Accreditation

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KIU Academy's curriculum is fully accredited from Grade 1-12 by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).


WASC and ACSI are U.S.-based accreditation organizations, and their accreditation is globally recognized. In Japan, the Ministry of Education grants eligibility to college admission to those who are 18 and older and have completed a 12-year curriculum at accredited schools.

Additionally, second through fourth grade of KIU Academy High School (Grade 10-12, equivalent of Grade 1-3 at Japanese high schools) is recognized as a miscellaneous school by Kyoto Prefecture, and students are eligible for the High School Tuition Support Fund.

History

Kyoto International University, governing body of KIU Academy, started its history of more than 20 years in 1996 when it demerged from Phillips University Japan, which opened in Uji, Kyoto in 1989.

KIU Academy's Elementary and Middle Schools were founded in 1999, and High School was founded in 2000.

Student number, which started from 7 at the founding, has grown to 235 in April, 2021.​The school has relocated to a new location in Spring 2022.

 

1989
Phillips University Japan campus opened


1995

Relocated to Gojo, Kyoto City

School changed to Phillips University International (PUI)


1996

August: Contract with Phillips University (US) terminated

September: Kyoto International University founded
 

1997

Relocated to Kyotanabe, Kyoto
 

1999

April: KIU Academy (Middle School) founded

October: KIU Academy (Elementary School) founded
 

2000

April: KIU Academy (High School) founded
 

2003

University and High School recognized as Gakko Hojin (Miscellaneous School)

2011

Accredited by ACSI
 

2022

Relocated to a new location in Kyotanabe

Accredited by WASC