Kansai Christian School was founded by six Christian mission organizations in the fall of 1970 with the expressed purpose of providing an education in the English language to children of missionaries in the Kansai region. The founding mission organizations consisted of the Evangelical Free Church of America, Japan Mission, the Evangelical Alliance Mission, North American Baptist General Mission in Japan, Christian Churches/Church of Christ, and Worldwide Evangelization Crusade. Classes were originally held in an old home located on the campus of Ikoma Bible College that once belonged to missionaries, providing an intimate setting for a tight-knit Christian community of learners. For nearly 40 years KCS called the campus of the Bible college home, and steadily grew into a complete school offering grades one through twelve.
Enrollment ebbed and flowed in the decades following its founding. Yet through the years KCS remained committed to daily instruction in the Bible, intentionally small class sizes, and providing a Christ-centered and caring community for students and families alike. The KCS community ushered in an exciting new era with the start of the 2009-2010 school year, bidding farewell to the Ikoma campus as classes opened at the newly-renovated Heguri campus and the groundwork was laid for official recognition by the Japanese government. KCS has been accepted as a candidate for accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
From the outset, Christ-centered learning has been the constant at KCS. Students engage in classes taught from a decidedly Biblical worldview and Biblical integration is a central part of all classes at all grade levels. KCS graduates have gone on to study at top universities in Japan, the United States, Canada, Ghana, South Africa, and more. More importantly, graduates leave KCS knowing that in Christ are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
In 2007 the school relocated to its present location in Heguri. The following video catalogs this transition: