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.
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.
Okinawa Christian School was established in 1957 to provide Christ-centered education for the children of evangelical missionaries. OCSI currently serves over 500 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.
Our classes are taught in English, and we use an American-style program 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.
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him.
Students achieve the expected student outcomes; use their learning to serve God and others; are prepared for college, career, and citizenship; follow Jesus; and participate in the local church.
The purpose of Christian education is equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him.
Parents are responsible for their children’s education. Okinawa Christian School International partners with parents by providing Christian education.
Students are our future. They are full of potential, are responsible for their learning, and are responsible for using it to serve God and others. We value student diversity seen in learning styles, abilities, and cultural backgrounds.
Staff (the living curriculum) model Biblical thinking and living, build Christ-centered community, focus on OCSI’s mission, empower others, use best practice, grow professionally, and are qualified and committed to carry out the basis, vision, and philosophy.
Our program addresses the whole person, is communicated in English, and uses an American-style approach. It is Biblically based, recognizes all truth is God’s truth, emphasizes sharing the Gospel and discipleship, and encourages Biblical thinking and living.
- The inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures as originally given; their plenary inspiration by God, and their supreme authority as the only rule of faith and practice.
- The Trinity of the Godhead—Father, Son, and. Holy Spirit, who are the same in substance, equal in power, and glory.
- The essential, absolute, and eternal deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His real but sinless humanity, His substitutionary and atoning death as the all-sufficient sacrifice for sin. His resurrection from the dead on the third day in that very body that had lain in the tomb, His ascension into heaven as the only Mediator between God and man, and His visible personal return in power and glory.
- The personality and deity of the Holy Spirit by Whom the believer is regenerated and sanctified through the Word of Truth.
- The lost estate of man through the Fall and his salvation solely by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, whose righteousness imputed to him is the only ground of his acceptance before God.
- The resurrection of the body, the judgment of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, the everlasting and conscious punishment of the lost.
- The spiritual unity of all who truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and their duty to maintain in all their relationships a standard of life and doctrine that is in conformity with the teaching of God’s Word.
We value Christ-centered community, focus, empowerment, best practice, and growth.
- Christ-centered community: As part of a connected, caring, collaborative group of like-minded Christians, we keep Christ at the center of everything. Therefore, we pray together, talk about Jesus, and keep each other safe. We are kind, respectful, hardworking, and self-controlled.
- Focus: We pursue our God-given mission, actively using it to guide our work. Therefore, we talk about the mission in casual conversation, align our work with the mission, and measure mission achievement.
- Empowerment: We encourage and support others to use the gifts God has given them. Therefore, we listen, inquire to provoke reflection, focus on others (instead of on ourselves), and encourage.
- Best practice: We use Biblical principles and sound, current research and practice to carry out our work. Therefore, we work smarter (not harder), learn about best practice, and emphasize using best practice.
- Growth: We increase personal, student, staff, and organizational learning and improvement. Therefore, we each document, assess progress on, and update our own annual professional development plan; and we celebrate student, staff, and organizational growth.
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.
- 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).
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]
Okinawa Christian School International does not discriminate against students and parents on the basis of race, biological gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, color, age, or disability in the administration of policy and program.