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Best schools in Yokohama Japan

A snapshot overview of schools in Yokohama that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names. "Pending" means that we are planning to review that school. 

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups 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 descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. 


Schools in Yokohama reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

Saint Maur International School  (pending)

Montessori/International Primary Curriculum/French National Curriculum (ages 5-11)IGCSEs/AP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 480 pupils

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 but drawn from 33 different countries. Offering an École Francaise programme for French speaking children up to the end of elementary school. Above average IB results at 33 points as opposed to 29.8 globally. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Yokohama International School (YIS)  (pending)

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

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 IB 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 due to open in January 2022.


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 curriculum from National Curriculum of England/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 300 pupils

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).

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