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Keio Academy of New York FAQ

Admissions Office Keio Academy of New York Email: admissions@keio.edu www.keio.edu


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KEIO ACADEMY OF NEW YORK FAQ Table of Contents ★ School Life

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★ Boarding & Commuting

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★ After Graduation

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★ Qualifications for Applying

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★ Entrance Examination

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★ Application

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★ School Fees

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★ Other Matters

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Appendix 1 Curriculum Appendix 2 Extracurricular Activities Appendix 3 After Graduation Appendix 4 Statistics for the 2019 – 2020 Entrance Exam Admissions Office Keio Academy of New York E-mail: admissions@keio.edu www.keio.edu


2 ★ School Life When does the academic calendar start? Our academic calendar starts in September and ends in June. Are the Grades structured in the “American-style”? Yes, we are a Grade 9 to Grade12 high school. Grade 9 is equivalent to the 3rd grade of Junior High School in Japan. How many students are enrolled? The total enrollment is normally about 306. About 35 are in Grade 9. About 28 are commuters. The proportion of boys to girls is close to 53/47. Are all classes taught in English? All our classes are taught in English except for Japanese. English is spoken throughout the working day. The School provides extra help for those who need it in English and Japanese. Please refer to Appendix 1 for more information on the curriculum. Is it possible for students from Japan to keep up with classes taught in English? As there is some time between the entrance examination and the start of the academic year, we provide online English classes. All students are expected to participate in these. How much conversational English is necessary in daily life? Daily life is conducted almost entirely in English. This is because the School is committed to graduating all students with proficient English. Are classes separated in terms of levels? Yes, the main subjects are separated depending on proficiency levels. Please refer to Appendix 1 for more information on the curriculum. Do you have courses specified for liberal arts or science courses? We do not have specified courses. However, students who aspire to attend the faculty of Medicine, Science and Technology, or Pharmaceuticals, will need to take certain designated science and mathematics courses in order to be eligible when choosing such faculties. How do students study after school? Are there academic offerings after school? In a boarding school, which Keio is almost entirely, there is no “after school”. Academic Extension (AE) classes, music lessons, clubs and sport fill the day in addition to core curriculum classes in the daily schedule. In the evenings students work in Evening Study Hall, when teachers are available to give support. There is also a Saturday Morning Program that includes classes in Art and Music, Debating and Public Speaking. Please refer to Appendix 1 for more information on AE. What kind of extra-curricular activities do you have? Please refer to Appendix 2 for more information on extra-curricular activities. Is it possible to take individual piano lessons or other instruments besides extracurricular activities? Yes, the Director of Music will arrange this for you.


3 If my parents return to Japan, is it possible to transfer to other Keio affiliated schools? No, you cannot transfer to other Keio affiliated schools. If you are a commuter and your parents come back to Japan, you can become a boarder. I heard that the campus is closed and you switched to online classes due to the rising concerns of COVID-19. How are the classes run? As many of the parents live outside of the United States, the School has for many years had a strong Intranet to connect the School and families. Therefore, transitioning into online classes was fairly smooth. The timetable is fixed from Monday to Saturday in Japanese Standard Time and we use both Zoom and Google Classroom to conduct an interactive online learning experience. For students who live in different time zones, teachers will be in contact individually for support. ★ Boarding and Commuting Do we need to live in the houses? The great majority of students are boarders and the school runs as a boarding school, but we do have about 30 day students (commuters). How many students are in a room? There are two students per room. How are the roommates in the houses decided? The School will decide the roommates for incoming students. For those who are currently enrolled, the students will submit their own choice of roommates and the School will decide with consideration. Can we/you go off campus? You will need special permission to go off campus on week days. On weekends, there are certain towns close to Keio, White Plains and Harrison, where students can visit without chaperones. With prior permission from parents, Grades 11&12 can go to Manhattan without chaperones. There are off-campus study trips to the museums and shopping tours regularly sponsored by the School. Who takes care of the students in the houses? The Head of House is your house parent. He or she is assisted by a Boarding Assistant adult. There are 50 students in each house, spread through Grades 9-12. In case of health issues, the Heath Center is open from 7:00 to 24:00 on the week days, 8:00 to 18:00 on Saturdays, and 12:00 to 18:00 on Sundays. Do the students do laundry and clean the houses on their own? Students clean their own rooms and the janitors take care of shared spaces like hallways and shower rooms. Students do their own laundry in the houses free of charge. Do the students need to leave the house during long vacations? Yes, the houses are closed during vacations. How do the commuters commute to school? Commuters can commute to school via private cars or school buses. If you are using a private car, the car may only be driven by parents. Students are not allowed to drive on their own. The availability of school buses depends on the school district of where you live.


