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Posted 04/25/2019 13:54

CA 209: The Cost of Education at CA

The school's mission statement is: "Canadian Academy inspires students to inquire, reflect, and choose to compassionately impact the world through their lives." One of the core values is "open, respectful, and inclusive communication builds trust." Our mission requires great staff and resources and comes with a significant price. The intention of this article is to communicate about that cost as it compares with similar schools and those which are not so similar.

First, we'll look at how our tuition fees compare to our collegial schools in the Asia Pacific Activities Conference – schools that many of our families attended before arriving in Kobe or which they will move on to next.

Asia Pacific Activities Conference Schools (APAC)
There are 11 schools in the APAC conference across 5 countries including:

  • China: Western Academy of Beijing, International School of Beijing, Shanghai American School, Concordia International School Shanghai, American International School of Guangzhou
  • Hong Kong: Hong Kong International School
  • Philippines: Brent International School of Manilla
  • Korea: Taejon Christian International School, Seoul Foreign School
  • Vietnam: United Nations International School of Hanoi
  • Japan: Canadian Academy

The cost of living varies among the cities where APAC schools are located. Hong Kong is the most expensive, followed by Seoul, Shanghai and Kobe. Following these is Beijing and Guangzhou with the least expensive cities being Hanoi and Manilla. (Source: Mercer Cost-of-Living Index)

Based on this information, where would you guess that Canadian Academy's 2018-19 tuition rates fall in comparison to APAC schools? Perhaps in the middle?

In fact, our cost of attendance is the second lowest for returning students before and after adjustment for the cost of living in various cities. Brent International School Manilla is the lowest.

APAC School Fee Comparison

International Schools in Japan
We don't live in those cities, you might say. So how do CA's fees compare to other schools in Japan? We compared total fees among 28 different international schools in Japan. Tohoku International School, which serves just 100 students in PreK to Grade 12 in Sendai, is the lowest cost.

The top four most expensive schools have been serving the international communities of Tokyo, Yokohama, and Kobe since before World War II and as far back as 1872. They are:

  1. Yokohama International School founded in 1924
  2. American School in Japan founded in 1902
  3. St. Maur's International School founded in 1872
  4. Canadian Academy founded in 1913

Each of these schools serves Preschool to Grade 12 students and have large-ish student populations. They are all internationally accredited and have excellent reputations based on the quality of their educational programs, facilities and have similar enrollment compositons.

The fifth most expensive school is Nishimachi International School in Yokohama. The school, founded in 1949, offers a bilingual education to over 400 students up to Grade 9. Their average fee is a bit lower as they don't offer a high school program where fees are usually the highest.

Kansai area international schools

So now let's look even closer to our Rokko Island campus to six of our fellow schools in Kansai. These ranks are true for tuition rates for both new and returning students in 2018-19:

  1. Canadian Academy is the oldest and largest international school in Kansai and the only school with a dormitory facility.
  2. Kyoto International School is a small international school serving children from preschool to grade 8.
  3. Marist Brothers International School serves 300 students from Montessori School to Grade 12.
  4. St. Michael's International School offers a British education for children from ages 3 to 11.
  5. Osaka International School of Kwansei Gakuin offers Kindergarten to Grade 12. It shares a campus with its sister school, Senri International School, and is affiliated with a university.
  6. Osaka YMCA International School offers a PreSchool to Grade 9 program.

Yes, Canadian Academy's fees are higher than other schools in Kansai. Canadian Academy also offers much more for its students and families. Our reputation attracts families who are serious about their child's education as well as teachers with great credentials (56% with a Master's Degree), experience and enthusiasm. Our campus is larger and better equipped than our local collegial schools. Canadian Academy offers a wider range of academic choices and activities, our Pathways internship program is unique in Kansai, and the opportunity for our students to travel both within Japan and elsewhere in Asia (APAC activities) sets us apart from other schools in Kansai.

We hope you find this article informative. We are always eager to hear from you about any questions or comments you might have regarding the school's finances. Please email William Scarborough, Director of Finance and Operations.

Posted 04/22/2019 09:00
Food Drive for Food Bank Kansai April 22- April 30

You may not know that 1 out of every 7 children live below the poverty line in Japan, and that these children can typically only afford one meal a day (usually the school lunch). Food Bank Kansai delivers food to these families, which are largely single parent homes.

We will collect
  • White rice in unopened bags (no brown rice as not many Japanese people like brown rice)
  • Instant noodles (foreign or domestic)
  • Cans (foreign or domestic)
Collecting Stations: Westside of the Cafeteria, ELAC

Monetary donation can be made via via credit card on If you make your donation online, please state that your donation is for Food Bank Kansai.

Thank you for your support for Food Bank Kansai.

Midori Nishizawa
(K-12 Director of Service)

Posted 04/22/2019 08:55

May PTA Meeting

All parents are invited to join the monthly PTA meeting to find out how you can support your child's learning! Join us in the ELAC Multi Purpose Room on Thursday, May 9th, at 8:40 am.

