High School

Our Aim

If there was a high school division of an international school
~An epoch-making system created with passion for the future of children~

 

Since our start in April 2010, we have always worked towards the goal of “developing human resources who can play an active role on the international stage while realizing their dreams.”
Our school’s goal is to further enhance learning from the current preschool to middle school, and to create a new high school to realize integrated education.

Our school will establish a high school this year in 2024, and with an eye on future careers, we have begun building an educational curriculum that will allow students entering the university of their choice, whether in Japan or overseas.

The uniqueness of our high school is something that cannot be found anywhere else. We would be happy if as many students as possible could enjoy learning in this unique environment.
It’s characteristics are as follows.

 

  1. Through our cooperative system with major correspondence high schools in Japan and the United States, high school students can choose either correspondence course. Alternatively, you can choose both courses and earn both Japanese and American high school diplomas.
    If you choose an American correspondence course, as long as you meet the required graduation credits, you will be considered to have completed the high school course in at least one year, and you will also be eligible for Japanese common tests and university entrance exams (of course, overseas universities as well) is given. This is something that is not possible at high schools in Japan or international schools, and it allows students to skip grades and go on to university.
    Examples of students from our partner AJ International Academy accepted by American Universities this year includes
    – Temple University at the age of 15,
    – University of Arizona at 16,
    – The University of Texas at 17, etc.
  2. We will establish a career center to support parents and other students regarding career paths and further education in order to become the person they want to be in the future. We also plan to actively promote internship programs for companies.
  3. In recent years, many international courses have been established in Japanese high schools, but due to the constraints of the Japanese educational system, most subjects other than English are taught in Japanese, and it is difficult for students to acquire truly usable English. I hear many voices. Of course, most of the classes are conducted in Japanese, which can be difficult for native English speakers, and it is not uncommon for classes to consist of mostly Japanese students, except for the teachers.
    I think it is a very difficult environment to learn natural English and the culture behind it from friends. In this regard, we anticipate that the number of native English-speaking students will increase in our high school by offering an American correspondence course.
  4. Tutors will individually support students’ learning and writing reports based on each student’s needs. When preparing for university entrance exams, we will provide total support from studying the subjects to be tested to submitting your application.
  5. A major difference from correspondence high schools is that students can enjoy their school life by participating in cultural activities such as physical education, music, art, garden projects, and club activities on site.
  6. On site English classes will further develop our strength by focusing on the fundamentals of research, English composition and literary analysis, as well as on additional aspects such as media, linguistics and creative writing.
  7. You can also choose special classes to improve your Eiken, TOEFL, and IELTS scores.

 

In this way, we provide unique programs that are difficult to establish at high schools in Japan, correspondence high schools, and international schools, so that all students can feel the joy of learning and realize their future dreams (careers) in the shortest possible time. We would like to support you.

 

April 2024
Yoshinori Kato
Chairperson

 

 

about

Many high school students spend their time pondering questions like, “I’m uncertain about my preferences or future goals,” or “I am unsure which university to attend.” Conversely, students with clear interests or talents often feel frustrated due to lack of time to dedicate to their passions.
During the invaluable high school years, we aim to guide our students in discovering their interests, immersing themselves in their chosen pursuits, gaining hands-on experience, nurturing independent learning, and honing their skills for global success.

At Tokyo West High School, we emphasize English language education while ensuring students can earn a Japanese, an American or both high school diploma. Our support for students revolves around three key areas 1) Identifying their passions, 2) Mastering their passions, and 3) Preparing for higher education.

Our uniqueness:

  • Our experienced native English teachers are committed to helping students master the English and global communication skills necessary for future success.(*)
  • Our Career Design Center offers comprehensive programs to assist students in discovering their interests and strengths.
  • To pursue their interests and capitalize on their strengths, the Career Design Center is dedicated to helping students explore the university selection process and excel in entrance exams.

Our “World-standard English education × Career education that ignites your curiosity” reflects our commitment to pairing students with mentors from diverse fields who work closely with each student. This approach enables students to uncover their unique strengths, realize their fullest potential, positively impact various fields, and soar on the world stage.

(*) A Japanese high school graduation diploma will be obtained from Chuo Kokusai High School, and an American high school graduation diploma will be from Penn Foster High School.

 

 

Greetings

“Ignite Curiosity, Transform Your Future – A New Era of International High School”

Our aspiration is crystal clear: we aim to ignite the flame of curiosity in our students, fostering individuals who will be able to transform the future. This unwavering vision has driven us to establish a unique high school division within our international school.

Our students are inherently inquisitive, channeling their passions and immersing themselves in the world of inquiry and experiential learning. Yet, as they approach high school and university admissions, they encounter the formidable hurdle of entrance examinations. The demands of exam preparation tend to eclipse the space and time available for the pursuit of their passions. Faced with this stark reality, we embarked on a quest for a unique international high school.