4 When can students resume to live in the houses as the campus is now closed? With the safety and well-being of our students as the top priority, we are hoping to reopen the houses in January 2021. Until then, we are continuing our interactive online classes so the transition will be seamless. Staff from the houses will also be supporting the students with pastoral care. ★ After Graduation Can students attend Keio University after graduation? Our graduates can attend one of the 10 undergraduate departments upon the recommendation from the President. What qualifications do the students receive upon graduation? Our School is accredited by New York State as an educational institution. Upon graduation, students may enter Keio University or other universities around the world. If a student chooses to attend Keio University, is it possible for the student to choose his/her faculty? You can freely choose the faculty as you wish, but the President of Keio Academy of New York will make its decision based on your overall accomplishments in the school. Which faculties do the graduates move on to? Please refer to Appendix 3 for more information. What are the choices the students have in terms of faculties starting in September? At Keio University, the faculty of Law, Policy Management, and Environmental Studies admit students starting in September, as does the PEARL program offered by the faculty of Economics starts in September. ★ Qualifications for Applying Students may apply for admission into Grade 9 or Grade 10 of Keio Academy of New York if they meet either of the following criteria: 1) An applicant for Grade 9 must be enrolled in Grade 8 of primary education or Grade 9 of secondary education either inside or outside Japan (overseas Japanese schools inclusive), as of December 31 of the year before he/she wishes to enter the school. In addition, the applicant must expect to complete his/her Grade 8 or 9 by August 31 of the year he/she wishes to enter the school. 2) An applicant for the Grade 10 must be enrolled in Grade 9 or 10 of secondary education either inside or outside Japan (overseas Japanese schools inclusive), as of December 31 of the year before he/she wishes to enter the school. In addition, the applicant must expect to complete his/her Grade 9 or 10 by August 31 of the year he/she wishes to enter the school.


5 Do you need to be residing in the United States to apply? No. I am currently living in Japan. Can I apply for the School? Yes, you can. I am in Grade 7 in the United States but if I were in Japan, I will be in the 2nd grade of Junior High School. Can I apply for the School? Please refer to the regulations with the current school you are enrolled in. From what countries do the students come? Students come from about 30 countries around the world. In the past, students have come from the following countries. Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, China, the United Kingdom, Cuba, Philippines, Venezuela, South Africa, Thailand, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Indonesia, Russia, the United States, Japan, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, Ukraine, Pakistan, India, Switzerland, Denmark, Czechoslovakia, Spain, Singapore, Argentina, Guatemala, Turkey, UAE, Kenya, Myanmar, Peru, Egypt, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Paraguay. Do I have to be living abroad with my parents to apply? No. The place you reside or the fact that you may or may not live with your parents do not affect your qualifications for applying Is there an entry point for students at Grade11 and Grade 12 level? Not yet, but we intend to offer a few places in Grade 11 to suitably qualified candidates in December 2021. Is there an opportunity to transfer to the School during the school year? No, there is not. I applied for Grade10 this year but was not admitted. Is it possible to go into another school and try again for Grade 10 next year? Yes, as long as you clear the requirements, you can apply for the School. If I am not accepted in the first admissions process, is it possible to apply again in the same academic year? Yes, as long as you clear the requirements, you can apply multiple times in the same academic year. I am a 3rd grade student in a Japanese Junior High School. I applied and was not admitted as a Grade10 student. Is it possible for me to apply again in the same year as a Grade 9 student? Yes, as long as you clear the requirements, you can change the grade that you wish to be admitted into. ★Entrance Examination What is the deviation score? As we take a more holistic approach, incorporating the three written exams (English, Math, and Japanese), the interviews and the submitted documents, we do not have a deviation score.


