Why Saint Maur?

Established in 1872, as innovators of international education in Japan, the school continues to meet the needs of children (co-educational, 2½ years to Grade 12) from the multi-cultural, multi-faith international community.

About us

A Caring, Family Environment

Since 1872, Saint Maur has functioned as a school community where moral values govern all that we do to help students, parents and staff reach their full potential.

We support each member of our school community, and students receive unparalleled care in a safe, supportive, and diverse learning environment.

Preparing Students for Life

One of the most valuable benefits of a Saint Maur education is preparation for the future. Students are provided with a balanced, quality academic and extracurricular program which to date has resulted in a 100% matriculation rate into four-year universities and colleges.


Saint Maur International School, the oldest existing international school in Japan and Asia, is recognized as being the pioneer of international education in Japan.

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Our campus is a place if growth and expression. It is located in one of Yokohama's most historically rich areas, and it serves as a hub for our extended community.

Our Values

Traditional Values

For almost 150 years, strong character and moral citizenship have been emphasized in all areas of school life at Saint Maur. We believe that our Student Behavior Profile, Essential Outcomes and Restorative Practice are important guiding principles throughout the development of our students. A Saint Maur student works morally and cooperatively with all people, and assumes the responsibility required to combat social injustice.

Multifaith and Multinational

We prepare students from over 40 countries to be global citizens through dynamic, international curricula. As a Catholic foundation, Saint Maur functions as a community that respects and values cultural and religious difference. The cultural diversity inherent in our school is one of our strengths, and students develop the knowledge, skills, and internationally-minded approach necessary to contribute productively to an increasingly interdependent global society.

Progressive in Education

Although the school remains traditional in values, it is progressive in educational innovation. Saint Maur has continuously been among the first schools in Japan, Asia, and the world to adopt and develop the Montessori system, the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) program, and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Saint Maur is a Catholic founded school where moral values govern all that we do to help students, parents and staff reach their full potential. Respect is given to each member of our multi-faith, multi-national school community. We do not pressure students to convert to Catholicism or Christianity. Catholic students are prepared for First Communion and Confirmation separately, at the request of their parents.