12+4-Year Continuum Education
Continuum Education from 2-years-old Until High School Graduation
Advantages of the 12+4-Year Continuum Education
CGK provides a continuous international curriculum from Preschool to High school.
In general, international schools with many Japanese students differ from international schools with many non-Japanese students. Even when an International Baccalaureate (IB) program is implemented, it’s common to find that many classes are held in Japanese or that even when classes are held in English, many students speak among themselves in Japanese. This is because inquiry-based learning in a group includes a great deal of discussion and requires deep thinking and inquiry, and the reality is that students are best able to do this when using their native language, Japanese. These kinds of international schools generally do not require English proficiency as a condition for admission.
From Preschool, CGK nurtures young talent through global education that fosters self-expression, acute cognitive ability, and a spirit of inquiry, as well as providing childcare and education that cultivates non-cognitive skills. In addition, CGK provides highly advantageous English immersion from Preschool. For this reason, CGK students can pursue deep thinking and inquiry even in English. CGK places a high value on this environment and requires an English proficiency check during the admission process. Maintaining a high-level environment for inquiry activities allows native English-speaking students to pursue deep thinking and inquiry as well. We also provide EAL support for students with concerns about their English ability in our elementary school.
From preschool to high school, continuum education allows us to focus on education that is truly important for the students' future without wasting time on boring, repetitive studying that has no other purpose than to pass the exams for elementary, junior high, and high school. We encourage an all-round education through activities not directly related to testing scores but valuable for the child's future, such as our one-year study abroad program, off-campus learning, extracurricular activities, volunteer activities and more.
Preschool Age 2 Age 5
Yokohama Bashamichi Campus
Full-time care, 5 days a week (only 2-year-olds can choose from 2-5 days per week). Except for a 90-minute Japanese class each day, all classes are held in English.
Along with the International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP curriculum from 3-year-old classes, we gradually introduce age-appropriate PBL (Project-based learning) to further encourage active learning through group activities.
At the same time, in terms of childcare, all Japanese teachers are bilingual (Japanese-English) with childcare qualifications. We emphasize cooperation and compassion in group life along with "growing as a person." We also incorporate the best aspects of Japanese-style childcare.
We value global education, childcare, kindergarten education, intellectual training, food education, P.E. / swimming, as well as authentic experiences, and offer a full range of childcare and educational programs.
- Age 2
- Age 3
- Age 4
- Age 5
Elementary School G1 G5
Yokohama Kannai Campus (Opening in April 2023)
CGK provides an all-round education to nurture internationally-minded individuals by introducing the International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP curriculum.
We hold inquiry activities through a transdisciplinary approach in a homeroom teacher system. All classes are taught in English except for the Japanese language class.
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
Afterschool G1 G5
Yokohama Kannai Campus
Lessons are provided 2-5 days a week, from 14:00-19:00. Available after elementary school. Because it’s 100% in English, and our classes are inquiry-based and PBL (Project-Based Learning), we screen for English proficiency before admission.
CGK Afterschool is also available for CGK Elementary School students. Students may get help with homework or study by themselves.
Middle School G6 G9
Opening in April 2025
From the 2nd semester of the 1st year of middle school to the end of the 1st semester of the 2nd year, there is a one-year study abroad period. By studying abroad for one year at a local school in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, etc., students can grow more self-reliant (independent) with the ability to form new ideas based on a broader perspective.
It’s unusual in Japan for a school to have a one-year study abroad period at such a young age, but at CGK, we place great importance on this study abroad program, which helps students to be purposeful, with goals to focus on the rest of their school years.
After CGK Elementary School, we continue our all-round education with an international curriculum while moving to a subject-teacher system in order to explore each subject and theme in greater depth. All classes are taught in English except for the Japanese language class.
- Grade 6
- Grade 7
- Grade 8
- Grade 9
High School G10 G12
Opening in April 2028
We prepare students for a variety of domestic and international career paths with the aim of obtaining international qualifications accepted by approximately 2,500 universities around the world. These 3 years will be the culmination of an international educational started in Preschool. All classes are taught in English except for the Japanese language class.
- Grade 10
- Grade 11
- Grade 12
What is Project-Based Learning (PBL)
Project-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which it is believed that students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, challenge, or problem. It is a style of active learning and inquiry-based learning. PBL contrasts with paper-based, rote memorization, or teacher-led instruction that presents established facts or portrays a smooth path to knowledge by posing questions, problems, or scenarios instead. At CGK, we use PBL in a step-by-step manner, adjusting the level accordingly to the age of the students so that they can develop their spirit of inquiry and acute cognitive ability.