Immersion Programs

Immersion Programs

Below is a list of schools we found in the United States that offer Japanese language immersion programs. A Japanese program is considered to be a full-immersion program when 100% of class activities in all subjects are conducted in Japanese. Partial immersion programs can consist of any percent of certain classes, or parts of a school day (or combination there of) being taught completely in Japanese. In all cases Japanese is considered the target language / second language. Immersion programs are considered to be the most effective road to fluency among young learners of a foreign language.

If you have any questions about a particular program, please contact the school directly and if you have information on a school not on the list, please contact jflaeducation@jflalc.org.

Alaska
California
Connecticut
Georgia
Illinois
Michigan
Minnesota
New jersey
New York
North Carolina
ohio
Oregon
Virginia
Washington state

 

Alaska

  • Sand Lake Elementary School (public, grades K-6, partial-immersion)
    7500 Jewel Lake Rd.
    Anchorage, AK 99502
    (907) 243-2161
    School Website
  • Mears Middle School (public, grades 7-8, partial-immersion)
    2700 W. 100th Ave.
    Anchorage, AK 99515
    (907) 742-6400
    School Website
  • A.J. Dimond High School (public, grades 9-12, partial-immersion)
    2909 West 88th Avenue
    Anchorage, AK 99502
    (907) 742-7000
    School Website

California

  • Amestoy Elementary School *starting Fall 2021*
    1048 West 149th Street
    Gardena, California 90247
    (310) 327-5592
  • El Marino Language School (public, grades K-5, partial-immersion)
    11450 Port Rd.
    Culver City, CA 90230
    (310) 572-9420
    School Website
  • Culver City Middle School (public, grades 6-8, partial-immersion)
    4601 Elenda St.
    Culver City, CA 90230
    (310) 842-4200
    School Website
  • Culver City High School (public, grades 9-12, partial-immersion)
    4401 Elenda St.
    Culver City, CA 90230
    (310) 842-4200
    School Website
  • Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School (partial immersion)
    1751 N. Verdugo Rd.
    Glendale, CA 91208
    (818) 241-2433
    School Website
  • Dunsmore Elementary School (partial immersion)
    4717 Dunsmore Ave.
    La Crescenta, CA 91214
    (818) 241-2433 ext.1209
    Contact: Aya Taylor
    School Website
  • Springbridge International School (partial immersion: 60% Japanese, 40% English)
    771 Waldo Road
    Campbell, CA 95008
    (408) 370-7600
  • Woodrow Wilson Middle School
    1221 Monterey Road
    Glendale, CA 91206
    (818) 244-8145
  • American International Montessori School 
    •    Infant Community (18 months-36 months) Full Immersion
    •    Preschool/Kindergarten (3-6 years) Full Immersion
    •    Elementary (1st-6th grade)  Full Immersion (80%)
    3339 Martin Luther King Jr. Way,
    Berkeley, CA 94703
    (510) 868-1815 
     

connecticut

Georgia


Illinois

  • Thomas Dooley Elementary School (public, grades K-6, dual immersion)
    622 Norwood Lane
    Schaumburg, IL 60193
    (847) 357-6250
    School Website
  • Jane Addams Junior High School (public, grades 7-8, dual immersion)
    700 S. Springinsguth Road,
    Schaumburg, IL 60193
    (847) 357-5900
    School Website
  • Intercultural Montessori Language School (private, grades pre-K-8, full-immersion)
    Chicago
    114 South Racine Ave., Ste. 100
    Chicago, IL 60607
    (312) 265-1514
    School Website


Michigan

  • Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies (public, grades K-8, partial-immersion)
    6501 West Outer Drive
    Detroit, MI 48235
    (313) 651-2400
    School Website
  • Himawari Preschool (private, preschool, full-immersion, state-licensed preschool)
    Japanese language preschool
    36611 Curtis Rd.
    Livonia, MI 48152
    (734) 266-0611
    School Website
  • Niji-iro Elementary School (public, grades K-4, partial immersion)
    36611 Curtis Rd.
    Livonia, MI 48152
    734-744-2785
    School Website

