JOSAI KAWAGOE JUNIOR & SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, Kawagoe city, Saitama
Yamada-higashi-machi, Kawasaki-shi, Kawasaki prefecture 350-0822 Phone: 049-224-5665 FAX: 049-223-2371
According to the school website, they have strong English conversation classes, American homestay program and innovative teaching methods.
KAICHI GAKUEN, Saitama city
The private school system comprises an elementary, a junior and senior high school. At this link http://www.kaichigakuen.ed.jp/daigaku_koutoubu18.html, see the school’s success in 2006 in landing its graduates with places at elite universities.
*** KAISEI ACADEMY
A privately owned Japanese boys’ school founded in 1871 which has consistently and notoriously produced the largest number of successes in terms of entrants to elite universities. Considered cream of the crop among elite private schools.
KAIYO ACADEMY, Gagomori, Aichi Prefecture
Dubbed the Eton of Japan as it is modeled on Eton College in the UK, it is expected to produce future leaders of Japan. It is located in Aichi’s seaside and has fabulous new facilities.
“About 120 students, recruited from all over Japan through very competitive selection, attended the ceremony for Kaiyo Academy, a boys-only boarding school offering junior high and senior high school education.
Aimed at grooming future leaders of Japan, the school is mainly sponsored by Toyota Motor Corp., Central Japan Railway Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co., all based in the prefecture.” Read more here http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060408/kyodo/d8grjfkg1.html
KAMAKURA GAKUEN, Kamakura
A private boys’ middle and high school in Kamakura. Entrance exams are required for student applicants.
KANAGAWA GAKUEN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL, near Yokohama station
A co-ed private school that has a 90 year school history.
KANTO GAKUIN JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, Minami-ku, Yokohama
The school features intensive English instruction, see the number of hours of language instruction at the link http://www.kantogakuin.ed.jp/honkou/curriculum.html (See also Kanto Gakuin Mutsuura http://www.kanto-mutsuura.com/)
KANTO INTERNATIONAL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL a.k.a. KANTO KOKUSAI KOUTOUGAKKOU
3-2-2 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0071 Japan Phone: 81-3-3376-2244 Fax: 81-3-3376-5386
*KARIYA HIGH SCHOOL, Kariya, Aichi
A private school that is also said to be modeled on UK’s Eton College and an Etonian spirit is fostered in the school. Kariya has a tradition of exchanges between Eton College. The school also has a dormitory, a rarity for boys. The school offers 6 hours of English language instruction per week at every grade level.
*KATOH GAKUEN a.k.a. KATOH KINDERGARTEN (KATOH SCHOOLS) (K – High School)
Website: http://www.katoh-net.ac.jp/Kindergarten/index.htm (in English)
1979 Jiyugaoko, Ooka, Numazu, Shizuoka 410-0022
Phone: (055) 921-4805 (K); 0559-26-0522
A private Japanese school(K-grade 10) cited in many press reports as being the first local school that pioneered and offered immersion teaching for English. Katoh Kindergarten’s classes each have both a native English speaking teacher as well as a Japanese native speaker. English immersion programme children interact with Japanese programme children. The Katoh Schools include Katoh Elementary, Gyoshu High School and Katoh High School. Accredited by MEXT, the Japanese national curriculum is adhered to using English translated textbooks.The English immersion program through high school culminate in the International Baccalaureate Program. More than 50% of the curriculum is conducted in English. Students study Japanese (Kokugo) at first language native level.
After noon programme also available for working parents, offering soccer, rhythmic gymnastics and violin classes. The bilingual immersion programme is explained at http://bi-lingual.com. The school is popular with returnees and bicultural families and hence has large numbers of such students.
*KEIMEI GAKUEN ELEMENTARY, JUNIOR & SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Websites: http://www.keimei.ac.jp/ and http://www.keimei.ac.jp/english-v.html
5-11-15, Haijima-cho, Akishima-shi, Tokyo
Phone (grade school): 042-541-1003 / (Kindergarten): 042-541-7818 Fax: 042-542-5441 Email: email@example.com
Founded in 1940, a Christian coeducational institution open to foreign and exchange students, sanctioned by the Ministry of Education to provide individually based education for the children of Japanese and foreign diplomats, businessmen and others who return to Japan from abroad Japanese students who have studied abroad (45% of the Junior & Senior High School comprise ‘Returnees’ and foreign students from 20 countries). Later the school was expanded to include Japanese students who had not lived overseas. Founder of Keimei Gakuen, Takasumi Mitsui started school the because his own children who were educated in England before the Second World War were unable to share their experiences abroad with other students since the study of English and international understanding was discouraged by the government in the name of national unity. The school is situated on a high plateau, surrounded by many trees, with a beautiful view of the Tama River and has a modern gymnasium, athletic fields and tennis courts. Of special note is the International Division where students are offered individualized instruction by native speakers in Japanese (JSL 1-3), as well as advanced courses in English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Hangul. Included is a special Japanese language and culture program for foreign exchange students. College preparation: Emphasis on Social Sciences, Natural Science, Humanities and Languages. Over 90% attend universities or colleges. Keimei graduates have gone on to Tokyo Univ., Keio Univ., International Christian Univ., Sophia Univ., Chuo Univ., Brown Univ., Amherst, McGill Univ., and many other fine universities and Colleges.