Posted 04/22/2019 08:53

ES and SS Conferences

Please be reminded:

April 29:

  • Elementary School - normal day of classes
  • Secondary School
    Half-day of school, classes from 8:30am-11:30pm
    Parent conferences from 12:30-5.30pm

April 30:

  • Elementary School - Student-led conferences from 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Secondary School - Parent conferences from 8:00am-2:00pm

Posted 04/22/2019 08:52

MS Music Concert

The community is invited to Middle School music concert this Friday, April 26th, at 6:00 PM in our Main Theater!
Posted 04/16/2019 11:09
Posted 04/15/2019 16:25
Are you looking for swimming lessons for your child?
Gr. 1 - Gr. 5 lessons on Rokko Island.
Please check the webpage for all information:

Posted 04/08/2019 09:53

CA 208: Canadian Academy's History and Its Non-Profit Status

The oldest photo of Canadian Academy taken in 1918

On September 13, 1913, the Canadian Methodist Academy opened with 16 students. Christian mission groups with missionaries in Asia and donors funded our building and operations. In 1917, the Advisory Council, comprised of Christian mission groups whose seats were allocated according to the size of capital grants, was established. At this time, the word Methodist was dropped, and the school became Canadian Academy.

Canadian Academy's mission is to inspire students to inquire, reflect, and choose to compassionately impact the world throughout their lives. We feel that our mission fits our non-profit ethos. Many of the oldest and most-established international schools in Japan and around the globe are non-profit organizations.

Rise of For-profit Schools

Until about twenty years ago, almost all international schools were non-profits. Parents, particularly in non-western countries, would band together and open schools offering a program which allowed their children to return easily to their home country's system. Many international schools, including Canadian Academy got their start in this way. Even today, the French and German governments support national schools abroad for their citizens. Over the last twenty years, thought, most new schools are for-profit schools founded by corporations.

A for-profit school exists to both educate and make a profit for its owner. Over the last 4 years, the number of international schools in Asia offering an English-medium program has increased 30-40% due to the growth of for-profit schools. Today, for example, GEMS Education operates almost 100 schools in 19 countries. Nord Anglia Education and Cognita Schools each run over 50 schools around the world. For-profit schools can expand and change more rapidly than their non-profit counterparts. They can approach a bank for a loan or go public to raise money quickly. They are also able to make major decisions often with little community or staff involvement. In the end, though, they must make a profit for their owners - a profit that comes from tuition fees paid by parents.

Canadian Academy, as a non-profit organization, is a mission-driven organization. We set our mission, accept students, and hire staff to fulfill that mission. The Board of Trustees, the school's primary governing body, hires the Headmaster and has primary fiduciary responsibility. Board members serve without remuneration. Canadian Academy exists not to make a profit for any individual or company, but to serve a mission.

In addition to the Board of Trustees, the school operates with an Advisory Council, as required by law. Representatives from school staff, the Board of Trustees, an alumnus, the PTA and other members of the broader community comprise the Advisory Council. The Council, also serving on a volunteer basis, provides input on the school's budget and operations and meets twice a year.

Our non-profit status exempts us from corporate income taxes, which allow us to dedicate all funds to our educational goals. In Japan, we are a Special Public-Interest Promotion Corporation (特定公益増進法人). We also benefit from a US-based charity, The Canadian Academy School, Inc., that accepts donations from American citizens and supports the school in various ways. Our non-profit status also enables individuals and organizations who share in the vision of our mission to make donations.

In our second century as a school, we want Canadian Academy to be a vibrant school that lasts long after we are gone. If and when we generate a surplus, we direct 100 percent of this "profit" to further the non-profit purpose of the institution.

History of philanthropic support

Past, current and future students all benefit from the continued support that the community has given to CA. Throughout our history, donors have supported the school. Some examples of this include:

●In 1920, the school held its first PTA Bazaar, the predecessor of the current annual Food & Fun Fair.
●In 1928, individual donations enabled the school to purchase the Nagamine Heights campus.
●In 1934, boys moved into the new dormitory, Gloucester House. Rev. and Mrs. B.B. Chapman donated a substantial financial gift to fund the building project and became the house parents.
●In 1966, the formal opening of Matsushita Gymnasium honored Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of Panasonic, for his contributions to the school.
●In 1990, donor support helped to create the Rokko Island campus.
●Thanks to our community the Early Learning and Activities Center (ELAC) opened in January 2008.
Donations and gifts of time continue to create vibrant classrooms ready for present and future students, making our campus an ideal space for teaching, learning, and growing.

Profit-seeking schools pay their Board members and must return a part of tuition fees to their owners. This isn't to say that commercial schools don't care about their families or support their communities. What you can be sure of, though, is that Canadian Academy benefits from its volunteers - Board members, PTA members, and countless others – and that all of your tuition payments are used to support your child's experience.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions for future subjects, please send them to William Scarborough, Director of Finance and Operations, at We look forward to hearing from you.

Posted 04/04/2019 16:05

Canadian Academy is excited to announce our annual CA Summer Experience Program! Information and registration can be found at CA Summer Program webpage.

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