What is CIS?

CIS (Council of International Schools) is a global accredited education organization that over 730 schools and 610 universities in 116 countries join.
Students aged 18 or above who completed a 12-year course are qualified to take university entrance exams for universities in Japan as with Japanese high school graduates in addition to exams for major universities abroad.

Why KIA chooses CIS Accreditation

KIA chooses CIS Accreditation is a means of legitimation, especially as we are not required to adhere to any national standards.
As a membership and accreditation organization, CIS evaluates all aspects of school life, educationally and operationally. Each aspect of school life is evaluated as part of international accreditation (Th school Guiding statement, governance, curriculum, learning, staffing, premises, facilities, technology, relationship with parents and community) to help the community see the whole school clearly and understand the impact on students.

The four drivers of CIS comprehensive accreditation process tells how effectively a school

  1. fulfills its stated purpose and direction;
  2. ensures effective student learning;
  3. fosters student well-being; and
  4. develops global citizenship.

The organization that assesses and accredits school itself

CIS accredits “school itself”, not “curriculum”. CIS verifies the school on a 5-year cycle and encourages them to improve as education institutions over the medium to long term. CIS verifies “whole school” in accordance with audit details including:

  • Management Solution (School governance)
  • Curriculum of education
  • Educator license ( Teaching license)
  • Accounting and financial condition, etc.

CIS may consider it’s not good for students and give the school advice to ensure the consistency with the curriculum if the school’s curriculum is far from or take different approach from education ideal. CIS is an institution that evaluates and accredits that whole school provide students appropriate education.

Benefit for students and parents

CIS evaluates accredited schools themselves strictly and accredits that they meet with international standards. CIS intermittently and continuously provides necessary guidance to schools.

  1. CIS accredited schools promise to continuously provide students high-quality international education which develops students who have the minds of global citizenship.
    What is global citizenship?
    People who try to realize a society where people overcome differences relating to race, nationality, thought, history, culture, religion, etc., and are respected as a person regardless of the background.
  2. Students educated in CIS accredited schools are qualified to take domestic and overseas university entrance exams.
  3. Students educated in CIS accredited school are be able to get appropriate support for going to university.
    There are over 625 CIS accredited schools (universities) representing 26 countries around the world including in Japan, Asia, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Information relating to guidance and counseling with universities that meet students’ needs can be provided from those universities. In addition, it ensures a network with consultants with expertise in guidance on all sorts of educational options around the world.
  4. The awards to praise the achievement are given to students for excellence from CIS accredited schools around the world.
  5. Safeguarding students’ safety
    It’s essential for staff enrolled in CIS accredited schools to undergo a strict background check including a criminal back ground check. CIS continuously conduct strict investigations to create a safe and secure environment for children and minors.

Round Square

As a candidate school of Round Square, KIA can offer students additional opportunities for learning and personal development through international travel, adventure, service projects, conferences, and school exchanges. Round Square is an international network of 200 schools worldwide, all focused to encourage students’ personal and academic development both in and beyond the classroom. Round Square promotes six IDEALS of global citizenship: International Understanding, Democracy, Environmental Awareness, Adventure, Leadership, and Service.

Please see the website (https://www.roundsquare.org/) for more details about Round Square.

Six pillars of Round Square







International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an international educational organization established in Switzerland to provide a uniform, high quality educational curriculum across countries and regions, and currently has over 4,100 accredited schools around the world.

The IB’s Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) (as well as the IB Career-related Programme (CP)) can only be offered by schools accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

IB Primary Years Programme

Kansai International Academy Kobe Campus has been accredited by the International Baccalaureate (IB) since April 2015, and is the only school that offers the PYP (Primary Years Programme) in Japanese and English(ages 3-12).

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme is a program of study for children aged 3 to 12 years old to acquire skills and concepts based on the IB philosophy. In inquiry learning, which is the foundation of IB education, students think, research, and discover new knowledge and concepts through a variety of experiences.The students will not only be taught one way by their teachers, but they will also learn beyond the subject boundaries and solve problems by utilizing their knowledge and skills.

In the process, they develop the knowledge, skills, concepts, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to live in the 21st century.

IB Diploma Programme

Kansai International Academy is an authorized IB world school for the Diploma Programme since January 2020. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.