Canadian Academy is a private international school approved by the Japanese Ministry of Education, accredited by the US-based Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS), and certified to award both the US high school and International Baccalaureate diplomas.
Canadian Academy offers an advanced college preparatory education based on International Baccalaureate programmes taught in English. In high school, students can take either the full Diploma Programme, or certificates in individual Diploma courses. CA is authorized for both the Middle Years Programme (MYP), taught from grades 6 to 10, and the Primary Years Programme (PYP), taught from age three to grade 5. CA and the IB provide the transferable education that international students require.
The student body is made up of as many as 35 different nationalities with about 18% North American, 8% European, 56% Asian (including 25% Japanese) and 18% representing the rest of the world. Approximately 15 high school students live on campus in our dormitory. The current enrollment is approximately 650, with around 210 students in the high school.
Canadian Academy's nine-acre campus is a purpose-built facility, opened in 1990 on Rokko Island in Kobe. CA's facilities include not only fully equipped classrooms, science laboratories, multi-purpose rooms, a fitness center, and specialty teaching areas designed with modern educational needs of the students in mind, but also two gymnasiums, and two theaters. CA is the center of students' daily lives. The school itself is ideally located in the residential area of Rokko Island, a modern urban center, which also boasts a hospital, parks, shops, restaurants and other schools.
The Early Learning and Activities Center (ELAC), opened in January 2008 enabling CA to more fully meet the growing academic and extracurricular needs of its international and multiaged student body. ELAC contains specially designed classrooms on the first floor for our two- through five-year-old programs, as well as the P&G Black Box theater and a second gymnasium on the second floor. These facilities provide flexibility for the scheduling of a multitude of athletic and artistic events.
Gloucester House, one of only a few international dormitories in Asia, consists of two separate living units (houses) and a recreation center. It provides a living option for students from outside the Kobe area. Each unit contains a kitchen, lounge, six student bedrooms, and three bathrooms. Besides modern accommodations for the students, each 12-student unit includes a dorm parent apartment so that a family relationship can grow among students and their resident advisors, who are also teachers at CA. Although self-reliance is expected, students share in communal tasks and follow rules that are designed to promote respect for each person's welfare and property.
The Herbert Norman Library and Media Center circles the school's central atrium. This facility brings together the most modern sources of information including videos, CD-ROM and web-based magazines, encyclopedias, and a wealth of reading material for all ages. The library contains nearly 42,000 volumes.
Technology is represented by a school-wide network of over 500 computers located in Technology Centers, mobile mini-labs, the library, and in every classroom. Canadian Academy also operates a one to one laptop program for all students from Grades 5 to 12. Specialist staff assist teachers to integrate computers into the curriculum.
Our athletic facilities include two full-size gymnasiums, a fitness center with an aerobic zone, soccer fields (one artificially turfed), two tennis courts, and elementary school playgrounds.
Canadian Academy boasts two beautiful theaters, the main building Theater and the P&G Black Box theater in ELAC. The P&G Black Box theater can be configured in any number of ways to accommodate smaller productions as well as unique types of events. Both theaters are equipped with professional-level sound and lighting control booths. The main theater seats almost 400 people and can serve as an exam site for 100 students. It is used for student performances in music (band, choir and orchestra) and theater. It is also used for student assemblies and for our High School graduation ceremonies. Visiting professional groups use either of these venues for community performances.
Our modern cafeteria, with seating for 300 students, serves lunch to our school community. Breakfast and dinner are also available in the cafeteria for residents of the Gloucester House dormitory.