*KEIO YOCHISYA The Keio private school chain
Website: http://www.keio.edu/link.htm from elementary to university – is the most famous private school system though not the most academically rigorous. It is affiliated with Keio University – and its population consists largely of privileged children from an elite class of celebrities and wealthy executives. (Keio chain also includes KEIO ACADEMY OF NEW YORK overseas affiliated school of Keio PS chain.) Seventy per cent of classes at the school are conducted in English. Education is almost entirely done by ‘immersion’ program. ‘Immersion’ education is an educational program aimed to let the learners naturally acquire the second language through teaching ordinary subjects in the second.) See also KEIO SHONAN FUJISAWA JUNIOR & SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL and KEIO FUTSUBU SCHOOL (junior high boys school) KEIO CHUTOUBU JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
KINCARN INTERNATIONAL PRE-SCHOOL (2 – 6 years)
10-14 Shinkawa-dori, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone: 044-233-3970 Fax: 044-233-3970 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The school has as its goal and mission the fostering of the truly cosmopolitan child. Its preschool curriculum includes music and movement and gymnastics exercises, arts and crafts, the developing English language skills and the fostering of an understanding of the cultures of both Japan and other countries in the English world. Preparation for elementary school entrance examinations is also provided. Full-day or half-day courses. With full-day course running from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.
KIU (KYOTO INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY) ACADEMY (junior high – high school)
31-1 Ichinotsubo Kusauchi Kyotanabe Kyoto 610-0311 Japan
Phone: 0774-64-0804 , Fax: 0774-64-0805 Email: email@example.com
A bilingual Christian elementary, junior and high school that serves as a stepping-stone into English language universities. KIU Academy was created to meet the needs of missionary children, returnees and the children of other internationally-minded people. It caters for missionary families, and Japanese who have lived overseas whose children face a difficult and often traumatic reentry into an alien and often inhospitable school culture upon returning to Japan. It boasts a well-rounded educational program that a blend of East and West – combining the Western emphasis on reasoning and logic, synthesis and self-expression with the Japanese penchant for detail. It operates on a credit system similar to American schools. English, Math, Science and Social Studies as core subjects but Japanese language and Japanese History are included in the program. The President is president of Kyoto International University hence the affiliation.
*KOBE COLLEGE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL (KOBE JOGAKUIN)
4-1 Okadayama, Nishinomiya, Hyogo 662-8505 Phone：0798(51)8570 Fax: 0798(51)8572
A school established by American missionaries since 1894, traditionally famous for being among the oldest of women’s educational institutions, a beautiful campus and among Japanese for its level of English instruction. It has an English curriculum that teaches all-around communication skills. Especially in junior high school, the basics are taught with the Crew Method, an English curriculum developed from Miss Angie Crew’s work at the school.
In the first year, there are six classes of English every week, three of which are team-taught by an English native speaker and a Japanese teacher. The students start out by listening to their teachers’ English, copying their pronunciation and acting out their instructions. They also use phonetic symbol cards and handouts given out according to the unique syllabus. Review is constant as many language items are covered in the first three years. As a rule, Japanese is not used in any of the junior high English classrooms. This not only sharpens the students’ listening skills but also helps the students get over their fear of speaking English. The students’ active participation is encouraged through various activities such as songs, games, storytelling and recitation. Having native speakers in and out of the classrooms enables the students to get to know the cultural background of the language as well as to respect other cultures. By the time they graduate from junior high school, the students should be able to communicate in everyday English using listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
The school has a one-year study abroad program and an international exchange program.
