video artwork by Andy Yamada '02 (gift)
In 1860, Yukichi Fukuzawa, the founder of Keio University, went aboard a ship called Kanrinmaru and visited the United States for the first time. He was only 25 years old. At that time in Japan, only a few people could go abroad. Fukuzawa took notes on what he saw, heard, and understood in the United States and Europe and published books after returning to Japan. He contributed to the modernization of Japan.
More than 160 years have passed since Fukuzawa’s first visit to the United States. Today it is much easier to travel from Japan to the United States if you take an airplane. Many people have visited a foreign country. It is a fantastic experience to live in a foreign country while young. Leaving the environment where you grew up and living without your parents might be difficult, but I am sure such an experience will enrich your life.
Since its foundation in 1990, Keio Academy of New York has hungrily acquired know-how for bicultural education. Our mission is to turn out youngbloods who understand both Japanese and American cultures and have Keio spirits.
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Keio Academy of New York
Vice President for Global Engagement, Keio University
Since its establishment in 1990, Keio Academy of New York has accepted students from thirty different countries. Information sessions are held in the US and Japan as well as other major cities. There are three admission periods in every admission year. Applicants may apply up to three times.
The curriculum is based on both the American and Japanese systems. Classes are taught mainly in English, but Japanese is compulsory for all. It is School policy that English must be spoken throughout the day. Teachers encourage students to participate in class and cultivate independent thinking. Debating and public speaking are an important part of the curriculum, as is the study of citizenship. Learn More
For Senior Academic Extension (Grades 11&12), regular additional academic courses in literature, history, technology and science are held for all year groups in order to broaden their thinking and academic experience. These are taught outside the standard timetable. For Junior Academic Extension (Grades 9&10), These courses consist of passages for reading and discussion in English in small groups. Learn More
A Saturday morning program for Juniors (Grades 9 and 10) ensures that there is plenty of opportunity for students to learn about and experience the performing arts. Concerts and plays are performed as part of this program. Sunday trips into New York City are arranged as an extension to this program. Learn More
Keio Academy of New York places appreciation and mastery of language as the basic tool of learning, social interaction and personal satisfaction. Use of language accurately, sympathetically and imaginatively is at the heart of civilization. Our School brings together two great linguistic traditions, English and Japanese. Learn More