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Our Beliefs (Principles) - K.I.C.S.


Knowledge, Integrity, Character, Service

Knowledge : At KICS we strive to teach more than just "head knowledge," but also HOW to use that knowledge for life.  Students are taught WHY they need to learn information, HOW to make wise decisions, and the EFFECT those decisions will have on their lives and the lives of others.


Integrity : Honesty is vital to successful relationships in life, at school, home, and in society.  Students are challenged to be truthful, even when they have made mistakes, and to take responsibility for the results of their actions.


Character : A person's character is shown by the way they treat other people.  KICS encourages students to learn to care for others and give assistance of their own initiative, not only when asked.  "Actions speak louder than words."


Service :  Students at KICS learn to work and serve others! Through cleaning, assisting teachers, and helping younger students, they learn responsibility. This helps prepare them for life, rather than expecting others to serve and wait on them.


Statement of Faith


We believe the Bible is inerrant and is the divinely inspired word of God.

We believe that God eternally exists as one God in three Persons.

We believe that man is sinful from birth and incapable of redeeming himself by his own good works.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is the only path to salvation. We believe that He came to earth as a man, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death in our place, was resurrected on the third day, and now sits at the right hand of God the Father.

We believe that people are justified by faith in Jesus' sacrifice and that upon accepting Him as their Lord and Savior, they receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit Who enables them to live for the glory of God,

History of KICSchool


September 1978

Sakuragi Christian Center (SCC) started by George and Lois Bostrom,

U.S. missionaries with 5 home-schooling teenagers.

June 1991

Their son Paul Bostrom, with wife Cheryl, becomes pastor of SCC.

April 1998

The Bostroms begin homeschooling their first daughter. By 2008 they have 13 children and have successfully homeschooled for 10 years.

May 2007

Kakegawa Homeschool Support is started as other homeschooling families begin to join together for classes, activities and outings.

April 2008

Kakegawa International Christian School is started and licensed as a school member through ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International), which is officially recognized by the Japanese government.

September 2008

KICSchool opens a Japanese division for Japanese students and offers a bilingual school course.

2009 - 2012

KICS slowly grows as more students, both Japanese and foreign, join the school.  Eight high school students graduate and go on to college or work.


In five years, eleven teachers (including full-time and part-time) taught classes and about 35 students enrolled in the school.

January 2014

KICS moves the school to a new/larger location, Kakegawa-shi, Hosoya, due to an influx of students.

April 2014

Kakegawa International Christian Preschool begins. There are 10 preschoolers enrolled and over 40 students ranging from elementary to high school

April 2017

KICS changed to an English-only curriculum.

March 2020

Due to COVID-19, KICS implemented a switch to exclusively online studies and Kakegawa International Christian Preschool was forced to close, causing the number of students and teachers to drastically decline. Diligent prayer began for God's will regarding the future of the school.

October 2021

Due to the continual health challenges of the founder, Cheryl Bostrom, her daughter, Michaella Bostrom, was named the new principal of KICS.

May 2022

KICS finally returned to in-person studies in the original school building in Tonbe, while continuing to offer online classes to those who needed them.

April 2023

Stopped offering online classes. Almost 20 students from around the world were enrolled.

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