Address:625-1 Tonbe, Kakegawa-shi, Shizuoka-ken, 436-0224  
Phone: (0537)24-3614 Email:

Kakegawa International Christian School is a new church school established in 2008 that grew out of the homeschooling expertise of the Bostrom family who extended their experience in homeschooling their 13 children – to include other children. The school is laudably particularly welcoming and accepting of “futoko” children or “school refusers”. KICS also not surprisingly, offers homeschool support for families who homeschool.

The school offers a full Japanese, English, or bilingual school program, including K5 (kindergarten), elementary, junior high, and highschool courses. The curriculum combines public school textbooks with additional materials to broaden students’ outlooks on life. KICS is a member of ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International), which is officially recognized by the Japanese government.  As of 2008, there are 26 Christian schools in Japan that are members of ACSI.

The school goal:
*  To foster a love of learning in children and young people, and to strengthen parent/child relationships. KICSchool recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each student.
Teaching / learning style:
*  Students learn to follow their curiosity, to think creatively, and to work both independently and cooperatively with others. Students study at their own pace, with guidance from qualified teachers. They believe that a “one size fits all” education style does not suit all students.
* The benefits of a small class room (1 – 10 students) create personalized help for each student, and a comfortable, friendly environment for learning. Each child is given support and encouragement to become his or her own unique self
No entrance examination is required. Students may enroll anytime during year. The school is especially welcoming and accepting of futouko (school refuser/drop out) children.

Bob Jones University materials are used for the school. Japanese public school texts are used alongside of BJU ones.

KIS very likely offers the most reasonable tuition rates ever seen of an international school in Japan and discounts are available for single parents. See details below (sourced from their website):

K5 (K−5 Class) Tuesday – Friday 9:00 to 12:45
《Regular》   ¥18,000/month x 12   <OR>
《Church Member》¥14,000/month x 12
K5 (K−5 Class) Tuesday – Friday 9:00 to 3:00
《Regular》   ¥24,000/month x 12     <OR>
《Church Member》¥20,000/month x 12
• Includes ALL school supplies and utilities.
• Lunch is ¥200 per meal.
Elementary/Junior High/High School    9:00 to 3:00
《Entrance Fee》  ¥50,000
《Regular》 ¥40,000/month x 12 <OR>
《Church Member》 ¥30,000/month x 12
• Includes ALL school supplies, utilities, and monthly field trip costs.
• Lunch is ¥250 per meal.
《Student Insurance》¥2,000/year
(Tuition discounts are available for families with low income, two or more students enrolled in KICSchool, and for single parents)
• DELICIOUS buffet lunch 4 days a week Tue. to Fri. (Monday is bento day)
• English textbooks are from BJU (
• Japanese textbooks are from public schools (high school from CLARK/Hamamatsu with WEB support) supplemented with BJU Japanese curriculum.
• ESL curriculum used for transition into English
• High school diploma and transcripts provided for U.S. or Japan college applications.

“Greetings from Kakegawa-shi, Shizuoka-ken.  We are in our second year at Kakegawa International Christian School, a member of ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).  Our school is unique in that we have both American and Japanese teachers, and offer either Japanese, English, or bilingual programs, grades kindergarten through 12th grade.  KICS or KICSchool also offers homeschool support through Kakegawa Homeschool Support. Website:

Cheryl Bostrom, School Principal

School tuition and other rates have changed in the past 2 years (we have moved to a new, larger building). Please check our school website for the new fees. Thank you 🙂 Cheryl