Canadian Academy (CA), founded in 1913, is a private, day and boarding, international school which offers a challenging educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 in the English language. The school year, as in the USA, consists of two semesters, extending from August to mid-January and from mid-January through June.
Organization: The school is governed by a nine-member board of trustees. The headmaster serves as a voting member. The school is registered as a not-for-profit organization under Japanese law and has been designated as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
Curriculum: The school is accredited as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and offers the Primary Years Program in the elementary school in PK-grade 5, the Middle Years Program in grades 6–10, and the Diploma Program for grades 11 and 12. The school offers an advanced college-preparatory educational program. A total of 45% of graduates in the class of 2020 attend North American colleges and universities with 19% attending university in Japan. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as well as the Council of International Schools and is certified to award both the U.S. high school and IB diplomas. The school’s mission is to inspire students to inquire, reflect, and choose to compassionately impact the world throughout their lives.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 7 administrators, 72 full-time and 2 part-time faculty members and 4 assistants. Most teachers have full teaching certification and an average of 17 years of teaching experience in both their home countries and other international schools. A total of 54% of the faculty have master’s degrees in their teaching specialties. The teaching staff is stable, with an average tenure of almost seven years. Class sizes range from 14 to 22 depending on grade level and subject.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 554 (PK-grade 5: 221; middle school: 164; high school: 169).
Facilities: The current nine-acre campus was opened in 1990 and is a fully equipped educational environment. The school supplies iPads or laptops from PK through grade 5. Students in grade 6 and above are required to bring a laptop. The library was renovated in 2020 and contains nearly 40,000 volumes. Other facilities include a dormitory, two theaters, three music rooms, a cafeteria, two gymnasia, two turf sports fields, and two elementary playgrounds. Our four science labs and elementary school Maker Space were fully refurbished in 2020 to reflect the latest trends in 21st-century learning.
Finances: The school is financially stable with an endowment and plant reserves. Tuition fees are the primary source of revenue along with corporate donations and grants from the local governments, which rely on the school to attract foreign investment. The school offers an on-campus residential life program including a dormitory and boarding program for high school students. Annual tuition fees are as follows: 3-year-old program: ¥1,000,000, 4-year-old K: ¥1,000,000; K-grade 5: ¥2,160,000; grades 6-8: ¥2,550,000; grades 9-11: ¥2,600,000 and grade 12: ¥2,750,000. The school also charges an application fee of ¥90,000; a registration fee of ¥400,000 payable each time a student applies and is accepted and enrolled at the school; and an annual building and development fee of ¥260,000. The annual dormitory fee is ¥1,800,000 including room and board. There is a one-time EAL fee of ¥900,000 for those students benefitting from additional English language support. The optional bus transportation fees are ¥43,900 to ¥145,000 per semester, depending on zone. These fees are payable in Japanese yen. (All fees are quoted in yen and exchange rates may vary.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.