Kumamoto International School (KIS) is located in Kumamoto, on the Island of Kyushu, in western Japan. We have both a primary school and preschool division. Our preschool division, Picasso, opened 19 years ago, and KIS opened 4 years ago. At the primary school, we are a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP).
Built around one of the 3 most famous castles in all of Japan, Kumamoto boasts one of the highest qualities of life anywhere in in the country: the air and water are clean, the weather beautiful (300+ days of sunshine / year), and there is easy access to abundant and pristine nature. If you love nature and the outdoors, you’ll love Kumamoto. In addition, the active volcano Mt. Aso is only an hour away, and Osaka is only 3 hours away via a direct bullet train: weekend getaways are easily arranged. Thanks to the numerous farmers in Kumamoto prefecture, fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat are also easy to come by and cheap: 1/2 the price in Tokyo!
Successful applicants must be positive, energetic, hard-working, love children, enjoy being part of a team, and committed to continual growth as a person and as a teacher. Although all instruction is in English, the majority of our students are Japanese, and as such, respect for Japanese culture and manners is very important.
We currently have a total of 25 staff between our preschool and primary school divisions. Our goal is to find great staff and build a great team. Our philosophy: we don’t teach people to be nice and work hard; we hire hard-working, nice people. Our longest-serving Japanese staff have been with us for 15 years, and several other teachers have been with us for more than 10 years. We place a high priority on staff cohesion and cooperation, and there is always someone there to help as necessary. You will never be treated as, or feel like, a cog in a large organization.
Our school is a very positive, bright, high-energy environment. Only teachers who want to be part of, and will actively contribute to, such an environment, should apply! If that’s you, you’ll love it here!