Yokohama International School (YIS) enjoys a reputation throughout the international school community as an institution with passionate and dedicated educators driven to keep YIS at the forefront of international education, while still maintaining our small-school feel and strong sense of community.
Internationalism is at the heart of our school culture, with nearly 50 countries represented among our students and faculty.
YIS students come from and move on to schools all over the world, including other international schools as well as schools in national education systems.
As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, we offer the IB Primary Years Programme, IB Middle Years Programme, and IB Diploma Programme.
Together, the three programmes are the most widely respected and followed academic continuum in the international school world. An IB education at YIS fosters the communication skills, critical thinking and global perspectives young people need to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world.
Academic rigour, balance, and innovation
We pride ourselves on providing a well-balanced education with opportunities for students to excel in many different areas.
Learning is of course the priority, and our students’ academic achievements include external exam scores consistently above global averages as well as matriculation to leading universities around the world.
Student learning also takes place through a wide range of extracurricular activities and innovative co-curricular programmes.
For example, they can learn about Japanese music, arts and culture through our International Center for Japanese Culture; seamlessly integrate IT in their learning through our Connected Learning Community; take part in local and overseas service programmes; and, for those in high school, pursue the Global Citizenship Diploma, which recognises their education and accomplishments in the classroom, within the larger context of the school and in the world beyond.
Warm and welcoming school community
Current families and visitors alike often comment on the warm and welcoming community that exists at YIS.
A strong sense of care and belonging is also fostered by our active Parent Teacher Student Association, which reflects our pride in the diversity of our community members.
This multicultural mix is an important element of international school education, and the experience of everyone involved is much richer because of it.
Pleasant atmosphere and convenient access
Located near several parks in the historic Bluff district of Yokohama, YIS enjoys a pleasant environment and convenient access for families in Yokohama, as well as for those who choose to live in Tokyo—just over 30 minutes away by express train.
A great number of our students commute from Tokyo every day, with the nearest station only a few minutes’ walk from our front gate.
Welcome to YIS
Choosing a school for your children involves many considerations, but ultimately it is about finding the right fit. We invite you to visit us and experience YIS first-hand.