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 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).

Mission Statement

Keio Academy of New York aims to provide a bicultural and bilingual education in Japanese and English in a predominantly boarding setting for students preparing for admission to Keio University in Tokyo or other universities around the world. It seeks to create a community of learning and academic ambition among its students through imaginative and disciplined teaching and to develop in them a lively social and cultural awareness through its co-curricular programs of sport, music, debating, public speaking and community service, such that its graduates will have the confidence and self-discipline to contribute energetically in their university studies and take their place as creative, collaborative, independent-minded global citizens with “Dokuritsu-Jison” qualities.


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.

The School celebrated its tenth anniversary.

The School was accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS).

The School celebrated its twentieth anniversary.

The School obtained renewal of accreditation by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS).

The Trustees commissioned a thorough appraisal of its mission, governance structure, boarding structure, academic and sports programs and development capability, carried out by Dr Ralph Townsend, formerly Headmaster of Winchester College UK (2005-2016), Oundle School UK (1999-2005) and Sydney Grammar School Australia (1989-1999), who was appointed a Trustee..

The Trustees endorsed the recommendations in Dr Townsend’s appraisal and engaged him as President of the Academy to oversee implementation of a program of reform. Ms Fumiko Kikuchi, for many years a teacher at the School, was appointed Vice President (Head of School), responsible to the President for day-to-day operations.

The Trustees approved a fully revised curriculum equipping students for admission to universities in both Japan and the USA.



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