Welcome from the Headmistress and the Deputy Head

Our theme for this 2022-2023 school year is 
'Our Differences Are Our Strength'. 

Believe. Learn. Share. Connect. Grow. This is the short-hand way we express our five Sacred Heart Goals which unite us with schools across the globe. We address the whole person as we partner with our families for the wellbeing of each student. The outstanding academic preparation at our international school is proven over and over as our students transition to university and often to post-graduate programs. The arts, athletics, service projects, social/emotional training, class excursions and our 'Values' classes are critical to the healthy development of well-adjusted globally minded citizens - and continue to be a hallmark of this and all Sacred Heart schools. 

With students from 40+ countries and faculty from 21 countries all embracing Sacred Heart values, we experience each day that our different experiences, cultures, foods, languages, and world views strengthen us in significant ways. And, not just our students and faculty. Current and past families count on the consistently warm and loving way our philosophy is manifest. The school and its staff provide a warm, loving, and caring atmosphere for our students. 

The International School of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo was founded in 1908. Since 2008 the Headmistress has been Yvonne Hayes, and in Summer 2023 our current Deputy Head Anne Wachter, RSCJ will become Head of School. Sr. Wachter recently completed a 10-year headship in Canada at the Sacred Heart School of Halifax (PreK-12). With prior Sacred Heart experiences in the USA as a student, high school math teacher, middle school dean, boarding school director, and head of Convent of the Sacred Heart elementary school in San Francisco - her Sacred Heart roots run deep. 

In Tokyo, the caring atmosphere for our students will continue. We are an English speaking school for girls from Grade 1 through Grade 12, and we have a co-educational Kindergarten for three to five years olds. Our purpose is to serve the English speaking community. Our school is CIS and WASC accredited and our international program is based primarily on curricula from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. 

It is our personal and our deep belief that the education we offer at the International School of the Sacred Heart will enable our students to become citizens of the world in transforming our society to bring about peace. We invite you to discover what it means to be part of our Sacred Heart family. Contact us, take a tour and experience the Sacred Heart difference.

Yvonne Hayes, Headmistress
Anne Wachter, RSCJ, Deputy Head