KOKUSAI GAKUIN HIGH SCHOOL, Saitama
Website: http://www.kgef.ac.jp/kghs/english/ek5.html / http://www.kgef.ac.jp/kghs/english/ek05.html
10474 Komuro, Ina-cho, Kitaadachi-gun, Saitama Prefecture 362-0806
Phone: 048-721-5931 Fax: 048-721-5903
*KOMABA TOHO JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS
Website: http://www.komabatoho-jh.ed.jp/ http://www.toho-u.ac.jp/english/o_school/o_school.html
4-5-1 Ikejiri, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0001, Phone: 03-3466-8221 .
Komaba Toho is a well respected boys’ school near Shibuya. Its students are frequently among the successful candidates of Japan’s most prestigious university exams so clearly the school is very successful at preparing its students for these exams. The schools offer an integrated 6-year curriculum and have been notably successful in developing students’ scholastic abilities, with a majority of students proceeding to superior colleges and universities. Particularly in recent years, students have established an outstanding record of admission to the best higher education institutions in Japan and abroad. The schools are presently regarded as the most elite in Chiba Prefecture. http://www.toho-u.ac.jp/english/o_school/o_school.html
KOSEI GAKUEN in Suginami-ku, Tokyo
2-6-29 Wada, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 166-0012
Phone: 03-3381-7227 Fax: 03-3380-5656 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The private school is known to conduct immersion teaching.
KOYO GAKUIN HIGH SCHOOL, Hyogo prefecture
The private school has integrated junior and senior high schools. Founded as a middle school in a Japanese Sake family-owned company, its alumni are known for their successes in the business, medicine and academic fields.
KUMON KOKUSAI JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (KUMON ACADEMY), Totsuka-ku, Yokohama
The school emphasizes its unconventional philosophy – reflected in the “individual instruction” principle, introduction of five school days in a week, semester and seminar-style system, dormitory life, school activities entirely driven by students, the division of the six school years of the program into three stages with the last stage devoted to the individual’s needs, see curriculum page: http://www.kumon.ac.jp/k-gakuen/eng/kokusai/k91110e.htm.
KYOEI GAKUEN in Saitama and Tokyo
Kyoei Gakuen operates a comprehensive private school system http://www.k-kyoei.ed.jp/jr/edu/edu-01.html that includes Kyoei Kindergarten through to Kyoei Junior College and Kyoei University. The English website is under construction.
*KYOTO GAKUEN SENIOR AND JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
8 Teranonakamachi, Hanazono, Ukyoku, Kyoto 075-461-5105
One of the oldest high schools in Japan located in the ancient capital, Kyoto, it has a long tradition of international exchange dating back to the school founder who studied and worked in the U.S. The students choose from a variety of courses including International, Honors, Informational Technology, and Sports Courses. Kyoto Gakuen has a wide variety of international programmes with different countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US and the UK. The International course, for example, provides English immersion classes in which different subjects are taught in English. At the age of 16-17, the students spend 7 months staying with British families and study at a school in East Sussex. Kyoto Gakuen Junior and Senior High School and The Henry Box School in Oxfordshire also have a series of student exchanges.
LA SALLE GAKUEN, Kagoshima and Hakodate, Hokkaido
Private Catholic mission schools of French origin. The chain includes La Salle High School in Kagoshima and Hakodate La Salle Junior and Senior High School in Hokkaido. http://www.hakodate.or.jp/school/la-salle/junior/junior00.htm and http://www.hakodate.or.jp/school/la-salle/
LCA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (preschool through elementary)
Website: http://www.lca-intl.com/elementary_major_e.html; http://www.lca-intl.com/preschool_english.html (preschool page)
LCA International Preschool:
1-27-16 Yokoyamadai, Sagamihara-city, Kanagawa-prefecture 229-0039
Phone: 042-776-8570 / Fax: 042-776-8571 Email: email@example.com
LCA International School Elementary Division:
2-3-15 Yokoyamadai, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture 229-1121
Phone: 042-758-1921 Fax: 042-758-1931
Established 15 years ago as a cram school, this preschool features the exploration of nature as a vehicle for education and has as its goal to educate through teaching children about the joy of life. LCA’s curriculum is geared toward a progressive mastery of functional English. All classes are taught in English by native speakers except for Japanese lessons which are based on the national curriculum. The school also strives to introduce aspects of different cultures into the learning experience. LCA now serves children below preschool age through elementary school as well as providing English conversation lessons to adults. LCA assures that their graduates will have the option of continuing onto a Japanese public or private junior high school, or attending an exchange program abroad.
