School Life

Valley Gakuen
Division Introductory, Elementary, Jr. High, High
Address 8850 Lankershim Blvd., Sun Valley, CA 91352
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TeL. (818) 504-0959 (Saturday only)
Rafu Chuo Gakuen
Division Introductory, Elementary, Jr. High, High
Address 202 N. Saratoga Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
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Tel. (323) 268-4955 (Saturday only)
Pasadena Gakuen
Division Introductory, Elementary, Jr. High
Address 301 N. Orange Grove Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103
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Tel. (213) 383-4706 (same as the headquarters)
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Daiichi Gakuen Irvine School
Division Introductory, Elementary, Jr. High
Address St. George & Episcopal Church & Academy 23802 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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Tel. (714) 883-8087
Kochu Gakuen
Division Jr. High, High
Address 1218 Menlo Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90006
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Tel. (213) 383-4706 (same as the headquarters)

Main Events of Schools

Academic Achievement Exhibit:

At the end of first semester in December, each school has the Academic Achievement Exhibit in which students show their academic performance through plays and chorus based on their daily activities.

Speech Contest

In early March, each school has a speech contest to promote the expression of the students’ own opinion and increase their speaking capability. The winners of the speech contest in each grade/class of every school will get together to compete against each other at the end of March.

Various Tests and Special courses by Each School

1. Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has been offered in 1984 by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services as a reliable means of evaluating and certifying the Japanese proficiency of non-Japanese speakers. At present, there are about 1,000,000 examinees in the 85 countries around the world. In Japan, the JLPL are used for recognition of academic credit and graduation certification at school and acknowledgement of qualification in society. There are 5 levels from N5 to N1 and you can take any level based on your ability. In Los Angeles, JLPT is held in December every year.

2. High School Credit Test

Students enrolled in one of our schools who are in American high schools could earn high school credit for foreign language by taking a credit test and maintaining the required hours of attendance. At present, the number of American public high schools who can accept the credit for foreign language by taking Japanese language course at an outside private school has become less than before.

3. SAT Subject Japanese/AP Japanese

(A) SAT Subject Japanese
SAT is a test offered by the College Board in the United States as part of college assessment tests. SAT Subject Japanese is taken in November and you may earn the credit of foreign language at your high school if your score is high.

(B) AP Japanese
AP Japanese is a course offered by the College Board as part of the Advanced Placement Program. High school students can take the test in May and earn credit equivalent to the college if the score is more than 3 out of 5 levels.

4. Japanese Language Class for Adults

Classes are offered at Pasadena Gakuen for 4 continuing sessions throughout the year, each one 10 weeks in length. But it is possible to join at any time. Whether you fit into Beginner, Intermediate, or advanced classes, you will benefit from carefully selected learning materials and class content that will ensure you learn correct Japanese grammar. Through fun activities with your classmates, our goal is to support the acquisition of “Useful Japanese conversation” skills that are difficult to acquire through self-study.