Kumamoto International School (KIS) is located in Kumamoto, on the Island of Kyushu, in western Japan. Built around one of the 3 most famous castles in all of Japan, Kumamoto boasts one of the highest quality 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.
Our preschool division, Picasso, opened 18 years ago, and our primary school opened 3 years ago. The primary school is currently a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP), and our accreditation visit to become an IB World School is scheduled for February, 2021.
We currently have a total of 22 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.
In the primary school, we are adding grade levels each year as our first students advance (in 2021, we will have grade 1 – 4), and we will open a junior high school in 2024 and a high school in 2027. Thus, there is significant potential for teachers to take on additional responsibility and advance as the school grows.
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!