LINDEN HALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, in Daizaifu city, Fukuoka
6-16-58, Gojo Dazaifu City, Fukuoka 818-0125
Phone: 092-918-0111 Fax: 092-918-0101 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opened in spring 2004 in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, provides almost all classes under the immersion education method. At Linden Hall Elementary School, English Language Immersion Teaching is employed, and classes in all subjects other than Japanese Language are conducted in English. The curriculum puts a focus on listening and speaking, not just reading and writing. Teaching staff with impressive credentials, composed of Japanese who have been successful internationally and outstanding foreign teachers. The school has as its advisor, the Nobel Laureate, Leon Esaki. Take a peek at its curriculum: http://www.lindenhall.ed.jp/english/epolicy03.html
MEIJI GAKUEN, Kitakyushu URL Its senior high school writing class was featured in the Daily Yomiuri, see comments page.
MEIKEI JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS
Website: http://www.meikei.ac.jp/index.html (http://www.meikei.ac.jp/school_info/index.html more info only in Japanese)
An exclusive private Japanese school that has large numbers of returnees and foreign students.
MIDORIGAOKA GIRLS’ JUNIOR AND HIGH SCHOOL, Yokosuka, Kanagawa
The Christian private girl’s school emphasizes English proficiency and Christian principles and academic strength as its three educational objectives. The school offers 7 hours per week of English classes for its curriculum at each grade level.
MISONO GAKUEN GIRLS MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL, Fujisawa city, Kanagawa
The school curriculum offers more hours of instruction in English than in Japanese kokugo (6-7 hrs : 5 hrs) see http://www.misono.jp/ms_enkaku_f.htm
MORIMURA GAKUEN (JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL), Yokohama
The school publishes on its website the respectable numbers of graduates who make it to elite universities such as Tokyo University, Aoyama Gakuin University, Rikkyo and Meiji University each year at http://www.morimura.ac.jp/university/index.html
MORIOKA SHIRAYURI GAKUEN HIGH SCHOOL
A Catholic school located in the northern part of Japan.
A private school that is is composed of two kindergartens, an elementary school, a junior high school, and a specialized high school. The school has a unique reputation as a private school with highly successful educational programs for autistic children. The pillar of the education is Daily Life Therapy which has been highly evaluated by both professionals and parents and which has been introduced to other countries (see Boston Higashi School link http://www.bostonhigashi.org/home.html) through media, academic journals and conference presentations. Regular students interact with autistic students at the school, participate in community volunteer activities at nursing homes for the elderly, while diligently engage in their studies and succeed in entrance examinations for top-level high schools, either public or private. They are often very active in extracurricular activities such as gymnastics, dancing, and marching band while scoring high marks at Tokyo local tournaments and in Kanto regional and national tournaments. The education of school is known to be successful not only for students with autism, but also for its regular students.
MUSASHI KOKUSAI GAKUEN HIGH SCHOOL, Tokorozawa, Tokyo
The school is open to returnee students and allows them entry without the same level of cultural-specific academic knowledge as students from the general population, lightening the requirements to pass the exam in areas such as social studies and more.
NADA JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, Hyogo prefecture
NAGOYA INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR & SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Preschool-12)
1-16 Hiroji-honmachi, Showa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 466-0841
Phone: 052-853-5151 Fax: 052-853-5155 Email: email@example.com
The school switched from the Japanese general curriculum to an international liberal arts curriculum, with a view to introducing the International future. The school for all purposes might properly be considered as an international school.
NAKAMURA JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
2-3-15 Kiyosumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 35-8404 Phone: 03-3642-8041 Fax: 03-3642-8048
A private girls school in Tokyo.
*NANZAN KOKUSAI HIGH SCHOOL, Aichi
Website: http://www.nazan-kokusai.ed.jp/english/index.html and http://www.nanzan-intlhs.toyota.aichi.jp/index.html
13-54, Yatsukuchihora, Kamekubi-cho, Toyota city, Chiba
Phone: 0565-46-5300 Fax: 0565-46-5303 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The school began with special junior high classes in 1981 designed for children of Japanese employees to company branches dispatched on overseas assignments during the 70s and 80s. Each year these numbers of students increased. The school’s policy is to admit students quickly instead of waiting till the beginning of semester. Classes are kept small so as to accommodate the various backgrounds of students and to respond to their needs. The medium of education is Japanese but in the Foreign Language classes, English, French, Spanish are used.
