Yokohama International School
258 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, 231 0862, Japan
Tel: (+81) 45 622 0084
Fax: (+81) 45 621 0379
US, IB, curricula.
IGCE, SAT, IB exams.
600 students, 3-19 yrs.
Yokohama International School (YIS) is non-sectarian and accepts
children of all nationalities. The school promotes in its curriculum
an understanding and respect among students of the differences between
cultures and a sensitivity towards those who are less privileged.
Established in 1924 by the expatriate business community, Yokohama
International School is an independent co-educational day school
which caters for students from nursery age to grade 12. The school
prides itself as being a pioneer in the field of international education
for at its inception it was one of the first schools world-wide
to use the term international. Teachers are drawn from
different parts of the world, highly qualified for their experience,
subject area, teaching methods and enthusiasm for children.
The academic programme in the elementary school follows the Primary
Years Programme of the IBO which is enquiry-based and can be adapted
to meet individual needs. Throughout the elementary school materials
from the US, the UK and Australia are used and there is an emphasis
on writing and reading skills which are integrated into the various
subject areas. The high school curriculum is a college preparatory
course. Within this framework students take the IGCSE (University
of Cambridge Board) examinations at the end of Grade 10. In the
final two years of high school students prepare for the International
Baccalaureate examinations with the option of earning either IB
Certificates or the IB Diploma. Assistance is also provided for
students who wish to prepare for the Advanced Placement examinations.
All external examination costs for IGCSE, SAT 1 and 2, IB and AP
are borne by the school. YIS graduates are regularly accepted by
the most prestigious universities in the United States, the United
Kingdom and Canada.
Extra curricular activities are available throughout the year.
A week of field studies takes students from grades 7-12 to various
parts of Japan.
Yokohama International School is situated next to a park in the
historic residential area of Yokohama known as The Bluff.
It overlooks the harbour and Tokyo Bay. The school has recently
completed a major new building and refurbishment programme. Besides
regular classrooms, the school has well equipped science and computer
labs, art and music studios, a centralized library/media centre,
a gymnasium, a cafeteria and an auditorium. The facilities of Yokohama
Country and Athletic Club are used for field sports.
Admission to Yokohama International School is dependent upon satisfactory
academic and medical reports. The school year starts in late August
and ends in mid-June.