聖園女学院中・高等学校

EDUCATION OVERVIEW / STUDENTS & FACULTY

Both junior and senior high school include integrated curriculum and instruction programs.
In junior high school (ages 12 to 15), the acquisition of essential scholastic abilities is central to the learning objectives.
In senior high school (ages 16 to 18), having students become independent and critical thinkers is emphasized so that they can achieve their future goals and aspirations. In grades 11 and 12, students can choose from a variety of elective subjects based on their interests and career goals.
Misono offers a range of classes in English, math and Japanese. Students study English conversation in small class sizes, so they have more opportunities for individualized instruction.

Misono Girls’ Junior and Senior High School is a small private school, and the students and teachers share a family-oriented relationship. In this way, students are given a great deal of personal attention.
We have about 600 students combined, and about 50 full-time teachers, including 3 native English speaking teachers, and 10 part-time teachers.

HISTORY & SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY

Misono Girls’ High School was founded in 1946 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Misono Girls’ Junior High School started in 1948. Since 1976, graduates of our junior high school are guaranteed admission to our high school. In 2016, Misono Girls’ School merged with Nanzan School Corporation.

The Catholic education at Misono inspires students to find joy in serving others and supporting each other in society, thereby developing a noble mind and character. With this purpose, students participate in a variety of religious experiences, such as Catholic Mass, field trips, Bible camps, Christmas gatherings, and volunteer work. These experiences encourage students to learn and understand the truth and teachings of Jesus Christ. True happiness is achieved through living in the will and love of Christ; loving others as Christ loves us is what’s most important.

CAMPUS

Misono is in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, which is centrally located between Tokyo and Mt. Fuji. Our 8.3-hectare campus is part of a prefectural wildlife protection area and is very scenic. There are many trees and birds, and seasonal flowers are always in bloom.
Misono is easily accessible from Yokohama, one of Japan’s largest cities, and Kamakura, both of which are historical and famous tourist locations. The school is only a ten-minute walk from Fujisawa-Hommachi Station on the Odakyu Line, one stop from Fujisawa Station.

ENGLISH EDUCATION

ENGLISH CONVERSATION

English conversation classes are taught by native English speaking teachers and are conducted in small class sizes. This provides students with more opportunities to communicate in English. Throughout the year, students create original skits and conduct research for longer compositions, which they then present to the class. Through presentations, they receive numerous opportunities to learn and master presentation skills. Furthermore, applying learned grammar to real-life communication tasks, students are able to actualize what they have learned and gain confidence in their English abilities. This practical application of English will help prepare students for study abroad and homestay experiences.

ACE (Advanced Class of English)

The Advanced Class of English (ACE) offers students with higher English proficiency the opportunity to challenge themselves and further improve their language skills. ACE students attend separate, higher-level classes with a native speaker for four hours each week. These classes are conducted all in English. Reading of classic literature forms the basis for discussion and writing assignments. Students also work extensively with new vocabulary that appears in the readings. Over the course of the three-year program, we cover the four basic writing forms of narrative, descriptive, persuasive and expository writing. The students also keep English diaries, write poems, create stories, and learn how to summarize what they have read. Students are expected to choose 20 shorter books a year as part of an extensive reading program. Presentations and preparation for exams such as the Eiken Test also make up part of the ACE program. ACE students attend grammar-based English classes twice a week taught by a Japanese teacher. In these classes, they master the grammar necessary to succeed in the Japanese education system. ACE students belong to a regular homeroom and study in Japanese with their homeroom class for their other subjects.

ACE After School

Ace After School, or AAS, has been designed to give students who are not in the ACE Program an opportunity to study the material covered in ACE. As such, we read novels together and discuss the books in English. Girls who have returned from the school’s overseas programs can use AAS to solidify the gains they have made, and students who would like to join the ACE Program can prepare themselves for the advanced study in that program. AAS is open to both junior and senior high students. Daily activities mirror what we do in the ACE class, but we have the freedom to adjust activities to suit the needs and interests of the students who attend. Students wishing to prepare for Eiken, GTEC and TOEFL can also come to AAS for this purpose.

※Students who attend ACE After School regularly will receive a completion certificate at the end of the school year and their participation will also be recognized on their official school report as part of MEA (Misono English Academy).

MEA (Misono English Academy)

The Misono English Academy is designed to support our students’ English education and study abroad programs. It is open to students every day at lunchtime and after school in a relaxing environment with study tables, sofas, an area for presentations and videos, and a library. Native English teachers plan and facilitate the weekly activities and events. The activities focus on listening, speaking, and reading skills. A variety of English resources are utilized to provide students with an opportunity to communicate with native speakers, and further improve their pronunciation, fluency, and comprehension. In addition, students broaden their understanding of cultural traditions and differences through interacting with native teachers. Students learn to give presentations in a variety of styles using visual aides. They can also improve their pronunciation and knowledge of vocabulary through singing songs. EIKEN listening and speaking practice is also scheduled throughout the year. Furthermore, students can participate in cultural and seasonal events, such as Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. By engaging in fun, interactive language activities, students gain the confidence and motivation necessary to successfully communicate in English.
※Students who attend Misono English Academy regularly will receive a completion certificate at the end of the school year and their participation will also be recognized on their official school report.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES / STUDY OPPORTUNITIES

Study Abroad Programs

Windsor, Canada

In 2009, we started taking students to Windsor, Canada, the sister city of Fujisawa. Every summer, about one third of the 1st year high school students (ages 15 ~ 16) go to Windsor for a two-week English study and homestay program. Each student lives with a Canadian host family and participates in a variety of educational activities. Students receive instruction from trained language teachers. The students are paired with Canadian buddies from local high schools. They also get an opportunity to visit the mayor of Windsor City and participate in volunteer work with children. While in Canada, they not only visit famous sites such as Niagara Falls and Willistead Manor, they also make international friendships that may last a lifetime.

New Zealand Study Abroad Program

In 2014, Misono introduced the New Zealand Study Abroad Program. Our third year junior high school students (ages 14 ~ 15) can choose to study abroad in Auckland, New Zealand for one term from January to March. The students live with a host family during their stay. After studying for the first two weeks at an intensive English language school, the students attend one of five Catholic girls’ high schools. Through the New Zealand Study Abroad Program, students are given the opportunity to greatly enhance their English skills, experience life in another country, learn the value of studying abroad, gain a sense of independence, and make life-long friendships. Misono has also established a sister school relationship with Carmel College in New Zealand.

Misono Jogakuin Junior & Senior High School  1-4 Misonodai Fujisawa-shi Kanagawa 251-0873 Japan