TOEFL on November 12, 2020






TOEFL exams for students in MS and HS is scheduled to be administered on November 12 during periods 1 ~ 3.

There will be no MS/HS homeroom that day. Students who are taking TOEFL should arrive at school at the regular time and enter their test rooms at 9:10 AM.

The room assignments have been posted on the announcement board at school.

In order to minimize the amount of students clustered together before and during the TOEFL, MS/HS students who are NOT taking the test should arrive at school in time to attend their fourth period classes (starting at 11:55).

Students who are not taking the TOEFL who come to school during periods 1 ~ 3 will be sent to B201 for study hall.  

MS-HS 2020 Sports Days & Midterm Break reminder


The MS-HS Sports Day will be taking place this Saturday, October 31.

Only students are allowed to attend. We will make video recordings of the event that the parents will be able to view later.

All students must bring their Health Check Form filled out for that morning and show it to the teacher who is supervising their team.

Students who have a fever the morning of Sports Day must stay at home. If students develop a fever while at Sports Day they will have to return home.

If your child needs to be absent, please call the school office between 8:00 - 9:00 AM  ( 0774 - 64 - 0804 )


The MS Sports Day events will be in the morning only.

MS students should arrive at school at 8:30 and will return to KIUA at 12:40 (parents can pick them up at school).

We ask MS parents to refrain from dropping and picking up their children directly at the gym.

Students need to take their temperature at home on Saturday morning and bring their health check form to school to be signed by their team supervising teacher.

Students also need to bring:

  • Gym shoes
  • A water bottle (Tea, water and sports drinks are allowed in the gym, but not coffee or soda)
  • Gloves for tug of war
  • Face mask


The HS Sports Day events will be in the afternoon

HS students should arrive at school at 12:30 and will return to KIUA at 5:20 (parents can pick them up at school).

Please make sure to eat lunch before arriving at school.

We ask HS parents to refrain from dropping and picking up their children directly at the gym.

Students need to take their temperature at home on Saturday morning and bring their health check form to school to be signed by their team supervising teacher

Students also need to bring:

  • Gym shoes 
  • A water bottle (Tea, water and sports drinks are allowed in the gym, but not coffee or soda)
  • Gloves for tug of war
  • Face mask


The midterm break this fall will be on November 2, 4, 5 and 6. In conjuction with the National Holiday on November 3, students will have one full week of rest. There will be no classes during the midterm break. 

Classes will resume as usual from November 9.

Notice concerning the morning schedule on October 23 (Fri) related with the Kanji Kentei.

In order to minimize the amount of students clustered together before and during the Kanji Kentei, there will be no MS/HS homeroom and there will be no Period 1-2 Study Hall assignments on the morning of October 23. Therefore, MS/HS students who are not taking the test should arrive at school in time to attend their third period classes (starting at 11:05). Students, arriving in time for third period classes, are requested to wait outside until 10:55am.

College Guidance Presentations

Dear Parents and Students,


In the Fall term KIU-FP usually holds a Guidance Cafe and a Guidance week for KIUA High School students.

However we cannot have them this year due to coronavirus protocols. 


We are planning to give brief presentations for KIUA High School students during their homeroom time starting next week.

We also plan to have an Alumni Webinar on October 24 (Saturday) 2020.


Following is the detailed College Guidance plans:

(1).  'Credit Transfer' presentation by Mr. Blocksom

        Day  : October 5 (Monday) for G10 

                  October 7 (Wednesday) for G11

                  October 9 (Friday) for G12

        Time : Homeroom time

        Place : C201

(2). 'KIU Foundations Program' presentation by Dr. Ardi

        Day  : October 12 (Monday) for G10 

                  October 14 (Wednesday) for G11

                  October 16 (Friday) for G12

        Time : Homeroom time

        Place : C201

(3). Webinar with Alumni

      Event description: Panel discussion by those who are planning to study abroad, are studying abroad and have studied abroad

      Day : October 24 (Saturday)

      Time : 10:00 - 11:00 

      Language : Japanese

      Moderator: Mr. Minami

      Here is the Webinar registration form


If you have any questions, please contact the people in charge (Dr. Ardi, Mr. Blocksom, Mr. Minami)


Thank you for your attention and cooperation.


