Fukuoka International School (FIS) is a private, coeducational day school offering the internationally recognized International Baccalaureate Diploma to all grade 11 and 12 students as well as providing students with a FIS high school diploma. FIS offers classes from PK – grade 12. The school was founded in 1972 with a high school program added in 1990. The school year is divided into two semesters extending approximately from August 25 to June 20. There are 180 “teaching and learning days” in the school year.
Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Directors which works in compliance with Japanese law. FIS is accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education as a School Juridical Body, “Gakko Hojin”. It is also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In August 2007, FIS received official authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization to run the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The school is also a member of the Japanese council of International Schools (JCIS) and the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS).
Curriculum: The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is offered along with a college-preparatory curriculum. English-Language-Learning (ELL), multicultural ways of thinking, Japanese, and information technology are used extensively. Starting with grade 1 there are English Language Learning (ELL) classes available throughout the grades. Courses are at the IB Diploma and college preparatory level in grades 11 and 12. Students complete a minimum of 24 credits (26 college-bound) for graduation. The following are compulsory requirements: 4 credits of English, 3 credits each of math, science, and social studies, 2 credits each of foreign languages and physical education/health, 1 credit each of fine or performing arts, theory of knowledge, creativity, action and service (CAS).
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 22 full-time and 17 part-time teachers.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 180 (PK-grade 12).
Facilities: FIS moved into its current two-story building with a gymnasium in the 1990-91 school year. The campus is located in the werstern part of Fukuoka City, known as Momochi, and overlooks the Muromi River. The current facilities include 20 classrooms, 2 science labs, 2 music rooms, 2 computer labs, gymnasium, art room, kitchen, dispensary, conference room, PTA lounge, and a 10,000-volume library. The Annex, opened in the 2003-2004 school year, is located about a 40 minute walk from the main campus and houses the FIS Art Center. The FIS campus is easily accessible by public transportation.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the School's income derives from tuition and registration fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $13,177; Kdg.-grade 6: $14,353; grades 7-8: $15,530; and grades 9-12: $16,706. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars).