Applying to YIS

Thank you for your interest in applying to Yokohama International School. The step-by-step process for applying to YIS, most of which is done online, is shown below. In addition, we encourage families to visit the school if possible. Visits may be arranged either before or after you submit an application. If you have not already done so, please review our Admissions Policy and if you have any questions about our policy, the eligibility of your child(ren), application deadlines, etc., please contact our Admissions Office.

Admissions Process

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee is due and payable at the time of application. Please note that applications are not considered complete – and therefore the screening process may not begin – until payment of the application fee is confirmed. The non-refundable application fee (30,000 yen) may be paid by credit card online, bank transfer or by cash in person at our business office.

 

Materials To Prepare

In addition to completing the online application and paying the application fee, you will need to provide the following items:

All Applicants

  • Digital photo of the applicant
  • Copy of passport photo page
  • Certificate of physical examination (signed by a physician)

Elementary School Applicants

  • Official school grade reports for at least one academic year
  • Confidential recommendation* from applicant's classroom teacher and countersigned by the school principal or head of school

Middle School Applicants

  • Official school grade reports for at least one academic year
  • Two confidential recommendations to be completed and returned directly by recommending English teacher and other faculty member and countersigned by principal or head of school

High School Applicants

  • Official school grade reports for the three most recent academic years
  • Official transcript from any current or previous high school(s) attended in grade 9 and above
  • Two confidential recommendations to be completed and returned directly by recommending English teacher and other faculty member and countersigned by principal or head of school
  • Math placement recommendation from current mathematics teacher

Japanese Applicants

  • If applicant and both parents are Japanese citizens, a letter from parents stating reasons for applying to international school


*Note: All required documents should be sent directly to our Admissions Office.

Application Timing

Applicants Residing Outside Japan

We accept and review overseas applications throughout the year on an as-received basis. Once the application is complete, including receipt of school records, confidential recommendations and payment of the application fee, we usually issue a decision within a week or two. Although we do not have set application deadlines for applicants coming from outside Japan, if you wish to enroll at the beginning of the school year, in August, we encourage you apply by mid-March (mid-February for high school applicants). If you wish to start in January, we advise you to apply by mid-November.

Applicants Already Residing in Japan

Applicants already residing in Japan may apply to enroll at the beginning of the school year. Under special circumstances (such as transfer from schools running on a Japanese school calendar), and at the discretion of the relevant principal, mid-year enrollment may also be allowed.

Application key dates for Japan-resident applicants are as follows:

Early Learning Center

For the current school year (2020 - 2021), applicants may apply at anytime.

For the 2021 - 2022 school year the application deadline is April 9, 2021.

Elementary and Middle School
 
Applicants may apply at any time. However, notification of admission decisions will depend on anticipated space availability, and for grades in which availability is expected to be limited, decisions may not be announced until mid-April.

High School
 
  • Application deadline: January 29, 2021
  • Initial notification of admissions decision: February 26, 2021
  • Final notification for any students initially placed in the wait pool: April 23, 2021

 

Applications submitted after the deadline/recommended application period may be considered, but space availability is likely to be more problematic.