The six years that develops academic skills as well as character qualities in accordance with the school’s motto, “Encouragement of creativity and promotion of individuality”
Message from President
Shibaura Institute of Technology Kashiwa High School was established in 1980 in Masuo, Kashiwa City, Chiba following the tradition of Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) and for the purpose of developing a new 3-year high school education system. Since then, the school has grown and, in 1990, became a co-ed institution. In 1999, the school was expanded to include a 3-year junior high school program.
The administration pledges that all school management policies are reviewed by all relevant parties and updated annually. The updated policies are reviewed and distributed at the General Meeting of PTA/Supporters that is held every May. These policies are also published and available on the school’s website. The policy content includes the school’s vision and goals, mid-term objectives/strategies for the next several years, emphasis of educational activities and an easy-to-read list of in-house/third-party evaluation results. All faculty members pledge to make every effort in order to achieve the stated goals and maintain the high educational standards.
For five years untill 2008, we were named as one of the Super Science High Schools (SSH) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and we developed a new scientific experimental education program. Based on this experience, we established the Shibaura Science Class (SSCI & II) and incorporated this program into one of the required subjects for graduation. Our SSCIII is a program whereby our senior high school students in the third year are able to attend SIT classes. If a student attends such classes and passes the semester final exam, s/he will receive SIT credit. This year, eight students are attending classes weekly at the SIT Omiya Campus.
Since Kashiwa Junior and Senior High School is a rather limited-scale school (5 classes per year for junior high school and 7 classes per year for senior high school), homeroom teachers get to know and develop a close relationship with all the students. Class composition is carefully reviewed in order to maximize instruction ability and to raise overall academic performance. Students are free to take entrance exams for any college whether or not they have a recommendation from the school. We also ask PTA members to support our career education by speaking to students twice a year about their profession/professional experiences. Such an integrated study system has been a part of our curriculum ever since the school was established, and we have found that this has been of tremendous help in improving a student’s outlook and knowledge.
The school staff will strive to maintain a free and vigorous culture in order to cultivate students that are able to harmonize with a global society.
School system of Shibaura Institute of Technology Kashiwa Junior and Senior High School
Acquisition of the comprehensive knowledge and skills needed to successfully advance to higher education
Shibaura Institute of Technology Kashiwa Junior and Senior High School strives to be a respected neighborhood school that encourages students to further their education. With a school motto, “Development of creativity and promotion of individuality” and inventive programs to develop knowledge and broaden a student’s vision, we are able to cultivate young men and women who will one day become respected and contributing members of our society. We believe that a combination of various activities coupled with regular academic classes will positively impact a student’s character as well as raise their academic skills. Last year we also implemented a school-wide approach to promoting “Self-Education/Study” habits. This was done to cultivate self-achievement skills required in their future. We also shifted to a full six-day-a-week program last year. Students attend school six days a week but they also need to set aside enough time to prepare for difficult college entrance exams. They are required to set goals, evaluate their current status, develop a detailed plan and put that plan into action.
Outline of core program that encourages self-achievement
[Overall 6-year education]
Overall school education is divided into three phases: Hop, Step and Jump.
“Hop” (1st & 2nd grade of junior high school): Focus is on the improvement of basic academic skills (e.g., Japanese, mathematics and English), promotion of study habits/motivation and establishment of basic educational foundation. Extracurricular classes/activities include the Green School (an environmental science study), school festivals and sport meets.
“Step” (3rd grade of junior high school and 1st grade of senior high school): Students are asked to outline their “dreams.” In this phase, a student’s education will be broadened through classes that address such themes as the environment, communication, and international matters. Extracurricular activities will also include a study trip to Malaysia as well as other self-education/study workshops.
“Jump” (2nd & 3rd grade of senior high school): Students will be separated into groups based on their desired career path (either arts or sciences) in order to prepare for their college entrance exams. High school senior students will be able to concentrate on study for college entrance exams under a customized program. Extracurricular activities will include a study trip to Australia.
[High school education]
There are two types of students entering our high school: 1) those who attended Kashiwa Junior High School (Type-1); and 2) those who graduated from other junior high schools (Type-2). A student’s previous instruction level in the basic subjects (Japanese, mathematics and English) can vary at the time they enter our high school. Thus, Type-1 students and Type-2 students are put into different classes in the 1st grade. Type-2 students are required to take a 25-minute class every morning in order to close any gap that may exist between Type-1 and Type-2 students. These two types of students will join together in the 2nd grade when they have decided on which avenue to follow with regard to their future educational goals. However, for some subjects, students will still be divided into more than one class depending on their progress so as to enable the school to provide for more tailored instruction. During the third year of high school, we offer small selective classes in order to better address the needs of each student and thereby help them to achieve their goals.