Fukuoka International School is a private, non-sectarian, co-educational day school which offers a comprehensive educational program for students of all nationalities.
In 1972, the Fukuoka International School was established upon the closure of the U.S. Air Force Base School in Itazuke. It is the only accredited Pre-K to 12 international school on Kyushu. The original school building and land were owned and supplied by the Japan Baptist Mission, but the growth of the foreign population and demands of education compelled the school to expand.
In 1974, the school has been a member of JCIS – the Japan Council of International Schools.
In 1987, FIS became a member of EARCOS – the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools.
In 1988, the Fukuoka International School Founding Committee, composed of about 60 government and civic groups, was formed to develop a larger, high quality international school in Kyushu.
In 1990, the new school was completed with donations from the community. FIS has continued to grow throughout the years.
In 2003, a Fine Arts/Music center was opened also housing instructional classrooms.
In 2007, the school was accredited by the Western Associations of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for a full six years. As well as receiving full authorization of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP).
In 2012, the English Language Learners Center was created to better support student learning.
In 2013, the school was re-accredited by the western Associations of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for a full six years.
In 2014, the school was fully authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP).
In 2016, the reauthorization of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) was granted.
In 2018, the reauthorization visit for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) is scheduled.
In 2019, the reaccreditation visit for the Western Associations of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is scheduled. Also planned for 2019 is authorization of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP).