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Welcome to the Osaka YMCA International School website! 

Since our foundation in 2001, OYIS remains the only WASC accredited international school in the City of Osaka. With the support of Osaka City Government and the Osaka YMCA, OYIS strives to be a leading provider of international education for the citizens and residents of Osaka and its environs.

In June 2012 OYIS was granted ‘IB World School’ status offering the Primary Years Programme from Preschool to Grade 5. IB World Schools are schools that share a common philosophy - a commitment to a high quality, challenging, international education that OYIS believes is important for our students. As an IB World School, OYIS has also become a member of the East Asia Association of International Baccalaureate School Heads (EAAIBSH).

In August 2012 OYIS was conferred with Gakko Hojin (School Foundation) status by the Osaka Prefectural Government Private Schools Division. This status confers legal recognition of our school under Japanese law and enables OYIS to receive a per capita student grant and enjoy a tax discount, as well as allowing our students to avail of discounted public transportation.  Furthermore, OYIS has now been placed on the US State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools’ list of recommended schools in Kansai. Further details are available from the American Consulate in Osaka.

In July 2013 OYIS was granted a new accreditation term of six years with a mid-term revisit by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This very welcome news endorses the programmes offered at OYIS through to June 2019 and is the result of very thorough preparation by the school community in preparing the Self-Study Report and an exhaustive examination of all aspects of school life by the WASC Visiting Committee. WASC accreditation is important for OYIS as it marks our school as a place where the students undergo a quality educational programme and make progress in achieving the attributes of the Learner Profile.


In keeping with the overall YMCA philosophy of ‘Caring; Honesty; Respect; and Responsibility’ and in line with our Core Beliefs, OYIS provides a rigorous, challenging and developmentally appropriate educational experience for all our students that aims to develop internationally-minded global citizens. Our Preschool to Grade 8 student body, housed in a modern facility, led by a team of dedicated and qualified teachers, and supported by their parents, actively engages in life-long learning in a school environment, which in the words of our school motto, is a place ‘where learning comes to life.’

I invite you to browse through the pages of this website to experience something of the uniqueness of OYIS and to visit us at our Nakatsu campus.

John Murphy


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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.

WASC Mid-Cycle Report April 2016

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