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Kansai International Academy Introduction

Education at Kansai International Academy is an immersion program aimed to foster “Japanese with a global vision”.

We value not only the ability to speak English, but to communicate effectively.

We also teach the Japanese language and culture with much emphasis, in order to cultivate their Japanese identity which is imperative in succeeding as a global citizen.

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Kansai International School Special Programs

Violin, Piano
Chinese, French
Cram School
Top teachers from Hama Gakuen
Karate Lessons
with former world champion

Within Kansai International Academy, we have two Kansai International Schools and five Sakura International Schools, making it seven schools altogether. There is a slight difference in course content.
Difference between Kansai International School and Sakura International School

From Kumiko Nakamura, School President

From Kumiko Nakamura, School President

Our job is to foster children who can thrive in our modern day global society, while still maintaining their Japanese identity.

We now live in a world of information and without borders. The status of the English language is changing from a language spoken in many countries into a vital communication tool. Japan has begun teaching English in public schools from grade five in elementary schools. There are still many obstacles, such as finding suitable teachers, but it is a welcome progress to see Japan finally implement English learning in elementary schools. Many countries outside of Japan study English along with their mother-tongues from a very young age, and some countries even place English learning as a national project of highest priority.

Foreign language learning, including English, is most effective during a child’s early development stage. Today we see many English language schools around the city, but there is a lack of teachers trained in teaching English as a second language to children, leading to an increase in teachers who apply grossly simplistic methods of teaching. As a result, we have children who can speak English but are incompetent in Japanese, children who acquire only a mediocre level of both English and Japanese, children who are rebuked by their parents for not speaking English at home despite attending English language school, and children who can speak English but cannot cope with the internationally high standards of Japanese public education.

Because we are conscious that our children are at a critical development stage, we support our children’s English learning with a lot of care and thought, but also see it as the best window of opportunity for them to learn English. We use English as the main medium of communication within Kansai International Academy, but we also place a lot of value on the Japanese language. We teach our children the importance of their Japanese cultural heritage, while also teaching them the importance of English as a communication tool,as we work to create a global understanding in our children. Our foreign children are also required to learn Japanese culture in the same way.

Children do not simply learn the English language at our school. They learn about the environment, music, physical education, mathematics and other disciplines at a higher level than what children of the same age would usually learn. We maintain a strong line of communication with parents as well, in order to create a student centered learning environment.

Kansai International Academy has 12 international schools throughout Osaka (Tennoji, Higashi-osaka, Hirakata), Kyoto (Kyoto), Hyogo (Ashiya, Akashi, Himeji), Tokyo(Bunkyo,Chiyoda,Azabu).
We have a strongly interconnected system of Early Learning Center, Kindergarten and Elementary School as our foundation. We aim to nurture children who will thrive in our global society (become global leaders) through our education in English and also a strong focus on Japanese. We also offer French and Chinese as electives within our multilingual program. As for English, we aim to have 100% of our students pass the Grade 2 Eiken (the national English Proficiency Examination) before graduating our elementary school. We have had great success along the way.
Kansai International School Kobe campus is registered as an associate venue for the English Proficiency Examination as well as the national Kanji Examination.

【Kansai International Academy】
 ・Kansai International School
   Higashi Osaka Campus, Ashiya Campus
 ・Sakura International School
   Kyoto Campus, Hirakata Campus, Akashi Campus, Himeji Campus, Tennoji Campus, Kobe Campus, Bunkyo Campus, Chiyoda Campus, Azabu Campus
   Early Learning Center, Kindergarten, Elementary School, Junior High School