Does your youngster have an interest in the Japanese language? Consider enrolling your child in the fun and immersive Japanese Language School, where they’ll learn hiragana, katakana, and practice reading, writing, and conversational speaking.

Find more information below, including curriculum, textbooks, costs, registration, schedule, and more. 


Basic Information

Ages: Students must be between 7 and 18 years old.

Curriculum: We teach reading, writing, and conversational Japanese.

When: We meet Saturday mornings from 9:30AM – 11:30 AM with recess.

Location: Classes are held at our historical buildings located at 1414 South Weller Street, Seattle, WA, in the west building. Public street parking is available.

Tuition: $425 per semester for one student, $800 per semester for two youth, and $1,200 per semester for three students. 

Class Size: Classes are divided by the student’s age and language ability. There is a minimum age requirement for each class. Each class is limited to 15 students (12 students for Intro 1 level) and a minimum of 8 students.

Grading and Attendance: There will be homework.  Attendance and good citizenship are highly valued at the school.

Textbooks: Some of the textbooks used in each classroom are available as a separate purchase in the school office.

Registration: Registration begins approximately one month prior to the start of a session. 

Course Information

Introductory level

  • Hiragana/Katakana

  • Time

  • Vocabulary

  • Everyday Greetings

  • Shopping

  • Family

  • Counting

  • Direction

  • Environment

  • Telephone expressions

  • Transportation

Intermediate Level

  • Hiragana/Katakana

  • Verb conjugation

  • Grammar

  • Dictionary Usage

  • Sentence structure

  • Vocabulary

  • Compound Sentence

  • Some Kanji

Classes Offered

  • Beginning 1A (7-11 years old): Introductory Japanese: Yasashi Nihongo*

  • Beginning 1B (12-18 years old): Adventures in Japanese 1 (Chapters 1 - 3)*

  • Beginning 2 (minimum age 8 years old): Japanese for Young People*

  • Beginning 3 (minimum age 9 years old): Adventures in Japanese 1 (Chapters 4 - 6)*

  • Beginning 4 (minimum age 10 years old): Adventures in Japanese 1 (Chapters 7 - 9)*

  • Intermediate: Adventures in Japanese 1 (Chapters 10 - 12)**

  • Advanced: Adventures in Japanese 2**

 *Purchase of textbooks are not required prior to the first day of class.  After class assignments have been confirmed, treachers will provide more information about textbook purchase.
**A profifiencey test will be conducted on the first day of class for those who enroll in the Intermediate or Advanced class.

2018-2019 Academic Schedule

Tuition Due: August 31st, 2018

Second Semester: February 2, 2019 - June 8, 2019

Scholarship Application Due: February 28, 2019

Financial Aid Application Due: March 30, 2019

Undokai (Sports Day): June 1, 2019

Last Day: June 8, 2019

No classes held on these dates: 2018: November 24, December 15, December 22, December 29 | 2019: January 26, February 23, April 13, May 25.

Registration for 2018-2019

Tuition prices are per semester.

Refund Policy

 To withdraw from a class, you must make a written request to our office via email: or by mail.

Refunds for Youth Classes will be issued per the schedule below:

14 days before the course start date: 100% refund of tuition only. 13-7 days before the course start date: 50% refund of tuition only. 6 days before the starting day and after: No refund will be issued.

Scholarship winners can register here.