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What kind of city is Boston?

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

In 1630, Boston was founded as a British colony.

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

By the end of the 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 projects 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 President Barack Obama.  Also, over thirty Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer Prize winners studied and researched in 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, the 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's primary purpose of education is to maintain and strengthen the Japanese language of Japanese children residing in Boston and surrounding suburban cities. We also offer classes to give opportunities to children of any nationalities who want to study Japanese and Japanese culture.

Our educational curriculum uses Japanese textbooks used in Japan in order to learn the basic foundation of the 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 every Saturday morning.  Our distinctive feature is that students attend local school (American) during weekdays learning in the 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 the 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 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 the stress of weekday study in the English environment.  

In order to experience the same curriculum as the schools in Japan as much as possible, we hold the 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 the 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.

Japanese Language School of Greater Boston

Recent Announcements

  • The second trimester of the school year 2021-2022 The last day of the first trimester is Saturday, June 26th. After the summer vacation, the second trimester will begin on Saturday, August 28th. We will inform the details via ...
    Posted Jun 18, 2021, 8:45 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • Taiken Nyugaku Iraisho If your child will experience school in Japan and need a Taiken Nyugaku Iraisho (written request), please submit an Iraisho Hakkonegai (application form) to the school office. It usually takes ...
    Posted May 28, 2021, 8:13 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • Withdrawal Form and Leave of Absence Form If your child does not return for the second term, please submit a withdrawal form or leave of absence form to the school office by 6/7/2021. Leave of ...
    Posted Jun 11, 2021, 9:42 AM by Akiko Coram
  • Notice of Literature Contest and Essay Contest Please see the following guidelines for submission. All works will be submitted from the school office. Please seek guidance from homeroom teachers for details.The 42nd Overseas Children's Literature ...
    Posted Jun 18, 2021, 11:16 AM by Akiko Coram
  • WES Student Management System Please log in to WES and change/confirm the registered information such as email address, phone numbers and physical addresses.  For those who would need to login to Google Classroom ...
    Posted Apr 30, 2021, 8:01 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • IT-related Information Website We have created a new website consolidating most of the information required for our Guardian populace,  While still a Work in Progress, please refer to the below site for WES ...
    Posted Apr 16, 2021, 10:49 AM by Akiko Coram
  • School Guidelines The latest School Guidelines will be available through the School website after the first day of school, April 10, 2021.Please read the Guidelines prior to the beginning of the ...
    Posted Apr 9, 2021, 1:46 PM by Akiko Coram
  • WES Student Management System is now open! Thank you very much for your cooperation during the WES Freeze Period.  Please log in to WES and change/confirm the registered information such as email address, phone numbers and ...
    Posted Apr 9, 2021, 11:10 AM by Akiko Coram
  • From the IT Department Please send all IT-related questions concerning our WES student/guardian database, school-assigned Google account(s), Zoom/Google Meet and/or Google Classroom to support@jlsboston.org.
    Posted Apr 9, 2021, 11:09 AM by Akiko Coram
  • Regarding Zoom The Japanese Language School will use Zoom as the primary application for conducting remote learning.  Please download the latest Zoom client in advance of tomorrow’s class.  Note that Zoom ...
    Posted Apr 16, 2021, 10:51 AM by Akiko Coram
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