BREAKING NEWS: Kyoto International School to become a full high school 

A new chapter is beginning for Kyoto International School, as we announce plans to open a full high school, teaching students through to the age of 18. KIS currently enrols students from Kindergarten to Grade 10. From 2025, we will add Grade 11, followed by Grade 12 in 2026.

The school is planning to provide the IB Diploma, to ensure the highest standards of academic and teaching excellence. Students will be able to choose from a wide range of subject options in sciences, math, languages, arts and humanities. All students will also receive a US-accredited High School Diploma. With these qualifications, our internationally minded students will be equipped to enter universities anywhere in the world. 

Extensive plans are also underway to expand and upgrade our facilities and equipment across the entire school, to ensure outstanding learning experiences for students of all ages, from K1 to K12.  



About Kyoto International School

Providing an international education in the Kansai region with the vision statement of “Inspiring active learners, developing global citizens“.

Kyoto International School (KIS) has been serving the beautiful city of Kyoto since 1957. KIS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the International Baccalaureate Organization. The school is known for its inclusive sense of community and personalised learning for every student. As a not-for-profit school KIS can channel all its resources into effective learning as well as developing students who thrive in positively influencing the global community.


International Curriculum

International Curriculum

KIS uses the IB curriculum framework and has been authorized by the IB for Primary Years Programme (PYP) since 2006 and Middle Years Programme (MYP) since 2022.

International Accreditation

International Accreditation

We have been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1992.

International Community

International Community

We have been providing opportunities for international families since 1957.

International Competency

International Competency

We develop the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in an international setting.

KIS is a founding member of the JCIS, a member of the WIDA International School Consortium, and a member of EARCOS for many years.

The school community is a supporter of the following…

Our students learn and take actions in following the United Nations SDG blueprint.
The school is an official supporting member of Food Bank Kyoto as we increased efforts in helping the larger local community and SDG Goal 2: Zero Hunger. The NPO Food Bank Kyoto is a growing organization of members and volunteers that receives food donations which are then distributed to welfare facilities and persons in need of food support.
JETRO promotes foreign direct investment into Japan and Japanese firms.
Kyoto Overseas Business Center focuses on assisting businesses that are considering overseas business.

Support our mission

Are you interested in supporting KIS? Sharing your time and talents are helpful ways to support. Monetary donations, however big or small, are another way that will allow the school to continually fosters passionate, collaborative, and internationally minded individuals through an engaging and supportive education.


Programs offered at KIS

Pre-K & Kindergarten at KIS
Early Years

Information about our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten program

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Primary School at KIS
Elementary School

Information about the IB PYP for Grade 1 to Grade 6 students

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Middle School
Middle School

Information about the IB MYP for Grade 7 to Grade 10 students

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Saturday School
Saturday School

Information about our Saturday English immersion program

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毎週土曜日に3歳から12歳までのお子様を対象とした英語漬けのイマージョンプログラムを組んでいます。 続きを読む

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Information about our summer program for students aged 4 to 15

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School Curriculum

Intro to the PYP at KIS
KIS MYP Curriculum Guide (Community Edition)

General Inquiry

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What time is school open?

    Regular classes are 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday have an early end time at 2:30 pm. After School Activities (ASA) are also available.

    Is there an English language program?

    On Saturdays, we offer an English immersion program for students between 3 and 12 years-old. Learn More

    毎週土曜日に3歳から12歳までのお子様を対象とした英語漬けのイマージョンプログラムを組んでいます。 続きを読む


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