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. Students are encouraged to express themselves clearly and concisely at all times.
Our current mission statement was updated in August 2022 and states:
“Keio Academy of New York promotes trans-Pacific, trans-cultural and trans-disciplinary learning. Its graduates have a strong sense of “moral independence” and “self-reliance” which has been a Keio tradition since Keio Gijuku’s establishment by Fukuzawa Yukichi in 1858. The mission of Keio Academy of New York is to develop, foster and utilize this "tri-cultural" type of education by making the most of Japanese, American and Keio cultures.”
- a daily routine (Monday to Friday) of classroom teaching 08:30 – 15:05
- 45 minutes every day in every core subject
- one period per day starting at 15:10 for preparation and academic support
- use of the16:10-16:55 time slot for Academic Extension (A.E.) once a week
- when not attending AE 16:10-16:55, use of time constructively: private study, music lesson, House sport, Varsity sport (for those selected).
- Evening Study Hall (ESH) 19:30-21:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings
- On weekends, various organized cultural visits, activities, and sporting events in New York City and throughout the Westchester County region.
The choices we have made for both curriculum content and weekly routine reflect our mission objectives of academic ambition by giving priority outside core curriculum teaching to intellectual and cultural activities, bilingual competency by providing much time for guided reading and discussion, particularly in Junior AE and the Senior Saturday Morning Program, and bicultural encounter, again, mainly through Senior A.E. courses. These things are interconnected with the boarding setting using late afternoon and weekend time for learning activities.
The School’s moral program is taught implicitly in all subjects by insistence on honesty, accuracy, diligence, punctuality, and the issues that arise in the course of study, particularly in A.E., where the set courses for Juniors have explicit moral content, and in most Senior courses. Community values and disciplines are taught experientially and presented in boarding Houses, School Assemblies, and other lectures.