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About OYIS

About Osaka YMCA International School

Since 1882, Osaka YMCA has been a trailblazer in internationalization and education. Its first English language schools and university preparatory courses became a model for an entire industry of after school education in Japan. Today, Osaka YMCA has a wide variety of operations, and it is the main provider of international education in Osaka, Japan.

Osaka YMCA International School (OYIS) is an English-based, private international school, offering preschool to grade 9. The school year starts at the beginning of September and goes to the beginning of July–a fall-spring calendar. OYIS began operations in 2001 and received gakko hojin (private school) status from the Osaka prefectural government in 2012. We are in the process of creating a high school program that will include the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP) and will lead to grade 12 graduation. We will add grade 10 from September 2020 and add a grade every year after that. We have expert program designers working on it now. OYIS is currently accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) and by the US-based Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Mission Statement

At Osaka YMCA International School, students actively develop knowledge, skills and international mindedness through student-centered, inquiry-based education. Our programs are designed to empower students to achieve personal success while compassionately contributing to their local communities and a more peaceful world.

Vision Statement

Our immediate focus is to develop a unique school culture, curriculum and facility. We strive to have a community that is noticeably warm, welcoming, passionate and professional.

Educational Purpose

Through the activities of our Osaka YMCA international schools, we strive to create bright and loving communities that cooperate, foster hope and live peacefully within society. We desire that all people will discover meaning and purpose in life and enjoy activities and continued learning. While cooperating with families and communities, our goal is to aid in the development of children, who are our future. We aim to raise children who understand the preciousness of life, and we will work to help people live harmoniously with nature and one another. We will educate people to work together to find fair and peaceful solutions to environmental, human rights and poverty issues–people who understand the value of assisting others in times of need.

IB Approaches to Teaching & Learning

Teachers will teach using the following methods:

  • Teaching through inquiry
  • Teaching through concepts
  • Teaching developed in local and global contexts
  • Teaching focused on effective teamwork and collaboration
  • Teaching differentiated to meet the needs of all learners
  • Teaching informed by assessment

Student learning will focus on skill development in the following areas:

1. Thinking skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Learning transfer

2. Communication skills

3. Social skills

4. Self-management skills

  • Organisation
  • Affective intelligence
  • Reflection

5. Research skills

  • Information literacy
  • Media literacy

IB Learner Profile

OYIS is committed to the development of the mind, body, and spirit of the whole child. We foster critical thinking, value relationships and strive towards wellness. This is demonstrated through the IB Learner Profile.

We strive to be:

    • Inquirers
    • Knowledgeable
    • Thinkers
    • Communicators
    • Principled
    • Open-minded
    • Caring
    • Risk-takers
    • Balanced
    • Reflective

Research School Status

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Osaka YMCA schools–including OYIS–have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education (UC/WSE) in Canada. This agreement officially establishes OYIS as a Partner Research School with UC/WSE. This gives OYIS access to top educational researchers. Together, we continuously examine and improve the school’s teaching and learning. Our goal is to distinguish all Osaka YMCA schools as top schools for international education and teacher training in the Kansai region of Japan. Through ongoing professional learning, our teachers continuously achieve higher levels of excellence.

Now accepting applications.

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