Keio Shiki Senior High School Profile
The Mission of Keio University by Yukichi Fukuzawa
Keio University is not merely a place for academic pursuit. Its mission is to be a constant source of honorable character and a paragon of intellect and morals for the entire nation and for each member to apply this spirit to elucidate the essence of family, society, and nation. They will not only articulate this essence in words, but also demonstrate it in their actions, and by so doing make Keio a leader of society.
In October 1858, Yukichi Fukuzawa (1835-1901), who later published a number of writings including An Encouragement of Learning "Gakumon no Susume" and An Outline of a Theory of Civilization "Bunmeiron no Gairyaku" and became a leader of modern Japan in a variety of fields as an enlightened thinker, educator and journalist, opened a small school for Dutch studies (it was later converted into a school for English studies) in Edo (present-day Tokyo). This is the origin of the Keio Gijuku educational corporation, the core establishment of which is Keio University, and which has a long history as the oldest private university in Japan. The above "Keio Gijuku no Mokuteki (The Mission of Keio Gijuku)" is a passage extracted from a speech the founder made in November 1896, and is widely known as the guidelines that clearly and briefly describe the purposes of Keio Gijuku.
Keio Shiki Senior High School was established as a school to carry on the tradition of Keio Gijuku and be part of the organization in Shiki City, Saitama Prefecture. It was formerly Keio Agricultural Senior High School, which opened in May 1948. The school was founded on the grounds of Keio College of Veterinary Medicine and Livestock Raising that had been relocated to Shiki when the land and the building of Toho Industrial Research Institute were donated to Keio Gijuku in September 1947 by Yasuzaemon Matsunaga (1875-1971), a graduate of Keio Gijuku. Keio Agricultural Senior High School was later transformed into a general senior high school in April 1957 and it was renamed Keio Shiki Senior High School, the name it is known by today. It is a full-time high school for boys, where almost all of its graduates go on to study at Keio University by commendation from the principal of the school (approximately 250 students each year).
Today, Keio Shiki Senior High School stands on a sprawling campus of 107,345 m2 with well-equipped facilities. It is richly endowed with bountiful nature including the beautiful forest that retains traces of Musashino. The school makes the most of its environment with a broad-minded atmosphere and conducts specialized and creative education programs that often extend to university-level liberal studies without being confined to preparatory studies for university entrance exams, while respecting the characteristics and the individual initiative of each student. With its graduates being widely active in the real world, Keio Shiki Senior High School's education programs are highly esteemed in Japan. Still, without being complacent with such success, the staff at Keio Shiki Senior High School strives to make progress day by day under the guidelines of the purpose and goals of our education as follows:
The Purpose of Keio Shiki Senior High School
The purpose of Keio Shiki Senior High School is to provide high school education at a preliminary level for students in preparation for their studies at Keio University, based on the founding philosophy of Yukichi Fukuzawa. In order to achieve this, our teaching staff exerts constant efforts aiming at the following four educational goals:
- 1 Make students proud of being part of the school.
- Nurture a spirit of independence and self-respect and educate students to be self-motivated, dignified and cheerful.
- 2 Make students acquire basic academic knowledge.
- Make students understand the importance of their studies and research. Guide them to voluntarily engage themselves in their studies in order to enable them to be successfully active in various fields in the society in the future, as well as to obtain the basic academic knowledge as a preliminary study for going on to Keio University. In particular, pay attention to study guidance that corresponds to university-level liberal studies and aim at improving the holistic scholastic standards.
- 3 Develop the individuality and ability of students.
- Taking advantage of the benefits allowed by the number of students as currently admitted to the courses, provide distinctive education that will develop the individuality and ability of students, while promoting personal contact between teaching staff and students.
- 4 Actively improve students' health.
- Without limiting the focus to health management, make each student participate in sports that suit them in order to make them take the initiative in improving their health.
Keio Shiki Senior High School is located about 90 minutes from Narita Airport, about 70 minutes from Haneda Airport, about 50 minutes from Tokyo and about 30 minutes from Ikebukuro by train. Our convenient location for commuting and people's great sympathy for our education principles attract students from a wide range of neighboring areas, such as Kanagawa and Chiba Prefectures, as well as from Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture. Apart from engaging themselves in studying, most students actively participate in student council and club activities, and carry out events such as the Harvest Festival (School Festival), demonstrating the established autonomy of students that follows the spirit of the "independence and self-pride" advocated by Yukichi Fukuzawa.
Based on the aforementioned points, the specific features of Keio Shiki Senior High School may be itemized roughly as follows:
Ten specific features of Keio Shiki Senior High School
- 1．Highly liberated and specialized classes
- 2. Small size classes
- 3. Tradition of Keio Gijuku
- 4. Alliance with Keio University
- 5. Variety of club activities
- 6. Firm friendship only found in boys' school
- 7. Connection with graduates
- 8. Vigorous student autonomy
- 9. Sprawling campus and bountiful nature
- 10. Calm environment and convenient access
|1858||Yukichi Fukuzawa establishes a school for Dutch studies (later to become Keio Gijuku)|
|1947||Land and facilities of Toho Sangyo Research Institute donated by Yasuzaemon Matsunaga (1875-1971) become part of Keio Gijuku|
|The Junior College of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry relocates to Shiki|
|1948||Keio Agricultural Senior High School is founded and opening ceremony is held|
|1957||Keio Agricultural Senior High School is reorganized as Keio Shiki Senior High School|
|1963||Admittance number is set at 250 places per academic year|
|1968||New school building (present school building) is completed|
|1972||School summer uniform is abolished except some special occasions. (winter uniform in 1973)|
|1988||Keio Shiki-kai (alumni association) is founded|
|1991||Extra-curriculum language courses (19 languages) start|
|1996||Keio Shiki no Mori (Keio Shiki Forest), tree-planting ceremony|
|1998||The 50th Anniversary Ceremony|
|2008||The 60th Anniversary, The 150th Anniversary of the Keio Gijuku's establishment|