6 Is there a minimum cut line? We do not have a fixed cut line for our exams. Can you tell me details about the exams such as distribution of points or other standards regarding the process? We do not disclose any details regarding the application process. Can I bring a dictionary to the written exams? No dictionaries or other references may be brought into the exams. I am planning to apply from Japan. How many students are permitted entrance from Japan? We do not have a set number of entrants that depends on where the students reside. Are there separate questions for students applying from Japan? The test material is the same for everyone. Is it possible for students who have only studied English in Japan, and for those who are not returnees, to pass the entrance examinations? We currently have students attending our School who have never studied outside of Japan. Therefore, it is possible for such students to pass the entrance exams, but the more English you know the better your chance of success. Please tell me about the units covered on the math examination? The test will cover materials up until the 3rd grade of Junior High School which is the equivalent of Geometry and Algebra I in the United States. Can I use a Scientific Calculator during the math exam? You may not use any calculators during the written exams. When are the interviews conducted? The interviews are conducted immediately after the written exams or the day after. The School will designate the date and time accordingly. What is the acceptance rate? How many students apply from Japan? Please refer to Appendix 4 for more information. Do you recommend taking English proficiency tests? Yes. These help the School to determine your level in terms of English fluency. We recommend the TOEFL, TOEIC, and EIKEN in that order. ★ Application Will a copy of the transcript suffice in place of the 入学志願者調査書 (Japanese form)? We do not accept copies of the transcripts. A sealed 入学志願者調査書 will need to be submitted directly from the school. As my school does not rank students, we cannot fill in the criteria in the 入学志願者調査 書 What should I do?


7 A rank helps us to determine your academic capabilities, but if that is not possible, please tell us the reason why. As a supplement, detailed comments about you will help your application.. How important is the 入学志願者調査書? Our admissions process lies on the holistic view which incorporates all aspects of the student. Therefore, we do not have a set criterion when viewing grades. We conduct our first screening process based on the submitted documents and the second screening process will be the written exams and interviews. I want to apply for Grade 10, but, I just entered high school and it is difficult for me to prepare the recommendation portion of my documents. Do I still need to submit these? These documents are important for assessment so they cannot be discharged. If there are some parts of the documents you cannot prepare, ask your School to write in the reasons as comments where necessary. Is it better for me to write the essay in English or Japanese? Either language is fine. The content of the essay is more important than which language you use to write in. It is difficult to send the documents via ground mail due to the infrastructure of where I live. What should I do? We will send you instructions to send them by PDF. Please refer to the admissions information for more details. Recently, applicants have been sending in their documents very close to the deadline. As the deadline is tight, if there is a missing piece there is a possibility that your application will be denied. The School will need to receive a complete package before reading your application. Is there financial aid for incoming students? We have information regarding financial aid in our admissions information. Please refer to the admissions information for more details. We have a limited bursaries program to assist applicants who need financial support. ★ School Fees What is the cost for the year? A. For the 2020-2021 Academic Year: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Admissions Fee Tuition Fee Room and Board (Boarder) Commuter Fee (Commuter) Deposit on Materials (includes student insurance) Facilities Fee

<Fee for the first year> Boarders (1・2・3・5・6) Commuters(1・2・4・5・6)

