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We are moving to the Bay Area from Tokyo, where my daughter is studying
Japanese at her international school. Does anyone know of any public high
schools that off Japanese as a language choice?
El Cerrito High. Best to live in one of the areas where that is your assigned school,
transfers are not easy to come by, even with the reasoning of it being the only
school offering Japanese.
El Cerrito High offers Japanese. The teacher is a native Japanese speaker who the
kids seem to love.
Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek offers Japanese. My daughter, who is planning
on taking it, says they offer 4 years of Japanese.
El Cerrito High offers Japanese. And there is a fairly large Japanese American
community in the El Cerrito area, though now an aging one. There are a few good
Japanese restaurants along San Pablo, and a great judo dojo on San Pablo, too. (One
of the head senseis is a woman who competed in the Beijing Olympics.)
More info than you asked for, but hopefully helpful!
If you don't find a high school, you might consider the community colleges. When my son
was in high school, he took Japanese at Laney College and had a great teacher. He
has since taken Japanese at Berkeley City College and DVC. As I recall, there is
some paperwork needed from your child's high school to enroll in a community college
class but it was easy and tuition is not too bad.
Since Japanese has gone out of vogue as a language to learn I don't know of any high
school that still offers it, but depending on your daughter's ability, you might
consider enrolling her in SF Japanese School, aka nihongo hoshu-koh. It goes through
the equivalent of 11th grade or 2nd year high school in Japan. http://www.sfjs.org/
El Cerrito High School has a Japanese language program.
If that doesn't work for you, you might consider private tutoring.
My daughter-in-law (a native of Tokyo) has worked with high school
students at both El Cerrito High and at College Prep (a private school that is
unfortunately discontinuing its Japanese program), and may have openings if you are
interested. Feel free to contact me for further information.
El Cerrito High had Japanese when my children went there.At that time I was not aware
of any other local high schools that offered it except possibly San Francisco.
El Cerrito Alumni
My daughter was also hoping to study Japanese, but was not approved for transfer. As
far as I know, the only public schools in the area that offer Japanese are El Cerrito
and De Anza, both in WCCUSD. We applied to transfer to El Cerrito, and were placed
on the waiting list.
Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek has a wonderful Japanese program. Mr. Schreiber
is the teacher. My son took the class all 4 years and had hopes of continuing in
college as a minor. Unfortunately, his college does not offer it. The school web site
Previous postings reported that El Cerrito High has a Japanese program, but no one
mentioned what a great series of classes it is, with a cultural focus, every-other-year
trips to Japan, and most importantly a wonderful instructor. With one child currently
in Japanese 3 & one in Japanese 1, I highly recommend it!!
My son is half Japanese and I really want him to learn the language.
Due to life-work situations he goes to preschool in Palo Alto but we
live in Oakland. I am looking for a school on the weekend but haven't
found any. I had also reached out to a former Japanese Montessori
teacher of his but she isn't available on the weekends. Does anyone
know of anything formal or informal for children as young as 3?
I would recommend the American international Montessori School in Berk.
They have a wonderful Japanese program for 3 year olds. We really love
this school, the director , and teachers. This is one of the best schools
in California in my opinion.
We'd like our 5 yr old to start learning some Japanese and have fun
too. How much Japanese language do children learn from Daruma no Gakko
? A teeny tiny amount? The school welcomes children of many ages with
no/little Japanese experience, so I wonder how they do the language
Both my husband and I
are originally from Japan, but our children were born here. We have never sent
our 2 children to Daruma no Gakko due to our work schedule conflicts, so I will
not go too much details. I know many people who did/have done. I have not heard
any negatives so far and all the families I know are happy with Daruma no
As far as I know (I might be wrong, though), their focus is more on the
cultural aspects, including the Japanese-American history, not too much on
language though they teach speaking, not writing. I am not sure how much you
want your child to learn Japanese, but there are many schools and organizations
offer Japanese language lessons. If you want your child to learn decent
language skills, I suggest to learn speaking, writing, and reading at the same
time continuously because I, as a foreigner who learned English at the later
stage in my life, believe that learning those skills together are very
important to acquire any languages other than your native ones. English and
Japanese have quite a distinct composition in grammar and cultural background
so it is not the easiest combination. My sister is married with Korean and she
learned the language very quickly because we share the culture a lot.(Sometimes
people there do not know she is Japanese).
If you have any questions, I am happy to respond.
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