Global Education and International Relationships
The Global Education Department makes it a goal to raise international awareness among our students so that they will be able to effectively navigate global issues now and in the future. With that in mind, the school aims for “international exchange” to become a regular part of student lives.
Our students have the opportunity to participate in short- and long-term exchange programs with sister schools in the USA and Australia. This opportunity provides students with the chance to communicate with their international peers and host families in English, and learn about cultures different from their own.
Seiryo has sister school relationships with five schools around the globe.
Students partake in reciprocal short- and long-term exchange programs with each of the schools.
The Grauer School in California, USA:
The Grauer School is a private, co-ed school located in San Diego, California. There are approximately 150 students from age-12 to age-18 who attend The Grauer School. The school has a reputation of offering one of the finest educations in the state of California, with many graduates going to top universities. The Grauer school is authorized as a UNESCO school and has an active international program.
McKinleyville High School in California, USA:
Mckinleyville High School is a public school located in Humboldt County, about 320 kilometers north of San Francisco. The county is just a bit bigger than our prefecture, Shizuoka, and has a population of about 130,000. Our students visit Mckinleyville annually for a two-week homestay program during the second-term.
Cannon Hill Anglican College in Brisbane, Australia:
Cannon Hill Anglican College is a private institution located in Brisbane, Australia. The college is a co-ed school that teaches approximately 300 students from elementary to high school.
The college has high educational standards and offers a strong language program, with many students studying Japanese and French.
More than 95 percent of the graduates continue on to higher education, including at top universities like Queensland University and Queensland University of Technology.
Our students visit Cannon Hill annually for a two-week homestay program during the third-term. We also host two exchange students annually in the winter. Our relationship with the college stretches back over a decade.
Mount Clear College in Ballarat, Australia:
Mount Clear College is a public high school located in Ballarat, Australia, about a 90-minute drive from Melbourne. Mt. Clear College has a strong international program that offers lessons in Japanese, Chinese, and German. The campus has a specialized language and science building dedicated to foreign language studies and international students.
Our school visits Mount Clear College annually and this year we hosted two exchange students in the third term.
Chelsea Independent College in London, UK:
Chelsea Independent College is located in London, England. It is a co-ed school with approximately 300 students. It has a robust and comprehensive curriculum that includes A-level courses. Graduates have gained admittance into some of the most selective universities such as the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.
Chelsea Independent College is similar to a Japanese vocational school in that students are able to take classes that they are interested in. About 55 percent of the students come from overseas. It has a strong international education program.
Leith Academy in Edinburgh, UK:
Leith Academy’s history dates back to 1560, making it one of the oldest schools in Scotland. It provides a 6-year education program.
Leith Academy puts a great deal of importance in academics as well as extracurricular activities such as sports, dramatic club and music.
UNESCO School activity
Seiryo is a member of the UNESCO Associated Schools group.
From the UNESCO ASPnet website:
UNESCO Associated Schools practice peace and international cooperation in order to realise the ideals of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as set forth in the Constitution of UNESCO.
Objectives of UNESCO Associated Schools’activities
To share information and experience through exchanges between schools around the world and students and teachers by utilizing the UNESCO ASPnet.
To develop and refine new educational curricula and methods to prepare young people to deal with global issues.