At Tokyo West International high school, we specialize in delivering world-class English education. In our increasingly interconnected world, mastering English and honing international communication skills serve as the linchpin to broadening one’s horizon. It opens doors to studying abroad at overseas universities or advancing in an English-language learning environment.

Furthermore, we are committed to enhancing career education, a catalyst for stoking curiosity, guiding students towards the discovery and mastery of their passions, and cultivating the competencies and skills required for navigating the complex waters of our ever-evolving society. Our diverse internship programs and tools are meticulously tailored to assist each student in unearthing their unique strengths.

Moreover, our high school seamlessly integrates with a Japanese online high school, allowing students to secure their Japanese high school graduation qualifications. This dual-school system affords our students the opportunity of dedicating ample time to unearth and refine their passions, while customizing their curriculum to align with their specific educational aspirations and career pathways.

Every one of us has experienced pivotal moments and encounters that have indelibly shaped our values and perspectives. Our ambition is for Tokyo West to be the very crucible of such transformative moments, catalyzing paradigm shifts in the lives of our students.

The journey towards becoming the kind of adult who can transform the future starts here.

 

Sockchong Han
High School Principal

 

Profile

Sockchong Han was born in 1964 in Tokyo and holds Master Degree in Agricultural and Life Science Master from The University of Tokyo.
He has worked in Procter &Gamble (P&G), one of the world’s biggest global consumer goods companies, for 26 years as a Research and Development Manager, and has worked on the new product development for almost every brands.

As a manager, he led the new product development which has no “right” answers, and in parallel, in charge of the new hire recruitment as a member of recruiting team by joining the student seminars where hundreds of students attend every year.

On top, he co-developed the programs with outside expert partners (such as inclusion workshop) to create a highly motivated organization / create a global team to fully leverage its diversity to improve the business results. With this effort, global team fully unleashed their potentials and he successfully led the various global initiative programs.

He has spent 4 years in Beijing, China as the last P&G assignment, and had an opportunity to learn the global education program / IB (International Baccalaureate) program through the international school where two daughters have joined.

He established WINGS EDUCATION, Co. Ltd. in 2016, and then joined the Tokyo West International School management, where he also led the career guidance department.

 

 

Admission

Qualifications First Year Students Those who have completed, or are expected to complete, 9 years or more of formal education in Japanese/foreign schools.
Transfer Students Those who currently enroll in high schools.
Number of s tudents to be admitted 10 students S-Class:5 students
A-Class:5 students
Selection Criteria English Proficiency S class:Students with sufficient English proficiency to take classes in English (Students whose native language is English, returnee, international school junior high school graduates, or students with equivalent English proficiency).
A class:Students with junior high school graduate or high school entry level English proficiency.
Screening By Application documents

Application documents

  1. Application form
  2. Official Transcripts from junior high schools/middle schools
  3. Health Check Sheet
  4. Proof of English Proficiency
  5. Essay in English(Reasons for wishing to study at Tokyo West & future career aspiration)

 

  • S-Class: Approximately 200 words in length
  • A-Class: Approximately 100 words in length
Interview Interview will be conducted in English.
Application Fee 22,000 yen
Notice of Results After the document screening and interview, results will be mailed to each applicant.

 

 

Application Form

Application Form for High School

 

 

Tuition

School Fees 2024-2025
-High School-
Japanese High School diploma

School Fees 2024-2025
-High School-
American High School Diploma

School Fees 2024-2025
-High School-
Double Diploma Course

*Discounts and Scholarship (including those for families at Yokota)
are available under certain circumstances.

Please call or email for more details.

 

About Career Design Center

Purpose

The Career Design Center aims to provide a support system for students to understand their individual strengths and passions, enabling them to actively construct their future career paths.
It facilitates access to diverse career options, fostering powerful leadership that empowers students to contribute significantly to society as future leaders.

Vision

To nurture socially responsible leaders who, while discovering their strengths and pursuing passions, confidently build knowledge and skills.

Mission

The Career Design Center is committed to promoting self-discovery and growth among students, maximizing individual strengths. It supports students in envisioning their future careers and societal roles, encouraging them to challenge themselves with confidence. The center provides an environment based on diversity.

Goals

The goal of the Career Design Center is for students to deepen their self-understanding. Upon graduation, they should be able to define their future paths based on their passions and skills, develop sustainable careers, and grow into individuals who actively contribute to society, thereby changing the future.

Career Education Curriculum

Over the course of three years, the program aims to deepen students’ self-understanding and equip them with specific skills and knowledge for their future careers and enrollment in the desired universities.

