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Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School

Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School

2-19-59 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Kanto, 153-0041, Japan

+81 3 3468 6811



Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School
School type Coeducational Day
Status State
Head of School Tamako Yonemura
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 15-18 years
Number of pupils 720
Annual Fees: ¥118,800 (US$1,130)
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Kazumasa Aoki

Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School is a coeducational public high school established in 1989 and maintained by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Located in a leafy suburb not far from the cosmopolitan west side of Tokyo. The school's motto is "Your Wings to the World" and its aim is to provide education to develop well-balanced students with an international mindedness.

In May 2015, Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School was authorised as an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Diploma Programme, the first of which to be offered in a Japanese public high school.

Kokusai High School conducts the IBDP in English with the aim of cultivating internationally-minded students who will study overseas after graduation. The Kokusai IBDP strives to nurture future global leaders, and based on this philosophy, the ideal Kokusai IB students should demonstrate the following attributes.

A Kokusai High School IBDP student should:

1. Demonstrate a clear goal to enter the IBDP, a desire to contribute to a global society, and the willingness to gain entrance into universities overseas.

2. Approach learning with a self-starter mentality by showing a strong sense of inquiry and a willingness to use their own initiative, while having the courage to handle difficult challenges.

3. Exemplify a well-rounded character, being cooperative and considerate of others, and also have the willingness to positively accept and understand different perspectives and opinions.

4. Be motivated to broaden their viewpoints, and be able to maintain a healthy mental and physical mindset and actively participate in extracurricular activities.

5. Demonstrate strong academic performances across all subjects, and have a high level of English proficiency.

Kokusai High School offers entrance exams twice per year; April enrollment session (held in January) and September enrollment session (held in July). The April session is for students who will finish Year 9 school education by the end of March, and the September session is for those who will finish Year 9 school education between April and August. The maximum number of successful applicants in 2020 was 25 per year. The ratio of Japanese students to International students for each enrollment session is announced by the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education. The assessment methods used in the entrance examinations are English Language Skills Test, Mathematics Academic Performance Test, Essay, Individual Interview, and Certificate of Academic Record.

Kokusai High School offers a three-year programme; Year 1 (Grade 10) is Foundation Year, Year 2 (Grade 11) and Year 3 (Grade 12) are IBDP. Students also graduate with a Japanese High School Diploma. Subjects we offer are listed below:

Studies in Language and Literature

Year 1: Comprehensive English, English for Academic Purposes, Integrated Japanese Language.

Year 2 and 3: IB Diploma English A SL and HL (Language and Literature); Japanese A SL and HL (Literature).

Language Acquisition

Year 1: Comprehensive English, English for Academic Purposes, Integrated Japanese Language.

Year 2 and 3: IB Diploma English B SL and HL; Japanese B SL and HL.

Individuals and Societies

Year 1: Japanese History B, World History B.

Year 2 and 3: IB Diploma History SL and HL, Economics HL, Geography HL.


Year 1: Basic Physics, Basics Chemistry, Basic Biology.

Year 2 and 3: IB Diploma Physics SL and HL, Chemistry HL, Biology SL and HL.


Year 1: Mathematics I

Year 2 and 3: IB Diploma Mathematics: analysis and approaches SL and HL, IB Diploma Mathematics: applications and interpretation HL.

Other subjects

Year 1: Physical Education, Health, Inquiry-Based Learning, Fine Art 1, Homeroom Activity, Period for Integrated Study, Basic Home Economics.

Year 2 and 3: Physical Education, Health, Homeroom Activity, International Relations, Information Study by Scientific Approach, TOK, CAS.

Creativity Activity, Service (CAS)

Throughout their DP years, IB students explore their interests and personal development by participating in a wide range of CAS experiences such as sports, arts and music. Former IB students' passion led to many volunteer activities both locally and internationally, including in Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kenya, Senegal and Ghana. Students engaged actively in volunteer groups such as "Child Doctor Japan", "Green Bird", "Earth Day Tokyo 2019" and "Teens Fiesta in Meguro". While doing these experiences for CAS, students also won various awards such as the 2018 and 2019 World Scholar's Cup.

Some universities where students have been accepted

UK: University College London, Imperial College London, University of Edinburgh, King's College London, University of Manchester, SOAS. USA: Princeton University, Purdue University, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Lawrence University. Canada: University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University. Australia: Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney. Germany: Technical University of Munich, Jacobs University. Netherlands: Maastricht University, Radbound University. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.