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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
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: ¥2,460,000
to: ¥3,150,000
Address: 258 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku Yokohama, 231-0862 Japan
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

Japanese (22%) or dual nationality Japanese ( 28%)

Ratio of local students to international students

Foreign passports holders, 50%. Japanese dual nationality, 28%. Japanese holding only Japanese passports, 22%.

Max. number of students per class

Early Learning Center & Elementary School, 20. Middle School, 20. High School, 20.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Teaching Assistants are used in ELC and some ES grades, and in some subjects such as Art and Design.

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

YIS' English as an Additional Language Department works with students in class and out of class to support their English language development.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Korean

Use of technology in the classroom

YIS teachers have enthusiastically embraced the integrated use of technology for many years. We leverage advanced technologies and progressive teaching approaches together with responsible digital citizenship to enhance student learning, promote collaboration and facilitate the creation and sharing of knowledge locally and globally. Students and staff possess a shared recognition that students must make wise decisions about their own behavior through a sense of good citizenship and responsibility to the YIS community.

The school's 1:1 program provides students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 with individual iPads which they keep at school. Grade 5 students are also provided with a laptop that allows them to familiarize themselves with the device before they transition to using a laptop full-time in Secondary School. Every Middle School and High School student is provided a laptop computer with standardized software that they are able to use at home as well as at school. iPads and other forms of technology are also used in our ELC to support the Reggio Emilia-based learning program.

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)

YIS has established a Continuous Learning Program (CLP) to be used in times of emergency when our physical campus cannot be used, such as during the State of Emergency implemented by the Japanese government during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CLP is composed of an Off-Campus and Blended Learning Model. The Off-Campus model is used during a temporary campus closure; the Blended model is used when grades alternate coming to campus for classes. Seesaw, a digital platform for sharing class/student work that is accessible by parents, is used in ES; Google Classroom is used in Secondary School. Daily video conferencing in group and private sessions and online submission and tracking of student work via our Veracross database system (used as a regular part of school operations when school is open as usual and during temporary campus closures) are the foundation the CLP. Online parent conferences are used when required.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

The assignment of homework differs according to the grade level. The Elementary School and Secondary School each have a Homework Policy to provide guidance on this important issue.

Approximate hours of homework given

YIS believes that children need to have a balance in their life between home and school. It is important for them to have time to relax and enjoy their childhood with family and friends, pursue and develop their own interests or have some quiet time after school hours. The school also recognizes that home learning can be a source of tension and conflict between parents and children. It encourages positive relationships at home as these have a much bigger impact on children’s learning and development.

YIS expects Elementary School children to read at home everyday. The school encourages parents to read with their children regularly, especially in their home and family language. Homework may only be assigned Monday to Friday, with no compulsory homework on weekends and holidays. However, children who are engaged in homework or research tasks have the freedom to work on weekends and holidays. Students within grades and classes may receive different amounts and types of homework on a case by case basis.

The school realizes that it is difficult to define a set time for homework as individual students work at different rates and there may be variations at different times of the year. The school's Homework Policy for all grade levels provides further guidelines on the amount of recommended time for homework and when it should not be assigned.

Uniform required


Waiting list

The presence or absence of waiting lists at different grade levels changes yearly.

Entry evaluation for students

YIS is a non-selective school. Exams or assessments are not conducted. However, a review of report cards, transcripts and other documents is conducted to understand the background and needs of the applicant. Should the parents or the school require further consultation about the student, such as regarding the student's level of English or any special needs support, a discussion of the topic in conjunction with the family will be conducted by the school.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Residents of Japan applying to ELC must apply by the second week of April. Residents of Japan applying to HS must apply by the third week of January. Applicants residing outside Japan may enroll at any time during the school year up until May 1.

Students can join after academic year begins

Only applicants residing outside Japan may enroll at any time during the school year up until May 1.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

95% - 100% attend a higher educational institution. Approximately 5% take a gap year.

External examinations or assessments available

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

YIS is a secular school.