KIU Academy





Notification on tuition and facilities fees in 2021

Dear parents and guardians of KIU Academy, 

We would like to thank you for your invaluable support and cooperation with KIU Academy. Especially in 2020, due to the new coronavirus global epidemic, we have asked children to continue studying under unusual circumstances such as with adjusted schedules, online home study and staggered school attendance. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we cannot thank you enough for your ongoing understanding and cooperation while working with our school. In addition, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your generous financial support for the relocation of the school building planned for next year. 

The purpose of this notification is to inform all parents and guardians that on September 7, 2020 the school’s board of directors made the decision to revise the tuition and facilities fees for 2021. Regarding tuition fees: although the national consumption tax rate has been raised twice; first from 5% to 8% (2014); then from 8% to 10% (2019), we have not changed our tuition fees since 2007. We have endeavored to minimize school related costs in order to have as many families as possible attend our school. We have maintained the same level of costs so that families can see our school as an option and continue their children’s education with us. At the same time, in view of the recent economic situation surrounding our school, it has been decided that in order to continue to provide our current educational services, we must raise tuition at least 5% in response to the consumption tax hikes. 

Regarding facility costs: although we are planning to move to a new school building next year, in order to maintain our present school buildings and equipment (that is about 20 years old) and replace various pieces of equipment, a raise of our facilities fee is also required. 

Tuition = 934,500 円

Facilities fee = 60,000 円

* We will inform you about the details of the delivery method (installment payment, etc.) later 

Since our school is an international school which offers its own curricula, we are not eligible to receive government subsidies as other private schools that follow official Japanese education policies. We rely on tuition fees for almost all of our operating costs. Therefore, we request your understanding of the necessary revision of our school tuition and facilities fee. We also apologize for the fact that as a result of the time required for discussions by the board of directors on this matter, the advanced timing of this notice was shortened to half a year before the scheduled payment date for next year's tuition fees. 

On a different but related note, our school has been able to respond to families in need of financial support in various ways such as scholarships, monthly payment plans, and temporary postponement of payments. We will continue to provide as much support as possible, so please contact us if necessary. (In addition, regardless of nationality, 10th to 12th graders are eligible for the yearly national school enrollment support system. *With no refund obligation; maximum of about 400,000 yen depending on the status of the previous year’s annual income.) 

Finally, KIU Academy was able to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its founding last year. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the parents and guardians who have chosen to send their children to our school and for their ongoing support. In addition to the campus relocation next year, all of our faculty and staff will do our utmost to further improve the quality of education and the facility environment. Once again, we appreciate your understanding. 

Peter Blocksom

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Contact representatives: English: Mr. Barrera; Japanese: Ms. Sugimoto, Mr.  Nakai


KIUA Fall Term Update #3

Dear Parents,

We hope that you and your children are adapting well to the return to school.

Below we will briefly explain and provide links to information related to recent updates.

To continue to stay informed, please periodically access your Family Portal (RenWeb) account or our KIUA News Site.



  • KIU Academy has begun sending email announcements to student and parent email addresses.
  • In order to receive email announcements from the school, please make sure to let the school office know your preferred email. Note that you can have announcements sent to only one email address (one email per person listed in our database).
  • We recommend that both parents submit an email address to the school.


The main changes to MS-HS events so far are:

  1. Cancelled: MS-HS Camp and the MS-HS School Festival
  2. Rescheduled: MS-HS Sports Day will be conducted on October 31st. Only students will be able to attend. More details will be announced later.
  3. Other events, such as field trips, are posted on the online calendar as they are decided.

Details about changes to the Elementary School events can be found in the latest letter from the school (LINK BELOW):

As changes are made to special events for this term, information will be removed or added to the KIUA online calendar:


The midtem break this fall will be on November 2, 4, 5 and 6. In conjuction with the National Holiday on November 3, students will have one full week of rest. There will be no classes during the midterm break. 

Classes will resume as usual from November 9.


Parent-Teacher conferences for the fall trimester will be taking place as originally scheduled during the week of October 19 - 23. We want to use this opportunity to inform parents of their children’s progress up to this point. Please return the appointment form (LINK HERE) to your child’s homeroom teacher by October 2nd to ensure your reserved time. If you are unable to meet at any of the times listed, please make arrangements with your child’s homeroom teacher to set up a different time. 

