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 (early February for high school applicants). If you wish to start in January (all grades except Grade 11 and 12), we advise you to apply by mid-November. For those considering Grade 11 and 12, please contact our Admissions Department for further information.

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 (2021 - 2022), applicants may apply at anytime.

For the 2022 - 2023 school year applicants should apply by April 15, 2022.

Online tours are conducted at 2:00pm on Thursdays.

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.
 
Online tours for Elementary School are conducted at 9:30am on Tuesdays and Fridays.
 
Online tours for Middle School are conducted at 10:45am on Tuesdays and Fridays.

High School
 
  • For the 2022 - 2023 school year applicants should apply by January 27, 2022. The next online tour will be conducted at 10:00 am, December 1. From January 2022, online tours will be held at 11:45am on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Initial notification of admissions decision: will be at the end of February, 2022.
  • Final notification for any students initially placed in the wait pool: will be in late April 2022.

Applications submitted after the dates above will be considered, but space availability may be problematic.