History & Mission
Keio Academy of New York was established in 1990 by Keio Gijuku (Keio Private School System), which also operates Keio University (one of Japan's most prestigious private universities), primarily to meet the needs of Japanese families living overseas.
Inheriting the traditions established by Keio Gijuku's founder, Yukichi Fukuzawa, Keio Academy of New York is a unique international private academic institution that endeavors to prepare its students to become global leaders of the 21st century, by providing a bilingual and bicultural educational curriculum.
Keio Academy of New York is authorized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Science and Technology in Japan, and registered by the New York State Board of Regents in the United States. The Academy was first accredited by the New York State Association of Independent School (NYSAIS) in 2001. This accreditation was renewed in 2011. The Academy also holds memberships with the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), College Board, and the Association of International Educators (NAFSA).
Keio Academy of New York is founded to prepare highly qualified graduates for admission to Keio University and the world's other leading colleges and universities by doing the following:
- Nurture each student's development as an individual and as a self-confident and contributing member of the community.
- Provide opportunities for students to experience diverse cultures and to prepare for a global society.
- Instill in each student a strong sense of "self-esteem" and "moral independence" which has been a Keio tradition since its establishment in 1858.
A preliminary office of Keio Academy of New York was established
Keio Academy of New York admitted its first class
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan authorized Keio Academy of New York as an overseas educational institution
The New York State Board of Education issued Keio Academy of New York a Certificate of High School Registration
Accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Renewal of accreditation by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
We see our bright sun that brings us to the new
That brings us to the truth The only truth
Never stop, just give a go and try
‘Cause there is no need to be afraid and start to cry
Believe the way of you and me Believe the day of future dreams
Stand for the life, the life that we cannot see
And live this moment no matter how hard life can be
Remember family that gives us true love
Remember true friends who share our hope
Thank them with love, not with jealousy or hate
Show your thoughts by actions and by your accomplishments
Don’t ever forget your mind and heart
Don’t be upset about who you are
You’re not alone in the streets, so dark and cold
There will be a light shining to the world that is waiting for you
The past will not just die away
The present isn’t here to stay
The future’s only a step away
All you have to do is reach
Never give up
Just believe in what you learned
All the time we spent here
And our hopes will light our way ahead
『遙かな想い』Melody and lyrics by Oda Kazumasa, 2003