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Hi! My name is Dr. John Botting. I am the principal of Osaka YMCA International School (OYIS). I have a doctorate in education, and I have worked in international education since 2000. It is a great privilege for me to be a member of the team at OYIS. We have great people working here, and we have great partners!

OYIS is part of Osaka YMCA Schools Division, which has many different education programs at different sites. Among international schools in the Kansai region, OYIS is unique because it is a part of a famous global network--the YMCA. Our parent organization, Osaka YMCA, has a long history of helping people in Japan throughout their lifecycles--from nurseries to nursing homes. We are proud of our Osaka roots. OYIS, then, is more than just a school. It is part of a larger commitment to community and well-being. The ideas of helping others, active living and connecting to community are a few of the things that we prioritize at OYIS.

From preschool to grade 9, we also prioritize inquiry-based, student-driven learning. Our many teachers and staff are specially trained to offer this type of education, and we work closely with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)--two important accrediting bodies--to make sure that our educational standards and practices are high quality. The result is students who know how to think, act and relate to one another in ways that are caring, creative and responsible. It is surprising how impressive our young students become after a few years of this type of education! They acquire the seasoned qualities of caring, intelligent leaders who know how to find answers and collaborate to solve complex problems. At the same time, they learn all of the normal things that a child would learn at school: math, science, music, art, humanities, etc.

Whether you are a parent looking for an international school for your child or someone considering working with us, we believe OYIS has what you need. We welcome your questions.

Telephone: +81 (0)6 6345-1661

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(Note: For general inquiries, we do not accept unsolicited services or sales offers. For people seeking employment, it is important that you inquire about or apply to specific postings. We do not accept applications for non-existent positions.)

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OYIS is to be commended for creating a dynamic school climate that parents and students are eager to be a part of.

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