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Best schools in Yokohama Japan

A snapshot: schools in Yokohama considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.

Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with  next to their names.

 (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.


International schools

Saint Maur International School  

Montessori/ International Primary Curriculum/ French curriculum (ages 5-11)/ IGCSE/ American High School Diploma/ AP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 480 students

Established by Roman Catholic missionaries, in 1872, and the oldest international school in Asia. An English medium school with American and Japanese students in the majority. Also offering an École Francaise programme for French speaking children up to the end of elementary school. Above average International Baccalaureate Diploma results. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the North Eastern Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Click here to read our full review of the Saint Maur International School

Yokohama International School (YIS)  

Reggio Emilia/ PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 720 students

Apparently, the second oldest international school in the world, established in 1923. Offers mother tongue programmes in Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Korean as well as the full International Baccalaureate (except for the careers option) programme in English to students from 50 different nationalities. Highly regarded, and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). A new purpose-built campus is under construction.

Click here to read our full review of the Yokohama International School

The school below has been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing it.

Horizon Japan International School (HJIS)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 400 students

Established in 2003 and part of the Horizon group of international schools. The ratio of students is approximately one third expat, one third dual nationality and one third Japanese. Moved to a new state of the art campus in Yokohama in March 2019, complete with sporting pitches on the roof. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

For more information on the schools above, please go to  each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.

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