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CAJ's Athletic Coordinators (ACs) run our extensive sports program.


Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is an organization that CAJ is affiliated with that provides training and curriculum materials, sponsors conferences, and provides information about best practices in Christian education.


American College Testing (though now they are officially just ACT) is a test similar to the far more common SAT.


Many of our staff are trained in first aid including Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training. There are several AED units on campus.


The Annex refers to offices and meeting areas located in the former hostel building towards the back of campus. Please check with the business office if you need help finding a particular office or staff person.


The Academic Office Conference Room (AOCR) is a room in the academic office that is often used for meetings.

AP Classes

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are available for students to in the high school. More information is available in the high school handbook here.


Artscape is a once-a-year opportunity for international school students to have their art displayed downtown (typically at the Children's Castle). It is not a competition, and the artwork is selected and hung by the art teachers from each school.


American School in Japan (ASIJ) is an international school in Tokyo that is part of the KPASS (Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools) group that CAJ also belongs to.


A-13 is the large music classroom in the lower level of the auditorium building.

Back-to-School Day

A day, usually several weeks after school starts, where parents have an opportunity to learn more about their children's CAJ experience.


The business office conference room (BOCR) is a room near the main entrance of the school where meetings are scheduled.


Community groups, Homeroom, and Assembly Time in the high school.


Activities outside of, but connected to, CAJ's curriculum (extra-curricular) for which students do not receive academic credit (or a grade on their report card). Co-curricular activities include sports, parts of our music program, academic KPASS events such as Brain Bowl and Math Field Day, theater, etc.

Community Group

These are mixed age (grades 9-12 combined) groups of high school students that meet throughout the year.


Christian Schools International (CSI) is an organization that CAJ is affiliated with that provides training and curriculum materials, sponsors conferences, and provides information about best practices in Christian education.


Department of Defense Dependent (DoDD) schools are US military sponsored schools around the world. CAJ regularly competes with DoDD schools in the Asian region. Attending events at DoDD schools usually involves getting clearance to attend in advance. Contact the athletic coordinators or the office if you have questions.


English as an Additional Language (EAL) is one of a number of terms to identify students who are learning English as an additional language. We transitioned from the term ESL (English as a Second Language) in the Fall of 2012.


East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) is an organization that CAJ is affiliated with that sponsors conferences and provides information about best practices in international education. EARCOS hosts major Asian-region conferences for teachers and administrators.


Ninth grader (student in first year of high school).


Elementary School (ES) division: Grades K-5 at CAJ.


English as a Second Language (ESL) is one of a number of terms to identify students who are learning English as an additional language. We prefer the term EAL: English as an Additional Language.


Eighth Grade Encapsulating Extravaganza is a culminating event for 8th graders that occurs near the end of the school year.


Grade Point Average (GPA): see high school handbook entry on Grading for more information.


Gospel Team (GT) is a summer outreach program run by hi-B.A. that many of our students participate in.

Harvest Hall

Harvest Hall is a meeting room in Matsukawa Place, a building adjacent to our campus, that is used for many school events. It can be booked through the Japan Baptist Fellowship office located in room #106 on the first floor of Matsukawa Place. The phone number is 042-458-8106.

HiBA (hi-B.A.)

High School Born Againers (hi-B.A.) is a very active youth group that many of our high school students participate in. It is not directly affiliated with CAJ, but we support them by allowing advertising and access to our resources and students.


High School (HS) division: Grades 9-12 at CAJ. Grade 9 = freshman | Grade 10 = sophomore | Grade 11 = junior | Grade 12 = senior


The name of the calendar program CAJ uses to publicize events and post assignments. Access to calendars can be found on the website.


Individual Education Plans (IEP) and Official Accommodation Plans (OAP) are for students with identifiable special needs. These plans are monitored by the Support Team. Contact the Guidance Office if you have questions.


International School of the Sacred Heart (ISSH) is an international school in Tokyo that is part of the KPASS (Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools) group that CAJ belongs to.


CAJ currently uses the standardized Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) at various grade levels to assess student progress and our program.


Jesus and Me (JAM) is a middle school program run by KBF (Kurume Bible Fellowship, a church that rents our facilities). JAM is not directly affiliated with CAJ, but we support it by allowing advertising and access to our resources and students.


