International Christian Academy Nagoya
Founded: 1998; NICS school since: 2000
Grades: Kindergarten - 12
Since 2007, the International Christian Academy of Nagoya (ICAN) has been accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Accreditation ensures that our school maintains the highest standards for curriculum, faculty, and facilities.
In 1990, missionaries from the Presbyterian Church of America and the Evangelical Free Church of America met to consider educational possibilities for their children. That first school, named Nagoya Christian Academy, started in August 1991. Located in Nagakute, adjacent to Nagoya, the school began as a satellite school of the Christian Academy of Japan in Tokyo (CAJ). During the 1999-2000 school year, the school became part of the Network of International Christian Schools (NICS), and the name was changed to International Christian Academy of Nagoya. From 2001 to 2010, ICAN operated as a NICS school under the local auspices of Mission to the World. In May, 2010, ICAN was recognized as a special foundation and now has its own hojin. The school exists to provide an English curriculum based on a Christian philosophy to international and Japanese students.
Currently, the student body is composed of approximately 100 kindergarten through grade 12 students from eight countries: Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The school employs 17 full time faculty members. Fifteen of those are Americans, one is Canadian, and one is Korean. The director and eight of the teachers have master’s degrees. All faculty members are evangelical Christians from a variety of denominations.
ICAN offers an American-style, college-preparatory curriculum, geared toward our international audience. All classes are taught in English. The school provides English as a Second Language (ESL) services. In addition, our students have access to online courses through NorthStar Academy, an accredited online school.
Intramural volleyball, basketball, soccer, and other seasonal sports are available. Other extra-curricular activities are offered, such as art club. An active parent-teacher group (PTF) plans family activities throughout the year.
Students in kindergarten through grade 12 take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), a computerized testing program, three times per school year to ensure individual academic progress. Juniors and seniors are encouraged, but not required, to take the SAT or ACT.
Students must earn a minimum of 25 credits to graduate, including the following:
Language Arts - 4
Second Language - 2
Social Studies - 4
Mathematics - 3
Science - 3
Physical Education - 1.5
Health - .5
Bible - One credit per year attended
The academic year consists of 180 instructional days divided into two semesters (August to December, January to June). Classes are 45 minutes per day or the equivalent since middle and high school core courses follow block scheduling.