Founder & President, Apprez
Apprez High School Accelerator, is a transformative four-course program that teaches essential skills across disciplines. The program blends self-paced coursework with engaging peer-based class time, offering the advantages of both individualized and fully active learning techniques. It has been designed for high school students who are looking for a rigorous, interactive academic experience, to establish transferable skills and knowledge such as how to think critically and creatively, as well as communicate and interact effectively.
Through the courses offered in the Apprez High School Accelerator Certificate program, students develop the cognitive skills needed to succeed in their academic and professional endeavors. Moreover, the program will accelerate students’ standards of academic excellence in a truly global context thereby better preparing them for the challenges of a VUCA world.
The courses are conducted fully online, and students study up to four college-level courses to supplement their regular high school studies. The curricula, pedagogy, and course content are all developed by Minerva Project based on best practices, derived from the science of learning and honed through experience. The core elements of its academic model include a Fully Active Learning pedagogy, curricula designed with Cross-Contextual Scaffolding, and a practice of Systematic Formative Feedback from peers and instructors. These are delivered via an advanced learning environment, called Forum™. Furthermore, all instructors participate in intensive training with Minerva Project before being approved to teach the Minerva curriculum.
"We are delighted to partner with Apprez to bring Minerva's revolutionary college preparatory and bridging courses - Apprez High School Accelerator - to high school and pre-university students throughout Japan. Apprez shares Minerva's vision of education transformation, and together, we are excited to nurture the enduring cognitive skills that will enable students to succeed at university and in their careers."
Managing Director, Asia, Minerva Project
This course focuses on improving the clarity and style of verbal expression, across a variety of media. With an increased understanding of word choice, phrasing, sentence structure, and tone, students gain greater proficiency in written and spoken communications.
This course provides tools for increasing self-awareness, and improving planning, knowledge acquisition, and decision making. Through the study of key scientific findings in learning and executive functioning, students develop practical skills for engaging in continuous cycles of reflection and learning and leadership skills.
In this course, students learn to apply fundamental computer science concepts to difficult, real-world problems. From practice implementing basic algorithmic strategies in the Python programming language to the construction of functional interactive applications, students become more adept at powerful computational skills.
In this course, students study topics in mathematics that are directly applicable to daily life. A key goal of the course is for students to develop intuitions about how to use mathematics to solve concrete problems, as opposed to just memorizing formulas or procedures to pass an exam. Students come away from this course with the knowledge and confidence to tackle real-world problems using mathematical tools and strategies.
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* Please swipe the schedule chart to the right for further information.
・4 courses (1 year) - 1 lesson 90 mins / twice a week, 96~104 lessons total
・1 course (12-13 weeks) - 1 lesson 90 mins / twice a week, 24~26 lessons total
* Please contact Apprez High School Accelerator Admissions if you have any inquiries about course contents / schedules. >> Contact
Apprez High School Accelerator offers pathway courses to improve your academic English skills. The prep school course content and curriculum have been created and are overseen by Apprez High School Accelerator instructors.
Instructors hold weekly office hours to support you outside of class as well. Each class also has its own online community where you can discuss with your classmates and leave questions for your instructors 24/7.
Apprez High School Accelerator offers additional lessons to improve your presentation, discussion, and critical thinking skills in English.
*Please refer to FAQ for further information about English proficiency requirements.
Apprez High School Accelerator instructors are all certified by Minerva to teach the Minerva curriculum on Forum™.
Chicago, United States
Walker’s main area of expertise is course development, but in coaching and teaching his specialty areas are English communication skills, English pronunciation, business English, and technical/logical English. His previous work includes creating and teaching courses for both executives and new hires at companies. Walker is now in a doctoral (Ph.D.) course in Physical Chemistry at the University of Tokyo, where he researches new techniques for performing Raman spectroscopy.
London, United Kingdom
In terms of his teaching style, Jason is a very relaxed and personal teacher putting his students at ease and allowing them to express themselves is his top priority. He has a very flexible outlook and customizes all his lessons to fit the requirement of the audience/student. His lessons are interactive and enjoyable with his overarching goal for his students to be able to communicate effectively in conversational, as well as written, English.
Steve was selected to run special study abroad preparation classes regarding TOEFL iBT & IELTS tests for Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education Global 10 (G10) public high schools (2018～2019) . He combines knowledge of business and sports to his background in philosophy and psychology from Western University (London, Canada) to develop a unique teaching style and educational experience. In 2020, he completed High Impact Leadership Program at University of Cambridge and Teaching and Learning for Higher Education at Harvard University. In 2021, he completed studies in social media strategy with MIT Sloan and brand strategy with Section 4.
* Please keep in mind that the schedule is subject to change.
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Minerva Project is a pathbreaking educational innovator, providing top-tier educational programmes through partnerships, including that with the flagship Minerva University.
Founded by Ben Nelson in 2011, Minerva’s mission is to nurture critical wisdom for the sake of the world. Building upon the best traditions of liberal arts and sciences education, Minerva is committed to preparing global leaders and innovators for the complexities of the twenty-first century. Its groundbreaking creation of a new university programme is detailed in the book Building the Intentional University: Minerva and the Future of Higher Education (MIT Press).
Founded in 2003 by Steve Hamade, Apprez is an international education and training provider that employs its expertise to diversify educational opportunities for Japanese learners. Its mission is to combine the best of modern critical thinking with the traditional values of Japanese education. Partnering with key organizations and institutions in Japan and overseas, Apprez provides innovative courses to develop Japanese learners who are fully equipped for success in a truly global culture.