St Michaels International School
155 students, 3-11yrs
17-2 Nakayamate-dori, 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 650-0004, Japan
Tel: (+81) 78 231 8885
Fax: (+81) 78 231 8897
Princess Miyoshi Bldg. 1F, 3-8-23
Yawata, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba, 272-0021
Tel/Fax: (047) 324-2442
Garden Kinshi Bldg. 3F, 5-21-3
Tel/Fax: (03) 3610-8080
St Michael's International School (SMIS) was founded in 1946 by
Bishop Yashiro of Kobe and the Missionary Leonora Lea. There has
been a school on the present site since the late 19th century.
The school was founded as an independent, church-run, co-educational
school to meet the needs of non-Japanese families living within
Kobe. The school now offers an education based on the English National
Curriculum for over 150 children from Nursery up to year 6.
Classes throughout St Michael's are organized in single age groupings
and the standard number for each class is 20. Each class has a teacher
and assistant. The Pre-School programme focuses on developing social
skills, fine motor skills, the ability to work independently, in
group and whole class situations and also introduces children to
number and the alphabet. The English National Curriculum begins
from Reception age.
Generally children with little English ability are not accepted
at St Michael's - however if they are, it is with the proviso that
support can be offered through the ESOL (English for Speakers of
Other Languages) Coordinator and/or Class Teachers/Assistants. Japanese
is studied from Year 1 and there is provision for French speakers
to take part in French classes at the school. The French curriculum
focuses on reading and writing. The staff at St Michael's are qualified,
highly skilled and motivated and there is a high ratio of teaching
staff to children. Parents are an integral part of the school and
an open dialogue exists between the parents and staff.
The school uses specialist teachers for French, music, art, physical
education, religious education and ICT to ensure that the best education
is being offered to the children. A library, computer room, art
room and gymnasium are available.
There is an English language school on the site, catering for local
adults and children learning English, either during the day or evening.
Admission forms and school brochures are available from the school
or via the web site, explaining the admissions process in detail.
Prospective parents and children are welcome to visit and tour the