About Primary School

Our Educational Philosophy

Kyushu Lutheran School was founded in 1926 by missionary Martha B.Akard dispatched by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States. We will newly establish an international school primary school division. Based on the educational philosophy of “Cultivating people who are willing to serve God and others in order to provide character education based on the Christian spirit, nurture and cultivate students’ insight and emotions, and realize peace with love” we foster global citizens who can willingly embody the school motto “Gratitude & Service – to give thanks for God’s abundant grace and live in love and service.”

Since its founding, with English education as a focus as its central feature, we have established World Goodwill Day as an annual event, providing students with opportunities to exchange letters with students from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and France, display postcards and clothing, and perform songs and dances from various countries to enable students to acquire an international perspective. In addition, our high school and university have been promoting international exchanges with Australia, Europe, the United States, South Korea, Taiwan and other Asian countries through exchange students, study trips and cross-cultural practicums.

As 2026 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the school, we will open the Kyushu Lutheran International School Primary School Division, in April 2024 in order pay respect to such diversity cultivated since its founding, further deepen the education of the academy as it nurtures global leadership and develops true global citizens.

Features of Education

Kyushu Lutheran International School, Primary school Division conducts character education based on the Christian spirt through daily worship. In order to simultaneously develop students’ English language and critical thinking skills, inquiry-based active learning will be offered in English so that students can think deeply and pursue unanswered tasks, based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum, which promotes students to develop international perspective. In addition, we aim to provide education that nurtures each individual, including individual support in small groups, particularly for children with different cultures and English proficiency to collaborate and learn together.
We will also implement child exchange projects and apply for International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) candidate school qualification with the aim of obtaining IB PYP by 2027, under the cooperation of Aoba International Educational Systems, with which we have established a partnership agreement with for the development of international education in Kumamoto prefecture.

Educational Policy

Diploma Policy"What should students acquire upon graduation?"

  1. Children will have an increased sense of curiosity and self-awareness, and be inclined to explore and embrace challenges.
  2. Children will cultivate a sense of gratitude towards others and gain a proactive sense of service toward their surroundings in order to build a better society.
  3. Children will gain a respect for diversity of various cultures and languages, also have excellent communication skills and global leadership.

Curriculum Policy

  1. The educational program looks to foster curiosity, exploration, and in-depth learning about problem solving.
  2. The bilingual education program aims to develop the ability to understand others’ way of thinking and convey one’s own thoughts confidently in both English and Japanese.
  3. The educational program aims to instill respect for cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as develops global leadership.
  4. The educational program aims to cultivate the necessary ICT skills for gathering information in the fast-paced digital age, while also promoting a balanced understanding of information literacy.

Admission Policy"What are our admission expectations for students?"

  1. Children who can take responsibility for their actions and act with consideration and appreciation towards others.
  2. Children who have curiosity and a willingness to learn collaboratively with others.
  3. Families are expected to understand the educational policies of the school and collaborate with the school to support their children’s growth.