Hiroo Gakuen’s International Programme (Jr & Sr High School) previously Junshin Girl’s School
5-1-14 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
Phone: 03-3444-7181 Fax: 03-3444-7283 Email: inter@hiroogakuen.ed.jp 
Access: 3-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hiroo Station, Hibiya Line
Description: Surrounded by various embassies in the heart of Minato ward, Hiroo Gakuen is the preferred school of many returnee students seeking a comprehensive education. Hiroo Gakuen strives to nurture inquiring minds and to develop confident, self-reliant, life-long learners. The school aims to promote the personal growth of its students by offering interesting, contemporary, and above all, challenging programs of study — in particular, Hiroo Gakuen’s International Programme offers an IB Middle Years Program that provides high quality English language programmes. English is the first language of this course, the course is an academically rigorous, challenging program that helps students to reach their full potential. The course is taught by highly qualified international faculty team (see this page). The course is taught in small sized classes allowing for individual attention.
Note: The school does not call its programme a bilingual one. English instruction is primary, but the programme incorporates “the study of the Japanese language and culture”. It is designated as SELHI (Super English Language High School) and while the International Programme is approved as a candidate for Diploma Programme of International Baccalaureate, the school curriculum is recognized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the programme fulfills the Japanese Ministry of Education’s requirements. A high-school diploma equivalent to that conferred by Japanese high schools will be awarded upon successful completion of the International Program. With this diploma, students will be qualified to take entrance examinations for Japanese universities. They will also be in excellent position to apply for admission to universities in many countries where English is the language of instruction. To apply to the school, you’ll have to take written tests of English and mathematics as well as sit an interview conducted in English. Unique character of school: Unlike many other international schools, Hiroo Gakuen also satisfies the entry requirements for Japanese universities.
Background: Located in one of the most internationalized areas in Tokyo, Hiroo has a long history of hosting international exchange students. In 1973, MEXT appointed Hiroo Gakuen as one of the first designated schools for returning students who have studied abroad. This appointment was granted due to the school’s ability to provide a Japanese language program for students who lacked in their studies abroad. The school is so confident it seems the school motto is “100% satisfaction after the admission, 200% satisfaction after the graduation” and it holds itself out as providing “the most efficient ways to educate the students to be promising persons”. JSL (Japanese as a Second Language) classes are offered not only to exchange students but also to students who had education in the non-Japanese language environment. The school also provides special classes on Saturdays for students to improve their study skills for 3 major subjects; Japanese, English and Mathematics – a key selling point since one of the criticisms of public schools is that the decrease of schooling hours due to the yutori policy of giving more leisure time to kids to encourage creativity has resulted in declining literacy standards and international rankings.