共愛学園高等学校
共愛学園
共愛学園

Kyoai Gakuen Senior High School

School History

If one were to describe the founding of Kyoai Gakuen with a single word, it would be the word “cooperation.” During a time when the education of girls was still uncommon in Japan, Kyoai Gakuen was inspired by the dream of a number of people. Many others then came alongside to support them in providing girls with an education based on Christian principles. The school was originally named Maebashi Ei JoGakkou (Maebashi Girls English School) and started with a total of 17 students on February 29, 1888. The following year, the name Kyoai Gakuen came into existence, echoing the words of Jesus in John 15:12, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” These words have remained at the forefront of our educational philosophy ever since. Since that time, Kyoai Gakuen has grown and changed considerably. Along with the senior high school, there is now a nursery school, kindergarten, junior high school, and a university. In the senior high school alone, which became coeducational in 2001, there is a total of over 1000 students. Despite the many changes, Kyoai Gakuen has sought to remain true to its original aim of helping students develop the full range of their talents, encouraging them to make informed decisions, show compassion toward others and foster a desire to continue learning throughout their lives.

 

School Departments

Kyoai Gakuen Senior High School is divided into two major departments: the General Education Department and the English Education Department. Each department is comprised of two courses of study which are designed to meet the needs and fulfill the goals of the students enrolled. Although each course of study is somewhat different, these characteristics can be found across the board:

● Modern information technology.
● Instruction in not only subject knowledge, but also a range of skills in the academic field that can be applied in the workplace in the future.
● Experienced and devoted instructors.
● Accelerated, efficient learning in a relaxed, supportive setting.

 

Choosing a Course

When choosing a department and course of study, it is very important for students to think about what they enjoy studying as well as what they would like to do after graduation.

Kyoai Gakuen Senior High School is divided into the following four major courses:

● The General Education Department :
(1) Specialized Studies Course    (2) General Studies Course

● The English Education Department :
(3) Specialized English Studies Course    (4) English Studies Course

 

General Education Department Specialized Studies Course

The Specialized Studies Course aims at increasing students’ ability in the five core subjects as well as their all-around academic ability as they prepare for entry into high-level national public and private universities.

Course Characteristics

Comprehensive strategies for entering national public and private universities
● Acquisition of academic ability for the purpose of entering university.
● Programs catering to the individual.
● Personalized individual support.
● Satellite based classes.

An enriching academic program
● Academic training programs during long school breaks.
● Advanced instruction in the five major subjects with an emphasis on math and science.
● Supplementary classes both before and after school.
● Seven period study days.

Character development
● Instruction in Christian values to foster a love for humanity.
● Guidance in building up self-worth and instilling compassion toward other people.

Taiwan Study Tour
● Scheduled in the second year, students participate in a five day study tour to Taipei, Taiwan. Using Taiwan as a window, students expand their world view as well as gain perspective on Japan through the eyes of another country and culture.

From the second year students choose to enter the science or humanities study program. Classes are geared towards increasing academic ability in their chosen study program.

 

General Education Department General Studies Course

The General Studies Course emphasizes the importance of the individual, aiming to enable each student to gain the abilities needed to advance to his or her future path. Classes are divided according to future course goals with a curriculum provided to bring those goals into reality. Comprehensive support is offered to the students as they move forward on the path toward further education.

Course Characteristics

To grow as individuals and to bring each student’s hopes and dreams for the future into reality
● Classes offered to best nurture individual academic growth.
● Growth as individuals fostered through a diverse curriculum.
● A wide variety of future course options provided to deal with an internationalized world.
● Elective classes in both the humanities and sciences offered from the second year.

Fulfilling extracurricular school life
● Engagement in club activities in fully equipped facilities.
● Healthy balance between academic studies and extracurricular activities.

Character Development
● Instruction in Christian values to foster a love for humanity.
● Guidance in building up self-worth and instilling compassion toward other people.
● Participation in social welfare volunteer and service activities.

Okinawa Study Tour
● In the second year, all the students participate in a five day study tour in Okinawa. In addition to experiencing Okinawa’s beauty and culture firsthand, students learn about its unique role in Japanese history.

Students are encouraged to take hold of the future through personal development. The diverse curriculum allows students to be able to choose from a wide spectrum of higher education options from universities to vocational schools.

 

English Education Department Specialized English Studies Course

The Specialized English Studies Course is dedicated to preparing students to reach the world through their English ability as they aim at entry into prestigious national public or private universities or study abroad. This course assists the students to go beyond just the academic and bring their English ability to life.

