What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)
Yokohama International School
In what town or city is this school located?
How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)
What grade levels are represented at this school?
Preschool - Grade 12
How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)
YIS is within walking distance from Motomachi-Chugukai train station (which is a direct train from Shibuya, Tokyo). Lots of students catch the train, or walk.
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
YIS offers all students a diverse range of subjects across PYP, MYP and IB. The school offers a comprehensive arts, drama, language and sports program in addition to numerous after school activities.
The library offers a great environment in addition to the computer lab.
What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home
country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?
The PTSA matches new families with 'mentor' families with kids in the same grade and/or from the same home country to help the new family settle well.
EAL (English as an Additional Language) support is provided.
How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?
The PTSA (Parents Teachers Student Association) at YIS is very strong. The main role of the PTSA is to provide numerous opportunities for friendship and community spirit to be maintained. From monthly coffee and chat mornings, to trivia nights, monthly cooking lessons, cultural tours and talks, yoga, pilates, Ikebana, arts'n'crafts and many more.
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
YIS is a wonderful welcoming school in Yokohama. It is one of the only International Schools in Japan to follow the IB from preschool - Grade 12.
If you are living in Yokohama or indeed Tokyo, please visit the campus and see how easy it is for your kid/s to get to/from school.
With 650+ students, from 47 Nationalities YIS offers a truly Global experience to global kids.
Check out www.yis.ac.jp
We look forward to meeting you