Osaka YMCA
International School


Parents naturally seek a quality education for their children. Expatriate parents in particular face an unfamiliar environment which may offer few guidelines on how best to select the most appropriate school for their child’s needs.

Accreditation validates that a school meets high standards of institutional quality through an ongoing, independent, objective process of peer review. It recognizes the quality of the evaluated school, reassures parents, teachers, universities, and governments that the school provides a high quality learning experience, and results in sustained school improvement and a road map for transformation.   

OYIS is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, WASC (Western Association for Schools and Colleges). ACS WASC accreditation is an ongoing cycle of quality whereby schools demonstrate the capacity, commitment, and competence to support high-quality student learning and ongoing school improvement. The ACS WASC Focus on Learning protocol guides schools into an ongoing improvement process that includes implementation, assessment, and refinement of the schoolwide action plan on an annual basis. Appropriate reports and reviews throughout the cycle of accreditation support this process. ACS WASC works closely with the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) in the East Asia region.

OYIS is accredited by the International Baccalaureate for the Primary Years Programme (PYP), for the Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the Diploma Programme (DP).

The IB is the most respected and widely-followed academic program in the international school world, and it has become increasingly popular in many national education systems, with more than 5,000 schools worldwide offering IB programs. As such, it is well suited to meet the needs of our internationally-minded and globally mobile community.

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