1. Where is your school located?
  2. What is the PYP IB Programme?
  3. How can I contact the school?
  4. What is the size of every grade level?
  5. What languages do you offer?
  6. Is there any English as a Second Language support?
  7. What is the school year calendar?
  8. Can my child start in April?
  9. Are all the teachers at KIS qualified?
  10. What countries do teachers come from?
  11. Does KIS accept short-term students?
  12. Does KIS have boarding facilities?
  13. Are there any extra-curricular activities?
  14. Does KIS provide transportation for students?
  15. What are the school hours?
  16. What are the school fees?
  17. Are there any other miscellaneous charges?
  18. Are there any scholarships?
  19. How can I apply?
  20. Is there a student or parent interview?
  21. Are there Japanese language classes?

Where is your school located?

KIS is located in the center of Kyoto City. The school address is 317 Kitatawara-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 602-8247 (〒602-8247 京都府京都市上京区北俵町317).

What is the PYP IB Programme?

The PYP (Primary Years Programme) is an inquiry-based educational framework that seeks to develop the whole child, in that it recognizes the importance of the academic, social, emotional, cultural and physical development of children from ages 3-12. The PYP curriculum framework sets high standards and has high expectations of students. While the learning of information is still a major part of the PYP program, an emphasis is placed on the process of learning and students’ awareness and understanding of how to learn. As they develop into lifelong learners, students realize that learning is about being curious, asking questions, and finding answers that lead to further questions.

The framework contains five essential elements: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action. These elements are developed through six transdisciplinary themes that are applied across all subjects. The themes are Who we are, Where we are in place and time, How we express ourselves, How the world works, How we organize ourselves, and Sharing the Planet. Knowledge is explored from local and global perspectives within these units of study. The IB standards are aligned with best practice in education and are supported by effective teaching practices. PYP teachers collaborate in the planning of units of inquiry both as grade level teams and as a whole faculty.

The IB maintains a learner profile of specific skills that schools must develop in students at every level of IB which has a positive impact on school culture. The IB Learner Profile seeks to develop students into individuals who are inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced and reflective. The goal of KIS and the IB PYP organization is to “develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

If you want to learn more check out http://www.ibo.org/ or https://www.whatisib.com/what-is-pyp.html.

How can I contact the school?

The office number is +81-75-451-1022 (from overseas) or 075-451-1022 (from within Japan). For admissions enquiries, please send an email to admissions@kis.ac.jp or come on a tour of our school and its facilities. 

What is the size of grade level?

We limit the size of our classes to a maximum of 16 students in Early Years and 24 from Grade 1. That said, the average of primary years classes are 10 students. Please note that class numbers and maximum may vary due to special circumstances.

What languages do you offer?

Lessons and administration are in English. Japanese literature and acquisition lessons are also taught.

Is there any English as a Second Language support?

Yes, we have English as a Second Language support (EAL support) for students who require it. Additional support fees will apply.

What is the school year calendar?

We follow an international school calendar so our school year runs from mid/late August to June.

Can my child start in April?

Students may be allowed to begin at any date within the year. The age of student, but also language and education level, will determine the grade they are placed. 

Are all the teachers at KIS qualified?

Yes, trained teachers from English-speaking nations are recruited worldwide for their qualifications, expertise, and international teaching experience.

What countries do teachers come from?

KIS has teachers from English speaking nations like Canada, USA, England, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand. These demographics are also seen in the student body.
KIS also employs Japanese nationals with roles as language teachers, teaching assistants, or administrative duties.

Does KIS accept short-term students?

Yes, students can be accepted entry to the school and may withdrawal at any date. Please note that tuition and building fees are paid by semester and a minimum charge of four months tuition will be required.

Does KIS have boarding facilities?

KIS is a day-school; therefore, no boarding facilities are available.

Are there any extra-curricular activities?

KIS offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities ensuring that students develop into well-rounded individuals. See our bukatsu (clubs) and lessons page for further details.

Does KIS provide transportation for students?

No, we do not. Students use the public transportation systems, or are dropped off by parents or take public transport. The school is located in the city center with a bus stop near the entrance gates.

What are the school hours?

Classes are from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm except on Wednesday, which ends at 2:30 pm. The school day is followed by extra-curricular activities until 4:30 pm. Administrative offices are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

What are the school fees?

Please refer to the tuition page on our website for the latest school fees.

Are there any other miscellaneous charges?

Miscellaneous charges include school uniforms, lunches, camps, and personal computers (bring-your-own-device). There are also additional costs for after-school care, some of the optional after-school lessons or clubs, and additional support for English Language (if required).

Are there any scholarships?

Scholarships are available for children of researchers or scholars who are visiting Kyoto for a finite period. Scholarships include a 30% reduction in tuition for students from Early Years 2 to Grade 6 and a 20% reduction in tuition for Middle School students. 100% of all other fees must be paid.

How can I apply?

Parents or guardians must complete an application form for each child. Details can be found at the application process page.

Is there a student or parent interview?

No interviews prior to acceptance are required. Rather, there is an in-class observation period.

Are there Japanese language classes?

Yes, all students take Japanese language classes. Additionally, we offer an optional Japanese class for parents interested in learning.