$3,700 $27,500 $16,000 $3,000 $2,000 $2,300 $51,500 $38,500


8 In addition to the standard fee, the following costs will normally apply ・Entrance Examination Fee: $500 ・Induction Program Fee: $1,000 ・Parent’s Association Fee ・School uniform costs ・Club activities fees (costs vary depending on the activity) ・Participation fees for official School events (TOEFL, theatre trips etc.) ・Participation fees for unofficial School events ・Travel fees for long vacations ・House-ware storage fee for summer vacation cost or cost for shipping ・Allowance ★ Other Matters How should I spend my time until I attend School in September? Are there specific programs for the students to study English in Japan? For admitted students, the School offers online language courses which will better prepare you for bilingual education starting in September. If you would like to take extra lessons in addition to the online English courses provided by the School, please contact the School for advice. If you are attending the Grade 9 and are currently residing in Japan, you need to belong to a school as it is a legal requirement. Being independent and self-disciplined is key to successful boarding life. Therefore, it would be beneficial to work on your time management skill on a disciplined daily schedule. I heard that you need to obtain a visa to study in the United States. Do I need one to go to Keio? If you do not hold a visa, you cannot participate in any educational programs or camps hosted by a school in the United States. You will also need to be registered in a Japanese school up until the 3rd grade. As we are an educational institution accredited by the state of New York, if you do not hold any of the status below, you will need to petition for an F-1 visa.   

American citizen Green card holder Other visas(E, G, H, L etc)

If you are a holder of any of the above, you do not need to apply for a visa. On the other hand, if you do not hold any of the above status, be careful not to attend any language courses provided by other US schools prior to the Induction Program as this will conflict with your visa status. I would like to see the campus in person. Do you hold open campuses or is it possible to visit individually? As of October 2020, our campuses are closed so you cannot visit the campus at the moment, but normally you can visit our campus during Open Days or other information sessions. You can also visit the campus individually. We have a “SCHOOL VISIT FORM” on our home page so please register with one week prior notice. We are hoping to open our doors to you soon so please check in our homepage for the newest updates.


Appendix 1

As of 08/31/2020

2020-2021 Courses and Credits (Grade 9 - 12)

教科

SUBJECT

LANGUAGE 授業言語

9 th

R. R.E. A.

10 th

R. R.E. A.

11 th

12 th

R. R.E. A.

R. R.E. A.

10

5

ENGLISH

英語

English 9,10,11,12

英語 9,10,11,12

E

English as a Second Language

ESL

E

5

Language Arts

ランゲージアート

E

5

Advanced Language Arts

ランゲージアート(上級)

E

5

Creative Writing

クリエイティブライティング

E

2.5

Introduction to Performing Arts

演劇入門

E

2.5

Journalism and Yearbook

ジャーナリズムとイヤーブック

E

2.5

Language Arts 12

ランゲージアート 12

E

2.5

World of Translation

翻訳

E/J

2.5

10

JAPANESE

日本語

Japanese 9, 10

国語 9年10年

J

5

Introduction to Public Speaking 9

パブリックスピーキング入門

J

5

Japanese Language and Literature 11, 12 言語と文学 11年12年

5

5

J

2.5

2.5

Research & Presentations 11, 12

リサーチとプレゼンテーション11年12年

J

2.5

2.5

Advanced Research & Presentation 12

リサーチとプレゼンテーション 12年 (上級)

J

JHL 10, 11, 12

継承日本語 10年11年12年

J

MATHEMATICS

数学

Algebra and Geometry

代数と幾何

Algebra and Trigonometry

代数と三角関数

Precalculus

基礎解析

Math A

数学 A

Introduction to Analytical Geometry

解析幾何入門

Statistics

統計学

Calculus

微積分

E

Linear Algebra

線形代数

E

E

2.5 5

5

2.5

5

E

5

E

5

E

2.5

E

2.5

E

2.5 5 5

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

理科

The Nature of Science

科学とは何か

E

Chemistry

化学

E

5

Biology

生物

E

5

Physics

物理

E

5

Computer Literacy

コンピュータ

E

2.5

Health Science

保健

E

2.5

Earth Science

地学

E

Honors Chemistry

化学(上級)

E

6

Honors Biology

生物(上級)

E

6

Honors Physics

物理(上級)

