What kind of city is Boston?

Boston is one of oldest historic cities in the United States.

In 1630, Boston was founded as a British colony.

In eighteenth century, people in Boston rose up against the policy toward colonies by Great Britain, demonstrated by Boston Tea Party.

By the end of eighteenth century, the American Revolutionary War erupted, and George Washington ,who was the General of the Continental Army, became the first President of the United States.

Boston could be called the birthplace of America.

The rich history permeates along Freedom Trail as you stroll through stone pavements with brick buildings.

Here in Boston, there are many research institutions and universities such as Harvard University, the oldest in the States, and MIT which contributed to the completion of rocket engineering for space project in the US.  The first principal of our school, Dr. Kohichi Masubuchi, contributed to  the aerospace research at MIT.

There are eight presidents of the United States who are graduates of Harvard University including President John F. Kennedy and the President Barack Obama.  Also, over thirty Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer Prize winners studied and researched in the Greater Boston.  This could be one of the reasons many intellectual scholars are attracted to Boston.

Not only the world’s most gifted people are around, but also it’s a city full of culture. In music, there are many top musicians in the world such as Seiji Ozawa, the former Director of Boston Symphony Orchestra; John Williams, the famous composer of movie music like ET and the conductor of Boston Pops Orchestra; Ryu Goto, the professional violinist who studied science at Harvard University.  In the field of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, boasts many collections of Monet, Renoir and Cezanne which are very popular impressionists to many Japanese, as well as Japanese arts such as Ukiyoe, the Japanese woodblock prints, and the Buddhist paintings.  The Japanese Garden, a part of MFA, was built in dedication to Kakuzo Okakura aka Okakura Tenshin, the curator of Japanese Arts. In sports, there are famous Japanese athletes in Red Sox and in Revolutions in their professional sports careers.

What kind of school is JLS?

The school is held at Medford High School, in the suburb of the artful lively Boston. The school started with only 25 students in June 1975. Currently, it grew into a school with about 800 students, thanks to the great contributions of the founders and parents and other people who were involved in the community of this school at the time. The school now has five divisions: kindergarten, elementary, middle school, high school and Japanese as a second language.

Our school primary purpose of education is to maintain and strengthen Japanese language of Japanese children residing Boston and surrounding suburban cities. We also offer classes to give opportunities to children with any nationalities who wants to study Japanese and Japanese culture.

Our educational curriculum uses Japanese textbooks used in Japan in order to learn basic foundation of Japanese language.  In addition to Japanese Language Arts, Arithmetic (Mathematics), Japanese History, Japanese Culture, General Learning (in Kindergarten), Specials, and others are the educational activities on every Saturday morning.  Our distinctive feature is that students attend local school (American) during weekdays learning in US curriculum, along with home learning in Japanese and are given supplemental instruction on Saturdays.

Our school is generally categorized as “the supplemental school”, though it’s been named “the Japanese Language School of Greater Boston” since its opening with the support of Japanese Association of Greater Boston.  We strive to nurture/bring up/educate Japanese who would work in the International society, in order to meet our educational guideline : “We bring up children who love Japanese culture, who have the spirit of great enterprise and the love for humanity, who would contribute to the World Peace, and who are internationally enriched.

There are some students who live outside of MA.  They come from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.  Some take two hours to commute to the school.  The time they spend here at the school on Saturday morning is a precious time for children to figure out their identity as Japanese by learning Japanese in Japanese, playing and by release stress of weekday study among American.  

In order to experience the same curriculum as the schools in Japan as much as possible, we hold Entrance Ceremony and Graduation.  The Graduation is very solemn just as the ones held in schools in Japan.  Students participate in Fire Drill and the Field Day.  Middle school and High School Division students play main roles in running the all day event of the Field Day.  We can’t hold these events without the support of the Board of Directors, PTA Board members, and all parents who are the PTA members.  This is the amazing fact about this school that Board of Directors, PTA and teachers (who are hired on site ) working together make events successful.

Please come and visit us.  We look forward to meeting you.

Haruo Ishikawa

Kiyomi Tashiro Vice Principal
Japanese Language School of Greater Boston

Recent Announcements

  • PERSONNEL CHANGE Mr. Shunta Muto is starting today as a homeroom teacher of the grade 9 class 1. He is taking over Ms. Otsuka’s class. Please give him a warm welcome
    Posted Dec 6, 2019, 8:57 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • ABSENCE AND TARDY Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher when you know your child will be absent or tardy.
    Posted Dec 6, 2019, 8:56 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • BULLYING HOTLINE Japanese Overseas Educational Services has a bullying hotline. (In Japanese)+81-3-4330-1352 (Mon. – Fri., 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Japan time)sodanjigyo@joes.or.jp
    Posted Dec 6, 2019, 9:15 AM by Akiko Coram
  • 2ND ANNUAL CRAFT CLASS When: December 21, 9:30 – 11:30Where: 3rd floor cafeteriaWhat: New Year money envelopes, chopstick cases and holiday cards made w/paper punchesFREE participation & materials EVENT ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2019, 8:55 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • PERSONNEL CHANGE Ms. Sumiko Otsuka is leaving our school after this Saturday. She has been teaching at the JLS since 2000. She has been a great asset to our school and will ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2019, 5:38 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • HOW TO CONTRIBUTE TO JAPANESE LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF GREATER BOSTON GIFT FUND (MASUBUCHI FUND) The Japanese Language School of Greater Boston (JLS) was established in June 1975 to maintain and strengthen the Japanese language skills of children of Japanese descent who lived in Boston ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2019, 5:37 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • SCHOOL SPIRIT PRODUCT SALE ON NOVEMBER 23 School spirit products will be available to purchase on November 23. Where: Parents' Waiting Room (3rd-floor cafeteria)When: November 23, 9:30 - 11:30T-shirts ($20), Hoodies ($35 ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2019, 5:36 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • GYMNASTICS MATS IN GYMNASIUM Gymnastics mats are rolled up during our school hours. It is not safe to play on or inside of the mats. Please be sure to talk with your child about ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2019, 5:43 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • PERSONNEL CHANGE Ms. Akiko Aoki is starting today as a homeroom teacher of the grade 1 class 5. She is taking over Ms. Cote’s class. Please give her a warm welcome
    Posted Nov 8, 2019, 9:11 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • THANKSGIVING OFFICE HOURS There will be no school on November 30.Arlington school office will be closed on November 28 through December 2.
    Posted Nov 8, 2019, 9:10 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
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