School of Science
Japan founding project

Students need not to be fed information and knowledge,
but instead, need an environment where they themselves can grow and learn
while realizing that they too, can change the world.

ISSJ 2018 Spring Program

We are happy to announce that the application for the 2018 Spring Program is now open worldwide!
This time we are holding a program in OKINAWA!

2018 Spring Program

Application Deadline: January 10, 2018
Date: April 2-9, 2018
Venue: Okinawa Institution of Technology (OIST)
Eligibility: Age 15 to 17 / Grade 9 to 11

International School of Science Japan Founding Project

The International School of Science Japan will be found with a special focus on students’ science research project. The project will consist of creating a learning environment which will also function as a research institute, where students will receive an accredited high school diploma. This learning environment will encourage and support students to immerse themselves in their interests, all the while gaining various knowledge and skill sets. Therefore, there will be no teachers who will enforce their teaching to students. The Mentors will guide and direct the learnings and research of each student. There will be no one-size-fits-all curriculum. Each students’ curriculum will be tailored according to the individual.

Projected School Opening: September 2020
Planned School Accreditation: WASC
Location of School: TBD

ISSJ Learning Method

At ISSJ, students never sit down in chairs or at their desk and simply listen to lectures.

ISSJ students don’t have common standardized class-timetables but rather individualized schedules tailored specifically for each of them. They focus their work mainly on their self-chosen research project. Along with their research project, students attend workshops fit accordingly to their interests and perspectives of future career. There are no mandatory lectures or workshops just for the purpose of graduation.

01Research Project based learning

Students’ main focus is their research project. While discussing with experienced ISSJ mentors, students choose their research theme and work with external research institutes accordingly. Students’ research project is the core of the ISSJ learning method.

02Hypothesis based Workshops

Workshop are what we call lectures or classes in other schools, but a big difference is that there are no one-way teaching or mandatory lectures. Students choose workshops out of various fields that may or may not related to their research projects. There are not only science workshops but other workshops such as painting, history, ethics, philosophy, and presentation skills that should be studied by future scientists in the twenty- first century. These workshops will give student’s research project more depth and a wider prospect either directly or indirectly. ISSJ workshops start with the creation of a hypothesis. During the workshop, students are asked to reevaluate and examine their hypothesis.

03Learning Anywhere/Anytime

Many of ISSJ workshops are delivered through an online system. We believe that students never need to gather at one place to sit down and listen to teachers’ explanations. Workshops are provided online and accessible to students from anywhere at any time.

04Presentation Anywhere/Anytime

Here the main focus is on presentation and articulation. Presenting and articulating their research project encourages the involvement of others which in turn broadens the students’ horizons. The students will learn how to structure and deliver presentations and give a movie presentation summarizing the contents of all their subject reports.

Future Prospects

Science Institutes’ Network
as a Learning Community

High school students will be based in the center facilities and affiliated organizations where they will immerse themselves in research, while collaborating with a diverse background of adults. We aim to create a new type of educational institution where students will leverage the network of organizations scattered around the world.

Each BASE has partners to work
with ISSJ students

The BASE will have a classroom, laboratory and a dorm where all the students will cohabitate. The students will also collaborate with affiliated institutions and partners to conduct joint research.


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