Fast Facts

Overview

Okinawa Christian School was established in 1957 to provide Christ-centered education for the children of evangelical missionaries. OCSI currently serves over 430 students in our PreK-12 program.

Our classes are taught in English, and we use an American-style curriculum that addresses the whole person, is Biblically based, recognizes all truth is God’s truth, emphasizes sharing the Gospel and discipleship, and encourages Biblical thinking and living.

Academic Calendar

The academic year has 180 instructional days and is divided into two semesters (August-January and January-June). The middle school and high school use a modified block schedule.

Accreditation

OCSI is jointly accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This joint accreditation:

  • Affirms that OCSI meets the standards of quality established by the international school community.
  • Provides validation of OCSI’s credibility.
  • Promotes accountability to the school community.
  • Improves instruction targeting increased student achievement of the expected student outcomes.
  • Encourages the evaluation of biblical and spiritual integration.
  • Allows OCSI graduates to qualify for admissions to Japanese universities with English-based programs, as well as colleges and universities in the US and other countries.

The accreditation process uses a 6-year cycle:

  • Year 1-2: OCSI submits school improvement reports to ACSI and WASC.
  • Year 3: A visiting committee from ACSI and WASC visits OCSI to assess progress on school improvement.
  • Year 4-5: OCSI submits school improvement reports to ACSI and WASC.
  • Year 6: OCSI completes its self-study report, and an accreditation team reads the report, visits OCSI, identifies strengths and growth areas, and reports its findings to ACSI and WASC (most recently completed in Spring 2018).

Affiliations

College and University Acceptances

Our graduates have been accepted into colleges and universities in the US, Japan, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, and the United KingdomView the complete list.

Campus

Expected Student Outcomes

Japanese Government Status

学校法人 Gakkou Houjin/Incorporated Educational Institution [Japan]

各種学校 Kakushu Gakkou/Miscellaneous School [Okinawa]

特定公益増進法人 Tokutei Koueki Zoushin Houjin/Special Public Interest Promotion Organization [Japan National Tax Agency]

Graduation Requirements

View the complete list of graduation requirements

History

Legacy class

Okinawa Christian School was established in 1957 as a school for the children of missionaries living in Okinawa. During the first year, Mrs. Esther Austin taught a class of 11 students in Mashiki, in Ginowan.

The school eventually moved into a more permanent facility on present-day Camp Lester (then called Camp Kuwae) consisting of two Quonset huts. Missionary parents who started the school were aware that many other parents desired a Christian, English-language education at an affordable price. Believing that every child deserved an opportunity to receive an education taught from a Biblical perspective, the missionaries decided to open the doors of the school to any child, regardless of religious affiliation.

Legacy campus

Looking forward to the future, OCS purchased land on Hacksaw Ridge in Urasoe City, a site of fierce fighting during the Battle of Okinawa in WWII. By 1965 students moved into a new, larger school facility (pictured at right). This expansion led to OCS celebrating its first commencement when the graduating Class of 1969 received their diplomas.

By 1986, OCSI was looking to expand again. OCSI purchased the current Yomitan campus in 1996 and began classes in this new facility during the 1996-1997 school year.

Students

Our current enrollment (as of February 2019) is as follows:

  • Pre-K & Kindergarten: 65
  • Elementary (grades 1-5): 194
  • Middle school (grades 6-8): 89
  • High school (grades 9-12): 83

Teachers

We have over 40 certified teachers who come from the US, Canada, Japan, India, and the Philippines.

Testing

  • Grades K-2: DRA
  • Grades 3-8: MAP
  • Grades 9-12: PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP

学校について

1957年創立以来、沖縄クリスチャンスクールインターナショナル(OCSI)は沖縄の国際社会に総合教育を提供してきました。キャンパスは読谷村に位置しており、3歳児から高校卒業まで、400名以上の生徒が通っています。

使命

生徒達を神と共に歩み、神の為に、世界に影響を与える者となるように育成する。

学校運営

OCSIは、学校法人沖縄クリスチャンスクールによって運営されています。平成22年に沖縄県から学校法人の認可を受けました。

認定団体

米国西部地域私立学校大学協会/Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)及び、キリスト教学校国際協会/Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)の2団体より認定されています。日本では文部科学省よりインターナショナルスクールとして、沖縄県からは各種学校として認可されていますので、日本の大学への入学資格が認められています。

教育概要

アメリカの教育を基礎とし、聖書的見解を取り入れたカリキュラムを使用しています。英語、数学、社会、科学の科目以外に、美術、コンピューター、音楽、日本語、体育等の科目も履修します。授業は英語で行われ、学年はアメリカのシステムに基づいています。学年度は8月に始まり、6月で終わります。

キャンパス

東シナ海を見下ろすキャンパスには40以上の教室、図書室(2)、コンピューター室(3)、理科実験室(3)、工作室、アスレチックフィールド、体育館等があります。

進路

卒業生のほとんどはアメリカや海外の大学に進みますが、早稲田、慶應、上智、国際基督教大学など、日本の大学に進む生徒も増えております。