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Senior High School

The Senior High School has evolved from the original girls' secondary school established with Japan Women's College in 1901. The original school grew in response to the demands of the age, and under the educational reforms of 1948 it was divided into senior and junior high schools. At this time the Senior High School was relocated to its present site at Nishi-Ikuta in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, nestled into the Tama hills forty minutes away from the crowded and busy streets of metropolitan Tokyo.

The previously purchased 73-acre Nishi-Ikuta campus, enormous by Japanese standards, offers a beautiful natural setting throughout the changing seasons and provides students with an ideal educational environment. When the Affiliated Junior High School previously located in Mejiro was moved to the Nishi-Ikuta campus in 1979, new combined school buildings were constructed for the junior and senior high schools, reducing the distance between the two schools. We are pleased that the concept of integrated education, as advocated by the University's founder, has continued to bear fruit.

The Senior High School is a girls' high school with eight classes per grade for a total of 24 classes and about 1 , 100 students overall. Students are selected from a highly-qualified pool of applicants from around the country. The educational objective at Japan Women's University is to let the ideals of the founder permeate all of its various schools.

Students at the Senior High School are young women aged 15 to 18. For them this is a time of deep self-examination, hopes for the future, and the establishment of self-identity. Students also experience a growing interest in society and the world around them, and they are presented with their first opportunity to decide which path they will take in the world. It is for this reason that the educational process at the school is designed to be diverse and responsive to the needs and choices of each student. Extra-curricular activities and school events are also considered important elements in the building of the character of spirited adolescents.

The school strives for an educational environment where students study hard and actively participate in student government in this abundant natural setting. By doing so, students are able to develop into dignified, well-rounded young women, and they discover how to learn by themselves, think for themselves, and act for themselves, experiencing the fruits of autonomy and Independence. In the end, it is hoped that students will grow into capable young women who can make a wide-ranging contribution to human society.