Academic Program

Youth School

Sakura Gakuen Japanese Language School provides a variety of classes for kindergarten through high school students who have little or no prior knowledge of the Japanese language. The Sakura Gakuen faculty is composed of native speakers educated in Japan who specialize in teaching Japanese as a second language. All grammatical explanations are given in English. Academic emphasis is on sentence structure, allowing the students to easily construct a large variety of useful phrases and expressions.

Unlike other conversational Japanese classes, Japanese alphabets (Hiragana and Katakana) and Kanji will be taught to the students. Students will be instructed how to speak Japanese as well as how to read and write it! The practical age appropriate lessons build a solid foundation in Japanese that has served many Sakura Gakuen alumni with continued language studies.

Elements of Japanese culture and games will also be introduced to help students gain a better understanding of the language and customs and have fun while learning. Typical class sizes range from 8 to 15 students. High school credit is  available for local school districts that do not offer Japanese language courses.  A Monday after-school program  for high school students is an option for busy students. You can find more information on youth classes here

Adult School

Sakura Gakuen Adult School offers classes weekly on Monday evenings. Classes are designed for busy people with a desire to learn Japanese. The instructors are native speakers. Small classes provide individual attention. There is no mandatory homework. Conversational Japanese classes without learning kana or kanji are offered. A quick course for travelers is available if demand warrants. Separate reading and writing classes are also offered.

The school offers a Proficiency Exam preparation course that is great for high school or college students as well as adults who have studied Japanese and want to prepare for an exam such as the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test). The exam preparation class focuses on listening and reading comprehension and will have homework. A refresher conversation class is available for people who have learned Japanese at high school, college, or in Japan. Solid knowledge of Japanese is required. The emphasis of this class is on age, gender, and situation appropriate languages for effective communications. You can find more information and registration here.