Upper School

Welcome to OYIS

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Osaka YMCA International School (OYIS) is a candidate school* for the DP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students. * Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

A warm welcome from OYIS. Starting from 2020 we aim to provide our community with an outstanding educational experience built around the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. At present, we are a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). We are also in the process of transitioning to a more international model of education in our Middle School Programme (MYP). Once accredited, we will offer the only K-12 three programme IB school experience within the city of Osaka.

This is an exciting time for all of us. With outstanding growth at OYIS the YMCA feels empowered to build a creative, innovative and dynamic high school. Our intention is to offer a unique inquiry based experience for our students. Building from the IB framework and the expertise of our multinational and multi-talented faculty we will provide extraordinary quality and value to our students and families. Additionally, we will remain true to the traditional YMCA values of youth leadership and community engagement. As a globally minded organization we will strive to connect our students to both the local community and larger globe.

Please come and see what all the excitement is about!

Passport to a World-Class Education

OYIS is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.

The Diploma Programme (DP)

The Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay.

Through the Diploma Programme (DP) core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.

Assessment and exams

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) assesses student work as direct evidence of achievement against the stated goals of the Diploma Programme (DP) courses.

Read about assessment and exams.

There is information on getting results, including information on how to request that an exam is remarked.

OYIS Timeline

Here is our latest school development timeline. Key highlights include the opening of our facility in 2020 and anticipated IBDP authorization in 2021. Please note that IB authorization dates are estimates and may be subject to change.


Monique Palmer joined as MSP Coordinator.



OYIS is awarded Diploma candidate status



Jamie Riddalls joins as Diploma Coordinator



Transition to an internationally recognised education model in MSP



New facility opens for Grade 9 and 10



IBDP Authorization expected



IBDP Starts with first Grade 11 class



2023 First IBDP Graduation


Meet the Staff

Contact OYIS

Osaka YMCA 9F, 1-5-6, Tosabori, Nishi-ku, Osaka, Japan, 550-0001


Phone: 81 (0)6-7669-1222
Fax: +81 (0)6-7669-1250
Email: [email protected]

Office Hours

8:30 am – 5:30 pm Japan Standard Time
Monday – Saturday

*OYIS Location from September 2020*

Now accepting student applications.

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