the small class sizes at YCS, our teachers are uniquely capable of adapting the curriculum to each students' level and ability.

Student access to education psychologist

YCS provides information, for both Japanese and English speaking families, on a variety of services available for child-rearing, family support, learning needs, and other potential parental concerns. Currently, YCS is not equipped to directly address issues, but are willing to be proactive to help families with any problems or concerns that may arise.

School start time

School begins promptly at 8:30am.

School finish time

School ends for the 2 year old class at 12:30pm. All other classes end at 2:30pm.

Supervised care before/after school

Currently YCS provides an after school care program. After school care is available for 2 year old class students from 12:30pm until 3:30pm. For all other classes, there is after school care from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Violin lessons and piano lessons are available at the school. There is also an Afternoon English language program run through the school from 3:30pm to 5:00pm Monday through Thursday. More extracurricular activities are being developed at this time. The 2017-2018 school year is the first year that Yokohama Christian School will be participating in the Japan Times/Scripps National Spelling Bee.

School provided lunches

Most students bring a lunch packed at home. Cezar's Kitchen, the meal service at St. Maur International School, provides both adult and child bento for YCS. This service includes a vegetarian option. YCS has a strict no tree nut policy in lunches that are packed by parents.

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

YCS is conscious of dietary and allergy requirements for students. The YCS prepared snacks are nut free and comply with other allergy requirements of students.

Sports activities included

YCS has a PE program that challenges children to learn the basics of physical movement and sports at an age appropriate level.

Sports facilities at the school

Not applicable at this time.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

As our elementary program grows, the desire for sports teams and activities will be explored fully.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Yokohama Christian School (YCS) is, by design, a small, international, Christian school for young children through elementary school. We equip students to grow in their God–given potential spiritually and academically. We offer Christian and classical education using a variety of materials and methods, including Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) curriculum, in English. We foster a biblical worldview and provide a stimulating, educational environment.

Our classes range from age 2 to 11 years old (preschool through grade 5). Classes are multi-age, with a Lower Elementary (K-2) and Upper Elementary (3-5) class.

Teaching approach of the school

Yokohama Christian School has embraced a Classical, Christian teaching approach in its classrooms. This approach is interdisciplinary in nature and focuses and giving students the tools in which to explore the world around them. The reading of challenging works of literature is an important facet of the classical curriculum. Latin is also studied from grade 2 as it provides additional knowledge and insight into the English language, broadening the vocabulary of our students.

Yokohama Christian School also offers educational opportunities for parents and students within our community of Yokohama. Each fall the school sponsors a parenting seminar with a speaker qualified to discuss important parenting issues.

For the first time in 2017-2018, Yokohama Christian School is happy to be sponsoring a Japan Times/Scripps School Spelling Bee. Unlike other schools, we have opened our Spelling Bee to students who are fluent in English from homeschooling, Japanese, and other area schools.

Where exactly is this school?

Get in touch with this school

School's webpage: school.yokohamaunionchurch.org
Address: Yokohama Christian School 66-2 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0862 Japan