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Junior High School

Like the Senior High School, the Junior High School traces its origins to the girls' secondary school that was established with the original College in 1901. It was reorganized as a junior high school under the educational system reforms of 1947. The school was part of the Mejiro campus until it moved to Nishi-Ikuta in 1979, and today it shares buildings with the Affiliated Senior High School. Its goal is to develop an integrated program of secondary education for the girls living together with the Senior High School students at the school and to allow each student to develop a healthy mind and body together with a rich personality and the ability to think creatively and rationally.

Students at the Junior High School range in age from 12 to 15. Despite falling within the sphere of compulsory education, highly talented students gather here to receive a unique private education. There are six classes per grade year creating a total of eighteen classes, with the student body numbering about 800.

The main differences between this school and public junior high schools are the encouragement of students to learn on their own and the adoption of small class sizes for basic courses and laboratory work to ensure that students receive a strong foundation in the basics. With Japan adopting an increasingly international outlook, students in each class are exposed to one hour of instruction per week by an English-speaking instructor to help them cultivate a more global understanding. Based on the belief an incredible cultural resource for fellow students, as well as a great opportunity for the individual student. Based on the belief that improved artistic creativity and the nurturing of a sensitive mind are particularly important to the enjoyment of life in modern society, the school offers students the chance to attend art exhibits, performances in the classical arts, and music concerts. Another significant characteristic of the school is the required study of the violin, designed to help students improve their musical aptitudes and sensibilities.

During this period of their lives students experience a marked increase in physical strength. Thus the school strives to cultivate student interest in sports by frequently holding events including athletic meets, sporting competitions, ice skating and skiing classes, and so on.

In order to promote student interest in self-government and enhance the quality of life at the school, strong support is given to student government activities. The annual school festival, called "Jugatsu-sai Festival," is planned and managed entirely by the students. This event provides an opportunity for each student club to exhibit the results of their extra-curricular research, including such entertainments as plays performed both In Japanese and in English.