Please consult the table below as different school systems can cause confusion. Class placement is based on the child’s educational background and age on September 1st. Student placement decisions for those coming from a different school calendar is based on several factors, among which include age, educational history, and the percentage of school year already completed. The school reserves the right to review each application and determine the grade placement for each child.

Kyoto International School follows the North American school calendar (August to June) but accept students at any time during the school year.

School System Comparison

IB ProgramAge*1KISJapaneseUK
PYP3NAHoikuenNursery
PYP4Pre-K/KinderYochienReception
PYP5Pre-K/KinderYochienYear 1
PYP6Grade 1Grade 1Year 2
PYP7Grade 2Grade 2Year 3
PYP8Grade 3Grade 3Year 4
PYP9Grade 4Grade 4Year 5
PYP10Grade 5Grade 5Year 6
MYP – Year 111Grade 6Grade 6Year 7
MYP – Year 212Grade 7Junior High 1Year 8
MYP – Year 313Grade 8Junior High 2Year 9
MYP – Year 414Grade 9Junior High 3Year 10
MYP – Year 515Grade 10High School 1Year 11
DP / CP16NA *2High School 2Year 12
DP / CP17NA *2High School 3Year 13
*1 – Age is determined by the birth date, outlined in the table below
*2 – We offer a pathway for Grade 11 and 12 Students, explained here.


Birth date and class for 2022-23 enrollment

Birth Date Class
September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2018Pre-K & Kindergarten (combined)
September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016Primary Years – Grade 1
September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2015Primary Years – Grade 2
September 1, 2013 – August 31, 2014Primary Years – Grade 3
September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013Primary Years – Grade 4
September 1, 2011 – August 31, 2012Primary Years – Grade 5
September 1, 2010 – August 31, 2011Middle School – Grade 6
September 1, 2009 – August 31, 2010Middle School – Grade 7
September 1, 2008 – August 31, 2009Middle School – Grade 8
September 1, 2007 – August 31, 2008Middle School – Grade 9
September 1, 2006 – August 31, 2007Middle School – Grade 10
In cases involving a child whose birthday falls within a month (30 days) of the grade level cut off date, grade placement decisions and necessary adjustments are at the discretion of the school.