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Japan With Kids - Forums: Education in Japan: Japanese Public/Private School System: Japanese Elementary School: Public Bilingual Elementary Schools
By KS on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 7:53 pm:

Hi everybody!
If anyone has any information on where I can get a list of Public bilingual (Japanese/English) Elementary Schools in Tokyo I will be very obliged to him/her. Thanking you in advance.

By Admin on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 9:56 am:

Dear KS,
There is no such thing as a public elementary school in Tokyo (or anywhere in Japan) with a bi-lingual curriculum at this time. You can only find bi-lingual schools in the private school system and even there the selection is very limited.

By KS on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 3:01 pm:

Thank you for your reply.
Where can I find info about bi-lingual schools in the private school system in Tokyo?

By Cornelia on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 - 7:35 am:

There is an increasing demand for "dual-language" or bi-lingual curriculums at the pre-school level and a number of schools are rising to the challenge. At the elementary school level there are very few options at this time. Within Tokyo that would be at Nishimachi (in Azabu) and at New International school (in Ikebukuro). Both of these schools are listed at
However, be warned, dual-language education is in itself a complicated endeavor and there are many approaches. These two schools have two different approaches. Parents may or may not agree with the approaches taken. It is best to do some reading up on the dual-language curriculum environment and the challenges that are inherent.

By Scott Hancock on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 - 8:15 am:

You are wise to include the caveat on the need to understand a school's approach to "dual-language" curriculum.

Have to say that although Nishimachi advertises with this term, their approach does not meet the definition we found most often in the literature.

Specifically, the only classes taught there in Japanese are Japanese language classes. Dual language seems to mean that some mainstream classes are also taught in the 2nd language, so we found this to be potentially confusing.

As you say, best to do some reading and really understand what one is buying into and not just accept a nice sounding label.

By Pato on Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 9:05 am:

School conducting most classes in English opens in Gunma

Thursday, April 7, 2005
MAEBASHI An elementary school that will teach nearly all subjects in English opened Wednesday in a Gunma Prefecture city that has been authorized to run schools emphasizing foreign language education under the state's deregulation initiative.

Gunma Kokusai Academy, a privately run school funded in part by the Ota city government, admitted a total of 166 pupils in the first and fourth grades. The school has no students in the second and third grades and plans to fill up the remainder of classes up to the sixth grade in the next two school years. (Kyodo News)

By Janine Boyd on Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 9:37 pm:

Just clarifying Pato's message
That school is actually openning in Ota City Gunma, Not Maebashi for those interested.

By Eddie on Monday, January 21, 2013 - 1:53 am:

Moving to Japan in late February/early March. Will be looking for English-Speaking playmates for our 2 U.S. kids ages 7 and 12. Nagoya Region.

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