School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

The Learning Support department works in collaboration with the Counselors and the English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers to support students with mild needs in the areas of academics, behavior and social and emotional development. Learning Support services range from observations and consultation with staff and parents to a range of individualized and group instruction for students with various learning needs. Psycho-Educational and Speech and Language evaluations are available on a needs basis within the department. Applicants with mild social/emotional issues, learning difficulties or other special needs are referred to the learning support staff for evaluation during the application process. Admissions decisions are made by the relevant principal. Observations, past records and discussions with teachers and parents precede the diagnostic and speech assessments. Where necessary, parents may be requested to obtain external educational assessments in order to understand and serve student needs more effectively.

School start time

ELC 8:45 am
ES 8:20 am
Gr. 6 - Gr. 12 (Secondary School) 9:00 am

School finish time

ELC half-day program, 12:00 pm
ELC full-day program, 2:40 pm or 2:50 pm
ES 3:00 pm
Gr. 6 - Gr. 12 (Secondary School) 4:00 pm

Supervised care before/after school


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

New clubs and activities are introduced annually. The list below includes some of the activities provided.
Ceramics, choir, digital illustration, drama, dance, rock school, jazz band, Koto club, knitting, Aikido, basketball, cross country, field hockey, soccer, tennis, track and field, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, cross country running, soccer, astronomy, gardening, library council, robotics club, ski club, student council, yoga, Quidditch, Habitat For Humanity, LGBT club, animal relief club, Model United Nations, service learning clubs, Underwater Explorers club, Maker Saturdays .

School provided lunches

A cafeteria on campus provides meals and snacks for sale.

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

Vegetarian meals are available daily. Vegan food items are occasionally available.

Sports activities included

Physical Education classes are offered throughout grade levels. The curriculum for each level caters to the development of the students in the grade offering traditional team sports, individual sportsand sports leadership opportunities.

Sports facilities at the school

YIS campus athletic facilities include a recently remodeled gymnasium, futsal field, and dance studio. In addition, YIS utilizes the professional size all-weather surface pitch at Yokohama Country & Athletic Club as its home ground.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes. The school year is divided into three sports seasons. Teams compete in Japan and overseas.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Yokohama International School is a warm and caring international community where families from all backgrounds feel welcome and students have abundant opportunities to explore, develop and challenge themselves. A medium-sized IB Continuum School, it offers all three main programs of the International Baccalaureate, providing an inquiry-centered, transdisciplinary and skills-focused learning continuum from early years through high school. Together, students, staff and parents strive to fulfill our simple yet dynamic mission: Live Learn Lead.

We will be starting classes at our new purpose-built campus in the Honmoku neighborhood of Yokohama, less than 2km away from our current Yamate-cho campus, from January 2022. The new YIS campus will be built on a 14,685m2 greenfield site adjacent to a shopping complex and close to other commercial and residential areas of the Honmoku neighborhood. The new site is about 50% larger than our current campus and will accommodate a full-size athletic field in addition to the classroom buildings. Current plans under development call for the construction of two buildings: a 4-story structure housing the library, cafeteria, performing arts center and most of the classroom areas and administrative offices, and a 3-story structure housing the Early Learning Center and PE facilities, including a double gymnasium and indoor swimming pool. Total floor area for the two buildings will be about 50% larger than the nine buildings that comprise our current campus. We are thrilled to be working with Kengo Kuma & Associates (KKAA) as lead architect for the project.

Chief among the campus design features was the desire to make every space a learning space and to retain and enhance the warm sense of community that people have when walking into our school now. Following on from this direction will be the creation of multiple open hub spaces that allow learning to flow flexibly in and out of classrooms as well as larger common spaces - both inside and outside - for community interaction.

Teaching approach of the school

YIS values its international, interdependent learning community grounded in its IB-centered academic programs that extending beyond the classroom and embrace all members of the school community. True to the school's mission - Live Learn Lead - it aims to inspire students and to provide them with the academic and social skills that will enable them to fulfill their potential both individually and collaboratively. Learning opportunities beyond the classroom include field trips and expeditions near and far, a broad range of student activities, and a comprehensive service program enabling students of all ages opportunities to address local, regional and global community needs. Student and teacher learning is inquiry-based and transdisciplinary, allowing individuals to develop personal interests and unique approaches to understanding. Technology is interwoven in the learning process and, while it does not drive learning, it can help open incredible new avenues to enhance and extend learning. Students take advantage of extensive activities offerings, adventurous excursions, and an enriching service learning program to pursue their passions, discover new interests and make a difference in the world.

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