NEW INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (Pre-K age 3~Grade 9)
3-18-32 Minami-Ikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0022
Phone: 03-3980-1057 Fax: 03-3980-1154. Contact Steven Parr, Director/Principal, in either English or Japanese at the above telephone number or email: email@example.com
(The school although widely regarded as an international school for the foreign community is listed here because its financial backing is local and much of its student population bicultural.) The school offers a developmentally based multiage school environment free from the pressures and rigidity of the fixed age-grade system prevalent at most of the schools in Japan. Every child becomes bilingual or trilingual (Chinese currently being offered). Attractive features are its spacious classrooms and an abundance of books, hands-on materials and technological resources are provided for the enjoyment and enrichment of the children’s learning experience. The curriculum (always in the process of development based on the latest research) stresses the importance of teaching the language arts and fine arts with a view to the development of life skills, collaboration, teamwork, teamwork, mutual respect and appreciation, inquiry, problem-solving, as well as technical skills and academic and artistic inspiration. The school philosophy emphasizes non-discrimination on the basis of race, sex or country of origin.
NIHON UNIVERSITY FIRST JUNIOR & SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Website: http://www.nichidai-1.ed.jp/english/outline.html; http://www.chibanichi.ed.jp/history.htm and http://www.nichidai-1.ed.jp/english/carri.html
1-5-2 Yokoami Sumida ward Tokyo 130-0015 Phone/03-3625-0026 fax/03-3625-5856.
Graduates go onto Nihon University which is the largest university in Japan and whose colleges are known to have produced many CEOs for Japanese corporations.
*NISHIMACHI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (K – 9)
2-14-7 Moto Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0046
Phone: 3451-5520 Fax: 3456-0197 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Unique dual-language program in English and Japanese. All students study Japanese either as First language (plus Japanese Social Studies) or Second language and the rest of curriculum is taught in English. All Japanese as First Language students also spend 3 weeks in June studying math, science, social studies, art and drama in Japanese in preparation for national achievement tests.
OHNISHI GAKUEN, Kawasaki-city, Kanagawa
A private school chain that includes a kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools.
OIN GAKUEN, Tokyo
1-5-25, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo Phone: 03-3811-0147
OKINAWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (preschool – elementary)
3-22-16 Kohagura, Naha, Okinawa 904-0024
Phone: 098-835-1851 Fax. 098-835-1852 Email: email@example.com
The school has a preschool program for children ages 2 to 6 years old in Naha, Okinawa, OIS emphasizes that its unique blended curriculum which adopts the manipulative and interactive method, and the whole language approach to learning English is why its students, the majority of whom are from Japanese monolingual families, are able to become bilingual. The immersion of English language in the OIS curriculum provides the opportunity for the students to learn a second language at a very early age. The curriculum also gives exposure to Japanese and foreign cultures. The school is now a candidate pursuing authorization for its PYP program as an IB World School.
Founded mainly for Japanese children with the goal of developing global citizens who have understanding and appreciation of other cultures, OIS elementary students need to closely coordinate with a public school because OIS offers an English Immersion Program. All of our Elementary students are enrolled in local public school. OIS releases reports twice a year such as Attendance Sheets and Report Cards to the schools where they are enrolled. Students also receive regular Japanese school textbooks and medical check-ups for free.
OIS has a distinct educational program which separates us from any American school. The school’s Partial Immersion Program of OIS started on April 2006. Half of the class time is spent learning subjects such as Math, Science and English in the English language. While subjects such as Japanese (Kokugo), Social Studies, Music, Values Education, Art and Physical Education are taught in Japanese Language with textbooks approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Currently, the Elementary Department of OIS has Grades 1 to 4 Levels but will eventually add higher grade levels in the years to come.
Exposure to English Language is an advantage but not compulsory in participating in the Partial Immersion Program. The student will learn and develop their language skills through Regular and Tutorial Classes. The first few months will be the adjustment period. With the steady support and encouragement of the teacher and peers, the student will learn to understand and become comfortable with the language as well as the environment gradually.
OTSUMA RANZAN HIGH SCHOOL, Saitama
The senior to junior high school emphasizes a liberal arts programme with English language studies an integral part of its curriculum.
PL GAKUEN, Osaka
A private school system that runs from Kindergarten through senior high school as well as the vocational PL GAKUEN HYGIENE-NURSING COLLEGE.
PRINCE EIBEI GAKUIN (affiliated with BIG APPLE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ENGLISH)
Kohgakusha Co., Ltd 1-1-1-5F Manpukuji, Asao, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Phone: 04-959-4002 Fax: 044-959-6661
The school offers varied curriculum, methods and activities.
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A private high school that has been a SELHI is called Kanto Kokusai Koko. It’s in Shinjuku. It’s not nearly as difficult to get into. — M.K.