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


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Our Secondary level provision is divided into Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School (Grades 9-12) 

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Middle School

Grades 6 to 8

Middle school is an exciting time when students learn about the world and themselves in a supportive and challenging environment.

Our middle school students begin to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, while learning how to learn through a focus on communication, research, self-management, collaboration, and critical thinking skills across all subjects. 

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High School

Grades 9 to 12

Upon graduation, our students leave with excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically, well prepared for their next steps.

Leadership and connecting with our communities is highly valued; as such our students are actively engaged in service projects and in a wide variety of co-curricular clubs and activities.


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Boarding at CA

Grades 8 to 12

Our small, family-oriented boarding program is available for students in Grade 8 and above.

Our newly renovated facilities include quiet spaces and places to study, a communal living room for relaxing, and a kitchenette to prepare a taste of home.

With growing responsibility and independence, our boarders are well prepared for life after CA.

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He preferred smart questions to smart answers. Yōko Ogawa, "The Housekeeper and the Professor"

Secondary Science

CA has been challenging its students to extend themselves for over 100 years. Our alumni are pursuing varied careers that bring them pleasure and pride, while supporting their various communities. With the wisdom of past successes we look to the future to ensure our students are ready to shape an improved world. Our programme equally values disciplinary learning, service, creativity, action and curiosity - when these come together our young people can indeed change the world.

Like Ogawa's professor, at Canadian Academy we prefer to focus on the “smart questions.” We believe in the value of posing problems and helping young people find the solutions. Throughout the Secondary School, we provide opportunities for young people to test ideas, generate questions, pose solutions and solve problems.

Within the Secondary School, we have a Middle School (Grades 6-8) and a High School (Grades 9-12). The Middle School uses the curriculum framework of the IB Middle Years Program (MYP). Once in the High School, students finish their final two years of the MYP and then choose whether to pursue the rigorous IB Diploma Programme (DP) or to create a more individualized pathway towards a CA diploma.

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Both the Middle and the High School share a similar approach to inquiry, to seeing education as a dynamic process that fosters creativity, personal fulfillment, and an involvement in both local and global communities. As it says in the CA Mission, our goal is to inspire students to inquire, reflect, and choose to compassionately impact the world throughout their lives.

I look forward to building a changed world with you, whether it is as a faculty member, student or parent.

Dr. Mark Frankel
Secondary School Principal