As a new enrollee in Yokosuka International School, Preschool & Kindergarten (YIPK) here are a few things that you should know. We here at YIPK provide a high-quality early childhood development and educational program based on the Japanese Youchien (or preschool) curriculum.
One of the main concepts behind Yokosuka International School, Preschool & Kindergarten (YIPK) is the utilization of English as our classroom's primary language. Using English, from the onset of your child's educational development will help to ensure that our students become more proficient in its use as a lifestyle and daily tool for communication, vice as just another educational supplement. A second advantage to our 'English as the Teaching Language' policy is that it will promote a more international student body, thus exposing your child early and naturally to the concept of cultural diversity.
The subjects contained within our educational curriculum range from science, social studies, number recognition, arts, P.E., Japanese cultural traditions and of course the before mentioned English.
However, our school's primary mission is far from those traditionally based schools, known to us all. Our mission is to nurture and promote individual self-confidence, empathy for others and group cohesion, as well as the basic manners demanded of all our citizens in society today. These are the things that we believe are the most important for any world-citizen to learn and exercise on a daily basis.
Our school is the place where your child will learn to care for themselves as well as for others.
The place where each and every child will be loved, nurtured and accepted.
The place where the emotional and physical well-being of your child is paramount above all other considerations.
The place where your child will be introduced to many new and often touching experiences, helping them to grow both spiritually and mentally.
The place where your child will be given many small challenges, designed specifically to reinforce his or her self-reliance and promote confidence in themselves.
We here at the Yokosuka International School, Preschool & Kindergarten, believe that the formative years are a time when children search and explore their surroundings with great wonderment and joy. It is during these years that if given the proper care, nurturing and encouragement, your child will grow and bloom into the kind of person that they were truly meant to be. As even the most inexperienced parent instinctively knows, it is not only what children experience during these years, but how they experience it, that will influence the rest of their lives.
The early childhood period is also a significant time in which they start learning language, not simply to communicate with others, but more importantly, to learn how to form interpersonal relationships. This idea is especially true in international communities such as ours here in Yokosuka. There are numerous examples within the foreign population of those who lived in Yokosuka in their youth, only to leave and then return again after long absences, and who even today enjoy the fruits of relationships long-ago formed. This is just one of the experiences that we would like your children to know.
In keeping with the before mentioned idea, and at the heart of the Yokosuka International School, Preschool & Kindergarten's curriculum is the 'GrapeSEED' Curriculum. This method is so exclusive that the schools who adopt it, cannot even put it into use or utilize its materials until after the teachers have completed the GrapeSEED Foundation Training taught by GrapeSEED Media Ltd. The GrapeSEED curriculum is not only effective for the non-native English speakers, but also for those children of natural English-speaking parents, especially those living on or near military bases, where varied English accents and usages can be heard on a daily basis. The teachers utilizing this method will teach your children standard American English, letter-recognition, the sound phonemes associated with those letters, as well as basic reading and writing skills.
The above mentioned are just some of the reasons to bring your children to the Yokosuka International School, Preschool & Kindergarten, but perhaps the best and most compelling reason is our staffing and school itself. We are a small school. The effect of this small size is a more personalized care for your child.
Secondly, there was no advertisement placed in the newspapers or the job search boards when recruiting our teachers. All of our teachers were first observed in their previous teaching assignments and later hand-selected by our principal and head teacher. These teachers were then recruited specifically for their abilities to teach as well as their warm, compassionate and loving attitude towards the children whom they had been privileged to teach before.
For us, your children are as precious as any jewel or diamond revered by king or commoner. They represent the hope in all that is good in our futures. The sculptor, Michelangelo once said, "Every block of stone has a statue within. It is up to the sculptor to discover it." Such is the case with your children. This is a grave responsibility, and we understand that, but it is one that we sincerely hope that you will entrust us with the honor of accomplishing for you and your child.
We urge you to bring your children to the Yokosuka International School, Preschool & Kindergarten, where learning is fun, and your children's future is paramount.
YIPK 2019 School Year Admission
There are currently spots available in all classes from Nursery 1 and 2, the Pre-Kindergarten (3-years-old), Kindergarten 1 (4-years-old) and Kindergarten 2 (5-years-old) classes.
Before registration is accepted, we will hold an enrollment interview with the child and their parent(s).
Fees at the enrollment include:
Registration fee, yearly facility fee, and yearly school materials fee.
*Prices vary by the age/class of each child.
Uniform and others:
Children enrolled in any class above the Nursery Class (Pre-K and up) are required to wear the school uniform. Orders for these uniforms are made at the time of enrollment.
The class arrangement according to birthdate under the Japanese civil law
Nursery 1: April 2, 2017 - October 1, 2017
Nursery 2: April 2, 2016 - April 1, 2017
Pre-Kindergarten: April 2, 2015 - April 1, 2016
Kindergarten 1: April 2, 2014 - April 1, 2015
Kindergarten 2: April 2, 2013 - April 1, 2014
The educational school hour is from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Extended childcare hours are from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and from 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
Extra fees are applied to children who utilize extended childcare hours before and after school, as well as during scheduled holiday breaks.
We highly recommend visiting our school during an open house. These are held once or twice a month and allow you to gather further information, ask questions, and personally observe the educational environment and classes for your child(ren).
2019 YIPK Tuition and other fees
1. Enrollment Fees ￥140,400
2. Yearly Tuition
【5-day a week Program】
Nursery 1 Class ￥881,280
Nursery 2 Class ￥839,160
Pre-K Class ￥842,400
Kindergarten 1 & 2 Class
【3-day a week Program】 (Nursery Class only)
Nursery 1 Class ￥583,200
Nursery 2 Class ￥554,040
3. Bus Maintenance Fee (when signing up)
【5-day a week Program】 ￥8,800 per month
【3-day a week Program】 ￥6,600 per month
4. Extended Childcare Fee (every 30 minutes)
(The fees are subject to change without notice.)