English Site for our High School

A Greeting from the Principal

Haruhide Fuji principal

We are expecting your success in an “intellectual and open square.”

The students are players, the teachers are coaches, parents are supporters, and the alumni are big brothers and sisters who take care of the current students. These groups contribute to the students in their respective roles in school. It is an “intellectual and open square” that we aim for. What I like about the high school of Hosen Gakuen RISU-INTER is that the students never give up on beating their personal bests, that the teachers put their whole being into interacting with students, and that they spare no effort in supporting them. It is essential to have high self-esteem. Japanese children often have low self-esteem, and I believe this is a severe problem. If the students explore their ambitions and believe that they did their best, they can gain confidence and be kind to others. Students should try what they are interested in, such as club activities, events, and improving themselves through competition with friends to their heart’s content. You can’t grow up without challenges. Believe that there is no irredeemable failure in your youth, and the experience will help you to find how best you learn.

Like your seniors did, let’s do our best together toward your goal!

What “RISU-INTER” Means

“RISU-INTER” = “an intellectual and open square.”

In this square, the students are players. The teachers are coaches. Parents are supporters. The alumni are big brothers and sisters who take care of our current students. These groups contribute to the students in their respective roles in our school as a student-first square. 

RISU-INTER aims to be the place where students enjoy a student-first, intellectual, and open square. 

RISU means logical thinking. INTER is an abbreviation for interaction. We include communication skills and presentation skills in our definition of this word. 

We hope that our students will not only connect with others but will also connect others with others using these skills.

Welcome to RISU-INTER!


Our students acquire logical thinking skills and make their thoughts and opinions resonate with many people.

Having logical thinking skills, communication skills, and presentation skills is the 21st century world-standard. These skills are necessary to study at university and to contribute to society. RISU-INTER, as an intellectual and open square, aims to help students develop these three skills supported by teachers, parents, and alumni. 

Logical Thinking

Students discover problems, make hypotheses, and validate them. If their hypotheses don’t work, they repeat the approach in a different way or perspective.

Logical thinking is the ability students acquire through this process.

Communication Skills

Communication skills are the ability to accept others’ opinions, listen, and convey thoughts and ideas in various ways.

Presentation Skills

Presentation skills can make one’s opinions, ideas, and research findings resonate with people by improving the abilities to persuade others, structure sentences, express opinions, and analyze arguments.

Global Course (a Course for Students who Grew Up Overseas)

Students in the global course take English classes separately from the other students, but take other subjects with them.

3 hours a week, English classes are taught in English by a native speaker 

3 hours a week, English is taught by a Japanese instructor

Preparation for entrance examination for university and various certification tests

Global Education

U.S. Study Tour

All of the 2nd year students go on a U.S. study tour.

Students deepen their learning based on academic experience, nature experience, and cross-cultural experience.

For the academic experience, they visit Stanford University, where students who have won a tournament at our school will deliver a presentation in English. For the nature experience, they go to Yosemite National Park, where they walk through the magnificent scenery. For the cross-cultural experience, they visit San Francisco, where they split into several groups and have free time walking around the city. These are lessons you can obtain only by going abroad.



Nature Experience in Yosemite National Park


The students visit Yosemite National Park, famous for its magnificent valleys, and enjoy trekking. This is a natural park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, recognized as a World Heritage Site. They experience the wonders of nature, seeing the magnificent view as if time had stopped tens of thousands of years ago. They realize the gigantic size of the Earth beyond their imagination and broaden their horizons.



Intercultural Experience in San Francisco

In San Francisco, the students create their own itineraries and walk around the city in groups, which gives them a valuable local and cultural experience. They have the opportunity not only to use English as a tool for communication but also to see various cultures reflected in the goods lined up on supermarket shelves.

Travel itinerary

Day 1 Narita to San Francisco
Day 2

Eat lunch in San Francisco and then go to Stanford University

Campus Tour guided by students of Stanford University

Day 3 Give a presentation in front of local people and listen to a lecture delivered by a local professor
Day 4 Enjoy the great view of the nature of California on the way to Yosemite National Park
Day 5 Yosemite National Park Tour
Day 6 Return to San Francisco for an optional tour and watch MLB
Day 7 Free time for walking through San Francisco in groups
Day 8 San Francisco to Narita


Studying Abroad (Voluntary Participation)


New Zealand 

We have long-term (one-year) and short-term (two-week) programs for studying abroad in New Zealand. In the long-term program, which we joined in 2015, students study at a local school while staying with a host family. When they return, they have developed new values and have gained new perspectives. In the short-term program, students study at a local school while staying with a host family, and, at the end of the trip, they move to a farmer’s household and experience a farmer’s life.



Malta is a small Mediterranean island nation south of Sicily, Italy. Because it was historically under British control, the official language is English. In the summer, students worldwide, such as from Russia, Germany, Italy, and Spain, come to study English. Students of Hosen Gakuen learn English with foreign people around the same age while staying at a hotel with almost no other Japanese people. Studying abroad in Malta is a two-week program that offers an experience of the diversity of the world.


Domestic Language training at Hosen Gakuen


Students experience a program carried out by Cebu Islanders at Hosen Gakuen! 

Abilities students aim to develop based on the stage of development

The higher the grade-level they move to, the more autonomous and disciplined leaner they will be.

