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CurriculumsAmerican and Christian
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 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 8 students / class
Maximum 14 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: ¥1,512,000
to: ¥1,902,000
Address: Yokohama Christian School 66-2 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0862 Japan
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

There is no one majority nationality. About half of students are local and half are international. Local students may be Japanese or multicultural residing in Japan.

Ratio of local students to international students

We do not discriminate based on nation of origin, rather we focus on English language ability and international experience.

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

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

Additional language classes offered by the school

Japanese is taught two times a week from Kindergarten. Preschool students have Japanese culture and language twice a month.

Max. number of students per class

Seeds Class (2yo) = 8 students*
Sprouts Class (3-4) = 12 students*
Lower Elementary (grade K, 1, 2) = 10-14 students*
Upper elementary (grades 3, 4, 5) = 10 students*

*All numbers are pre-Covid19 class ratios. These ratios have been adjusted downwards to allow for safe practices during the current pandemic.

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


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.

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)

We have used and are prepared to use technology in the event that there is a school shutdown due to the current pandemic.

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 are 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 in Japan.

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 students to already have a faith or to convert to Christianity. There is no discrimination against students who do not come from religious backgrounds or are practitioners of other faiths.

External examinations or assessments available

Diagnostic assessments are given to entering students to determine their proficiency in mathematics and language arts. We use the Easy CBM diagnostics developed by the University of Oregon for elementary years. For Pre-K students we check for literacy readiness and basic math skills before moving into kindergarten. 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 teachers assign homework to their students?

Homework is assigned from kindergarten.

Approximate hours of homework given

10 minutes (or less) for Kindergarten. 10 minutes for First Grade. 20 minutes for Second Grade. 30 minutes for Third Grade. This pattern continues through the upper grades.

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.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

As a small school, we do not have any full-time staff to help students with special needs. However, YCS staff and administration are willing to work with parents, within reason, to accept students with different needs and abilities. We have guidelines in place to evaluate students that require additional assistance to assess whether YCS is a good fit for the student and family. Once part of YCS, teachers and staff work closely with any outside supports that students may need and do our very best for every student in our care.

Learning support offered

We work closely with the family and a child's therapy team and offer the best support that we are able. Teachers are provided with the student's IEP so that in the classroom all teaching and support class understand the goals for each student. Each student with additional needs for support is unique and we work together to provide the best education possible, while also working with outside experts.

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 we aim to be proactive and work together with families and outside experts.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes, our school has a screening process for all ages that is age appropriate. For children from pre-k to grade 5 an academic assessment is given to determine if YCS is a good fit.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

For kindergarten and elementary aged students, a literacy and mathematics assessment is given to students to determine whether they are at grade level.

For preschool students, we look for school readiness and the classroom teachers meet with students to evaluate general milestones of each potential student.

Waiting list

Certain classes may have waiting lists, while others do not. Please inquire directly for more information.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We have a rolling registration as long as there are seats open in the classrooms. With a few exceptions, in-take for new students is at the beginning of the school year or the beginning of semester 2.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

School begins promptly at 8:30am.

School finish time

School ends for the Seeds (2 year old class) at 12:30pm, after school care is available to extend the school day. Formalized teaching ends at 12:30pm.

The Sprouts (3 and 4 year old class) finishes at 2:30pm. Extended care until 3:30pm is available as well.

Kindergarten and elementary students finish at 3:00pm. After school clubs and after school care is available depending on the grade of the child.

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. Extended After School Care is also available from 3:30pm to 5pm. Extended After School Care is opened when there is enough interest, we must have 4 students signed up to open this section.

School bus service available

Not at this time. Good local train and bus transportation is available, thus the need for bus service is diminished.

School provided lunches

Most students bring a lunch packed at home. Cezar's Kitchen, the meal service at Saint 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.

Uniform required

Yes. The school uniform shirts may be purchased directly from YCS. Detailed uniform requirements can be requested from the school directly or the school website.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Monday through Friday there are club activities for elementary students. During the 2022-23 school year the current activities are: badminton, chess, homework club, ukelele, and drawing. Offerings may differ depending on the school year.

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. Badminton is currently the only sports club after school at this time.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

As the opportunities for sports competition for elementary school students is quite limited, we do not have any at this time.

Facilities at the school

The school has a library and a large multipurpose space that can be used for everything from indoor PE and recess to concerts and musical performances.

Sports facilities at the school

Not applicable at this time.

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 Classically-inspired, 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. Since all of our students are currently living in Japan, we teach Japanese language at different levels to help students further their language development.

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


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