St. Michael's International School


International Accreditation

St Michael’s International School was the first international school in the region to be awarded joint accreditation from the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC.)


St Michael’s International School is also an affiliate member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and an affiliate member of the Independent Schools Association (ISA) as well as being a member of the Japan Council for International Schools (JCIS.)

Our school is a proud International Primary Curriculum (IPC) member. The IPC is a research-based curriculum recognising global best practice in primary education and the developmental needs of 5 - 11 year olds.






What does it mean for our school community?

  • Recognition by independent bodies that our educational provision meets specified rigorous standards in all areas of school life.
  • Quality control is fully monitored and endorsed
  • St Michael’s has a commitment to excellence

In 2007, St. Michael’s International School was the first school in the Kansai region to be awarded joint accreditation by CIS and WASC.  In June  2017 the school was successfully re-accredited following the team visit which was carried out in May 2017. 
In reaching their decision, CIS and WASC took into account the Visiting Team’s commendations which were based on evidence of excellent and effective alignment with the accreditation standards for both CIS and WASC.  In granting the award of accreditation, the Visiting team felt that the commendations - or strengths of the school - far outweighed any areas in which the school was developing.   
Of particular note is the school’s considerable progress in developing a conceptual framework of international mindedness.  Further, the SMIS community is to be congratulated for the thorough and deliberate process undertaken to create the school’s values statement.   
Other strengths include the following:
  • The school’s Mission to provide “a positive culture of excellence and a caring family community” is implemented by the staff who have created a warm and safe environment; one that supports the academic, social, physical and emotional needs of all students. 
  • The Board of Trustees and Head of School have developed increased levels of financial stability and expertise within the organization, along with greater financial accountability through appointment of external auditors.
  • The Head of School in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team has built several systems to support teaching and learning. Among these are the staff appraisal system, the International School Assessment tests (ISAs)  and the introduction of the International Primary Curriculum. 
  • The school has developed a consistent ‘language of learning’ for its staff and students as outlined in the Teaching and Learning Policy.
  • The Student Leadership Council and the teacher facilitator work together to seek ways to take action on issues that make a positive difference at SMIS.
  • The Health and Safety Committee works proactively in enhancing health and safety across the school.
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