St.Michael’s is the best school for your child to develop a base knowledge of ethos, laws, respect, discipline and a general feel for the society around us. It’s a school where difference is accepted and encouraged, all ideas are welcome. Students are groomed to become good people in this school, always retain good standards at school and outside of it.
Founded in 1946, St. Michael’s International School offers a distinctive British-style primary education within a culture of academic excellence and a caring family community. Click on the red links to learn more.
As Early Years and Primary specialists, our unique programmes nurture the development of the whole child: the social, emotional, physical and academic aspects are all equally important.
Give your child the very best start in life. Let us help you make the right choice for your child’s future. Discover how to join the St. Michael’s family.
Our international curriculum encompasses best practice in Early Years and Primary education. The only IPC accredited school in Japan, we are proud to be leading the way with our innovative curriculum.
Known as the small school with the big heart, we are proud of our inclusive community. Collaboration between faculty, parents, alumni and Council members ensures our school is a happy place to learn.
St. Michael’s International School endeavours to maintain a safe, low risk environment in which your child can thrive and safely enjoy learning. Click on the red link above to read some of our policies and protocols.
What Parents Say
Our two boys were at St Michael’s from nursery all the way through to graduating from year 6. We are a bicultural, bilingual British/Japanese family. The school is certainly warm and welcoming – parents as well as children made plenty of friends there! Being a small school helps to build relations between staff, children and their families, and this is something that we really appreciated.
My children made many good friendships and learned a lot from the people around them. The teachers endeavour to bring out the best in all students. The fact that my daughter wants to become a primary school teacher plainly tells you the excellence of this school.
We can not recommend St. Michael’s International School highly enough. Both our children cherish the 6 years spent at the school, which has perfectly prepared them for a fast changing world, through the quality of the curriculum, opportunity to constantly interact with different cultures and understanding of behaving along shared values.
A great, educational, encouraging, confidence-making and enjoyable school. I can see both of my children growing up positively in your school. I always look forward to hearing the children’s stories about their day at school.
St. Michael’s was a great choice for our family. Our older son started in Year 1, and our younger son started in the Nursery program, at age 3, and both boys continued on to graduate at the end of Year 6. At St. Michael’s they got a solid foundation that continues to support their learning today in junior high and high school. The teachers and staff at St. Michael’s provided a warm and loving environment—it’s the sort of school where all the grownups know all the kids’ names. If your family is looking for a positive international learning experience for your child, I wholeheartedly recommend that you visit St. Michael’s.
Both my son and daughter attended St. Michael’s between 2002 to 2018, so we have been with the school for a very long time! Both of them loved going to school everyday and loved the school. They were nurtured in becoming independent thinkers. As parents, we felt we were also part of a big family and learned a lot from being in contact with different cultures.
We consider St. Michael’s a great choice for our son who joined from Year One and continued on to graduate in Year Six. St. Michael’s warm, nurturing and stimulating environment created a positive impact on him from an early stage – he loved school and brought home happy stories of his learning journey. In addition, the school reinforced social and character development through various classroom activities – transforming students into caring, compassionate and well-rounded individuals.
We have been part of the St. Michael’s family for six years until my son graduated last year. Even now I remember very clearly the first day when my son and I went to St. Michael’s for the school tour. The first thing we saw was the very kind smile from the Admissions Officer Miss Kimura. She gave us a very warm tour around school and treated us like family. My son told me secretly that he would like to attend school at SMIS although he never said that after visiting other schools. My son was lucky to have some great and caring teachers who taught him well. My son formed firm friendships with many children and enjoyed going to school everyday. After all these years in SMIS, the office gave us lots of help too. So I want to say sometimes when you choose a school, the staff members all around the school play a big part.
St. Michael’s was the joint choice made by my kids themselves during their first visit. It was unanimous in our family and it is absolutely the best choice we could ever imagine for our experience of living in Kobe. SMIS made the transition for my kids to start a new school in a new country so easy, smooth, delightful and rewarding. The thoughtful curriculum, the dedicated teaching of creative and critical thinking, the well designed extracurricular clubs, and the wonderful teachers, staff members and students all have given us the best learning experience and the best growth opportunity for my kids. Our appreciation of St. Michael’s are beyond words! SMIS is the best!
At St.Michael’s, my child was cared for and inspired as if he were part of a big, loving, traditional family. We were thoroughly satisfied with the quality of education and variety of seasonal, cultural events, but most importantly, thrilled that our child graduates with an aptitude for success in life, as he has a place in his heart where he was trusted he could do more and better and innovate, regardless of whether he excels at it or not – not in an imposing way, but gentle and firm, like a patient and loving Guardian Angel.
We love this opportunity to share our thoughts about St. Michael International School (SMIS) with you. Our son attended the school from Reception to his graduation at the end of Year 6. Immediately after moving to Japan in 2014, he got admitted into the school. Everything was so new to him and as parents we were worried about this transition. However, the warm and loving environment of SMIS turned this transition phase into a comfortable and pleasant experience for all of us. We are fond of this small, still diverse, and lively school community that celebrates diversity. We appreciate the endeavor and kind support of the teachers and staff members shown to us all the way through our son’s schooling. SMIS teaches students some great values of life so that they grow up as more responsible and empathetic individuals. Best wishes for SMIS!
For many years I’ve felt like a part of the St. Michael’s family, I felt very touched by the school. Both my daughters have grown up to be the person they are today, from the incredible life teachings provided by the school. St. Michael’s is a very collaborative school and has a healthy background. As a parent, I loved the way St. Michael welcomes everyone in and provides the best learning and environment for all children.