The Osaka YMCA International School is the first and only International School in Osaka City and is supported both by the YMCA and Osaka City Hall. It was founded in September 2001 and has a student body of approximately 75.
Our students come from a variety of countries, including Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan and Sri Lanka. The school is composed of three divisions: Pre-School, Elementary (Kindergarten Grade 6) and Junior High. The mission of the school is to provide for the educational needs of students who have a demonstrated need for an English-based, international education. The teaching staff is suitably qualified and hails from countries such as the U.S.A., Canada, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.
Small class sizes foster direct teacher-student relationships, whereby faculty can respond to individual needs and concerns. The school employs a well-rounded, Western style, English language based curriculum, following the Ontario model in the main, focusing on developing the mind, body and spirit of the students based on the basic values of the YMCA. Areas studied include Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art & Crafts, Music, Physical Education and Japanese.
The curriculum is enriched by regular field trips to areas of educational interest in the locality and further afield. Character development encompassing “The Six Pillars of Character” is central to the school’s educational philosophy. Good health, sound spiritual ideals, visionary thinking, and the virtues of perseverance and faith are the values of Osaka YMCA International School students.