Course Characteristics

Comprehensive study guidance
● Small sized classes with course content directly applicable for entering prestigious universities both in country and out.
● A choice of the humanities program or the science program offered from the second year depending on students’ future goals.
● Preparation for various English proficiency exams in order to open the window to the world.

Acquire a dynamic and practical English ability
● General English Instruction in English fundamentals.
● English Understanding Comprehensive guidance and practice in English
grammar in order to prepare for various proficiency tests and university entrance exams.
● English Expression Extensive drilling to provide support for achieving high results in the TOEIC.
● Current Affairs English Use of news articles and the Internet to bring a greater awareness of the world, a broadened world view, greater English reading speed, and a wide knowledge of subjects often used on university entrance exams.
● Global Studies Study, using English as the medium, a variety of areas including history, culture, and basic science. English Proficiency exam readiness
● Guidance in achieving high results in the TOEIC, as well as in passing the national interpretation exam and STEP Test in Practical English Proficiency Level 1, Level Pre-1, Level 2.

Canada Study Tour
● In the second year, every student participates in a home stay program in Canada near Vancouver.

 

English Education Department English Studies Course

The English Studies Course aims at expanding students’ English ability as they aim for entry into well-known private universities that specialize in the humanities. The curriculum is based around increasing English ability including support in proficiency exams as well as a study tour overseas.

Course Characteristics

Specialized English Studies
● Instruction by native English teachers twice a week focusing on English verbal communication as well as essay writing and speech presentation.
● Annual English speech, recitation, and powerpoint presentation contests.
● Unique elective classes, International Understanding and Advanced English Communication, instructed by native English speakers.

Complete Course Lineup (suitable for any future path)
● A curriculum full of courses beneficial for language studies and international studies.
● Elective classes suitable for math, science, and heath care studies.

New Zealand Study Tour
● In the second year all students participate in a home stay in New Zealand for eight days. Students are placed individually into host families. In addition, students visit a sister school and participate in a cultural exchange program. The study tour offers a wonderful opportunity to experience another culture, as well as measure their practical ability to communicate in English.

In addition to English classes, Japanese language classes and social studies classes are also emphasized as a means for students to gain a dynamic and practical ability in English as well as a well-rounded education.

 

School Life at Kyoai Gakuen

Dormitory

Our dormitory provides up to 50 beds. The rooms are fully furnished, each with its own study area, and two meals per day are provided.

Transport

Travel to and from Kyoai Gakuen campus is easy and inexpensive; the campus is about a five minute walk from JR Komagata Station.

Sports Facilities

Kyoai Gakuen High School has a fully equipped gymnasium including a martial arts hall and aerobic circuit. There are four tennis courts and a rubberized competition-ready track that also accommodates soccer, softball and other extracurricular activities.

Cafeteria

A wide range of cuisines is served. Hot meals, snacks and drinks are available throughout the day. Vending machines are located in the cafeteria and on each floor of the main building.

Scholarships

A number of scholarships are available. Students are awarded on the basis of entrance exam results and on their previous year of academic performance.

Academic Support

Students are provided with comprehensive after-school tutoring and peer support.

Academic support includes:
1) The Religious Center—students can develop Christian ideals of citizenship, personal character and a spirit of reverence, 2) The Learning Center—students can seek career counseling as well as expert advice on University admissions, and 3) The Library—students can do research through up-to-date computer technology as well as traditional books and periodicals.

 

Education for Globalization

Students Overseas–we have multiple programs in which our students are given an opportunity to study abroad.

● One year exchange program in which students study in the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand;
● Two week home stay program in Kansas, the United States, in March;
● Two week home stay program in Vancouver, Canada, in August;
● Two week study tour in Bangladesh, in August;
● Eight day home stay program in Auckland, New Zealand (General English Course only);
● Five day study tour in Taipei, Taiwan (Specialized Studies Course only);
● Three week home stay program near Vancouver, in Canada (Specialized English Studies Course only)

International Students—every year we host several students from overseas (the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and others), who attend classes with our students and enjoy school life at Kyoai.

Kyoai Gakuen Senior high School
Office of Admission
1115-3 Koyahara-machi, Maebashi-shi,Gunma 379-2185
JAPAN

Phone:(81) 027-267-1000
Fax:(81) 027-267-1001
Email:info@hs.kyoai.ac.jp