Education Feature: ICAN

A Close-Knit Christian School for K through 12

Allison Jones

The International Christian Academy of Nagoya (ICAN) is an international school located in Nagakute City, to the east of Nagoya (the fourth largest city in Japan).  ICAN warmly welcomes students of any racial, ethnic, or religious background.

We offer a unique and high quality education for students in Kindergarten 12th grade.  All instruction is offered in English by certified teachers using a North American college-preparatory curriculum.  The school also provides English as a Second Language (ESL) services by a qualified teacher for those students who need additional support with English language mastery.

High school graduates of ICAN are awarded a diploma equivalent to one received in American schools.  Therefore, they are afforded the opportunity to apply to and attend universities not only in Japan, but universities in America, Europe, Asia, or anywhere in the world!  Recent ICAN graduates have attended Nagoya University, Asbury University, Moody Bible Institute and Aviation School, Trinity University of Asia in the Philippines, and Masaryk University in the Czech Republic.

ICAN’s uniqueness is evident through the close-knit community of educators who work together to create an individualized learning program that challenges each student to reach his greatest academic potential.  Value is placed on developing students academically, socially, and spiritually for the purpose of preparing them for success as responsible global citizens of the future.
ICAN is dually-accredited through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  We are also grateful to be a part of the Network of International Christian Schools (NICS).

We offer an educational program to accommodate Japanese and expatriate families within an atmosphere that fosters Christian character and growth.

When does your school year start?

ICAN follows a North American academic calendar. We begin in August and finish in June.

What is your goal for students who come to your school?

ICAN’s goal for students is for each student to reach his or her full academic potential. We focus on students becoming engaged learners, responsible citizens, effective communicators, and Biblically-informed individuals.

What are your teachers like and what do you look for in a teacher?

Teachers at ICAN are here because they want to serve the educational needs of students. They care for the needs of the whole student and not just one area.

What is your school’s mission?

The International Christian Academy of Nagoya is a Christ-centered school that impacts the world by providing students with an education based on a biblical worldview in an environment of academic excellence, while cultivating respect for people of all cultures and religions.

What is your school’s vision?

The vision of the International Christian Academy of Nagoya is to grow as an international school that provides for the English-based academic needs of both Japanese and expatriate families within an atmosphere that fosters Christian character and growth.

Do you accept children throughout the year?

Yes, ICAN has open enrollment throughout the year.

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