Nishiyamato Academy of California

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Nishiyamato Academy of California
西大和学園カリフォルニア校
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Nishiyamato Academy of California is located in Southern Los Angeles
Nishiyamato Academy of California
Nishiyamato Academy of California
Nishiyamato Academy of California is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Nishiyamato Academy of California
Nishiyamato Academy of California
Nishiyamato Academy of California is located in California
Nishiyamato Academy of California
Nishiyamato Academy of California
Nishiyamato Academy of California is located in the US
Nishiyamato Academy of California
Nishiyamato Academy of California
2458 Lomita Blvd.
Lomita, California
United States
Coordinates Coordinates: 33°48′18″N 118°19′38″W / 33.8049679°N 118.32712549999997°W / 33.8049679; -118.32712549999997
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Type Private, international, day
Motto 探究・誠実・気迫[3]
(Research, Sincerity, Willpower)
Established July 22, 1992 (1992-07-22)
Opened April 10, 1993 (1993-04-10)
Founder Ryotaro Tanose
Sister school Nishiyamato Gakuen Junior High School and High School
Head of school Katsuyuki Nishikawa[1]
Grades Pre-K to 9
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment Approximately 150 total
Language English and Japanese
Campus type Urban
Color(s)          
Tuition $6,020-$9,080 Kindergarten
$9,930-$11,890 Elementary
$11,610-$11,890 Middle[2]
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Nishiyamato Academy of California (西大和学園カリフォルニア校, Nishiyamato gakuen kariforunia kō, NAC) is a private Japanese international day school for students from pre-kindergarten through 9th grade, offering a Japanese guideline-based curriculum.[4] The co-educational academy consists of a kindergarten, an elementary school division, and a middle school division with approximately 150 students, all located on Lomita, California, in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.[1][5] Since March 1996, the academy has been authorized by Japanese Ministry of Education and its successor Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as a Private Overseas Educational Facility (私立在外教育施設, Shiritsu zaigai kyōiku shisetsu).[6]

Nishiyamato Academy offers its own Saturday school program, the Nishiyamato Academy Saturday School (西大和学園補習校 Nishiyamato gakuen hoshūkō) for the children of Japanese expatriates, who are enrolled in local primary or secondary day schools in Los Angeles metropolitan area.[7]

History[edit]

Nishiyamato Academy of California was established in July 22, 1992, by Ryotaro Tanose, former chairperson of the board of trustees for Nishiyamato gakuen, a Japanese school corporation, and former member of Japanese Diet from Nara Prefecture.[8] With 38 students in grades six through eight for the first fiscal year, the school opened at the former Dapplegray Elementary School in Rolling Hills Estates on April 10, 1993.[1][8] In September 2000, the school relocated to the current campus in Lomita.[1]

Academics[edit]

Curriculum[edit]

NAC offers MEXT Curriculum Guideline-based curriculum mainly for the children of Japanese expatriates living in Los Angeles metropolitan area. Classes are held from Monday to Friday, with the first period of the day beginning at 8:30 AM and the last period ending at 3 PM for the kindergarten, 3:15 PM / 4:15 PM / 5 PM for the elementary school, and 4:20 PM / 6:10 PM for the middle school.[9] Although subjects are instructed mainly in Japanese, Art / Visual Art, Home Economics, Technology, and ELA / ELD have been instructed in English as language immersion since the curriculum reform of recent years.[10]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Nishiyamato Academy of California offers limited extracurricular activities due to normalized supplementary classes after the last period, and only club activities called Special Activities (特別活動, tokubetsu katsudō) are exercised once a week or two weeks.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "概要|西大和学園平日校" [Overview - Nishiyamato Academy Day School]. Nishiyamato Academy Day School (in Japanese). Nishiyamato Academy of California. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "授業料等 費用一覧|西大和学園平日校" [Costs including tuition - Nishiyamato Academy Day School]. Nishiyamato Academy Day School (in Japanese). Nishiyamato Academy of California. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "教育方針|西大和学園平日校" [Educational Policies - Nishiyamato Academy Day School]. Nishiyamato Academy Day School (in Japanese). Nishiyamato Academy of California. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "西大和学園平日校" [Nishiyamato Academy Day School]. Nishiyamato Academy Day School. Nishiyamato Academy of California. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles". Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles (in Japanese). Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  6. ^ ""私立在外教育施設一覧" [Private Overseas Educational Facility]. https://www.webcitation.org/6Wi1RXfSd Archive. Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Archived from the original on February 15, 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ "Saturday School" Nishiyamato Academy of California. Retrieved on April 1, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Hilliger, Charles (September 29, 1994). "Students Get a Japanese Education at 2 Palos Verdes Schools". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "学園生活|西大和学園平日校" [Academy Life - Nishiyamato Academy Day School]. Nishiyamato Academy Day School (in Japanese). Nishiyamato Academy of California. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "カリキュラム改革とその成果|西大和学園平日校" [Curriculum Reform and Its Results - Nishiyamato Academy Day School]. Nishiyamato Academy Day School (in Japanese). Nishiyamato Academy of California. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 

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