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The Curriculum

Junior and senior high school students find special emphasis placed on English programs at Mejiro Kenshin, reflecting the philosophy that we must train our youth to take their proper place in Japan's ever more internationalized society.

The Mejiro English Program allows students to interact with native English-speaking teachers and provides the opportunity for junior high students to develop foundational skills in English before they enter the senior high school. In addition to regular classes, the program provides intensive studies beyond the classroom that allow for further opportunities to engage in English. During the third year, students also take part in a study tour to Canada to apply their expanding knowledge of English.

Junior high students are required to take courses in Japanese, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Music, Art, Physical Education, Home Economics and English as outlined by the Japanese Ministry of Education. In requiring students to carry out a thesis project at the end of their third year, the curriculum seeks to cultivate scholarly skills and nurture a sense of intellectual inquiry even at the junior high school level. Accordingly, a student selects a thesis topic in her first year, gathers research about it during her second year, and prepares and submits the completed work in her third year.

The Mejiro Kenshin Senior High School curriculum aims to prepare students for admission to college or university. Mejiro Gakuen Senior High School was designated as one of 18 Super English Language High Schools (SELHi) by the Ministry of Education in April 2002 to March 2005. As English figures prominently in university entrance examinations in Japan, it occupies an important place in the programs of study that have been designed for Mejiro Kenshin Senior High School students. Students may choose from the Humanities and Science classes and the Accelerated Course.

The Accelerated Course was introduced at the beginning of the academic year in April, 2006. It is designed for high achieving students who wish to gain entrance into top universities in the nation. Second year students in the Selective Course can choose from Liberal Arts, Science, or an English major stream. All of these choices provide fundamental study across the three areas of study, allowing students to specialize in one according to their interests and future goals.

The Humanities and Science classes feature intensive English grammar instruction and oral communication classes with native English-speaking teachers. Classes are specially attuned to the proficiency levels and needs of students. A student may start choosing electives at the end of her first year in order to begin determining an area of specialization. By the second year, a student elects to concentrate either in the liberal arts or in the sciences, a decision that allows her to focus more effectively on preparations for admission to the college or university of her choice. Students receive considerable attention in classes that are intentionally kept small, especially in English, mathematics and science.

The Advanced Course in English (ACE), offered to senior 3 students, was inaugurated
in April 1998. In addition to intensive English language instruction with native English-speaking teachers and oral communication classes, students benefit from small class sizes that ensure greater personal attention to their needs.
It also offers TOEFL classes for students who wish to attend a college or university abroad. The ACE program is well known for its emphasis on interpersonal and intercultural communication and its learning enrichment opportunities, including overseas study tours and student exchange programs.

In addition to its strong English Language component, the Mejiro Kenshin Senior High School curriculum includes classes in Japanese Literature, Mathematics, Geography and History, Social Studies and Civics, Science, Physical Education and Health, Art, Music and Home Economics. Faculty members guide students to master skills, to acquire knowledge and to think creatively and independently.

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