Academics

Programs

The school year

・Term 1 (July - August)
・Term 2 (August - October)
・Term 3 (October - December)
・Term 4 (January - March)
・Term 5 (March - May)

*KLAS closes in the winter and summer breaks, and students are required to leave the dorms.
*In Terms 2 - 5, students attend seven classes per day.
*Sport and cultural activities are scheduled for a minimum of two afternoons per week for ninety minutes.
*Weekday evenings are reserved for two hours of required study hall.

10th Grade Curriculum

All tenth grade students follow the same curriculum, with approximately half of their 35 fifty-minute classes per week taught in English. Students attend seven classes per day, five days a week. Prior to entering the eleventh grade, students choose some optional classes that reflects where they intend to pursue university studies.

11th / 12th Grade Curriculum

Elective course selection depends upon whether a student intends to proceed to a Japanese or to a non-Japanese university. In addition to an enriched English program, students aiming for non-Japanese universities may elect to take science and humanities classes in English as well. Furthermore, these students can also enroll in Advanced Placement Classes (Calculus or Studio Art) in their senior year.

Grading / Credits

Grading

Japanese Grading Scale

Students are evaluated up to five times per year and are given grades on the Japanese scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest grade. Grades are weighted by term, and year-end grades and class rankings are calculated based on grades and credits earned.

Grade Reporting

Grades are monitored five times per year, and reports are issued for all students accordingly at the end of the five terms. Students struggling academically receive additional counseling to assist them in the organization of their work and to ensure the proper completion of homework. Both students and their parents receive these grade reports.

Students'grades are based on all of their academic work: daily lessons, homework, class participation, tests and quizzes, formal examinations and projects. Teachers announce the formal grading policy for each course at the beginning of the year.

Graduation Requirements

Students are able to move up to the next academic year if they earn a minimum year-end grade of '2' in all mandatory subjects. In essence, students cannot move up if they have a '1' in any mandatory subject of their program. Upon passing all courses and earning 105 credits, students graduate with a Japanese high school diploma.

Credits

The exact number of credits earned depends upon the student's choice of academic program and elective subjects. Total available credits are listed below:

Total available credits list

Japanese: 10 - 12
Social Studies: 6 - 14
Mathematics: 5 - 16
Science: 5 - 16
Health & Physical Education: 9
Art: 2 - 11
English: 32 - 39
French: 4
Home Economics: 2
Information Technology: 2

English / French Courses

English

Courses of English as a Second Language (ESL)

Students attend seven classes per day, five days a week. We provide a thorough English program, and each student attends an average of three English classes every day. While standard subjects (in both English and Japanese) average 15 to 20 students per class, ESL classes average only 10 students. Small classes offer better student/teacher interaction, thereby accelerating the learning process.

The ESL program develops a student' s total English skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Many ESL teachers have experience teaching in Japan, and they know how to teach using the most efficient methods for Japanese students.

In addition to providing a high-level English education, we are also committed to developing our student' s abilities in their mother tongue, Japanese. Students produce reports and presentations in Japanese and also lead discussions in Japanese. Through these activities, they develop their abilities to reason and express themselves, essential skills for their future.

French Courses

Because Leysin is located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, KLAS provides students with French classes in both the 10th and 11th grades.

In-school English Writing and Speech Contests

All students participate in the annual English Writing and English Speech Contests. In the latter, students can develop their public-speaking skills, as finalists are required to give their speeches in front of the whole school.

The Kumon Method

The Kumon Method is an educational program that does not compare students with one another. Rather, Kumon is defined by its emphasis on self-learning and students' abilities to set goals and solve unfamiliar and challenging tasks independently. Instructors foster this ability in students by working with them to set goals for completing the worksheets that have been carefully constructed to allow them to advance by working with the materials on their own.

The Origins of the Kumon Method

Toru Kumon developed the prototype for the Kumon Method of learning in 1954, when he was working as a high school mathematics teacher. His goal was to create a collection of original questions that his son would be able to continue doing on his own, and which would allow him to make gradual progress as he developed his math skills.

Toru Kumon believed that, to develop most people' s scholastic abilities, the most important thing would be for them to first determine how to find joy in their studies. In order to accomplish this, he developed a system based on the standpoint of the individual.

Toru Kumon believed that what was possible for one child was possible for others, and thus he set out to bring the Kumon method to as many children as possible.

Kumon Studies as a subject

Kumon Studies is offered in Japanese language, English language and mathematics. Students must take two or three Kumon classes, supervised by a Kumon instructor, and extra instruction is also possible.

College Guidance / Results

College Guidance

At KLAS, college guidance is given not simply to ensure that students acquire enough skills to gain acceptance to the college or university of their choice, but also to give them an opportunity to learn more about the fields they want to become involved with in future.

Our counselors encourage students to consider what they want to try or what they are interested in. Then, students try once more to broaden their viewpoint of the world. During the final stage of this procedure, and after researching the conditions they think they will need to enrich their college life, students make a list of colleges they want to pursue.

Results

University Entrance Results

About one-third of our graduates enter colleges in the USA, Canada, or the UK. The remainder return to Japan for university studies.

KLAS graduates have entered Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, Tufts University and other highly regarded, selective universities. Many of these schools are difficult even for native speakers of English to enter, thereby proving the effectiveness of the English program at KLAS.

Our graduates returning to Japan have entered national universities such as Kyoto University, the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and private universities such as Waseda and Keio.

Our students have majored in linguistics, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, aeronautics, architecture, art, music, and so on. The variety of fields shows the versatility of students who have spent their formative years in Switzerland.