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In senior high school, all students who successfully complete the course are awarded a Japanese Senior High School Graduation Certificate. The aim of our senior high school program is to develop the students' ability and potential for tertiary study mainly in prestigious overseas universities, or at the highest level in Japan.

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The Best of Both Worlds

The International Course is designed to combine the best aspects of both a Japanese and international approach to education and to provide its students with not only the knowledge, skills and experience to lead fulfilling lives but also the language skills and cultural sensitivity to be able to do so in Japan, abroad or a combination of the two.

We believe by providing students with a strong understanding of and appreciation for cultural values, perspectives and behaviours of both Japan and other countries helps students not only understand and navigate our increasingly global world, but also develop a stronger understanding of themselves and their place within the world.

Dual Homeroom Teacher System

In both the International Course's junior and high school programs, each class is assigned one Japanese and one non-Japanese homeroom teacher. Not only does this provide students with guidance and support in terms of language, conduct and ways of thinking, it also enables effective communication with parents/guardians as well.

Curriculum (2022 Timetable)

Most subjects are taught in English. In addition to a set of core subjects, students choose from a range of elective subjects to extend and refine their academic focus. Students can take AP® courses and exams in the last two years of high school. Particular focus is put on preparing students for SAT®s and AP® exams as well as for university applications.

* Elective Subjects
* The subjects in bold are AP® course classes.
* The highlighted subjects are taught in English. The other subjects are taught in Japanese.

Grade
10th Grade
Subject
# of Hours
English Reading
5 English
English Writing
2 English
Media Communications
2 English
Algebra
4 English
Trigonometry
3 English
Japanese
4 Japanese
Introductory Chemistry
2 English
Integrated Science
2 English
World History
3 English
Home Economics
2 Japanese
Art or
Music
1 English
Japanese
P.E.
2 Japanese
Health
1 Japanese
Homeroom
1 English
Japanese
Total 34
Grade
11th Grade
Subject
# of Hours
English Reading
4 English
English Writing
2 English
Advanced Literature I or
Japanese Expression
4 English
Japanese
Drama Theatre
1 English
Algebra
4 English
AP Calculus AB or
4 English
Media Communications
Cultural Theory
2
2
English
English
AP Mechanics or
AP Chemistry or
5 English
English
AP Microeconomics
AP Comparative Government and Politics
Art
2
2
1
English
English
English
World History or
3 English
Introductory Biology
Programming
2
1
English
English
Public
2 Japanese
P.E.
2 Japanese
Health
1 Japanese
Geography
1 Japanese
Homeroom
1 English
Japanese
Total
34
Grade
12th Grade
Subject
# of Hours
English Reading
4 English
English Writing
2 English
AP Calculus BC or
5 English
World History
Ethics
3
2
English
Japanese
AP Electricity & Magnetism or
AP Biology or
5 English
English
Cultural Theory
AP Macroeconomics
2
3
English
English
Japanese Expression
2 Japanese
Political Science or
2 English
Science Writing
Programming
1
1
English
English
Geography
1 Japanese
* Ethics or
2 Japanese
* Drama Theatre
* Art
1
1
English
English
* Advanced Literature or
* Japanese
2 English
Japanese
AP Statistics or
3 English
* Media Communications
* Film Studies
2
1
English
English
P.E.
3 Japanese
IT
2 English
Homeroom
1 English
Japanese
Total
27〜34

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for students thinking about joining the International Course.

Please be aware of the following points if you are thinking of having your child join the International Course of Hiroo Gakuen.


Q: Where are the foreign teachers from?
A: We employ foreign teachers from a diverse range of countries. These include the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. All of our teachers are highly qualified and have a great deal of experience.
Q: Are all International Course classes conducted in English?
A: Basically, the majority of senior high school classes are conducted in English. However, Japanese Language classes, 'Kokugo' and some Social Science classes, Home Economics, PE and Health are conducted in Japanese. Please be aware students are expected to purchase both English and Japanese text books and study materials authorized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The latter are provided free for junior high school students.
Q: What special strategies do you have to help students who want to study at overseas universities?
A: Homeroom teachers play a hands on role in providing academic counseling to their students. In high school, students are encouraged to take SAT®s and TOEFL® once a year. Students are also able to take AP® Exams for certain subjects as well.
Q: Are graduation diplomas from Hiroo Gakuen International Department accepted by Japanese Universities?
A: Yes. Diplomas from our International Department are perfectly valid for students taking Japanese university entrance exams. As an 'Ichijou' school, we present Japanese National Graduation Certificates to both junior and senior high students upon graduating.
Q: Are the International department rules the same as those in the Domestic department?
A: Yes. The same rules apply.   
Q: Is there a system for short study abroad programs?
A: Short study abroad programs are available during summer vacation.
Q: What happens in zero period and after school?
A: During zero period (8:15 to 8:25 am) students are given learning various activities/materials to practice and develop various skills that are catered to their level and needs. Materials for zero period include: Tensei Jingo (a famous daily editorial from the Asahi newspaper that helps them improve Japanese reading and critical thinking skills), various math drills and activities and English editorials and essays which students read and respond to in writing.

After school, all students are encouraged to join a club and participate in club activities. Students are also encouraged to seek and participate in extracurricular activities outside of school (volunteer programs, competitions, internships etc). Many students also use the time after school to study and work on their weaker subjects.
Q: What universities and courses do the present International department students intend to follow?
A: Some students intend to enter Japanese universities, some intend to study at overseas universities. At present, the International Course senior high third grade students are starting to make firm plans for their studies after graduation. While domestic universities popular with returnees include Waseda, Keio, Sophia, and Tokyo University of Science, many will apply to universities overseas.
Q: Which countries have the present international course students lived in? How long did they spend overseas?
A: International Course students have lived in 49 different countries ranging from North America, East Asia, other Asian countries and Europe. Over 50% of the students were overseas for a period of six to ten years.
Q: What kind of interaction is there between the domestic and international sides of the the school?
A: As mentioned above, the students have P.E. together. As well as being in clubs together, they also work side by side on other school events. (These include the sports festival, Schole study trips, the school 'Keyaki' festival and the music festival).

*Accurate as of February, 2021. (Please check for changes.)
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