Minnesota

  • Concordia Language Villages
    901 8th Street South
    Moorhead, MN 56562
    (800) 222-4750
    School Website

new jersey

  • International Academy of Arts and Sciences
    300 High Street
    Closter, NJ 07624
    (201) 767-1144
    School Website

New York

  • P.S. 147 Isaac Remsen Elementary School (public, expanding to K-5, dual immersion)
    325 Bushwick Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11206

    718-497-0326
    School Website


North Carolina

  • West Mecklenburg High School (public magnet, grades 9-12, full-immersion/late-immersion/regular foreign language)
    7400 Tuckaseegee Road
    Charlotte, NC 28214
    (980) 343-6080
    School Website
  • E.E. Waddell (formerly Smith) Language Academy (public, grades K-8, full-immersion/late-immersion)
    7030 Nations Ford Rd.
    Charlotte, NC 28217
    (980) 343-5815
    School Website


ohio

  • Academy of World Languages (Cincinatti Public Schools)
    2030 Fairfax Avenue
    Cincinnati, OH 45207
    (513) 363-7800
    School Website


Oregon

  • Richmond Elementary School (public, grades K-5, partial-immersion)
    2276 SE 41st St.
    Portland, OR 97214
    (503) 916-6220
    School Website
  • Mt. Tabor Middle School (public, grades 6-8, partial-immersion)
    5800 SE Ash St.
    Portland, OR 97215
    (503) 916-5646
    School Website
  • Grant High School (public, grades 9-12, partial-immersion)
    2245 NE 36th Ave.
    Portland, OR 97212
    (503) 916-5160
    School Website
  • The International School (private, grades K-5, full immersion (80%)
    025 SW Sherman St.
    Portland, OR 97201
    (503) 226-2496
    School Website
  • Yujin Gakuen (public magnet by lottery, grades K-5, partial-immersion)
    250 Silver Lane
    Eugene, OR 97404
    (541) 687-4606
    School Website
  • Kelly Middle School (public, grades 6-8, partial-immersion)
    850 Howard Ave. 
    Eugene, OR 97404
    (541) 790-4740
    School Website
  • North Eugene High School (grades 9-12)
    200 Silver Lane
    Eugene, OR 97404
    (541) 790-4500
    School Website


Virginia

  • Fox Mill Elementary School (public, grades K-6, partial-immersion)
    2601 Viking Dr.
    Herndon, VA 20171
    (703) 262 2700
    School Website
  • Great Falls Elementary School (public, grades K-6, partial-immersion)
    701 Walker Rd.
    Great Falls, VA 22066
    (703) 757-2100
    School Website
  • Cooper Middle School (public, grades 7-8, partial-immersion)
    977 Balls Hill Rd.
    McLean, VA 22101
    (703) 442-5800
    School Website
  • Rachel Carson Middle School (public, grades 7-8, partial-immersion)
    13618 McLearen Rd.
    Herndon, VA 20171
    (703) 925-3600
    School Website


Washington State

  • Lincoln High School (public, grades K-12, dual immersion) N Seattle, WA 98103
    206-252-3590
    School Website
  • John Stanford International School (public, grades K-5, partial immersion)
    4057 5th Ave. NE.
    Seattle, WA 98105
    (206) 252-6080
    School Website
  • McDonald International School (public, grades K-5, dual immersion)
    144 NE 54th St
    Seattle, WA 98103

    (206) 252-2900
    School Website
  • Hamilton International Middle School (public, grades 6-8, partial immersion)
    1610 N 41st St.
    Seattle, WA 98103
    (206) 252-5810
    School Website
  • Asia Pacific Language School (private kindergarten, partial immersion)
    14434 NE 8th Street
    Bellevue, WA 98007
    (425)-747-4172
    School Website
    School Website (in Japanese)

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