E

6

5 5 5

5

5

5


SOCIAL STUDIES

社会

Geography for the Global Citizen

世界地理

E

World History

世界史

E

2.5

Cultural Studies

異文化理解

E

2.5

U.S. Government and History

アメリカ史と政治

E

People Who Changed History

歴史を変えた人々

E

2.5

Japan's Trading Partners

日本の貿易相手国

E

2.5

Modern Japanese History

日本近現代史

Economics and Business

経済

E

5

Honors Political Thought

政治(上級)

E

5

Advanced Cultural Studies Research

異文化理解研究

E

5

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PE 9,10,11,12

体育 9,10,11,12

ACADEMIC EXTENSION

アカデミックエクステンション

Jun AE*

1

Sen AE*

2

5

5

E/J

体育

偉大な思想家たち(9年)

シチズンシップ(10年)

リベラルアーツ科目* (11年・12年)

5

E

1

1

E

2

2

1

E・J

3

1

2

2

SATURDAY MORNING PROGRAM 土曜プログラム Jun SMP Art

美術

E

2

2

Jun SMP Music

音楽

E

2

2

Sen SMP Debate and Public Speaking

ディベートとプレゼンテーション

E

Note: R. = Required(必修科目) R.E. = Required Elective(必修選択科目) A. = Assigned( 指定科目) "One (1) Credit" = 40 minute period The elective courses might be canceled if the number of registered students is too small.

2

9 th

10 th

2

11 th

12 th

R.

R.E.

A.

R.

R.E.

A.

R.

R.E.

A.

R.

38

2

0

33

2

5

33

2-7

0-5

23

40

40

40

R.E. 1219 40-42

A. 0-5

 

1 *  Great Thinkers on the path to Democracy(Grade9)・ Talking Citizenship(Grade10) 2 *  Grade 11 and 12 will select two SenAE(Senior Academic Extension) from the following: * 3 11・12年生はアカデミックエクステンションを以下のリベラルアーツ科目から2科目選択します。

 Art   Law   Math for High Fryers   History of Warfare   Current Event   Enviromental Science   Muscle Deveopment & Nutrition   Astronomy   Science of Color    Programming and Robotics

専門美術 法律 高等数学 戦史 時事問題 環境学

栄養学 天文学 色の科学 プログラミング

 School Newspaper   SAT Preparation    

Learning from wisdom and living wisely Chinese Culture

        

Introduction to Latin Italian Culture, Cooking and Conversation American Film Filmmaking Community Service etc.

学校新聞 SAT準備コース 古今名言 中国文化/中国 ラテン語 イタリア語 アメリカ映画 映像制作 コミュニティサービス その他


Appendix 2

Sports Program for 2020-2021 Varsity Sports We offer one male and one female Varsity Sports per season. 

Fall Girls: Volleyball Boys: Soccer

Winter Girls: Basketball Boys: Basketball

Spring Girls: Lacrosse Boys: Lacrosse

House Sports House Sports is an opportunity for students who are not on the Varsity Sports team. All sports will be instructed by professional coaches. 

Fall Cross Country, Dance, Kendo, Rugby, Swimming, Tennis

Winter Dance, Karate, Kendo, Swimming, Volleyball

Spring Baseball, Dance, Karate, Kendo, Softball, Tennis

Cultural Clubs for 2020-2021 ▪

Art Club

Calligraphy Club

Chess Club

Fukuzawa Research Club

Mathematics Club

Photography Club

Science Club

Tea Ceremony Club


Appendix 3

慶應義塾ニューヨーク学院 卒業後の進路先 / After Graduation from Keio Academy of New York Graduation Year 慶應義塾大学進学学部(学科) / Keio University 文学部 Faculty of Letters 経済学部 Faculty of Economics 法学部法律学科 Faculty of Law Department of Law 法学部政治学科 Faculty of Law Department of Political Science 商学部 Faculty of Business and Commerce 医学部 School of Medicine 理工学部 Faculty of Science and Technology 総合政策学部 Faculty of Policy Management 環境情報学部 Faculty of Environment and Information Studies 看護医療学部 Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care 薬学部薬科学科(4年制) Faculty of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy (4 Years) 薬学部薬学科(6年制) Faculty of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy (6 Years) 慶應義塾大学へ進学合計 Total students advancing to Keio University

