English Programs

3-6 Years Old Preschool and Kindergarten Students

Class Days

Monday - Friday

Class Time

14:40 - 16:40

Class Levels

  • Level 1: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Level 2: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Level 3: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Class Size

  • Maximum Number of Students per Class: 12
  • Average Number of Students per Class: 5

Student Body

A majority of students attend Japanese preschools.

School Year

  • Term 1: August - December
  • Term 2: January - March
  • Term 3: April - July

Class Holidays

  • Winter Vacation
  • Golden Week Vacation
  • Summer Vacation*
  • National Holidays
  • Note: Summer Fun is available for one week.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be toilet-trained.
  • Students must not have separation anxiety with their guardians.

Application Process

  • Parents schedule a trial lesson.
  • Child attends the 2-hour trial lesson.
  • The school contacts parents one or two days after the trial lesson.
  • Parents submit the application form.

Special Characteristics

  • Caring, Experienced and Knowledgeable Teachers
  • Distribution of Study Sheets by Term
  • Fun Introduction to Phonics Rules
  • Free Make-up Lessons
  • Parent Participation - 3x per School Year
  • Weekly Theme Activities Connected to Nature, Art, Cooking and Math
  • Special Events by Term

Sample Time Schedule

14:40 - 14:55 
Arrival Time
Play Time
14:55 - 15:10 
Circle Time
15:10 - 15:35 
Phonics Time
15:35 - 15:50 
Break Time: Toilet & Snack
15:50 - 16:00 
Story and Song Time
16:00 - 16:40 
Theme Activity Time
16:40 - 16:50 
Dismissal Time

Program Fees

  • Registration Fee: 30,000 yen
  • Tuition Fee: 4,000 yen per 2-hour Lesson
  • Level 1 Learning Resource Fee: 4,500 yen
  • Level 2 Learning Resource Fee: 4,500 yen
  • Level 3 Learning Resource Fee: 1,500 yen

Special Events

  • Term 1: Autumn Excursion
  • Term 2: Easter Egg Hunt
  • Term 3: Summer Picnic
6-15 Years Old Elementary and Junior High Students

Class Days

Monday - Friday

Class Time

17:00 - 19:00

Class Levels

Levels 4 - 19
Please contact the school for details regarding levels currently being offered.

Class Size

  • Maximum Number of Students per Class: 12
  • Average Number of Students per Class: 6

Student Body

The student body is comprised of Japanese returnees, and graduates of both international and Japanese preschools who attend local Japanese elementary schools.

School Year

  • Term 1: August - December
  • Term 2: January - March
  • Term 3: April - July

Class Holidays

  • Winter Vacation
  • Golden Week Vacation
  • Summer Vacation*
  • Note: Summer Fun is available for one week.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be able to write upper and lowercase letters.

Application Process

  • Parents schedule a language assessment.
  • Child completes the language assessment, and the A+ Program Director shares information about the program with parents.
  • The school contacts parents one or two days after the assessment and arranges for a trial lesson.
  • Child attends the 2-hour trial lesson.
  • Parents submit the application form.

Special Characteristics

  • Caring, Experienced and Knowledgeable Teachers
  • Distribution of Weekly Lesson Plans
  • Mastery of Phonics Rules
  • Free Make-up Lessons
  • Progress Reports - 3x per School Year
  • Parent Observation Days - 1x per School Year
  • Parent Conferences - 1x per School Year
  • Variety of Special Events

Sample Time Schedule

17:00 - 17:05 
Greetings
17:05 - 17:15 
Homework Check
17:15 - 17:45 
Phonics & Spelling
Grammar & Writing
17:45 - 17:55 
Break Time: Toilet & Snack
17:55 - 18:15 
Reading
18:15 - 18:55 
Oral Development
18:55 - 19:00 
Language Game

Program Fees

  • Registration Fee: 30,000 yen
  • Tuition Fee: 4,400 yen per 2-hour Lesson
  • Learning Resource Fee: Approximately 10,000 - 20,000 yen per School Year

Special Events

  • Spelling Bee
  • Movie Nights
  • Enrichment Events
  • EIKEN Juku
  • Summer Camp
  • Hawaii Homestay Program

Special
Characteristics

In addition to its highly qualified teachers, small class sizes and comprehensive curriculum, A+ Program has many other special characteristics that make it stand out.

  • Eiken Preparation Class*
  • Use of Overseas Learning Resources
  • 19 Separate Levels
  • Advancement Test*
  • We Welcome Returnees
  • Special Summer Course
  • School Bus Excursion
  • Parent Conferences*
  • Seasonal Events
  • Only for Elementary and Junior High Students

Parent Testimonials

“We, as a bilingual and bicultural family, cannot fully express how fortunate we feel to have found A+ Program. As a native-English speaking parent and having worked as a teacher and a tutor at a number of schools, it is easy to contrast and rate the quality of English curriculums for children. A+ Program is decidedly the most educational, challenging, and fun school that I have come across. Taking just the last 6 months, we could not be more satisfied with what our son has gained from both the regular and Eiken Juku programs.”

“Growing up in a bicultural family and regularly using English at home, our daughter could speak everyday English, but she hardly could read or write by the end of first grade while attending a Japanese elementary school.

