Educational activities and features
We are a leading Japanese integrated course high school.
As the first laboratory school in the country we contribute to society through research, development and implementation of pioneering educational techniques.
Features of “Integrated Course”
In an integrated course, we respect individualism and focus on teaching how to make future plans.
We have a variety of optional classes to choose from in order to take into consideration students’ future or personalities. The integrated course, which is characterized by respect for individuality and emphasis on academic and career counseling, is designed to enable independent learning to match the individuality and career path of each student. We also created “career education” for students to be able to make a vision of themselves in the future with their experiences and successes to make their dreams come true.
Four Categories of Subjects
- Biological Resource and Environmental Science
- Engineering System and Information Science
- Life/Human Science
- Human Sociology/Communication
Students choose their major category from 4-subject-categories and develop core academic skills as they identify their individual interests and capabilities. Our school encourages its students to nurture a broad view of the world and cultivate flexible thinking by experiencing different worlds of knowledge through their major study group.
Elective Courses and Graduation Work
In their third year, students choose their majors and set off on more individualized, major-specific tracks. The final leg of the learning journey comes in the last year, when students bring together all the things they have learned for a year-long graduation thesis project. We believes that graduation work is a crucial opportunity for students to test the knowledge and abilities that they have cultivated over their three years at the high school level.
*Typical 1 credit hour course would meet for one 50-minute session per week.
Study course: Industrial Society and Humanity
In high schools which offer integrated courses, all the classes except essential courses are electives.
Students can choose their own subjects by themselves based on what they need for their future. This is a course for students to think about their occupation or their future after graduation by learning about themselves and society.
Communication Camp for newly entering students
Students camp out in Kurohime Kogen in Nagano for three nights. This program has outside activities for training in problem solving and developing communication skills. It also helps students to start their high school life in a smooth and interesting manner.
Agricultural experience for 1st graders
Students use our farm to manage their own assigned area to harvest corn or soybeans. For future-thinking education, it is a practical lesson for them to learn and plan what they have to do at each stage.
Wealth of Extra-Curricular Subjects
Some courses are held outside of usual school hours, for example, afterschool and on Saturdays. Fieldworks relating to the SGH Project and special courses offered by The University of Tsukuba are also included.
Examples of offered courses: Outdoor Activity: Swimming and Skiing, Introduction to Psychology, Fundamental Practice for Agriculture, International Fieldwork, and Working experience with ICT.
Activities to contribute to the local community
We help students discover their value in society and learn ways to contribute to the welfare of the local community while participating in activities such as the following:
- Tsukusaka Local Dietary Support Project
- Support for the Sakado City Welfare Project
- Expedition and dietary education with local elementary schools
Learn cutting-edge research at the University of Tsukuba
- Students can visit the University to learn from professors and graduate school students.