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School Overview

Orange County Japanese School, established in 1946 under the auspices of the Orange County Buddhist Church, is a school with history and great reputation. With total students numbering more than 220, it is one of the largest Japanese language schools in Orange County.

Classes are aimed toward children living in the United States and learning Japanese as a second language. Kindergarten (1 year), Elementary (6 years), Junior High (3 years) and Senior High (3 years) are offered as well as level based placement in Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced (1 year each) classes.

Enrollment is open to all, regardless of race, religion or country of origin.

School Year

The school follows the trimester system where the academic calendar begins in September and ends in July every year. A typical school year consists of approximately 40 class days. Report cards are handed out in all grades and levels except for Kindergarten at the end of each trimester.

Teaching Staff

An experienced and dedicated staff teaches at OCJS. They use a variety of teaching methods and materials. For information on each individual teacher, please refer to Classrooms and Teachers page.

Computer Lab

Our computer lab is geared to give upper classes hands-on experience. In the lab, students learn how to use MS Word and PowerPoint in Japanese. They also learn to use the Internet in Japanese to gather information and acquire present day communication skills.

Foreign Language Credit

Students enrolled in 9th grade and above in public schools are eligible to take the Credit Test which OCJS offers every year in March. Students who successfully pass the test can receive units in foreign language from their school. Credit application and rules depend on the school and district the student attends.

School Events

Every year, the school hosts several special events in which students, parents and teachers can spend quality time together. Three times a year students in all grades have the opportunity to observe and learn about various aspects of the Japanese culture through demonstrations in martial arts, flower arrangement, traditional music and/or tea ceremony.

In April, classes display projects at “Hanamatsuri” or the flower festival held by the Buddhist Church, and the entire school participates in “Undoukai” or a field day in May. Graduating students in 6th, 9th, 12th Grades and Advanced Class take group tours to different locations towards the end of the school year.