Japan Christian Academy Association (JCAA) is an organization that allows US citizens to donate to CAJ and receive a tax deduction receipt.


Japan Council of International schools (JCIS) is an education and advocacy group of English language international schools in Japan that CAJ is a member of.


Eleventh grader (student in their 3rd year of high school).


Kurume Bible Fellowship (KBF) is an international church that rents CAJ's campus and holds services there each Sunday. KBF is not directly affiliated with CAJ.

Knight's Castle

The play structure near the tracks and tennis courts (on the back side of the soccer/play field).


The Kanto Plain Association of Secondary School Principals (KPASSP) is a group of international and local DoDD schools that have joined together to form a league for competition and collaboration in sports, fine and performing arts, and other activities.


The Learning Resource Center (LRC) works with students of all abilities to help them achieve academic success.


The Leadership Team (LT) is the administration group that includes the head of school, the three divisional principals, the director of the SSS division, and the business manager.

Matsukawa Place

Is the housing, office, and meeting complex next to the auditorium and dining hall, but it is not officially part of our campus.

Mini Gym

Is the small gym area located in an upper floor of the gym building accessible from the lobby.


Missionary Kid (MK) - an internationally recognized term which identifies the children of missionaries.


Moodle is the software we use for an interactive online presence to supplement many classes. It is also an important part of our contingency plan in case we have to close for an extended period of time for an emergency such as a natural disaster or disease outbreak.


The Multi-purpose Room (MPR) is an area off the academic building atrium and across from the library that is often used for public meetings and other gatherings.


Middle School (MS) division. At CAJ middle school includes grades 6, 7, and 8.


The National Honor Society (NHS) is an internationally recognized group that high school students can seek to become members of. CAJ has an official chapter, and information is available from the Guidance Office.


CAJ students use New International Version (NIV) Bibles for schoolwork.

PIP (Parents in Prayer)

Parents in Prayer (PIP) is a PTA-sponsored activity open to all parents.


The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is administered in high school to help students in grades 10 and 11 prepare for the SAT.


CAJ has a very active Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

Rubicon Atlas

Rubicon is the name of the online service we use to write and maintain our curriculum in a style called "curriculum mapping."


A rubric is a scoring tool that indicates what criteria an assignment or examination will be assessed on.


The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a test that is widely required for admission to western colleges and universities. As a convenience for our students and families, CAJ is a registered SAT testing center. CAJ's Guidance Office has information about preparing for the SAT test. The registrar can answer questions about registering for the test.


Twelfth grader (student in final year of high school).

Senior Comprehensives (Comps)

The Senior Comps (comprehensives) are a year long culminating assessment involving research, writing, a hands on project, and a public presentation on a day in May.


Tenth grader (student in second year of high school).


School Support Services (SSS) is the division of CAJ that works with homeschool families and affiliated schools.

Stories Plus

Is a program for SSS (School Support Services) preschoolers usually meeting twice a month.

Support Team

Our Support Team works with students with identified special needs and operates our Learning Resource Center (LRC).


The School With Out Walls (SWOW) program in the HS is a week in October during which regular high school classes are suspended and each grade embarks on leadership training activities or field trips.


CAJ's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funds are available by application from the business office.


Third Culture Kid (TCK) is an internationally recognized term that identifies someone who as a child spent a significant period of time in one or more culture(s) other than his or her own, thus integrating elements of those cultures and their own birth culture into a third culture. TCKs tend to have more in common with one another, regardless of nationality, than they do with non-TCKs from their own country.


Tokyo English Life Line (TELL) is a non-profit counseling center. The Guidance Office can provide more information.

Thrift Shop

Is a twice yearly rummage sale and community event sponsored by the PTA.


Test Of English as a Foreign Language. Some western universities require this for international students.


Is the official record of classes, grades, and other key information provided to other schools when students transfer and to colleges upon request.


The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is the organization that accredits CAJ. Accreditation serves as an indication that our program is in line with recognized standards.

Wilderness Camp

Is a multi-day hiking trip undertaken by the junior class (11th grade) during SWOW (School With Out Walls) week in the fall.

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