International School in Yokohama to 12+4-Year Continuum Education
CGK is the only integrated international school in Yokohama with April enrollment.
More than 160 students from 2 years old to elementary school attend the school, which plans to open a middle school in 2025 and a high school in 2028.
As an International Baccalaureate IB PYP candidate school, our world-class curriculum and progressive, future-oriented approach to education foster independent, lifelong learners, while we, the school, continue to grow to even greater heights.
Educational Mission and Code of Conduct
With the mission of "maximizing your opportunities for happiness in an increasingly global world," we have been providing a high quality inquiry-based learning curriculum since the school's opening.
We contribute to creating a better and more peaceful world by developing young talent into internationally-minded individuals.
IB PYP Candidate School. Full-time, 5-days-a-week enrichment curriculumfor Age 3-5 (from 2 days a week for Age 2). Providing quality childcare and education that also nurtures non-cognitive skills through a global education that fosters self-expression, acute cognitive ability and a spirit of inquiry.
IB PYP Candidate School. Providing practical inquiry-based learning through a transdisciplinary system. As a non-article one school with a flexible curriculum, CGK practices a global education that flexibly incorporates the IB and other world-standard curriculum.
Scheduled to open April 2025. Explore learning by focusing on deeper and more focused concepts than the IB PYP curriculum. Students continue to make broad connections across subjects, but move towards more subject specific learning. Students will experience one-year study abroad program in 7th grade to develop diverse perspectives and values from a young age.
Scheduled to open April 2028. Providing students with the opportunity to extend their learning and make connections across disciplines. Also CGK provides an environment that nurtures internationally-minded individuals that can contribute to a better world, maximizing opportunities for happiness in an increasingly global world.
The following is an introduction to CGK's educational systems and the faculty and staff who support it.
Educatino and childcare are not mechanical manifestations of the policies of an organization, but rather, a reflection the passion and enthusiasm of all staff members involved.
Through the collaboration of our faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds and the policies that CGK aims to achieve, we provide quality education and childcare.
12+4-Year Continuum Education
Continuum education from 2 years old until high school graduation. Continuity in our activities allows us to focus on education that is truly important for the future of the students, without wasting time on boring, repetitive studying.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Education is an all-round education to develop internationally-minded individuals. Through IB education, we provide a consistent educational program from preschool onward.
Find out about the school's founder, his passion for education and the process of opening the school. This will make clear the source of our consistent philosophy and the motivation behind it, that is, a happy and prosperous future for children.
(日本語は後で) Grade 3/4 students are engaging in a unit exploring the relationship between between Japanese calligraphy (in particular the work of Inoue Yuichi) and the abstract art in America🎨 In this video, you can see students actively express their opinions, collaboratively deciding on the progression of their artwork showcasing distinctive IB lessons! For more details about the lesson content, please visit our school’s website for the blog post.
(日本語は後で)The Mountain students visited the indoor sandbox at LATTEST Green in Cattleya Plaza Isezaki 🌿 The children were delighted with the smooth sand, which was different from the sandbox at the park, and they were playing enthusiastically with their arms and legs tucked under the sand ☺️ ✨
(日本語は後で) On 11/23, we had Elementary school only event.
✨🌏 International Family Day🌏✨
We invite and celebrate our families in their different forms and cultures.
Some of the activities we had: - Students attempt to create a piece of art in the style of the Australian indigenous people🇦🇺 - Cultural Storytelling📗 - Prepare Japanese-patterned fabric and have people actually make “walnut buttons” and take them home🧵
Grade 1 focused on Australian culture. It was lead by Mr.Martin from Australia🐨 We had a chance to play some traditional Australian games as well as create some traditional Australian artwork🎨
Students learned more about the prefectures in Japan through storytelling. We also learned how to make our own buttons in commemoration of Button Day on 11/22 and we had a great opportunity to peek into the life of one of our parents by an interview🇯🇵 Thank you so much for your hard work. We look forward to having parents involved for other UOIs in the future as well too so thank you for your interest and support.
After this, we went to the park to enjoy a booknic pizza party to celebrate all their record breaking reading📚🍕✨
We have 2 more open schools left in 2023. ・ 11/18(SAT) 9:00AM(Japanese) / 11:00AM(English) / 2:30PM(Japanese) ・12/16(SAT) 9:00AM(Japanese) / 11:00AM(English) / 2:30PM(Japanese)
We are currently accepting applications for the 2024 academic year, and the admissions process is underway. Regarding applications for new Grade 1 in the elementary, the capacity for one class is 20 students, and we currently have 22 applications (including those have not done an interview yet). We are close to reaching the capacity for one class, so if you are considering applying, please attend one of the open schools scheduled before the end of the year.
We are also accepting transfers within this academic year. After attending the open school, please consult with us regarding the admission timing.
The content of the open school covers not only information about CGK Elementary School but also reliable information for considering the future educational path for your child after graduating from preschool. Whether or not you have a definite intention to enrol, please feel free to participate. This invitation extends to those who have attended in the past or those targeting enrolment from the 2025 academic year onwards!
Children are welcome to join on the day. It’s also an opportunity to interact with elementary school teachers, so please join us!
11/8 was a very nice and sunny day for our sweet potato digging. Ocean and Jungle friends had a lot of fun digging and picking the sweet potatoes.
The students found a spot and used all their muscles to pull out the potatoes. First we had to dig away the soil around the potatoes and remove some of the roots. Everyone enjoyed digging up the dirt with their hands and got excited when we could see the sweet potato. Ocean and Jungle friends did their best to pull out the sweet potatoes with teachers, as it was very heavy and so many were bundled up together.
