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Senior High School at Sakado, University of Tsukuba

Senior High School at Sakado, University of Tsukuba

1-24-1 Chiyoda, Sakado, Saitama, Kanto, 350-0214, Japan

+81 49 281 1541


Senior High School at Sakado, University of Tsukuba
School type Co-educational Day
Status State
Headmaster Dr. Toshiharu Enomae
Language of Instruction English, Japanese
Co-ed Age Range 15-18 years
Number of pupils 480
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Regina Ver-Santos
Associations IB

Senior High School at Sakado, University of Tsukuba (UTSS) is Japan's first "Integrated Course" high school, actively promoting reforms in education and research. In line with the school's mission to provide diverse learning opportunities to students, UTSS is now an IB World School offering the dual language Diploma Programme in Japanese and English.

UTSS is an affiliated Article One high school of the University of Tsukuba. The school campus is located at Sakado, Saitama, approximately an hour from the center of Tokyo, with access through the Tobu Tojo line. Students in the IBDP course of UTSS complete a three-year programme, beginning Year 1 with pre-DP and foundational courses, followed by Years 2 and 3 covering the 6 groups in the IBDP. The high school currently offers the following subjects under the IBDP:

Subjects in Japanese

  • Japanese A: Language and Literature (HL)
  • History (HL)
  • Biology (SL)
  • Mathematics AI (SL)

Subjects in English

  • English B (HL)
  • Economics (SL)
  • Theatre (SL)

The core subjects, Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS), Extended Essay (EE) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) are delivered and supervised in Japanese, however, students have the option to write their EE in English.

The dual-language program requires the students to work in the context of Japanese and English. The curriculum practices and develops reading, speaking, listening and writing skills in both languages, with emphasis on the use of higher order thinking skills.

Students use Japanese and English as a means to understand and express critical and analytical ideas, thus, they are expected to have a solid grasp of both languages.

Even before becoming an IB World School, UTSS has consistently exercised experiential learning through fieldwork, school camps, research, clubs, volunteer work and international student exchange. These activities provide diverse platforms to enrich their learning experiences, and complement the core subjects of the IBDP.

The teachers and staff of UTSS recognize that each student is an individual with unique capabilities and intelligences. The curriculum is designed to encourage and support students in choosing career paths where they will thrive. UTSS graduates are empowered to meet the challenges of a changing world - both local and international.