Curriculum Overview

Required Subjects for Graduation

For Grades 10~12

  • English: 3 years
  • Japanese: 3 years
  • Mathematics: 3 years
  • Social Studies: 3 years
  • Science: 2 years
  • Physical Education: 3 years
  • Art or Music: 2 years
  • Health Science: 1 Year
  • Home Economics: 1 Year



Junior Academic Extension (Grades 9&10)

These courses consist of passages for reading and discussion in English in small groups. Each passage is read aloud around the group; then the teacher explains difficult vocabulary and concepts; then the passage is read again, after which students participate in a discussion about the passage.

The Grade 9 coursebook is titled Great Thinkers on the Path to Democracy.

The Grade 10 coursebook is titled Talking Citizenship.

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.

Subjects offered include:
Advanced Computer Science
American Film
Chinese Culture
Community Service
Environmental Science
History of Pop
History of Warfare
Human Development
Japanese Calligraphy
Japanese Film
Math for High Flyers
Microscopic Pond Life
School Newspaper
Science of Color


Grade Levels & Academic Year

Grades 10~12 have a maximum capacity of 100 students each, and are each divided into each divided into twelve homeroom classes.  Grade 9 has a maximum student capacity of 60 students and is divided into two homeroom classes.

The academic year, which begins in September and ends in June, is made up of four quarters.

Supplementary Language Courses

Students can take ESL or JSL classes. The aim of these classes is to improve students' English or Japanese language ability at an advanced pace to ensure that they can understand the language used in their other courses.



Course offerings and course contents may vary year to year, depending on student numbers, instructors and/or instructor availability.

An in-school placement test, as well as semester grades and teacher recommendation, will determine whether a student should be placed in required elective courses in 9th and 10th grades.  The student’s score on the TOEFL test (or other standardized tests) will not necessarily have an effect on the placements. In 11th and 12th grade, a wider variety of elective courses, in addition to Academic Extensions, are offered for students to choose from.




Dean of Faculty


Ms Fumiko  Kikuchi                                                     


Chairs of Departments


Art:   Dr Stephen Lane                                            


College Guidance:   Mr Kenichi Satate      


Counseling:Ms MichikoYamaguchi               


English:Ms Eileen Gallagher                           


Japanese:   Ms Fumiko Kikuchi                         


Mathematics:    Dr Dusan Nesic                         


Music   Dr Martin Sedek:                                     


Science & Technology:    Mr Karl Rahenkamp  


Social Studies:   Mr Hadwin Card                      


Sport, PE & Health Science:   Ms Yoshiko Hori Sampson  


Independent Listener :   Ms Tomie Severance    

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