Fukuoka International School (FIS) is a private, coeducational day school offering the internationally recognized International Baccalaureate Diploma to all students in grades 11 and 12, as well as providing students with the FIS high school diploma. FIS offers classes from Early Years (3 years old) to 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 and a board of trustees, comprised of business leaders, multiple consulate representation, and parents of students, which work 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). FIS is authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBPYP), Middle Years Program (IBMYP), and the Diploma Program (IBDP). The school is a member of the Japanese Council of International Schools (JCIS), International Baccalaureate Association of Japan (IBAJ), and the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS).
Curriculum: The IBPYP offers an inquiring approach to the elementary school (early years to grade 5). The secondary school (grade 6 to grade 12) is split into the IBMYP for grades 6 to grade 10 and the IBDP for grades 11 and 12. IBDP is offered as the core college-preparatory curriculum for grades 11 and 12 with the FIS High School Diploma (FIS HSDP) following the IBDP standard level courses’ benchmarks and standards. Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits for the FIS HS DP for a four year period. The following are compulsory requirements: four credits of English; three credits each of math, science, humanities and world language other than English; two credits each for physical education/health and arts; one credit for Theory of Knowledge (two-year course), and an additional three credits from the above-listed subject areas. C.A.S. (Creativity, Activity and Service) is a Pass/Fail activity with no credits awarded; however, it is a graduation requirement. FIS has a developed Well-Being team which includes student support, English language support, social and emotional support, college application support, health, and wellbeing support. FIS has the staffing to support minor learning differences.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 42 full-time and 6 part-time teachers.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 297 (PK-grade 12).
Facilities: FIS has two campuses located in the western part of Fukuoka City, known as Momochi, overlooking the Muromi River. The current facilities include classrooms equipped with age appropriate equipment to support the different learners, three science labs, two music rooms, a gymnasium, two art rooms, a dispensary, multiple large learning spaces, and a 12,000-volume library. In 2019, FIS redesigned its playground to better support the wide age range of its students. The second campus (Annex) is located about a four-minute walk from the main campus and houses the FIS Art Center, Design lab, and a few other classrooms. The FIS campus is easily accessible by public transportation.
Finances: For the 2020-2021 school year, FIS’s income derives from tuition and registration fees. Annual tuition rates are paid in yen, the approximate fees in U.S. dollars are as follows: PK: $12,757; K-grade 5: $12,975; grades 6-8: $14,015; grades 9-10: $15,065 and grades 11-12: $15,670. The annual facility fee is $945 is also charged annually.
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.