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Greeting from the Director

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Dalton Tokyo Junior & Senior High School.

We live in an unprecedented time of social restructure brought on by globalization and the advent of artificial intelligence. Today’s students face new challenges that were not present in previous generations. It is our responsibility as educators and caretakers to insure our students are well prepared to deal with a rapidly changing world.

Our goal in developing Dalton Tokyo Junior & Senior High School has always been founded on the need for students to be successful in a global world. Based on the progressive educational philosophy of Helen Parkhurst, the core of our school is centered around the student-focused tenets of the Dalton Plan, and advocates for students to become life-long learners who acknowledge and embrace diversity.

This endeavor was only fully realized through our partnership with Tokyo Gakuen High School. By relying on their 129 years of educational excellence, we have been able to build upon their illustrious history—utilizing the success of the Dalton plan, which has been thriving in schools around the world—and are taking the next step as Dalton Tokyo Junior & Senior High School.

The faculty and staff at Dalton Tokyo are committed to the ideals of the Dalton Plan, and will work tirelessly to insure our students are fully supported in their endeavors, and are encouraged to grow into responsible and independent members of our global society.

We look forward to seeing you at our brand-new campus in the natural surroundings of Seijo, Tokyo.

Hiroto Kawai

Chairman, Director
Dalton Tokyo Junior &
Senior High School

Educational Philosophy

[School Philosophy]

Seek for Thyself

[Vision]

As a school based on the Dalton Plan, we are committed to supporting our students’ development. We believe that every student should be:

  • ●Fearless, self-directed, and a life-long learner.
  • ●Someone who embraces diversity, and who collaborates with others.
  • ●A self-motivated, independent, and productive member of society.

[Mission Statement]

In order to instill these ideals in our students, we as a school are committed to:

  1. [1] Promoting a student-centered learning approach.
  2. [2] Encouraging students to be inquisitive about the world around them, and fostering in them a deep love of learning.
  3. [3] Valuing diversity while cultivating a more globally minded perspective.
  4. [4] Respecting our students’ identities and individuality in a supportive and progressive learning environment.

The Dalton Plan

At the core of Dalton Tokyo is the Dalton Plan: an educational method created and developed by the visionary U.S. educator Helen Parkhurst. Based on her three pillared system—the House, the Assignment, and the Laboratory—the Dalton Plan aims to enhance students’ abilities by focusing on the principles of “Independence and Collaboration.”

An Educational Method with Over a Hundred Years of History

Frustrated with what she saw as a failure of the education system at the time, Helen Parkhurst devoted herself to developing a new student-centered approach to educational instruction. In her quest to create this new plan, she drew inspiration from notable peers in the education field at the time, including Maria Montessori, Ralph Waldo Emmerson, and in particular John Dewey, whose own philosophy on a student-centered approach to education greatly influenced Parkhurst. At the heart of this plan is the idea that students’ ultimately need the freedom to pursue their own passions and interests, and in so doing create independent and self-sufficient learners.

Planning for the Future

Japan has been at the forefront of economic development and educational standards for much of its modern history; however, innovations in technology, and an ever-increasing push towards globalization, make it clear that it is time for a radical change in the way that students are educated and prepared for the future.

A shift in how we approach education is needed, one that emphasizes student autonomy, promotes creativity and problem solving, embraces diversity and collaboration, and above all else puts students at the very center of learning.

It is our belief that the Dalton Plan exemplifies these ideals, and offers a progressive and unmatched alternative to the mainstay education system in Japan. We are in a unique position to implement this new approach in education, through the use of the Dalton Plan, for this next generation of young minds, and ask that you join us in raising them up with the charge to go out into the world make a true difference for the future.

The Three Pillars of the Dalton Plan

House:

Embracing Diversity

The House is a class comprised of students across all grades. It is meant to give students a sense of identity within in the school, while helping them to broaden their perspective through authentic interactions with members of different peer groups. The House is led by a House Advisor, who functions as a facilitator, mentor, and intermediary with students and parents.

*Note: Houses will not represent all six grades until 2024.

Assignment:

Encouraging Proactive Learning

The Assignment represents a problem-based learning approach designed to make students more proactive. Assignments are both subject and content focused, and include instruction on setting goals, revising their own work, and where they can go for further study.

Laboratory:

Providing a Time and Place for Self-Directed Learning

The Laboratory is a designated time and place where students can further their learning in a specific content area—either independently or with peers—under the tutelage of a faculty member. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these times to help further their understanding of a subject or topic in an engaging and supportive learning environment.

 

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