Ashiya International School Building Firm Foundations

4-1 Yoko-cho,Ashiya

Nearly 50 years of English Childcare

MIP Since 1964

1964 - Yoshiko Burke starts Oishi Foreign Children Club for foreigners near Rokko

1970 -  Moves operation to Mikage Yamate to operate as an international preschool

1990 - Changes name to Mikage International Preschool (MIP)

1995 - Earthquake devastates MIP but rebuilds and opens in 3 months

2002 - MIP receives NPO status under the corporate name Mikage International Children Center

2011 - MIP moved from Mikage to Ashiya to become Mikage International Preschool in Shio-Ashiya (MIPS)

2003 April 8 - Ashiya International School opens
AIS opens with 3 teachers and 4 students as an extension of Mikage International Preschool.

2005 - Summer VBS program kicks off
The first official summer Vacation Bible School program starts gathering over 80 children and youth assistants from around the world. Joins ACSI as a member school and chooses A BEKA as the main curriculum to properly teach English and phonics.

2006 July - Accredited as a foreign school
Hyogo prefecture accredits Ashiya International School as a foreign school, the fourteenth of its kind in the prefecture and first in 10 years. Gains membership in the Association of Foreign Schools in Hyogo Prefecture.

2007 May - Second building opens
The governor of Hyogo Prefecture and mayor of Ashiya City commemorate the opening of the school's second building, adding bigger classrooms, meeting and play areas.

2008 - SAT-10 Adopted
The school adopts the SAT-10  test to monitor academic performance alongside a global standard.

2010 - After School English Program Begins
An after school English program begins for kindergarten graduates who enroll in Japanese schools.

2011 - Combine Operations Under One Roof
MIP fully moves to Ashiya and offers programs for 1-1/2 year olds. Planning to expand afternoon, evening and Saturday programs by 2012.