Senior High Schools

Senior High Schools
Public senior high schools.

Public senior high schools in Osaka Prefecture are set up to be distinctive schools that have departments that enable students to study in line with their own interests, concerns and career goals. They also offer general courses with an integrated elective system, integrated courses, specialist courses, full-time general credit-system courses and multi-session & credit-system courses.

(a) Full-time courses:

(i) General courses provide a general education focused mainly on general academic subjects such as Japanese, mathematics, foreign languages and health and physical education. Some schools have also introduced systems whereby students can choose specific areas of study or credit-based systems, in addition to offering distinctive courses in subjects such as fine art, physical education and information sciences.

(ii) Specialist courses provide a specialized education focused mainly on specialist subjects. In Osaka, 27 courses of study are offered including engineering, agriculture, international liberal arts, intercultural studies, science, performing arts, music, physical education and plastic arts.

(iii) Integrated courses provide an integrated education that combines general and specialized teaching by means of elective courses.

(b) Multi-session & credit system type 1 and 2:

Type 1 courses of study are comprised of four hours of classes in the morning whereas type 2 courses are made up of four hours of classes in the afternoon. Students can graduate in three years by combining classes in the course of study for which they are registered with classes in other courses of study adding up to a total of six hours of classes per day.

(c) Evening and multi-session & credit system type 3:

Classes for evening courses of study and type 3 courses of study in the multi-session & credit system are held in the evening. Prefectural evening senior high schools use the credit system.

Normally students can graduate in four years, but by combining these courses with other means of study, such as taking correspondence courses, they can graduate in three years.

(d) Correspondence courses:

Correspondence courses enable students to study while attending school two or three times a week to receive schooling (face-to-face teaching) and have their reports corrected. In Osaka Prefecture, the Osaka Prefectural Momodani High School offers a public correspondence course.

Students wishing to transfer from another school into a prefectural high school in Osaka should contact either the high school to which they want to transfer to or the Senior High School Division of the Education Promotion Office in the Secretariat of the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education.

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