Vision of Secondary School

6-year Plan for Secondary School | Secondary School Classes & Courses

Through a 12-year integrated curriculum, Gunma Kokusai Academy will empower its students with skills and knowledge necessary to contribute to and provide leadership in an ever-advancing global community.
In junior high school, students will lay a solid foundation for high school learning. Students will be able to easily learn abstract and academic content in English because of the many hands-on activities and experiences gained from elementary school.
In high school, students will deepen their knowledge in fields where they can realize their full potential based on individual interests and aptitudes. In addition, students will study advanced content in either a course targeted for entrance into a Japanese university or a course targeted for entrance into a foreign university in accordance with their future goals.
In a bilingual and multicultural environment, students will develop critical thinking skills through the use of English and will be nurtured into real international citizens; unbiased by race, nationality or view of the world.

6-year Plan for Secondary School

Secondary School Classes & Courses

Junior High School
In principle, subjects except Japanese, social studies, and technology/ home economics should be taught in English. However, terminology and math and science exercises should be taught in Japanese. Social studies should be taught partly in English. The ratio of lessons taught in English is about 60%.
The number of Japanese, math, science, social studies, and English classes is one hour more than the standard number and will make a solid foundation of high school. Furthermore, through activities such as research, report, presentation, and debate, critical thinking skills, expression, and communication should be improved.
Japanese University CourseOverseas University Course
Senior High School(Japanese University Course)
In the Center Exam, English, math, Japanese, science and social studies are tested for National university entrance. The science course requires two areas of science and the humanity course requires two areas of social studies. Since the format of the Center Exam doesn't vary, lessons to obtain the best result based on that format are vital in order to obtain a high score. Thus, lessons need to be taught in Japanese for efficiency.
University(Japanese University Course)
  1. Specific departments in universities directly connect to related occupations(doctors, lawyers, etc)
  2. National universities
  3. Universities which allow admissions for students with high English abilities
Overseas University Course
(IB Course)
Senior High School(Overseas University Course(IB Course))
In principle, subjects except Japanese should be taught in English. The ratio of lessons taught in English is as high as 75%. In particular, English and math lessons should be allotted sufficient time.
We will conduct adequate lessons which correspond to college admission tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, and SAT. The educational programme targets the score of 80% in TOEFL (iBT) (maximum point=120). We have implemented the IB Diploma Programme since the 2012 school year.
GKA will hire a guidance counselor who is knowledgeable about studying abroad to give excellent support and advice to students.

∗TOEFL: English proficiency test for non-native English speaker. The result of this test becomes one of the criteria for the enrollment to universities in English speaking countries. Online testing (iBT) is common for TOEFL.
∗IELTS: English proficiency test similar to TOEFL adapted in universities in UK and Oceania
∗SAT: College admissions test for US high school students. 10% to 20% of universities require foreign exchange students to take this test.

University(Overseas University Course(IB Course))
Overseas colleges/universities have a wide range of programs, with differing levels. This ensures that the different needs of applicants who have various interests and different academic abilities can be catered to.
Students of GKA High School will be expected to have demonstrated high academic performance. Also they will be expected to have exhibited fluency in English. GKA students will apply to colleges/universities appropriate to their ability. Where the USA is concerned, they have the following four alternatives.
  1. Private colleges/universities
    (In most cases, top-level colleges/universities in the USA are private.)
  2. State colleges/universities
    (They accept students with varying abilities, but they maintain certain academic criteria.)
  3. Municipal colleges/universities
  4. Community colleges
    (Transferring to four-year colleges/universities is also possible.)