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)*

  • Beginning 5 (minimum age 11 years old): Adventures in Japanese 1 (Chapters 10 - 12)*

  • Intermediate 2 (minimum age 11 years old) : Adventures in Japanese 2 (Chapters 5 - 8)*

 *Purchase of textbooks are not required prior to the first day of class.  After class assignments have been confirmed, teachers will provide more information about textbook purchase.

2019-2020 Academic Schedule

Early Registration: From June 10th to July 31st, 2019

Regular Registration: From August 1st to August 23rd, 2019

First Semester: September 7th, 2019 - January 18th, 2020

Second Semester: February 1, 2020 - June 13, 2020
Registration begins on January 4th, 2020

Scholarship Application Due: February 29, 2020

Financial Aid Application Due: March 30, 2020

Undokai (Sports Day): June 6, 2020

Last Day: June 13, 2020

No classes held on these dates: 2019: November 30, December 14, December 21, December 28 | 2020: January 25, February 22, April 11, May 23.

Registration is closed.

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:

100% refund prior to the 1st day of the class. No refund will be issued after that.

Scholarship winners can register here.