Grade 1st year 2nd year and 3rd year

Refine thought-processes

Break out of the comfort zone


Continue to progress

Abilities students aim to develop

  • Think and take action independently
  • Think deeply before asking questions
  • Formulate thoughts in one’s own way
  • Verify and consider hypotheses
  • Create and express thoughts
  • Establish self-study routine
  • Create a medium-term plan for learning
  • Act as planned
  • Reflect on themselves
  • Broaden their perspective on society
  • Think and take action independently without any reliance on adults
  • Ask precise questions
  • Make presentations and debate in English
  • Set an agenda and achieve goals
  • Create a plan for learning as preparation for university entrance examination
  • Practice self-discipline
  • Have a clear vision for future endeavors


Guidance in School Courses


Taking entrance examinations for University isn’t a final goal, but a stepping stone on the road to being active in society.

Understand the author’s claim precisely. (Then, students can decide whether they agree with it or not through reasoning.)

Just as how the English Japanese students learn and the English that native speakers learn are not the same, the Japanese we learn is not the same as the Japanese foreigners learn. The goal of the subject Contemporary Japanese is to help the students use language not only at the level of communication but also at the level of recognition and thinking, to obtain the means to open up an unknown and different world for the students, and to improve the ability to correctly empathize with different things, including those that are unrelated, through literary writing. In Classical Japanese, we face our predecessors who are different from us because they are separated in time, just as we face people from other regions who are different because they are spatially separated. Students will learn about the worlds and cultures of the Japanese and Chinese classics, and learn about their own roots. What we want students to gain is the attitude and skills required to read and understand things different from them without outright rejecting them. Instead of staying in their comfort zones with people who have the same ideas, we want them to meet a different world and to put an effort in to understand it. Openness is essential for them to keep growing up and to play an active role in society.

We want to foster students’ logical thinking skills in order to prepare them for university.

Why do we study mathematics? There are some students who ask this question. We will tell you one of the answers: it is to cultivate the ability to grasp the inner nature of things. There are always central ideas and formulas in math problems. One of the significances of learning mathematics is to develop the ability to grasp those ideas. Once you grasp them, you can easily solve situations by assessing their central issues. There must be causes that are at the center of various problems that occur in everyday life. We want students to look at such central ideas and cultivate the ability to solve the problems at a fundamental level by learning mathematics. We think academic ability is predicated on how balanced and developed the factors of human nature are, which include intellect, emotions, and willpower, are fostered. Students can become citizens who can contribute to the international community through learning all subjects in a balanced way and growing as human beings through various experiences. No matter what subject students will choose for their university entrance examination, we would like to have students study mathematics enough to be citizens with logical thinking capabilities who can grasp the inner nature of the things around them.

We want students to consider how scientific knowledge is used in society.

We want students to be aware of how their learning in class is connected to cutting-edge fields, such as technology and medical care. The more you study science, the more you develop logical thinking skills. The method of verifying hypotheses by deriving solutions in an orderly fashion will surely be useful in research and business fields. In high school science, we pursue a high level of expertise. 1st year students learn basic subjects: physics, chemistry, and biology. 2nd year students choose to learn two subjects, be it chemistry and physics or chemistry and biology. 3rd year students choose to learn two subjects selected in their 2nd year, or one subject between them. In addition, students who plan to take science examinations for the most demanding universities are taught individually.

We want our students to think about the cultural differences that stem from various historical and geographical backgrounds and make a hypothesis.

Many students assume that society is a subject dependent upon rote memorization. Although it is true that they have to memorize a certain amount of knowledge, they are expected to acquire skills such as reading, understanding graphs and maps, explaining things with examples, thinking through problems from a variety of perspectives, and connecting concepts using prior knowledge. There are causes and reasons for every incident, and these incidents are the causes or reasons for other ones. We believe that the most important thing is to learn about society and to keep on raising questions. Raising questions stimulates the curiosity of students and motivates them to think deeply. By studying society, students will learn how to survive in the modern world and will be able to plan for their future. Knowledge becomes wisdom that helps students understand and accept the differences between them and others. We want to give students opportunities, not only to commit facts to memory, but to critically think about society as well.

We want students to know about the cultures of other countries.

Why is English spoken, and why is the way of expression in English different from that of Japanese? When students read and listen to English, they raise various questions. If they delve into those questions, they will find the joy of learning foreign languages. It is also important to know the way in which people in a given country think and to learn about their cultural background through English as it is the world’s lingua franca. The joy and curiosity of learning a foreign language encourages students to form a solid English foundation. We want to expose students to ample English in class and at school events, which will arouse their thirst for knowledge and help them acquire English at a practical level and pass the university entrance examination.

Presentation Contest

Students compete for the best presentation given in English.

In March, 2nd year high school students participate in this English presentation contest. Students pour their entire skillsets into the presentation. The judges are international university students. The judges ask questions in English after each presentation. Students who get high scores from the judges will advance to the finals in May. Those who work very hard for the presentation contest will be given the opportunity to give a presentation in front of San Francisco locals while on a U.S. trip.

Numbers of students who got accepted to top-universities by year

We beat a record number of students who got accepted to Waseda, Keio, Sophia, International Christian University, and Tokyo University of Science last year.

2 students got accepted to Tokyo institute of Technology directly on graduation from Hosen Gakuen. 

2 students got accepted to National medical school directly on graduation from Hosen Gakuen. 

School History

1928 Nakano Women’s High School is founded

1945 The school is turned into independent administrative entities

2006 Childcare course for the women’s course of high school is established

2007 Hosen Gakuen Junior High School co-ed RISU-INTER is established

2008 Marked the 80th anniversary

2015 Childcare course for the women’s course of high school celebrates its 10th Anniversary

2016 Hosen Gakuen Junior High and High School co-ed RISU-INTER celebrates its 10th anniversary

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