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Characteristics of Urawa Girls' Upper Secondary School

 What we aim at

We develop competent women leaders who have intelligence, culture, and strength who are required to play key roles in the world and who are committed to contributing to society.  

 Characteristics of Urawa Girls'  Upper Secondary School

We value students' autonomy and responsibility. Students dedicate all their strength to both academic and student council activities. We provide a serene environment best fit for students' learning.  

 Message from the Principal



I was appointed the 40th principal of Saitama Prefectural Urawa Girls' Upper Secondary School (hereinafter referred to as "Ichijo") on April 1, 2016, and ask for your kind cooperation and support.

This school was established as Saitama Prefectural Girls' High School, the first prefectural school in Saitama, in 1900. Celebrating its 117th anniversary this year, the school has a long history and tradition. Since its establishment, the school has developed steadily as the most prestigious girls' high school in the prefecture and has produced over 36,000 graduates who play key roles in various fields in Japan and the world. The school aims to "become a girls' high school that develops competent women leaders who have intelligence, culture, and strength who are required to play key roles in the world and who are committed to contributing to society." This objective is based on our deep-seated dedication to the development of global female leaders.

Today, Japan faces a variety of unprecedented issues. Our students have a mission to enhance their intelligence and cultivate own personality to become future global leaders who can contribute to bringing about lasting world peace and prosperity.

Ichijo offers a variety of learning opportunities to fulfill the mission, including high-level classes, club activities that strengthen students both physically and mentally and foster their friendships, student council activities, and the Super Science High Schools (SSH) Project that enters the third term and celebrates the 13th year this year. Under the school spirit of always doing one's best and the enriched activity programs, students enjoy a fulfilling school life.

Moreover, our school was designated as one of the Super Global High Schools (SGH) that aim to develop future global leaders who have interest in social issues, refined culture, communication skills, and solid education, which are required to handle international affairs, and who can play key roles in the world.

While promoting project-based research and learning  across the school, we will further deepen exchanges with our sister schools in England and Taiwan and promote the development of internationally-minded human resources through our programs, including a study tour to Taiwan by all sophomore students. We as faculty will join forces to offer the best education and make the school life at Ichijo the most memorable three years for all 1,146 students. All parents and parties involved are kindly requested to understand our educational policy and provide us with support and cooperation.    

Naoyoshi Takada, Principal


Core & Option
Ichijo students learn proactively

 At Ichijo, we position our classes as our core program and provide a variety of optional programs to help students enrich their three-year school life. Students at Ichijo pursue knowledge, train themselves to become competent members of international society, and voluntarily participate in a variety of activities.


Designated as both an SSH and an SGH!

Ichijo was designated as an SSH in 2004 and as an SGH this year. Ichijo is the only school in Saitama that has both designations.


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Classes to help enhance intelligence

 The classroom teaching forms the basis of Ichijo's education. Talented students meet teachers and classmates of outstanding intellect in class and enhance their own abilities through interaction with these intellectual people.    

 ●Ability Building Courses

 In addition to regular classes, we offer a variety of "ability building courses" in the early morning, after school, and during the long vacation.

 ●High School-University Collaboration

 Ichijo students can take courses with university students at Saitama University. There are about 40 courses from which students can choose, and the credits earned at the university can be transferred to Ichijo. There is also an online pilot program in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, where students can take university courses via the Internet. 

 ●Early Morning Class for Reading Chinese Classics Aloud (Sodoku)

 Students enrolled in this class read the Analects of Confucius aloud every morning from eight o'clock and finish reading the whole book in one year. Living an orderly life helps students improve their overall academic performance.

 ●SSH at Ichijo

 Find the enjoyment of science, experience its splendor, and make a presentation on research results

We provide a variety of activities, such as special lectures, fieldwork, and project studies, to enhance students' scientific skills while expanding their horizons. Ichijo's achievements in the SSH Project have been highly acclaimed as demonstrated by the fifth participation in ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) held in the United States in 2016. The SSH (Super Science High School) Project is a research project commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology with the aim of developing future international human resources in science and engineering.

