Senior High Schools

更新日:平成27年9月2日

Senior High Schools

Public senior high schools in Osaka Prefecture are set up to be distinctive schools that have departments that enable students to study in line with their own interests, concerns and career goals. From FY2014 admissions year, the school district of all public senior high schools is the entire prefecture.

(1) Full-time courses

 a)General courses 
 ○General courses provide a general education focused mainly on general academic subjects such as Japanese, mathematics, foreign languages and health and physical education. Some schools have also introduced systems whereby students can choose specific areas of study or credit-based systems, in addition to offering distinctive courses in subjects such as music, physical education and information sciences.

  b) Specialist courses
 ○Specialist courses provide a specialized education focused mainly on specialist subjects. In Osaka, 24 courses of study are offered. Some schools have specialist courses only and others have both general courses and specialist courses. In specialist courses, students learn the basic knowledge of a specialized field, and study to earn a specialist qualification through an inquiry learning method.

  c) Integrated courses
 ○In integrated courses, students study the subjects chosen in line with their own interests, concerns and career goals from general academic subjects and a variety of specialist subjects. A series of subjects related to the specialty students select is set up, so students can choose the subjects they study from several series. Some examples of available series are “international”, “culture”, “science and mathematics”, ”welfare”, and ”sport”.
 ○Dual integrated courses provide career education in collaboration with enterprises and facilities in the various fields, looking ahead to students’ future vocational life. In Dual system, educators are trying to foster in students’ positive views of work and diligence through “on-the-job training” done at the workplace for periods of time, while aiming to raise students’ sense of respect for rules and models, good manners, practical knowledge/techniques of various professions and so on.
 ○Empowerment schools are set up to instill in students basic academic abilities, critical thinking skills and the ability to survive in society. Students reexamine the subjects they couldn’t understand when they were in junior high school by means of 30 minute classes of different levels. Schools cultivate social skills such as communication skill and consideration to others through group learning and practical training.
  ○In Creative schools, students can choose the time when they study, and various attractive subjects of selection are provided. After entrance, students select six hours of classes a day from 1st hour through 8th hour.  

(2) Evening courses

 ○Classes for evening courses of study are held in the evening. Normally students can graduate in four years, but by combining these courses with other means of study, such as taking correspondence courses, they can graduate in three years.

(3) Multi-session & credit system type 1, 2 and 3 ,Correspondence courses

 ○Multi-session & credit system type 1 courses of study are comprised of four hours of classes in the morning whereas type 2 courses are made up of four hours of classes in the afternoon. Students can graduate in three or four years.
 ○Multi-session & credit system type 3 courses of study are held in the evening. Normally students can graduate in four years, but by combining these courses with other means of study, such as taking correspondence courses, they can graduate in three years.
 ○Correspondence courses enable students to study while attending school two or three times a week to receive schooling (face-to-face teaching) and have their reports corrected.

Students wishing to transfer from another school into a prefectural high school in Osaka should contact either the high school to which they want to transfer to or the Senior High School Division of the Education Promotion Office in the Secretariat of the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education.

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