Thank you very much to the farmers for sharing their delicious potatoes.
The afternoon snack time included sweet potatoes from digging. Everyone enjoyed the flavors of autumn with sweet potatoes, persimmons, oranges.
At CGK Afterschool, Halloween week was held during the last week of October, allowing students to come to school dressed in costumes. On October 31st, on Halloween day, a Haunted Classroom event took place! Students decorated each classroom and created haunted house-style mazes. Then, they divided into `ghost` and `human` roles within their classes to compete in a game to see which class could scare the other the most! To conclude the project, teachers also gave out candies for Trick-or-Treat. Throughout the week, various activities and games related to Halloween were held, allowing everyone to fully enjoy the spirit of Halloween!
On Sunday October 29 CGK held our first beach cleanup event!
Almost 70 people took part, which included our students and their families as well as people from outside of CGK. Our students had been looking at the impact of plastic litter on marine life in their IB Sharing the Planet UOI. So they were able to connect their prior knowledge at the beach when the picked up micro-plastics.
At the end of the event, the students shared in front of everyone the treasures and, in their words, the "dangerous trash" that they had found while cleaning up the beach.
10/25 was an incredibly eventful and fun-filled day for Sky class (5-years-old class)! We had the opportunity to once again visit this Italian restaurant, `IMPASTO’, located in Motomachi. The kids looked absolutely adorable in their chef hats and aprons. They were split into 3 different groups: pizza-making, pasta rolling, and a craft station. In addition to making pizza and other fun activities, Sky class had the opportunity to ask the staff about their job, their experiences, and learn a little more about Italian culture. Most importantly, they got to connect with members of the community to grow their knowledge, learn about different job responsibilities, and build relationships with others!
With the IB curriculum, everything comes back full circle. So it was great to see the children reflect back on their learning from our previous unit. Additionally, they were able to understand that everyone has their own role and responsibility in their community. Thank you so much, Sky class, for an enjoyable experience!
This event is open to not only CGK students and families but also external students and their families!
Date and Time: Sunday October 29 10:00 - 11:00
Location: Katase Higashihama Beach (片瀬東浜海水浴場) https://www.fujisawa-kanko.jp/spot/katase_kugenuma/11.html *Meeting / Dismissal at the beach *At the meeting point, you can identify CGK teachers who wear CGK`s light blue T-shirts. Please refer to the photo.
Clothing: Comfortable attire for ease of movement.
Things to bring: Work gloves or tongs (Trash bags will be provided. We will have tongs but only a limited amount.)
How to register (for external participants): 1. Add CGK official LINE account as friend 2. Please send your full name and the number of participants to LINE chat by 12:00 PM on the October 27th. *We will announce cancellation due to rainy weather and you may communicate us on LINE in case of emergency.
Participation Requests: - The event will be cancelled if rains. The cancellation notice will be made at 3:00 PM on the October 27th. - Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Unaccompanied children are not allowed to participate. - Please make your own transportation arrangements to and from the beach. Please join us with your family and friends. We hope to make this an enjoyable event not only by cleaning up Katase Higashihama Beach, but also by enjoying the company of others at the beachside.
Today`s snack at CGK Preschool was "Bashamichi Aisukurin Fresh Bread(馬車道あいすくりん生食パン)" from Bashamichi Glaneuses (@bashamichi.glaneuses), a sponsor of CGK School Festival. The students were so happy to eat it and said "Yummy!"
On our LINE Official Account, we are providing various up-to-date information on CGK. Please follow us! If you have any questions or queries about the school, please feel free to contact us via chat on the LINE Official Account.
CGK Elementary School actively incorporates field trips, with each class taking various modes of transportation, such as school buses and trains, every month. In the first semester, three classes had 13 field trips. Some of the field trips are deeply related to the IB and the daily curriculum, while others are inspired by the children`s own interests, making them both fun and educational. Please take a look at the examples of field trips on our website.
●Mitsuzawa Park Picnic - School Bus ●Hamagin Space Science Center - School Bus ●Kanagawa Plaza for Global Citizenship (Earth Plaza) - School Bus ●Yokohama Customs Museum - School Bus ●Ōmori Furusato-no-Hamabe Park - Train ●teamLab Planets TOKYO - School Bus ●Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse - Walk ●Miraikan - The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation - School Bus ●Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum - Henri Matisse: The Path to Color - Train ●Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History - Walk ●Children’s Nature Park (Oike Park) - School Bus ●Field Athletics Yokohama Tsukushino Course - School Bus
(日本語は後で) CGK Elementary School offers Summer Lab as a program during the summer vacation! During the second week of summer vacation, students enjoyed five days of ""Dinosaur"" summer lab!
<Day 1> The week started with us researching what dinosaurs are. We also started creating our information book filled with the knowledge we had learned through the day.
<Day 2> On this day, the students researched about what the dinosaurs ate. They learned about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores and what the biggest and smallest dinosaurs were.
<Day 3> On this day, the students researched about the extinction event that wiped out most of the dinosaurs. They learned that 66 million years ago a massive asteroid struck the Earth and caused mass devastation to the planet.
<Day 4> On this day, the student researched about fossils and had a great time digging up some fossil remains! They also had fun putting together their dinosaur skeletons.
<Day 5> On our final day, students research about the dinosaurs that survived the extinction event - birds! We also had a fantastic time at the dinosaur show at Kannai Hall.
All-in-all it was a fun and informative week in the CGK Dinosaur Summer Lab!