School Evaluation

Accreditation

OIS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a regional educational accrediting organization recognised by the US Department of Education. We are also authorised to offer the three programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). The documentation here summarises reports related to the accreditation, authorisation and other self-evaluation processes.

We are authorized to offer three programs of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), the Diploma Programme (since 1994), the Middle Years Programme (since 2004), and the Primary Years Programme (since 2004).

The documentation below summarises reports related to recent accreditation, authorization, and other evaluation processes.

I. Strategic Plans

All stakeholders in our community contributed their opinions and ideas during the accreditation and authorization cycle culminating with an accreditation visit in 2013. We are currently completing the aa new strategic plan for 2019-2024, based on the accreditation visit of February 2018.:

  1. 2013-2018_OIS Strategic Plan

II. Interim Reports

WASC requires schools to submit a yearly report highlighting progress made in the school-wide action plan. Below are the last three year's annual interim reports:

  1. 2016 International Interim Report
  2. 2015 International Interim Report
  3. 2014 International Interim Report

III. Major Events

WASC and IB visit schools on a five-year cycle. In anticipation of the last visit in February of 2013, we underwent an 18-month self study. A comprehensive report was published including recommendations from the visiting committee. Below are the 2018 WASC / IB (PYP, MYP, DP) reports. We also completed a substantive change report with WASC after the Kwansei Gakuin Educational Foundation merged with the Senri International School Foundation, and we started our international boarding program, the Global Futures Program:

  1. 2018: IB Synchronized PYP, MYP and DP Evaluation Report (Eng)
  2. 2018: WASC Evaluation Report (Eng)
  3. 2017: Substantive Change Report - 'Global Futures Program' (Eng)
  4. 2013: Substantive Change Report - 'Kwansei Gakuin Foundation' (Eng)

Completion of the OIS 2016-17 evaluation process

The foundation's Evaluation Promotion Committee met on Friday 9 March 2018 approving the findings of the 2016-2017 evaluation process. The documents below summarise the findings:

  1. 2016-2017_a_OIS One year review 日本語概要説明
  2. 2016-2017_b_Head of School Comments on 2017 WASC and IB Accreditation Process
  3. 2016-2017_c_Substantive Change Report
  4. 2016-2017_d_Accrediting Commission for Schools

Completion of the OIS 2015-16 evaluation process

The foundation's Evaluation Promotion Committee met on Friday 10 March 2017 approving the findings of the 2015-2016 evaluation process. The documents below summarise the findings:

  1. 2015-2016_a_OIS One year review 日本語概要説明
  2. 2015-2016_b_Head-of-School-Comments-on-2016 WASC Interim Report
  3. 2015-2016_c_Confirmation of SM ASC WASC Accreditation
  4. 2015-2016_d_WASC Interim Progress Report

Completion of the OIS 2014-15 evaluation process

The foundation's Evaluation Promotion Committee met on Friday 11 March 2016 approving the findings of the 2014-2015 evaluation process. The documents below summarise the findings:

  1. 2014-2015_a_OIS One year review 日本語概要説明
  2. 2014-2015_b_Head-of-School-Comments-on-2015 WASC Interim Report
  3. 2014-2015_c_Confirmation of SM ASC WASC Accreditation
  4. 2014-2015_d_WASC Annual Report

Completion of the OIS 2013-14 evaluation process

The foundation's Evaluation Promotion Committee met on Friday 28 November 2014 approving the findings of the 2013-2014 evaluation process. The documents below summarise the findings:

  1. 2013-2014_a_OIS One year review 日本語概要説明
  2. 2013-2014_b_Head-of-School-Comments-on-the-ACS-WASC-EARCOS-Annual-Interim-Progress-Report
  3. 2013-2014_c_Accrediting Commisssion for Schools
  4. 2013-2014_d_OIS One Year Review Report for WASC

Completion of the OIS 2012-13 evaluation process

The foundation's Evaluation Promotion Committee met on Friday 22 March 2013 approving the findings of the 2012-2013 evaluation process. The documents below summarise the findings:

  1. 2012-2013_Completion of the self evaluation (Eng)
  2. 2012-2013_Completion of the self evaluation (Jp)

Completion of the OIS 2011-12 evaluation process

The foundation's Evaluation Promotion Committee met on Friday 25 May 2012 approving the findings of the 2011-2012 evaluation process. The documents below summarise the findings. In addition, following the foundation merger between the Senri International School Foundation and the Kwansei Gakuin Educational Foundation of April 2010 the school's accrediting body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) requested that we submit a "substantive change report" to outline the governance structure for the school under the umbrella of the Kwansei Gakuin Educational Foundation. Following consultation at the foundation's Evaluation Committee it was agreed that this report would fulfill the guidelines for our internal self-study for the 2011 school year. It will also be included as part of the larger self-study which will combine to meet the requirements for reports to be submitted to WASC  and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) at the beginning of 2012.

  1. 2011-2012_Completion of the self evaluation (Eng)
  2. 2011-2012_Completion of the self evaluation (Jp)
  3. 2011-2012_WASC accreditation letter
  4. 2011-2012_Substantive Change Report

Completion of the OIS 2010-11 evaluation process

The rapid development of digital technologies has provided both great opportunities and significant challenges. In the field of education this is especially the case because of the need to provide an education that prepares children for a future that is unpredictable. On the one hand, we are aware that developments in technology give us the opportunity to communicate with others, capture images and access and analyze data in a way that was previously beyond the means of a school. On the other, along with budget implications, concern is expressed whether young people develop the use social technologies to the detriment of other skills, or that technology will become a poor substitute for human interaction. It is in this context that the current and future development of technology use in the school both in direct instruction and the wider social context provide the focus for this study.

Following the distribution of a questionnaire covering the topic of technology use to parents, students and faculty, responses were compiled and submitted to the Evaluation Advancement Committee of Kwansei Gakuin on 25 March 2011. With the approval of this report by this committee the content will be made public on the school’s website.

This study has provided significant data that will inform our planning process for future development and integration of technology use into the educational programmes of the school. While titled as the 2010 OIS self-evaluation study, it is an integral component of the school’s WASC and IB accreditation process, the schedule for which is currently under discussion with the authorizing authorities.

A summary of findings is included in the PDF file below:

  1. 2010-2011_Self-evaluation study