The High School at Saint Maur consists of Grades 9 through 12. The academic program prepares students to enter universities and colleges in English-speaking countries around the world.
Saint Maur has high expectations of its students, and all courses help them to develop the academic foundation they will need to succeed in further education and their careers. Our graduation requirements, which are more demanding than at most comparable high schools, ensure that every student takes a full load of college-preparatory courses each year. External exams, which include IB, AP, IGCSE, PSAT, and SAT recognize students’ ability and achievement.
International General Certificate of Secondary Education
Students in Grades 9 & 10 take courses that prepare them for the exams in each subject provided by the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). This is operated by the University of Cambridge and is the most widespread international curriculum for Grades 9 & 10 in the world. Students gain valuable experience taking external exams and are well prepared to enter the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program in Grade 11.
In Grade 11, all students enter the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Students have a choice between the full IB Diploma program, or IB Certificates for individual subject areas. The IB is the most rigorous and widely recognized curriculum in the world, and is highly regarded by the most competitive universities worldwide. Students can choose six subjects from the 17 offered at Saint Maur and study them in small classes with personal teacher attention. After completing IB exams, students can use their scores for advanced placement and college credit in university.
Students are eligible to take Advanced Placement (AP) exams in most of the same subjects they are studying as part of the IB program. This opportunity, not offered at most other international schools, enables students to gain maximum advantage in university admission and college credit.
Each Saint Maur High School student is a member of a homeroom, with between 20 and 35 classmates and two homeroom teachers. The homeroom teachers provide pastoral care and act as advocates and intermediaries for their students. Although students in the same grade take different courses with small class numbers, they all interact socially within their homeroom, as they plan for special events and class projects throughout the year. The homeroom is designed to be a social center while at school, where each student has an individual desk and storage space. Students meet daily with their homeroom teachers and form a strong mutual bond.
The low student-teacher ratio at Saint Maur (8:1) means that students can always find a teacher to ask for advice on academic or personal matters. All subject teachers are available during lunch time and after classes, while the After-School Academic Support program, available every day, enables students to get additional help whenever they need it (for no extra fee.)
Moreover, a professionally qualified psychologist is always on campus as School Counselor, and the administrators at each level are actively involved in all student affairs. Older students are guided towards university admission by a team of four counselors and administrators who work individually with each student.
Saint Maur follows a ten-day cycle, with six class periods per day, of 55 minutes each. This provides maximum flexibility for timetabling all of the courses offered to students, while allowing sufficient time for in-depth lessons and constructivist education.
Beyond having instruction differentiated within the classroom, students who are struggling or need additional strategies and interventions receive assistance with in a number of ways including After School Academic Support and/or our Learning Support Program.
Additionally, the Saint Maur Summer Program provides robust opportunities for students to reinforce and expand existing knowledge of core subject material. Courses offered during the Summer Program include IGCSE English, Problem Solving & Critical Thinking, SAT Math, IB Math, Japanese A & B, and Digital Media.
All Saint Maur High School students go on excursions, ranging from day trips to locations in the Tōkyō-Yokohama area, to overnight trips further away. Grade 12 students take a three-day trip within Japan before their graduation. The main purpose of all of these excursions is educational, and most are directly linked to the curriculum that students are studying so that teachers can expand their experiences outside the classroom.
Days of Reflection
Students in Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 participate in an annual off-campus Day of Reflection at the Xavier Center in Yokohama. These days are coordinated by the Head of Religion and are often related to the Saint Maur Essential Outcomes. Students are involved in a variety of tasks and exercises to raise their awareness of world issues, in a relaxed atmosphere, where different styles of teaching and learning help to make an enriching experience for everyone.