2015

2017

2018

2019

2020

10

(9)

10

(7)

4

(2)

8

(6)

10

(7)

9

(7)

20

(8)

22

(8)

22

(7)

22

(7)

22

(7)

18

(5)

10

(5)

10

(7)

10

(8)

10

(7)

10

(4)

10

(9)

10

(6)

10

(7)

10

(8)

10

(7)

10

(8)

10

(9)

15

(3)

15

(5)

15

(7)

18

(8)

15

(9)

15

(5)

2

(2)

2

(2)

2

(1)

2

-

2

(1)

2

(1)

1

-

6

(2)

1

-

4

(1)

0

-

6

(1)

15

(8)

15

(8)

15

(5)

11

(4)

19

(2)

14

(6)

12

(6)

15

(5)

2

-

9

(3)

15

(6)

14

(4)

2

(2)

1

(1)

4

(4)

2

(2)

1

(1)

1

(1)

0

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

1

(1)

1

(1)

3

(3)

0

-

97

(34)

(52)

86

(43)

97

(46)

107

99

(48)

慶應義塾大学以外へ進学 Schools other than Keio University 卒業生 合計 Total Graduates

2016

2

99

106

(1)

(50)

0

106

-

(52)

0

86

過去の慶應義塾大学以外への進学先 / In previous years, graduates attended other than Keio University: Art Institute of Chicago (USA), Brown University (USA), College of Mexico (Mexico), New England Conservatoryof Music (USA), New York University (USA), Pratt Institute (USA), Soka University of America (USA), Stanford University (USA), State University of New York (USA), Swarthmore College (USA), The Julliard School (USA), The University of St. Andrews (UK), University of San Francisco (USA), Vocational School (USA), Wellesley College (USA), Persons School of Design (USA) The University of Tokyo (Japan): 東京大学 Fukuoka University (Faculty of Medicine) (Japan): 福岡大学(医) International University of Health and Welfare (Faculty of Medicine) (Japan): 国際医療福祉大学(医) Rakuno Gakuen University (Veterinary Madicine) (Japan): 酪農学園大学 (獣医)

-

(43)

3

100

(2)

(48)

(48)

2

109

-

(48)

0

99

(48)


Appendix 4

<Entrance Examination Results for 2019-2020>

Regular Entrance Exam Recruiting Number of Students

(A)

Grade

Total Applications Submitted

Total Applicants

Total Admits

Total Enrolled

Admit Rate

AO Exam (Spring)

AO Exams (Fall/Spring) and Regular Entrance Exams yield approximately 90 students: male and female 9th and 10th graders.

Grade 9

Year

AO Exam (Fall)

Grade 10 2019

2020

Grade 9 2019

2020

Grade 10 2019

2020

Grade 9 2019

2019

2020

(B)

25(10)

27(8)

From Japan

17

22

(C)

25(10)

26(8)

From Japan

17

21

34

32

28

36

55

46

23

20

21

25

(D)

10(5)

11(3)

15(8)

16(7)

17(6)

13(6)

29(20)

16(5)

5(1)

7(2)

9(6)

13(5)

From Japan

7

8

14

9

14

10

15

8

4

6

7

10

(E)

10(5)

11(3)

15(8)

14(5)

16(6)

13(6)

26(18)

16(5)

5(1)

7(2)

9(6)

13(5)

From Japan

7

8

14

8

13

10

13

8

4

6

7

10

(C/D)

2.5

2.4

2.5

2.6

2.1

3.3

2.7

4.3

6.0

3.0

3.6

2.6

41(16) 44(18) 36(13) 43(14) 77(39) 68(26) 30(12) 37

34

28

36

55

46

23

38(16) 42(18) 36(13) 43(14) 77(39) 68(26) 30(12)

2020

Grade 10

21(6) 20 21(6)

2019

2020

32(13) 34(13) 21

25

32(13) 34(13)

*( )indicates the number of female applicants * The column ‘From Japan’ indicates the number of applicants from Japan

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