OIS Memberships

The Osaka International School is a contributing member of many national and international organizations. We value collaboration with other schools in Japan and the world. We also want to produce original research and ideas to further improve the field of international education. We are members of the following organizations.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation that supports schools in developing the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world for students ages 3 – 19. OIS implements three IB curriculum offerings, the Primary Years Programme (ages 3-12), the Middle Years Programme (ages 11-16) and the Diploma Programme (ages 16-19) to our students.

OIS is accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC) , one of the six private regional accreditation agencies approved by the United States Department of Education. Accreditation is a quality assurance process that sets standards of excellence for schools. OIS awards report cards, transcripts, and diplomas that are recognized throughout the world by other schools and universities because of this accreditation. WASC works closely with international schools in EARCOS.

The Council of International Schools (CIS) is similar to WASC, but focuses on international schools. They have an excellent definition of global citizenship. We are members of CIS but we do not seek accreditation from them.

The East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) provides support for 141 member schools in East Asia.

The Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS) promotes, supports, and improves English medium member schools serving the international community of Japan. Former OIS Director, John Searles was President of the organization from 2012-2014.

The Association of International Schools in Asia (AISA) is an activities league of schools in Korea, Japan, and China. SOIS is a founding member and it gives our students the opportunity to travel and compete with international schools in a variety of sports and activities.

The Western Japan Activities Association (WJAA) is a domestic athletic league. SOIS is a founding member of this organization and like AISA, our students participate in a wide range of sports with local teams.

The Kwansei Gakuin Foundation (Kanguko or KG Foundation)  is a private, nondenominational Christian, educational institute with a university, junior college, and several K-12 schools. It is one of the oldest, most prestigious universities in Japan. It is translated as Western Japan University and it merged with the Senri International School Foundation in April of 2011. OIS is one of the K-12 schools in the KG Foundation.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan  was established in 1948 as a means of developing commerce between the U.S. and Japan, to promote the interests of U.S. business in Japan, and to improve the international business environment in Japan. OIS are members and help in supporting the families of international business.

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