What is coronavirus? コロナウイルスってなんだろう?

Fujita Health University School of Medicine ​created a resource for elementary kids to understand what coronavirus is and how to deal with it. You can view it by using this link:


藤田医科大学 医学部は、小学生にコロナウイルスについて知ってもらうための資料を作成しました。​上のリンクをクリックするとご覧いただけます。

Elementary school update (March 3, 2020)

Today we sent packets of assignments to each elementary student’s home by mail. Most of the enclosed assignments will not affect your child’s grade for the term but are mainly sent for home study. Please encourage your child to do the assignments to help them review what they have learned and to develop their abilities. During school hours on weekdays (9:00 to 14:40), please urge your child to use this time as much as possible for study and work on assignments at home.

Homeroom teachers will be calling to see if you have any questions about the assignments we have sent.  Your child's subject teachers will also call from time to time to talk with the students about their progress if you would like.  If you have any questions about the assignments, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher by e-mail or mail the school at kiu@kyotoiu.ac.jp.

臨時休校期間中の事務室へのお問い合わせに関して School office hours and inquiries during school closure


事務室に関しましては現在のところ、平日9:00 -17:00の間で業務を継続いたします。




KIU Academy is following the directives from the Japanese government. Therefore, school will be closed from March 2 (Monday) until the spring break.

Currently the school office will continue to open weekdays from 9:00 - 17:00.

However, since we will be operating with reduced staff, we ask you to contact us at kiu@kyotoiu.ac.jp as much as possible. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

(UPDATED) School Closed From MONDAY (3/2)

Dear Parents,

 KIU Academy is following the directives from the Japanese government. Therefore school will be closed from March 2 (Monday) until the spring break. The exact date for the end of the school closure at KIUA is not defined yet. We will announce it when it is decided.

 For Elementary students, the academic year will be concluded today (February 28). Students will be issued final grades based on the work submitted up to this point. Next week we will also mail you a package with study materials for your children to use at home. We hope that this will help them retain the knowledge they gained this year and be prepared to return to school next April.

 For Middle and High School students, assignments will be made available online (on FACTS Family Portal and through email, etc.) so that they can complete the essential content for this term. This means that your child will need access to the internet and a computer or tablet. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

 During this period of school closure, students are NOT ALLOWED on campus under any circumstances. All communication with teachers is to be done via the online resources we make available, or by standard mail. Middle and High school students should spend school hours at home doing school work. All students should avoid unnecessary outings, public transportation and crowded areas.

 We ask parents to avoid calling the school phones because we will be operating with reduced staff.  Information for parents will continue to be posted on FACTS Family Portal and on the “News and Communication Portal” section of the school website ( kiua.kyotoiu.ac.jp ). If you have questions that are not addressed in the announcements, please email the school at kiu@kyotoiu.ac.jp

 A final decision regarding the Graduation ceremony for High School seniors will be made in the next two weeks. We will keep monitoring the COVID-19 situation before reaching a decision. If a ceremony is held, it will probably be held with the minimum number of people possible (as per governmental recommendation).

 KIUA will continue accepting applications for admissions, but for the time being all inquiries will be handled by phone and document reviews. Visitors to campus will be kept to a minimum.


Thank you for your understanding and support,

KIUA Administration


Sports Events Cancelled スポーツのキャンセル

The heads of the international schools within the WJAA (sport league) have agreed to suspend all activity between schools.


Because of this, the middle school tournaments at Marist and CA this Friday, as well as the WJAA high school soccer tournament in mid-March have been cancelled.

All other scheduled games between international schools were also cancelled until March 31. 



Dear Parents,


Please note that a letter and survey about coronavirus has been distributed in homerooms and uploaded to the Documents page.

コロナウイルスに関する手紙とアンケートがホームルームで配布され、DOCUMENTS ページにアップロードされました。

We request your cooperation in responding to the survey.


Thank you,
H. Simoes


During the year-end holidays the school office will be closed on Wednesday, December 25 and  from Friday, December 27 to Sunday, January 5.

Thank you for your understanding.





KIU has just taken the First Step toward a New Campus

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you so much for your continuous support and cooperation on behalf of KIU Academy.

We would like to update you on our search for a new school location within the Kyotanabe area. Since the land where A and B buildings are located is rented and lease renewal is not an option, we have been looking for a new location for several years. Below you will find basic information about our progress. When there are further developments, we will be sending out updates to you and other supporters of Kyoto International University Academy.

On Friday, February 1, KIU signed the purchase agreement contract for land located four hundred meters north of Shintanabe Station. This is the first step in the long process of buying and developing property to move KIU to a permanent new campus. For completion of this process, there are several steps that will need to be accomplished.

Upcoming phases of the process:

  1. Land sale contract
  2. Kyoto Board of Education campus move approval
  3. Kyoto Prefectural Land Development approval
  4. Bank Loan formal approval 
  5. School Building Permit

It will take about a year to obtain the necessary official permits before the purchase of the property becomes final.  Although a new building has not yet been designed, our goal is to increase classroom space and build a gym on our own property.

As we proceed with planning, we are looking for experts with experience in land development, concrete construction, and green energy to advise us on this project.  If you or someone you know well would be willing to help us, please make an appointment to meet with Peter Blocksom. Since we expect to encounter many challenges, we ask for your prayers, as well as understanding and cooperation.


Thank you very much,

Peter Blocksom


Kyoto International University


On Thursday, November 22, Kyoto International University and KIU Academy will be having a Guidance Café to present information about the KIUA High School and opportunities for its graduates to study at KIU Foundations Program, as well as to study in Japan and in foreign countries.

Elementary parents as well as  middle and high school students and parents are  welcome to join this event.

For more information, please refer to the flyer and reservation form.






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