Please be reminded that, according to our COVID-19 Health and Safety Policies, parents should refrain from entering the school building to pick up their children. If you need to enter the school building, wear a mask and contact the reception office before entering. If you are coming for a scheduled conference with the homeroom teacher, there is no need to contact the reception office but please make sure to wear a mask. Please also wash your hands when you enter the building.

5 - FAMILY PORTAL Accounts (Also know as ParentsWeb / Renweb) 

  • KIU Academy uses FACTS (Renweb) Family Portal, a private and secure parents’ portal that allows parents to view academic information specific to their children, while protecting their children’s information from others. You may view your child’s grades, homework, as well as other useful school information.
  • Starting Fall 2020, all NEW parent accounts can be created by the parents themselves. Please click on the link below to view the instructions:
  • If you already have an account, there is no need to create a new one.
  • If you forgot the log in information for your account, please contact the school office.


Thank you for your support of the school.

KIU Academy



Dear Parents and Students,

We hope that your summer has been enjoyable.

Below are the most recent updates related to the restart of school. Please read the Fall updates #1 also.

To continue to stay informed throughout the fall trimester, please periodically access your RenWeb (FACTS) account or our KIUA News Site.


  1. Due to continuing concerns related to coronavirus, KIUA will continue using the Health and Safety Policies and Forms. Please check the updated versions below:
  2. In the coming days we will make changes to the special events usually scheduled for the fall term. These events will be placed in the KIUA online calendar.
  3. General announcements:
    • SCHOOL UNIFORM: KIU Academy has an OPTIONAL school uniform that you can purchase online if you want to. For more details, please see the links below.
      • School lunch orders will resume from this term. Please order by 8:50 AM if ordering for delivery on the same day.
      • If your child will not arrive at school in time to order by 8:50, we ask parents to phone the school office instead.

FALL UPDATES #1 (re-posted)

  1. KIU Academy is currently planning on resuming classes on campus starting September 1, 2020.
    • If the COVID-19 situation worsens and governmental authorities instruct schools to remain closed, KIUA will switch to online schooling.
    • We ask parents and students to make the necessary preparations in case the fall term has to be switched to online schooling on short notice. Such as:
      • Purchasing a laptop computer (one device per student)
      • Obtaining a reliable internet connection at your home
  2. We have received and will be following the new governmental guidelines related to COVID-19. More details will be provided in later updates or directly to students when they come to school. The new guidelines include things such as:
    • Instructions on keeping data which can be used in finding the "Infection route" should a case occur at school.
    • New guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting of school facilities
    • New guidelines for the use of masks
    • Guidelines for school closures due to infections
  3. Due to the present COVID-19 situation, the MS-HS Camp and the Elementary overnight camp originally planned for the fall term have been cancelled.
  4. The school schedule for the fall term (link here) will be changed slightly in order to:
    • start school a little later than usual (so that students who come by train can better avoid crowded environments)
    • allow for more class time in the schedule

Thank you for your attention and support.

KIU Academy


Dear parents/guardians and students,

The athletic department would like to welcome you back the fall semester.  We are preparing for a fall sports season that will include high school volleyball for both boys and girls, middle school baseball for the boys, and middle school volleyball for the girls.  

We understand that there might be concerns about COVID-19 and participating in sports.  We are doing everything that we can to minimize the risks of contracting the virus while participating in sports.  You will be required to wear a mask while riding the bus to and from practice.  Our league, the WJAA, will be meeting during the last week of August to finalize protocols to allow for a fun and safe season.  

Practice will begin August 24 for high school volleyball.  Practices will be held on Monday (24), Wednesday (26), and  Friday 28).  We will practice from 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00 at Ide gymnasium.  Middle school girls are welcome to join in the morning practice sessions.  The school bus will pick students up at Shintanabe station at 8:40 and the school at 8:45.  It will be very warm in the gym so please drink plenty of water before coming to practice and bring water and sports drinks to practice.  It would be good to bring extra clothes to change into as you will be very sweaty.  

Regular practices will begin with school.  Middle school baseball and volleyball will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on  September 1.  High school volleyball will practice on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays beginning on September 2.   The high school girls will be coached by Mr. Blocksom, the high school boys will be coached by Mr. King, and we are in the process of finding coaches for the MS teams.  

More information regarding practices and games can be found on the sports calendar.  

If you have any questions please contact me at 

Thank you 

Adam King 

Athletic Director



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