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Welcome to Mendel Elementary School

Joan K. Mendel Elementary School has students in grades Sure Start, PSCD (Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities) to Grade 5 with an enrollment of approximately 500 students.

The staff includes over sixty well-trained professionals teaching academics, special education and such specialties as art, music, physical education, ESL (English as a Second Language), Gifted education and Japanese culture.

A school nurse, two counselors, a trained school psychologist, and two speech pathologists are also available to attend to student needs. Joan K. Mendel Elementary School has developed a learning environment that rivals and exceeds the standards set by most U.S. schools.

To ensure these high standards, the school maintains accreditation with the North Central Association Commission on School Improvement (NCA CASI) and its parent organization, AdvancED.


About Joan K Mendel

Joan K Mendel

Joan K Mendel (1931-2006) was an exceptional presence in the Yokota educational community for 34 years. When she wasn’t teaching she could be found rescuing stray animals and surrounding herself with the loving faces of the children of Aiji-no-Ie Orphanage.

In 1973 when Yokota East Elementary school opened, Ms. Mendel was one of the first teachers on staff at the school.

Although she never had children of her own, she served as a parent, mentor, and friend to hundreds of children here in Japan. Ms. Mendel volunteered her time at the Aiji-no-Ie Orphanage in Tokyo. She handled collections of clothing, food, and supplies. Ms. Mendel also started a sponsorship program between Yokota East Elementary and the orphanage which continues today.

She was a compassionate person, an exceptional teacher, and a wonderful friend. Ms. Mendel made such an impact on her fellow colleagues and community that it only seemed right to dedicate the school in her name and honor her legacy. When you visit Mendel elementary school, take a look around and you are sure to see Ms. Mendel and the dreams she left behind becoming a reality.


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Off Base Dialing Instructions

  • DSN: 225-5503
  • Off Base in Japan: 042-552-2511 ext. 5-5503
  • From USA: 011-81-3117-55-5503



  • DSN: 225-5502
  • From USA: 011-81-3117-55-5502
  • Off base in Japan: 042-552-2511-5-5502
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Mendel ES

Grades: SS - 5

Enrollment: 538

Our Mission

Educate, Engage, and Empower military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world.

Our Vision

Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere.

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Mendel ES Colors

Primary Color: #eb1d24

Secondary Color: #010101

School Improvement Goals

Goal 1: Reading Comprehension

All students will improve in Reading Comprehension.

Goal 2: Mathematics

All students will increase achievement in Mathematics.

Goal 3: 

All teachers will participate in Focused Collaboration.


CSI Leadership Meeting Schedule

Leadership Team meets monthly during the school year. 1st Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m. 


Accreditation and Awards

Joan K Mendel ES is accredited by Cognia. 

Joan K. Mendel Purpose

Empowering students to succeed as life-long learners.

Joan K. Mendel Values

  • M - Manners
  • E - Excellence in all we do
  • N - Never Give Up
  • D - Disciplined
  • E - Express Creativity
  • L - Life-Long Learners

Mendel ES

School Address
Unit 5072
Yokota AB
APO, AP 96328-5072
Yokota, Japan
Phone: 042-552-2510 Ext. 55503/5504
Fax: 042-552-2510 Ext. 55502
DSN Phone: 315-225-5503/5504
DSN Fax: 315-225-5502
From US: 011-81-3117-55-5503/5504
From the US Fax: 011-81-3117-55-5502