Yokohama International School

About Us

Greetings from Craig Coutts

Head of School

Welcome to our website. I encourage you to take some time to explore the site to get a feel for the school and find out more about the opportunities that exist here. Have a burning question? Want to schedule a visit? Ready to apply? Just click on one of the buttons at the bottom of the homepage to send us your query.

As you look though the site I hope you will get a sense of how YIS is a great place to learn and grow. We are proud of our heritage as the world's second oldest international school and of the reputation that YIS enjoys as a school with passionate and dedicated educators driven to keep YIS at the forefront of international education while still maintaining its small school feel and strong sense of community and culture. Everything that happens in the school is based upon a strong sense of values, guided by our mission. These, and an increasing emphasis on service, act as a guide in all that we do and go a lot deeper than just words on the page.

YIS students have huge opportunities to explore, develop and challenge themselves within a caring and exciting learning environment, and we aim to help them take advantage of everything that is on offer. In my experience, the students (and indeed the families) who get involved in school life and all that it has to offer are the ones who benefit the most and are most successful.

Located in the heart of the historic Bluff district across from Harbor View Park, YIS offers a safe and green environment near some of Yokohama's most pleasant residential neighborhoods. It is also very convenient for families who choose to live in Tokyo – just over 30 minutes away by express train – and a great number of our students commute to school everyday, with the nearest station only 5 minutes walk away from our front gate.

Something that is always highlighted by students, parents and teachers alike is the great sense of community that exists here. There is definitely a sense of care and belonging and we are very proud of the diversity of our community members. Please visit us sometime and experience YIS first-hand.


Our mission is to provide the highest-quality, balanced education to internationally minded students in an inquiring and supportive environment. We seek to inspire students and to provide them with the academic and social skills that will enable them to fulfill their potential as responsible global citizens.


YIS At a Glance

650 Students

We like being a mid-size school, large enough to offer a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities yet small enough so that everyone knows each other.


45 Nationalities in the Student Body

With students of 45 different nationalities and faculty and staff from 18 countries, internationalism is at the heart of our school culture.


3-Program IB School

We offer all three IB programs (PYP, MYP, DP), providing a continuum of high-quality, international education across all grade levels.


Dedicated Faculty

Over 55% of our staff hold advanced degrees. The average faculty tenure at YIS is 7.6 years.


Connected Learning Community

Our 1:1 laptop program runs from grade 3 to grade 12, and we have extensive provision of tablets and laptops in younger grades.


Student Teacher Ratio

Small classes enable students and teachers to know each other well, address individual needs and support a range of learning styles.


Founded in 1924

As the world's second oldest international school, YIS combines a strong academic tradition with a demonstrated commitment to innovation.


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