Christian Academy in Japan

Christian Academy in Japan (クリスチャン・アカデミー・イン・ジャパン) (CAJ), established in 1950, is a private Christian school in the city of Higashikurume, Tokyo, Japan that provides a Christian American-style education in English. As of 2010, CAJ had over 465 students, from kindergarten through high school. About 48% of the students are children of Christian missionaries who work for some 40 different mission organizations. The students come from more than 25 countries, with 41% from the United States, 32% from Japan, and 12% from Korea. Most students commute to school by public transportation, bicycle or walking. The four-acre (16,000 m²) campus in the western suburbs of Tokyo also includes a classroom building, auditorium, library, gymnasium, computer lab, home economics and industrial arts facilities, and a dining hall.

Christian Academy in Japan
Address
1-2-14 Shinkawa-cho, Higashikurume-shi, Tokyo 〒203-0013

Higashikurume

Japan
Information
TypePrivate
MottoEquipping students to serve Japan and the world for Christ
Established1950
Head of schoolAnda Foxwell
Enrollment464 (2008-09 SY) + 285 in SSS/
Color(s)Blue & Gold
MascotKnights
SSS DirectorJacquie Willson
Websitehttp://caj.ac.jp/

Mission

The stated mission of Christian Academy in Japan is to equip students to serve Japan and the world for Christ.

Core Values

"Creation in the image of the one living and true God bestows special dignity and value on all human beings, and mandates us to be God's agents of creativity, care, and compassion in the world"[1]

  1. God is the author of all truth
  2. God created humans in His image
  3. God created humans for community

CAJ's program applies this biblical approach to life and learning, addresses the whole person, and equips students to become responsible learners, discerning thinkers, productive collaborators, effective communicators, and faithful caretakers

Activities

CAJ has a wide range of activities for its students. Chapel is included for all ages. Elementary school activities include several musical groups and various field trips. Middle and high school activities include the CAJ Student Council, sports, drama, music, field trips, yearbook, school newspaper, and community service opportunities.

CAJ has an award winning Robotics program. CAJ VEX Robotics teams have won numerous awards at regional competitions and were selected to represent Japan at the World VEX Robotics World Championship in 2016, 2017 and 2018. At the fall 2018 regional championship competing with schools from Northeast Asia and Hawaii, CAJ teams won the Judges Award and the Excellence Award (overall first place).

History

In July 2019, the Christian Academy in Japan hired Tellios to start investigating 66 cases of alleged past abuse of students. The cases date as early as the late 1950s and include physical and sexual abuse by faculty to students.[2]

Notable alumni and attendees

  • SoulJa, a Japanese rapper
  • Mobi Fehr, a professional soccer player formerly on the USA U-17 team
  • Mark Joseph, a multimedia producer, author, and founder/CEO of MJM Entertainment Group and Bully! Pulpit.

Sponsoring mission groups

Christian Academy in Japan is owned and operated by the following six evangelical mission groups that provide the school with leadership and teachers:

References

  1. "Mission / Values / Program". caj.ac.jp. Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  2. "School for missionary children in Japan investigating allegations of past abuse". Religion News Service. 2019-07-12. Retrieved 2019-07-14.

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