Year 1: Building Self-Understanding and Fundamental Skills

  • Overview and purpose of the Career Design Center
  • Explanation of self-assessment and interest assessments
  • Training in basic communication skills
  • Discovery and utilization of own strengths using tools like StrengthsFinder
  • Opportunities for internships and volunteer activities

Year 2: Specialization and Exploration in Fields of Interest

  • Career guidance sessions: Explanation of options such as university admissions (domestic and international), and employment
  • Inviting guest speakers from various industries and professions
  • Instruction on honing specialized skills and acquiring related certifications
  • Individual counseling sessions tailored to each student’s career aspirations and goals
  • Opportunities for internships and volunteer activities

Year 3: Future Planning and Support for Career Realization

  • Support for university applications (domestic and international)
  • Creation of portfolios and clarification of career goals
  • Training and preparation for interviews
  • Opportunities for work experience and company visits
  • Career support programs after university enrollment or employment

 

About English Program

TWIS English Program: Mission Statement

The mission of Tokyo West International School (TWIS) High School English Program is to develop an advanced level of English comprehension and practical application skills for both native and non-native English speakers for an ever-increasing globalized world. Our mission is to not only develop a rich understanding of the English language and its nuances across culture, throughout time, and through linguistics and arts, but also in the practical and contemporary fields of science and technology, business and entrepreneurship, digital and social marketing, education, and global communication.

Deep cultural understanding through English and practical, multi-discipline skillsets related to it will be the main areas of focus in the program. It is designed to implement both comprehensive and competitive educational components. These components will prepare graduates for additional academic and practical opportunities post-graduation, both within Japan and internationally.

With significant cultural knowledge and skills that can deliver real-world success in an ever- increasing international environment, graduates of the program will possess all the skills and knowledge necessary to compete and thrive in any field in the global community.

We here at the TWIS High School English Program invite you to challenge yourself and join our program so we may help you achieve your dreams and aspirations right now and in the future.

Sincerely,
-Caleb Harrison, Homeroom teacher, Lead English teacher and Curriculum Coordinator

 

High School English Curriculum Development

 

Tokyo West International School
High School Curriculum Development

 

Seven Pillars of Curriculum Development:

  1. Advanced reading Comprehension
  2. English Composition Practicum
  3. Speech Communication/Linguistics
  4. English Literature Comprehension/Cultural Literacy
  5. Writing for Technology and Sciences (Social Media/Digital Media)
  6. Analytical Studies/Advanced Writing
  7. Creative Writing

 

Course Description:

  • Core Courses 1-4 (Foundational Skills)
  • Elective Courses 5-7 (Specialized Skills)

 

Two-fold Standard:

  • Development of Native Standard
    For students who are native English speakers or near-English speakers
  • Development of Foreign Standard
    For students who are non-native English speakers

 

High School Preparation Essentials:

  • Practical Application of English language
  • University Entrance Examination
    Japanese university standards
    International university standards
  • Study Abroad Programs
  • International Programs
    Internships
    Apprenticeships
    Working Holiday
    Volunteer Programs
    Other
  • English Education
  • International Business
    • Digital Media Comprehension

     

    Profile – Mr.Caleb Harrison

To the Tokyo West International School Community,

Let us introduce our lead English teacher and curriculum coordinator for the TWIS High School, Mr. Caleb Harrison.

Caleb (also known as Mr. Cay) has been with TWIS since August of 2023, primarily serving as the homeroom teacher for grade two in the elementary school. Moving forward with our aspirations and hopes for the future of TWIS, the administration and Caleb have decided to work together in creating a vibrant learning experience and an academically excellent program for our new high school.

Caleb came to our school after several years of teaching for Tokai University, Sugao Junior High School, as a member of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) and as the lead English conversation curriculum creator. Caleb has spent over seven years working in Japanese schools as an instructor for English as a foreign language. He has also spent time teaching as a guest at other private schools in Tokyo and as an English teacher at the American School in Japan during summer.

In addition to his teaching career in Japan, Caleb has worked in the high school system in the United States. He has primarily taught high school English and has worked as a paraprofessional for at-risk-youth programs. In fact, Caleb’s passion for teaching English literature and writing stems from his experiences both as a high school student and as a high school teacher.

Caleb attended Colorado State University and graduated in 2010 with a degree in English Literature and Languages, with a minor in Environmental Studies. He later attended law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he graduated with a master’s degree in Natural Resources Policy with emphasis in legal writing in 2013. All of Caleb’s academic experiences make him an exceptional resource as an English educator.

What is more, Caleb has a passion for adventure and technical mountain climbing. In his life, he has climbed all over North America and various parts of Asia, and he is determined to bring his love of English, mountains, and adventure to the classroom where he can imbue each and every student with the skills and excitement that will build futures filled with joy, passion, and success. For all who attend Tokyo West International High School, the skills and experiences gained in your time here will be his number one goal.

Thank you.