The School and Accreditation

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Fukuoka International School (FIS), founded in 1972, is a private coeducational day school offering classes from prekindergarten through Grade 12. All graduating seniors receive an FIS High School Diploma accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Japanese Ministry of Education as a School Juridical Body “Gakko Hojin.” Since 2007, FIS has been authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the IB Diploma in Grade 11 and Grade 12. The school year is divided into two semesters, August-January and January-June.


Graduation Requirements

 
 
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All students at FIS are expected to earn a high school diploma during their final four years of high school. This diploma is recognition of the completion of a high school education to a satisfactory level. In order to achieve the goals within in the FIS Mission Statement, students will have completed a course covering both academic and non-academic activities. 

Students entering tertiary education are normally required to have a High School Diploma from an accredited school, or the equivalent. 

A minimum of 24 credits are required for the FIS High School Diploma with a minimum attendance of 85% per course. 

Students, who because of their short length of time at FIS, may not be able to meet all of the requirements for graduation as set forth above, may be granted a diploma at the Head of School’s discretion based on the requirements at their previous school.

Notes on Credits

  • To get the FIS High School Diploma a student needs four years of High School and they are expected to be a full time student throughout these years.  Every student needs to attend six subject courses per year.
  • A student admitted to FIS in the middle of the High School diploma years, will have their previous course evaluated prior to admittance and informed of their status in terms of the FIS High School Diploma. If a student has successfully completed their courses in their previous school, FIS will normally consider they have obtained 6 credits per year. 
  • FIS credits may be earned through approved online courses. Courses must first be approved by the Head of School or  Principal. All costs relating to online courses must be met by the family.
  • All of the above points are subject to Head of School discretion.

FIS High School Diploma Requirements

All students must do the FIS High School Diploma.                                                  

  • English = 4 credits                                       
  • Mathematics = 3 credits
  • Sciences = 3 credits
  • Humanities = 3 credits
  • Languages other than English = 3 credits
  • Design, Visual Art and Music = 2 credits
  • Physical Education/Health = 2 credit
  • Theory of Knowledge = 1 credit (2 years of TOK)
  • G11 &G12 classes = 3 credit

Pass/Fail

  • Service as Action/Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) = Pass for 4 years

Total credits needed to graduate with a FIS High School Diploma is 24 credits

IB Diploma

The IB Diploma is the FIS High School Diploma with a few extra requirements for the IB

  • English = 2 credits during G9&10 and 2 credits in DP Language and Literature or DP English Language Acquisition.                                     
  • Mathematics = 2 credits during G9&10 and 2 credits in DP Mathematics HL or SL or Studies
  • Sciences = 2 credits during G9&10 and 2 credits in DP Biology or Chemistry or Physics
  • Humanities = 2 credits during G9&10 and 2 credits in DP History or Economics or Business Management or an IB online course
  • Languages other than English = 2 credits during G9&10 and 2 credits in DP Language and Literature or DP  Language Acquisition
  • Design, Visual Art and Music = 2 credits during  G9 & 10
  • Physical Education/Health = 2 credit during G9 & 10
  • Theory of Knowledge = 1 credit (2 years of TOK)
  •  2 credits in a DP course
  • Extended Essay - At least a D

Pass/Fail

  • Service as Action/Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) = Pass for 4 years

Total credits needed to graduate with a FIS High School Diploma and the IB diploma is 27. In addition to the 27 credits, the student must obtain at least 24 points and at least 12 points in the 3 HL courses.  


Course Offerings

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FIS offers the IB Middle Years Program, so students in grade 9 and 10 must take the full MYP course load.  This includes;

  • Language and Literature: English
  • Language Acquisition: Japanese
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Arts and Design: M.A.D. subject
  • Service as Action

 The IB Diploma is the core curriculum for grades 11 and 12; students may take courses at the IB or FIS level of difficulty.  FIS supports students in IB Online and Self-Taught courses whenever possible. Here is the list of courses offered at FIS.

  • Group 1 (Language and Literature): English and Japanese - FIS, SL & HL levels
  • Group 2 (Language Acquisition): English and Japanese - FIS, SL & HL levels
  • Group 3 (Individuals and Societies): Economics, Business & Management and History - FIS, SL & HL levels
  • Group 4 (Sciences): Biology, Chemistry and Physics - FIS, SL & HL levels
  • Group 5 (Mathematics): Studies, SL, HL & FIS levels
  • Group 6 (Arts): Art - FIS, SL & HL levels 
  • Theory of Knowledge (ToK)
  • Creativity, Activity & Service (CAS)

For more information please refer to the Parent/Student Handbook or contact our admissions office or log into Managebac.