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Osaka Jogakuin Junior and Senior High School School Profile

Introduction

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Osaka Jogakuin Junior and Senior High School is a private Christian all-girls school located in Tamatsukuri, a largely residential area with close proximity to central Osaka. Our school was originally founded in 1884 by American missionaries from the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

The extensive campus expands a multitude of facilities that include science labs, athletics track, gym, swimming pool, state-of-the-art multimedia center, library, music room and cafeteria. At the heart of the campus is the Hail Chapel, used for daily worship as well as seminars, concerts and other Christian events.

Our school has a current enrollment of 512 students in junior high school and 818 students in senior high school. Most junior high school students choose to continue their education at our senior high school. We also welcome girls from other local junior high schools to enter Osaka Jogakuin at senior high school level.

As a mission school, all of our full time members of staff are Christians, and religious activities are central to our school day. Every day begins with morning service, and school events are preceded by prayers and hymns.

Mission and Goals

Our school motto is “Love and Service”. Our mission is to cultivate in students a strong sense of compassion, respect and a determination to help others. It is our aim to educate women to be responsible citizens who are willing to serve others and use their knowledge and skills to challenge the existing norms of women in Japan and make a valuable contribution to society. To those ends, we encourage creative thinking, independence, and leadership.

Curriculum

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At high school level, Osaka Jogakuin offers four different courses: humanities, science, English and International Baccalaureate. Each class is 50 minutes long and students have 35 lessons per week. Depending on the course taken, students are required to take certain core subjects and a specified number of electives. For example, English course students receive 11 hours of English instruction per week, plus a combination of core subjects (maths, science, social studies, Japanese, Bible studies, P.E) and electives (art, music, calligraphy).

Below is a comprehensive list of all the subjects taught:
Japanese
  • Contemporary Japanese literature
  • Classics
  • Chinese Classics
English
  • Communication English(Ⅰ,Ⅱ,Ⅲ)
  • English Expression(Ⅰ,Ⅱ,Ⅲ)
  • Active Communication
  • Practical Communication(Ⅰ,Ⅱ)
  • Composition
  • English Reading (Basic and Advanced)
  • Current English
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
Geography,
History and Humanities
  • World History (A,B)
  • Japanese History (A,B)
  • Geography (A,B)
  • Contemporary Society
Mathematics
  • Math (Ⅰ,Ⅱ,Ⅲ)
  • Math (A,B)
  • Math Exercise
Science
  • Physics (Basic and Advanced)
  • Chemistry(Basic and Advanced)
  • Biology(Basic and Advanced)
  • Basic Earth Science
Others
  • Bible
  • Physical Education
  • Hygienic
  • Home Economics
  • Computer and Society
  • Music
  • Art
  • Calligraphy

In addition to academic subjects, students are required to study various issues related to human rights and attend regular seminars and workshops.

As of April 2019, our school will be an approved IB school. This course of study will be open to limited number of students, adding a 4th option to our current science, humanities and English courses.

Activities and events

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In addition to their academic studies, students develop a range of useful skills by organizing, managing and orchestrating the various school events throughout the academic year. In close collaboration with one another, they are required to take on a variety of responsibilities and roles, from which they gain valuable practical experience. Some of the events for which students are solely responsible include the school culture festival, sports day and chorus competitions. Also, students have the opportunity to learn tea ceremony and see traditional Japanese theater. Furthermore, there are course related events including English Camp, Multicultural Day and Empowerment program that help to increase students’ cross-cultural awareness, and develop their discussion and presentation skills in English.

In addition, students can choose from a wide range of extracurricular activities such as sport clubs aiming to enhance their fitness, team work and leadership skills, and cultural-focused clubs that develop specific talents and promote service in the community.

Overseas program

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Our students have several options if they wish to pursue their studies overseas. First-year students can apply for a summer 3-week homestay/study program in one of three places: Boston or Monterey in the US, or Hamilton in New Zealand. Longer 3-month programs in the third term are available to first and second-grade students. They can choose from the UK (Oxford, Cambridge), Canada (Ottawa) and the US (New York, Boston). In addition, two students from any number of applicants are selected through an interview process to spend one month studying at our sister school in Sydney, Australia. On average, between 5 and 10 students opt to spend a full academic year studying overseas. Destinations selected by our students include Hungary, Germany, the US and Canada. In light of recent increased interest in Korean culture, one student is selected from several applicants to study in South Korea for one month during the second grade.

Calculation of grades

Each term, students are awarded between 1 and 10 points for each subject taken. The points accumulated over three terms are used to calculate an overall 5-scale grade.

5-scale
4.3-5.0 A (Excellent)
3.5-4.2 B (Better than Average)
2.7-3.4 C (Average)
1.9-2.6 D (Passing)

Colleges attended by graduates

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Almost all the students choose to continue their education in universities or colleges. Among them, a few numbers of graduates decide to pursue their studies at universities or colleges overseas. In the last five years, 24 graduates entered universities or colleges outside of Japan. The following is the list of universities and colleges attended by graduates for the last five years. (The list needs to be completed)

Area Country The name of university/college
Asia Korea
  • Yonsei University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
Taiwan
  • Asia University
Europe England
  • Durham University
  • Glasgow School of Art
Hungary
  • Hungarian Medical Universities
Germany
North America Canada
  • Langara College
The USA
  • Augustan College
  • Highline College
  • Sierra College
  • State University of New York College of Technology at Alfred
  • The State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • University of California, Berkley
  • University of California, Long Beach