Department of Defense Education Activity

Welcome to Iwakuni Elementary School!

Iwakuni Elementary School is a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school located on Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, located in Iwakuni, Japan.

Iwakuni Elementary School serves students in grades 3 through 5, and opened with an enrollment of approximately 270 students. The school opened for the 2017-2018 school year on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 – and held an official ribbon cutting on Monday, October 2nd, 2017.

Iwakuni Elementary, along with its sister schools, MC Perry Elementary, Iwakuni Middle School, and MC Perry High School serve children of military and civilian parents who have been stationed at MCAS Iwakuni.

wide shot of the front of IWES building

Description of Iwakuni Area

During the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Iwakuni ES student R.M. gave the following description of the Iwakuni area.

"Iwakuni Elementary is named after the mid-sized city Iwakuni, in the Yamaguchi prefecture, and located on the United States military base. Iwakuni is known for its famous Kintai Bridge, the reconstructed Iwakuni Castle, cormorant fishing, and its white snakes. The Kintai Bridge is known as one of the most famous bridges in Japan, first built without nails or bolts and beautiful wooden arches! The Iwakuni Castle can be seen peering out above the bridge, and the 1,300 year old traditional cormorant fishing can be seen down below the bridge on the Nishiki River. There is also a White Snake museum nearby where the albino snake with red eyes and white scales can be visited. The White Snake is believed to be a natural treasure by the Japanese government. They are thought to be good luck as they are messengers from Benten, the goddess of wealth. This is why we have the White Snakes as our mascot."

royalty free image of Kintai Bridge, Iwakuni, Japan

royalty free image of Iwakuni Castle

Iwakuni ES Mascot - right click to download lo-res png - click to go to home page

Iwakuni ES

Grades: 3 - 5

Enrollment: 329

Iwakuni ES Purpose Statement

The Purpose of our school is to empower students to achieve excellence in scholarship, character, and citizenship through collaborative and independent lifelong learning in a global community.

Student Friendly Purpose Statement

I can help others

We will challenge each other 

Always persevering in our character goals 

Kindness always counts 

Understanding and accepting our differences 

Never give up on achieving your dreams 

Inspiration comes from within!

Mascot: White Snake

Motto: “Producing Life-Long Learners”

Available Mascot Downloads
Iwakuni ES Colors

Primary Color: #002969

Secondary Color: #bb002d


  • The Implementation of the DoDEA Pacific Framework’s Classroom Environment to foster student mastery of College and Career Readiness Standards.
  • By the end of School Year 2020-21, each grade level will increase reading proficiency by at least 3% points or 3 standard deviation points as measured by the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI).


CSI Leadership Meeting Schedule

Leadership Team Meets 15:00 on the Third Tuesday Monthly During the School Year

Accreditation and Awards

IWES is accredited with Cognia. 


Iwakuni ES

School Address
PSC 561 Box 1874
MCAS Iwakuni
FPO, AP 96310-0019
Iwakuni, Japan
Phone: 0827-79-3164/3168
Fax: 0827-79-6980
DSN Phone: 315-253-3164/3168
DSN Fax: 315-253-6980
From US: 011-81-827-79-3164/3168
From the US Fax: 011-81-827-79-6980