International School of the Sacred Heart

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International School of the Sacred Heart (ISSH)
Hiroo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
Established 1908
Headteacher Yvonne Hayes
Staff (Office and Support) 30
Faculty 80
Grades K-12
Enrollment 480
Color(s) Blue and White
Athletics Volleyball, Basketball, Track & Field, Cross Country, Tennis, Soccer, Netball
Mascot Symba
Accreditation WASC & JCIS
Newspaper The International
Principal of Kindergarten/Junior School Una O'Neill
Principal of Middle School Margaret Griffiths
Principal of High School Charmaine Young

International School of the Sacred Heart (ISSH) is a Kindergarten(co-ed)- Grades 1-12(all girls) school in Tokyo, Japan, founded in 1908. As part of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools it is affiliated with schools and institutions in 44 countries.[1] The International School of the Sacred Heart (ISSH) is a multicultural Catholic school. Kindergarten classes for 3, 4 and 5 year olds are for boys and girls, while grades 1-12 are for girls only. ISSH is located in Hiroo, Tokyo and was founded in 1908, belonging to a worldwide network of the Schools of the Sacred Heart.[2]


The International School of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo is one of an international group of schools and colleges under the direction of the religious Society of the Sacred Heart.

The Society of the Sacred Heart was founded in Amiens, France on November 21, 1800, by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat to meet the needs of a particular form of education for girls in a changing world.


The curriculum is drawn from International curricula and provides programs such as the Advanced Placement and English as a second language (ESL).

Instruction at the school is in English, Languages including French and Japanese are offered. The testing program includes the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, the SAT, and the International Schools Assessment.

The activities program includes athletics, drama, music, as well as competition in sports, intellectual and artistic fields, mainly in the Kanto Plains Association of Schools.

Kindergarten and Junior School (Kindergarten-Grade 4)[edit]

The curriculum in the Kindergarten and Junior School (KG/JS) includes an integrated balanced literacy language arts program, (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), mathematics, science and social studies that are integrated through the International Primary Curriculum.

Middle School (Grades 5-8)[edit]

All Middle School students study English, mathematics, science, social studies, art, drama, foreign languages, music, personal and social education, physical education, pottery, and values. G

High School (Grades 9-12)[edit]

ISSH has a Creative and Performing Arts department as well as an extracurricular program where students can participate in sports, music, and drama. The ISSH diploma is granted to students who have earned a minimum of 22 credits and have successfully fulfilled all of the requirements.

Member organisations[edit]


  1. ^ "Network of Sacred Heart International Schools". Archived from the original (.HTML) on 2007-09-04. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  2. ^ "International School of the Sacred Heart: Celebrating a Century of Learning", page 2. School Brochure, 2008
  3. ^ "CIS Members Directory" (.HTML). Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  4. ^ "East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools Member schools". Archived from the original (.HTML) on 2007-11-22. Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  5. ^ "Sacred Heart Schools". Archived from the original (.HTML) on 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2007-12-11. 

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Coordinates: 35°39′6.7″N 139°43′16.8″E / 35.651861°N 139.721333°E / 35.651861; 139.721333