Ferris Girls’ Junior & Senior High School is located in
Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Ours is the first girls’ school in Japan to have been founded by missionaries.
Our school’s curriculum is based on the teachings of Christianity,
which is reflected in our school motto, “For Others.”


“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
(Philippians 2:4)


Our school was founded in 1870 by Mary Eddy Kidder, an American missionary, on a hill in the Yamate area of Yokohama, where it is still located to this day. Kidder named the school “Ferris Seminary” after Isaac Ferris and his son John, both of whom served as secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions for the Reformed Church in America and provided generous support for the school’s foundation.

Christianity was banned in Japan at the time, which had only just opened its doors to the outside world. Nevertheless, Kidder came to Japan filled with the determination to make a difference. Kidder was later known as “BRAVE OF PIONEER” in recognition of her pioneering spirit. Her free and dedicated spirit continues to live on in the school today.

In 2020, our school celebrated its 150th anniversary. Throughout our history, we have sent free and independent girls out into the world who live according to the spirit of For Others. And we will continue to nurture individuals who live for the sake of others.

Educational Policies

Be a Brave Pioneer

In 1870, Mary Eddy Kidder, a female American missionary, began the first girls’ education in Japan in Yokohama, not long after the opening of the port.
Her strong desire was serving girls who had not been blessed with educational opportunities.
Mary Eddy Kidder laid the foundation for modern Japanese girls' education. Later, she was called "a Brave Pioneer".

While inheriting the attitude and unwavering tradition of our founder who was full of courage and unwavering dedication, we look forward to a new era.
We will conduct all our educational activities with the goal of cultivating the following abilities in our students.

  1. The ability to seek peace and pave the way to make it a reality, step by step
  2. As a free person, polish the gifts we have been given and use them for the betterment of others
  3. To think and learn for yourself with joy throughout your life
  4. To acquire scientific thinking with a global perspective, and to collaborate with others to create a great future