 ●SGH at Ichijo

 Through the SGH Project, Ichijo inquires into global issues from a woman's perspective under the theme of "Women's Studies Exploratory Project for the Future." Students start with a research study in Japan, engage in research in England or fieldwork in Taiwan, and present the results in English. The SGH (Super Global High School) Project is a research project commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology with the aim of developing future global leaders who will be able to play key roles on the international stage.

 ●Overseas Training in England

 The 20 freshmen who applied for this program receive training at the Hertford College, Oxford University in England for ten days in March. Then, they visit our sister school James Allen's Girls' School, stay with host families, and attend school with host sisters. With our own unique programs, we offer the most fulfilling and productive research tour to our students.

 Two Sister Schools

 We have formed a sister school partnership with two schools: James Allen's Girls' School in England and Taipei First Girls' High School in Taiwan. They are both prestigious traditional girls' high schools. Students visit James Allen's Girls' School during an overseas training tour and Taipei First Girls' High School during a school trip to Taiwan.

 Taiwan Research Project

 This is a project to address issues between Taiwan and Japan, as well as global issues, with Taiwan, which students visit through a school trip, as a fieldwork project. After participating in special lectures, deepening interaction with students from Taiwan, and conducting preliminary surveys in Japan, students conduct discussions and fieldwork with students of National Taiwan University, National Taiwan Normal University, and Fu Jen Catholic University.

 Extensive English Reading Program

 This is a program where students select books from among various foreign books according to their English levels and interest and read them at their own pace. The program is designed to develop students' ability to read and comprehend English sentences without translating them into Japanese.

 ●Student Council Activities

 The student council symbolizes the autonomy and independence of students at Ichijo. A variety of activities are planned and conducted only by students. At the All School Debate, for example, all students gather together in the gym and carry out a heated debate on the theme selected by students.

 Learning Exchange Project

 Students in this project visit elementary schools in the neighborhood and help teachers all day as volunteers. These students interact with elementary school pupils by participating in English classes and having school lunch with them. In addition, our homemaking club members give picture books and toys that they have created in class to these elementary school children as gifts each year. 

 School Events and Club Activities

 Students at Ichijo are dedicated not only to their study, but also to school events and club activities and fully enjoy their school lives. The rate of students' participation in club activities is about 95%.


School Events at Ichijo

 One of the greatest appeals of Ichijo is its diverse traditional events. Many events are planned and managed only by students, including Ichijo Festivals (cultural festival and athletic meet). The graduation ceremony, where all students sing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony "Ode to Joy" in chorus, is quite stirring and impressive.

 Other intriguing events at Ichijo include a school trip to Taiwan and an English speech contest.

April                   Entrance Ceremony

             Face-to-face Introduction Meeting 

             New Students Welcome Day

             School Song Singing Contest (Freshmen)

             Academic & Career Guidance and Support Meeting[

May            First Semester Midterm Examination

             Self-defense Class (Freshmen)

             Students from Taipei First Girls' High School visit our school.

June            Academic & Career Guidance by Graduates (Juniors)

             Ichijo Festival (Athletic Meet)

             Intramural Achievement Test

             Student Council General Assembly

             Culture Talk (Taiwan)

             SG Seminar

July            First Semester Final Examination

             Ichijo Festival (Cultural Festival)

August            Fieldwork in Taiwan

September        Summer Assignment Examination

             Art Appreciation Day

             Swimming Competition (Freshmen)

October             SSH Lecture Meeting (Invited Speaker)

             Second Semester 1st Midterm Examination

             Sporting Event

November          Learning Exchange Project (Elementary school-high school exchange program)

             Achievement Test (Freshmen and Sophomores)

             Student Council General Assembly

             SGH Lecture Meeting

             Cross-cultural Talk

December          Second Semester 2nd Midterm Examination

             School Trip (to Taiwan, Sophomores)

January              Winter Assignment Examination (Freshmen and Sophomores)

             Achievement Test (Freshmen and Sophomores)

             SSH Research Presentation

February           Speech Contest

             SGH Research Presentation

March                Final Examination

             Farewell Party for Juniors

             Graduation Ceremony

             Sporting Event

             Academic & Career Guidance (Sophomores)

             Overseas Training in England

 
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