About Our Two Schools

Osaka International School of Kwansei Gakuin and Senri International School of Kwansei Gakuin are two sister schools situated in north Osaka that share a campus, a purpose and a mission.

Osaka International School (OIS) is a K-12 school that offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP curriculum in elementary school, the MYP curriculum in middle school, and the diploma curriculum in high school. Our graduates matriculate into many of the top universities around the world, including the US, the UK, Canada, and Japan. A detailed list of recent destinations can be found on the matriculation page, here [link].

The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS).

Students enrolled in Senri International School (SIS) study for the Japanese middle school and high school diplomas, following a curriculum approved by the Japanese Ministry of Education. Most graduates matriculate into Japanese universities, although every year a significant number choose to study at university abroad. The school has also been chosen as one of the Ministry of Education’s Super Global High Schools.

This ‘Two Schools Together’ page provides an introduction to the campus, vision, and programmes that OIS and SIS share. Separate menus then allow you to explore either school in more detail. Please note, the OIS pages are in English, and the SIS pages are in Japanese. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact our office for more information; our staff will be able to help you with your enquiries about either school in English or Japanese.

Beliefs which inform our vision

The Vision for our schools is best revealed by statements of belief. Each statement is intended for all of our schools’ divisions, from elementary through grade 12.

I. Two Schools Together

  1. We believe that it is important for the two schools to continually explore ways to come together because this brings great benefit to our students.
  2. We believe that the closeness of the schools is so important that it is the central part of our vision.

II. Exchange of Ideas

  1. We believe that our schools should be a place where ideas, particularly educational ideas, are freely exchanged among faculty, parents, and students.
  2. We believe the diversity of experiences of our faculty, parents, and students should be celebrated and the free exchange of ideas will enhance this celebration.

III. Understanding of Cultures

  1. We believe that our schools should be deeply involved in the culture of our host country in study, appreciation, and understanding.
  2. We believe that our schools should also be involved with the relationship between the culture of Japan and the surrounding cultures of Asia and the rest of the world.
  3. We believe that since our community is composed of so many cultures, our schools should be a place where intercultural understanding is modeled, studied, and celebrated.

IV. Learning

  1. We believe that the special nature of our schools should encourage students to be well-rounded, creative individuals, responsible thinkers and doers, and this is why we believe our programs should be full of choices, special programs, and innovative structures.
  2. We believe that one of the key responsibilities of our schools is to encourage students to learn how to learn and to carry this kind of learning into adulthood.

V. Common Ground

  1. We believe that our schools should represent a common ground between Japanese and non-Japanese ideas, practices, beliefs, and traditions.

VI. Model

  1. We believe that our two schools should exist as a model for others.
  2. We believe that one of our goals is to demonstrate new ideas, practices, techniques, and systems to other schools around Japan and the world.