ABOUT AOYAMA GAKUIN
Aoyama Gakuin traces its origins to a school founded in 1874 by Dora Schoonmaker, a Methodist missionary from the United States, with the help of Tsuda Sen, a Japanese Christian. In 1878 Julius Soper opened the Koukyou Gakusha Boy's School and the following year the Methodist Mission Seminary (Mikai Theological Institute) was established by Robert S. Maclay. These are the earliest foundations of what later became Aoyama Gakuin.
Today Aoyama Gakuin has separate institutions at every level from kindergarten through graduate school and serves over 23,000 students. It is a member of the Association of Christian Schools in Japan (Kirisutokyo Gakko Kyouiku Doumei).
The present Junior High School was established in 1947 as a three-year coeducational school in accord with Japan's postwar restructuring of its educational system. In 1986 it was joined with the Senior High School to form Aoyama Gakuin Junior-Senior High School. The Junior High School moved into new buildings on its campus in 2017.
There are up to 768 students 12 to 15 years old in three grade levels. About half of the student body comes by recommendation from the Aoyama Gakuin Elementary School, and half enter by examination at the first-year level.
More than 95% of the graduates of the Junior High School continue on to Aoyama Gakuin Senior High School. In principle all Junior High graduates in good standing may continue to the Senior High, where they will form the new incoming class together with students who enter the Senior High by examination. More than 80% of the graduates of the Senior High enter Aoyama Gakuin University or Aoyama Gakuin Women's Junior College.
OUR EDUCATIONAL MISSION
1.To nurture the will to love and serve God and others through worship and study of the Bible
2.To nurture independence through strong academic preparation which respects individuality and seeks to draw out personal potential
3.To nurture intellectual, spiritual and physical development through well-balanced school activities
4.To nurture empathy for others through service
01THE AOYAMA APPROACH
Classes at the Junior High School are held five days per week with six 45-minute class periods per day except Thursday, which has seven, for a total of 31 class hours per week. There is morning worship daily between second and third periods. We aim to nurture balanced personal development along with strong academics, through smaller classes in basic subjects such as Japanese, mathematics, and English, as well as in oral communication classes with native speakers of English, in science lab classes, and in home sciences and technology classes.
02THE AOYAMA APPROACH
The aim of studies at Aoyama Gakuin Junior High School is for students to seek and refine their God-given abilities. We hope to nurture people who are open-minded, who know their own mission in life, and who are prepared to live in community with their neighbors.
03THE AOYAMA APPROACH
We seek to learn to love God and others, through daily chapel services and weekly Bible classes. In the chapel, we are reminded that we are all precious and loved by God, In this way we learn to be thankful and to love our neighbors as ourselves. In Bible classes, which fill the moral education requirements for junior high school, students learn to fear God alone, and to explore all things with a scientific mindset. This philosophy underlies the teaching of all subjects in our school.