Student Support

YIS is a caring community and we provide a range of professionally staffed services to support students in their learning, as well as to look out for their social, emotional and physical well-being. Homeroom teachers (elementary) and tutors (secondary), as well administration leaders, also play an important role in this support network.


A comprehensive guidance program is an integral and important part of the overall educational program at Yokohama International School. With the growing emphasis upon preparing students for success in a complex global society, it is imperative that we plan and implement integrated programs that provide all students an opportunity to grow and succeed. Children mature at individual rates from a point of total family and community dependence to that of independent contributing members of society. The goal of the school counseling program is to create a guided, planned and sequential learning process from which all YIS students can begin to develop the skills necessary to become competent adults.

With the above in mind, our mission is to facilitate each student’s personal/social, academic and career development through the counselors’ delivery of guidance and counseling activities, as well as, through a collaborative effort between the home, school and broader community. The ultimate objective is to help students identify their interests and abilities, and enhance productivity, dependability, self-expression and control, accurate decision-making and conflict-resolution skills along with other competencies that will remediate student challenges, strengthen their unique capabilities and enable the youth to participate in a global society as responsible citizens.

Learning Support

The Learning Support department at YIS upholds the principles of a balanced education rooted in the firm belief in inclusion. Academic excellence is reflected in our philosophy of supporting and celebrating the diversity of learning needs within the school community. We endeavor to accommodate students with diverse learning needs to achieve their highest potential while celebrating their unique learning strengths and needs.

Program Overview

The Learning Support department works in collaboration with the Counselors and the English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers to support students in the areas of academics, behavior and social and emotional development. Learning Support services range from observations and consultation with staff and parents to a range of individualized and group instruction for students with various learning needs. Our Learning Support Delivery model is inspired by the philosophy of the three-tiered system of the Response to Intervention model. Students are placed on one of the three levels of support ranging from Monitor, to LS-1(time-limited services) and LS-2 (intensive intervention) levels of support.

Additional Services

Psycho-Educational and Speech and Language evaluations are available on a needs basis within the department. Observations, past records and discussions with teachers and parents precede the diagnostic and speech assessments. Where necessary, parents may be requested to obtain external educational assessments in order to understand and serve student needs more effectively. A speech clinic is offered, in the morning, before school (for secondary students) and every afternoon after school, for students identified with a speech and/or fluency disorder. Students are referred by teachers or parents and based on availability are provided with direct services.


The goal of the school and the Learning Support department is to support student needs adequately. With this in mind, students flagged at admissions are informally or formally assessed to ensure the school can meet their needs. Parent interviews, trial days and diagnostic screenings and assessments are some of the other ways in helping us determine the level of support required and the possibility of meeting those needs. Parents may be requested to provide further diagnostic information to help clarify presenting needs.

YIS is a member of SENIA which is a network of educators, professionals and parents across Asia dedicated to supporting children with special learning needs. YIS helped establish the Japan chapter in 2015.

Learning Support at YIS

Student-centric learning lies at the core of our philosophy, and the YIS Learning Support department was developed to recognize student needs and find effective ways of supporting our diverse learners, as well as to celebrate their learning differences. Supporting our students is a collaborative process that starts at the top and involves school administrators, staff and parents, and allows students themselves to take ownership of their own learning needs and strengths. This short film was edited and directed by Matthew Sato, a YIS alumnus who is currently pursuing his dream of film scoring at Berklee College of Music in the USA.

Health Office

Health Officer - Michiko Bowering

The YIS Health Office, located on the first floor of the K-1 Building, serves as the school infirmary and health information resource center for the YIS community.

Should you have any health-related questions, feel free to contact us by phone at 045-621-4027 or by email to The office is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on school days.

When should my sick child stay home from school?

While going to school regularly is very important, a sick child in the classroom probably will not be able to learn well and may spread a contagious disease to her/his classmates. It is in your child’s and their classmates’ best interest to keep them home from school when they are not feeling well.

You should not send your child to school if she/he has:

  • A temperature reading of above 37.5C in the past 24 hours (Child should not return to school until they have been fever-free without medication for 24 hours.)
  • Vomiting in the past 24 hours
  • Diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
  • Bad cold, with a very runny nose or a bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night
  • Influenza, a child needs to stay away from school 5 days after the start of symptoms and should be fever free for 2 days without using medication. The onset of flu symptoms (such as having high fever) is considered to be day 0, so in total students should stay away from school for 6 days.

If you have any questions about whether or not your child should stay home from school, please call your doctor or the health office.

Medicine Administration During School

The Medical Authorization form can be found on the School Forms page.

General Health Information & Resources

The Medical Directory contains a list of hospitals, clinics and other medical resources that may be useful for parents.