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PreK-Grade 12 International Day and Boarding School in Kobe, Japan | Since 1913


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Elementary School is an important step in becoming an open-minded and capable learner.


Our Elementary Program at a glance...

Global Citizenship

Our Elementary students learn to see diversity in thinking, language, and culture as rich opportunities to grow as global citizens. Students develop a deep understanding of different cultures. Moreover, by learning to listen actively and use the language of appreciation, students are equipped to find solutions in increasingly complex situations.

Individualized Instruction

Differentiated and individualized instruction is a hallmark of Canadian Academy. We celebrate that each child is an individual, with distinct interests, abilities and needs. Small classroom sizes allow our teachers to get to know their students well. With EAL teachers and Learning Support specialists working alongside all children in the classroom, our students are well supported to meet their goals. 

Skills for Life

At Canadian Academy, you will frequently hear Elementary School students skillfully articulating and presenting their ideas. Learning opportunities are incredibly varied, and students learn to demonstrate their understanding through speaking, writing, technology, art, movement, and music.


Our curriculum is taught through the framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP is organized according to six transdiciplinary themes, also called Units of Inquiry (UOIs). These Units of Inquiry are addressed and explored in every subject area; this integrated approach strengthens understanding. PYP standards provide clear and compelling goals, while the framework is flexible, allowing for differentiation and meeting each child where they are.

Our curricular programs draw from AERO, Next Generation, and ACARA standards. Balanced Literacy uses highly effective approaches to create readers, writers, and effective communicators. Bridges, our mathematics program, requires our students to have a deep conceptual understanding, while being proficient in key skills.

Use the table below to explore IB PYP Units of Inquiry by Grade Level. 

Units of Inquiry