How will classes be conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The 2021-22 school year will begin on Saturday, September 11, 2021.

We are planning to return to campus for in-person instruction. We will follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and San Mateo County Health guidelines. If the guidelines change or anything prevents us from continuing in-person classes, please be aware of the possibility that distance learning may resume.

What is the age requirement for New Students?
  • Beginning level: Students in grades TK-6 in 2021-22 (at regular weekday school)

  • Other level: Students in grades K-11 in 2021-22 (at regular weekday school)
Is there an entrance exam?
  • Not for beginning level students
  • For students who can read and write hiragana and would like to be in a class other than the beginning level, a placement test will be required. 
When can we observe a class? 

There will be no observations due to COVID-19.

Here is an introduction video if you would like to see what we do.

When can we apply for the new school year?

We will begin accepting New Student Applications from February 1, 2021 for the new school year which begins in September. Apply early to reserve a spot, then remember to register before the deadline.


The Registration period will be May 1-June 12, 2021.


From June 13, 2021, registration will be accepted if space is available, and a $50 late registration fee will apply.

Do you accept new students mid-year? New students may be accepted if space is available. Please contact us in inquire.
When are classes held? Saturday mornings (see the “Calendar” page for dates, “Class and Fees” page for A and B class times)
How many students per class? Up to 8 in the beginning level classes. Up to 12 in the older classes. 
Can I choose between A & B Class?

We ask parents to leave this decision to the staff. We select the class that best fits your child based on his/her level and age group. (For continuing students, we also consider teachers’ recommendations.) Therefore, each of our 16 classes are unique. 


Class Placements are announced in late August.


Please keep your Saturday mornings open as your child could be placed in either A-class (8:20-10:10am) or B-class (10:25am-12:15pm). (There are also two school days per year (Stage Presentation and Graduation/Completion Ceremony) which are all morning events; refer to the 'Calendar' page)


If you have a schedule conflict that cannot be changed, we will make every effort to accommodate your child, but please understand that this may result in a class placement that is not optimal for your child's level.

How do we apply? If we are accepting new students, there will be an announcement on our homepage for New Student Applicants.