English education is fundamental to internationalization. At Okisho, we are proud of our teaching staff, what they teach in their classes and the support they give students to help them pass the Eiken examination. There are many English teachers in our school who have graduated from English-speaking universities or graduate schools, and we invite three to four TAs (Teaching Assistants) each year from our partner schools (St. John's University, St. Benedict's University, St. Mary's University, Washington State University). The Japanese and American teachers work together to teach students all aspects of English.In addition to the International Department of Humanities and Sciences at our school, other courses offer students the opportunity to use and practice practical English.Regarding the content of the lessons, we are not only conscious of university entrance examinations, but also teach and encourage students to continue learning English after graduating from high school. TAs are playing an active role in teaching "learn English by ear" for students preparing for the National Center Test for University Admissions (Center Shiken) to improve their listening skills (oral comprehension). Encouragement to take the EIKEN Tests (Test in Practical English Proficiency) has great advantages from the viewpoint of university entrance examinations as well as from the viewpoint that students can benefit from their new levels of English to establish relationships on an international level, allowing them to learn about different cultures or ways of thinking. Grade Pre-2 EIKEN certificate holders will be able to communicate in English to some extent; however, Grade 2 or higher certificate holders will benefit considerably more when applying to universities including at a few of our partner schools in the U.S. We provide ESL (English as a Second Language) programs for students to receive lectures by experts sent from the universities (educational partner schools) in U.S., in the prefecture. We also have short-term study abroad and annual study abroad programs with high schools (educational partner schools) in the U.S. Many students participate in these programs. Okisho provides opportunities for students to attend local ESL (English as a Second Language) summer camps taught by university faculty (from our partner schools), as well as long-term study abroad programs in our partner high schools. Many students participate in these programs.
We have overseas educational partner schools (12 universities and 5 high schools in the U.S., 6 high schools in Australia, 3 high schools in China, 1 junior high school and 3 high schools in Taiwan, 1 high school in Brazil, 1 secondary school in Finland, 3 high schools in Indonesia, 1 junior & high school, 2 junior high schools, 2 high schools, 4 universities in Japan). In the prefecture our school has the largest number of overseas partner schools. Every year, 70 students experience overseas living, making use of our own study abroad programs and overseas English training programs, including those who use the government-funded or prefectural government-sponsored study abroad programs. After graduating from high school, students who enroll in a partner university in the U.S. are also able to take advantage of the university's scholarship program. See "Study Abroad Programs" for details.
The first private college in the American South, a traditional prestigious school located in Orlando, Florida. Admission on recommendation is possible.http://www.rollins.edu/
It has a tradition of more than 100 years and provides exceptional educational facilities on a vast and green campus. One of the leading universities in the United States that produces many excellent graduates that around the world. Since 2000, we have had the Summer Advancement Program (SAP) at this beautiful university as well.http://www.csbsju.edu/
This university is located in Winona, Minnesota. We have an educational partner ship agreement in 2001, and held the Summer Advancement Program (SAP). Twenty six students from our school visited Winona. Exchanges have been active, including inviting lecturers from the university's language school to the ESL camp held in Okinawa. Students who graduated from our school go to undergraduate and graduate schools at St. Mary's University, with scholarships.http://www.smumn.edu/
A public two-year community college. An educational agreement in 2004 opened the doors for an exchange of students, faculty and staff for both schools.http://www.scciowa.edu/
An educational agreement was signed in 2005.http://www.wvc.edu/
An educational agreement was signed in 2017.http://www.clark.edu/
An educational agreement was signed in 2017.https://www.uidaho.edu/
An educational agreement was signed in 2017.https://wsu.edu/
An educational agreement was signed in 2017.https://www.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/
An educational agreement was signed in 2018.https://ccs.spokane.edu/
An educational agreement was signed in 2002. Our high school students can participate in the annual study abroad program.http://www.sjprep.net/
An educational agreement was signed in 2002. It offers short-term exchange programs (REP) and annual study abroad programs.https://www.cotterschools.org/
An educational agreement was signed in 2006. It offers an annual study abroad program.http://www.nd-burl.pvt.k12.ia.us/
An educational agreement was signed in 2006. It offers an annual study abroad program.http://wbisd.com/
Private school through elementary, middle and high school education, where Japanese is the second language.
A private school with several small school buildings on a large site, passing through a large sugarcane field.
A private school for integrated education from kindergarten to high school. Japanese is taught as a second language from kindergarten.
A newly established public school located in an emerging residential area, 2 km from Lakeside College.
A public school located in Avalon Beach, a suburb in the Northern Beaches of Sydney. In 2003, we had a video conference to prepare for study trip.
A reciprocal exchange program agreement was signed in 2009. A public school with a Japanese immersion course, located in Robina, about 100 km south of Brisbane. The school provides a short-term exchange program (REP) for our students.
An educational agreement was signed in 2018.http://www.skes.mlc.edu.tw/
A prestigious girls high school that represents Kaohsiung City and a leading school in English education and in education utilizing information and communication technology.http://www.kghs.kh.edu.tw/
A general public high school with a preparatory course and a business course, and a leading school in English and professional education.http://www.smvhs.kh.edu.tw/
A private junior & high school located in Sao Paulo city. We visit each other every other year to have homestays, hands-on classes and cultural exchanges.
An educational agreement was signed in 2018.http://xinnan.jp/
A school with 105 years old history and a great achievement.
A coordination and cooperation agreement between university and high school was signed in 2016.https://www.icu.ac.jp/
A partnership agreement between university and high school was signed in 2017.https://www.ohmae.ac.jp/
An educational agreement was signed in 2018.https://www.sg-u.ac.jp/