Message from the Principal
Seek and think for oneself.
The power of initiative is what we need now more than ever.
The society which we live in today is blessed with peace and prosperity. On the other hand, when we turn our gaze to the world around us, we are confronted by environmental problems, scenes of war and conflict, disease, and the prospects of new problems as yet undreamt of.
In the future that awaits us, globalization and information technology are bound to show even greater growth, compelling us to live in a society fraught with ever increasing levels of competition. More than ever, an attitude of mutual respect and a tolerance for diversity will be required to tackle the numerous challenges that lie before us.
In an unpredictable age like ours, it is no longer enough to wait for knowledge to be given to us. It is imperative for all of us to expand the knowledge that we are given through our own initiative, and to forge new connections through what we learn. This spirit of study is surely the source of power of ‘Jicho-Jiko.’
Your junior high school and high school years are when you lay the foundations for your life. At Shibuya Junior and Senior High School, through study and a variety of trips and school events, we aim to give our students the opportunity to develop the intellectual curiosity and intensity of focus that are the source of the power of ‘Jicho-Jiko.’
You are the ‘exchange students’ from the future. We eagerly await your arrival.
The school motto, translated as ‘Seek and Think for Oneself,’ embodies the educational philosophy of Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen (SKG). At Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen, we strive to foster a spirit of independence and intellectual curiosity in our students by providing a learning environment which is conducive to these aims.
This fact is reflected in the specific educational benchmarks established for each grade, and the emphasis we place on goal-setting. We strive to help students to increase their natural appetite for a wide breadth of topics, deepen their own awareness of the world around them, and so realize their full intellectual and emotional potential.
One of the paramount aims of our school is to foster multicultural awareness in our students. One way in which we accomplish this is through homestays and educational exchange programs. Through such opportunities, we hope to instill tolerance and an understanding of non-Japanese cultures in our students. We also encourage a multiplicity of perspectives through a comprehensive language arts program in English designed for students who have returned to Japan after several years of living abroad, and whose linguistic and educational needs are somewhat different from those of their peers.
These ‘returnee’ students currently comprise about 10% of the student body. By encouraging such students to maintain their cross-cultural ties through specially tailored curricula, we not only ensure a multiplicity of student perspectives, but also create opportunities for non-returnee students to benefit from exposure to different viewpoints.
Curriculum and Post-secondary Admission
The Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen (SKG) curriculum is based on the standards and requirements of the Japanese government for middle and high school education. In the course of the six years of education students receive, they study Japanese language and literature, English, mathematics, science, social studies, art, and home economics in a balance that underscores our emphasis on the importance of breadth in education.
The University Application Committee at SKG actively involves the students, their homeroom teachers, and the parents in an effort to provide individualized assistance to each student who plans to apply to university.
As a result of this cooperative effort, 99% of all SKG graduates enter an institution of higher education: 20% go on to national or public universities, 76% enter private universities and colleges in Japan, and 2% enter foreign universities or colleges.
The principal receiving institutions domestically are Tokyo University, Tokyo College of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Waseda University, Keio University, and Sophia University. Among the principal receiving institutions abroad are Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Yale University, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania.
If you have questions, please contact us by e-mail.