Thinking about possibly sending our daughter to an American high school and university in the future, we decided to enroll her in A+ Program so she could improve both her reading and writing skills.

After attending A+ Program for just one year, our daughter made progress and was able to read her younger brother’s picture books. Now, two years since joining A+ Program, she can write simple letters to her family members in America and read aloud English articles that we as parents read.

“Our daughter attended KPIS from age 18 months until graduation at six years old. We had such a wonderful experience with KPIS, where all of the staff became like an extended family, that we wanted to continue with A+ Program while our daughter attended a Japanese elementary school.

One of the strong points of the program is the ability of the teachers to adjust to each student's needs. There are children of various backgrounds and language levels in the same class, so this ability to customize the learning experience for each individual is great.

The teaching materials are also excellent, with my wife commenting that the textbook is like an encyclopedia, presenting many different ideas and vocabulary in a way that is captivating of children's attention.

Our daughter really loves the textbook, and homework is an exploration rather than a chore. We are truly grateful to have A+ Program as an English resource, and it both maintains and improves our daughter’s reading and speaking skills on a weekly basis. Thanks to everyone at KPIS!”

My son’s performance in the annual Spelling Bee completely boosted his confidence, and he is now motivated to try harder in all of his other studies. None of that would have happened without the warm and supportive environment of KPIS. Thank you, again, for everything. All of the staff are a credit to the school.

“As parents, we appreciate how easy the school makes it for us. The lesson plans and homework assignments our son brings home after each class are well-structured, clearly define the layered objectives for the day, and include the what’s and how’s of what was covered that evening. We never have to remind our son to go to class or do his homework, and he is always happy to tell us about the group discussions. Considering how shy he can be, it is wonderful to hear how much he is talking with other children and adults... in English!

Events

Special Events for Preschool and Kindergarten Students:

All special events for preschool and kindergarten students are completely optional, scheduled once per term, free of charge and offered on either Saturdays or Sundays. Autumn Excursion, Easter Egg Hunt and Summer Picnic are well-organized and fun events that create a community filled with strong relationships between students and teachers.

Term 1: Autumn Excursion

Autumn Excursion is a full-day outing in October. Students travel by school bus to a large park and enjoy playing together as they experience the natural sights, sounds and scents of the fall season.

Term 2: Easter Egg Hunt

Students celebrate Easter in the early spring at school by first learning about the holiday, then decorating eggs and designing Easter baskets. The wonderful day culminates with the students searching for colorful eggs during the Easter Egg Hunt.

Term 3: Summer Picnic

Summer Picnic is the last special event of the school year, and students take joy in preparing their own lunch. After cooking and eating their picnic feast, students can enjoy seasonal crafts and games.

Special Events for Elementary and Junior High Students:

Ranging from academic offerings such as Spelling Bee, EIKEN Juku and Hawaii Homestay Program to more leisure activities like Enrichment Events, there is an enormous depth and breadth of what’s available that extends beyond the classroom for elementary and junior high students in the A+ Program Umbrella.

Spelling Bee

All elementary and junior high students are eligible to participate in the annual Spelling Bee, which is held in the autumn. From the beginning of Term 1, students prepare for the Spelling Bee by studying word sets each week in class and at home by orally spelling and writing them.

The Spelling Bee is an extremely valuable educational experience as students gain competency over vocabulary, which in turn helps them excel at reading and writing. The Spelling Bee also allows students to engage in healthy competition in a supportive environment. In addition, students’ confidence levels increase as they gain the courage they need to speak in public.

Enrichment Events

Enrichment Events provide students the chance to communicate in English away from a traditional classroom setting. Whether it’s taking a hike or celebrating Christmas, we have something that everyone can be excited about.

2-Hour Events:

Students enjoy learning about common seasonal Western holidays like Valentine’s Day and Easter as well as areas of interest such as cooking and STEM. These events are great for students ages 6 through 8.

KPIS City Tours:

We take students on English-guided one-day excursions to different spots around the city. Previous tours included visits to science museums, movie theaters and aquariums.

KPIS Scouts:

Students have the opportunity to explore the great outdoors with friends during these full-day trips. Within the past few years, we have traveled to locations such as Mount Takao in western Tokyo and Enoshima in Kamakura.

Sleepover Parties:

Two fun sleepover parties are offered to all students every year. Our annual KPIS Halloween Sleepover in October and Summer Sleepover in July are wildly popular events that shouldn’t be missed.

Movie Night

Movie Night is scheduled for an entire week once per term, so students have the opportunity to watch a movie selected by their teacher three times per school year. Students watch a movie for about 75 minutes at school with their classmates as they enjoy snacks. Afterwards, students participate in a variety of movie-related listening comprehension and vocabulary exercises meant to improve language skills.

EIKEN Juku

Since its inception over a decade ago in 2008, EIKEN Juku has effectively helped students pass EIKEN exams. All coursework and instruction is conducted in English rather than in Japanese. The results speak for themselves as EIKEN Juku students have had positive outcomes. We have an amazing 100% success rate for Grade 3, Grade 4 and Grade 5 exams, and an 89% success rate for Pre-Grade 2 exams.

Summer Camp

Students go on a 3-day, 2-night camping adventure in Japan’s rural countryside where they have fun cooking, fishing, hiking, lighting fireworks, playing games, swimming in rivers and so much more all in English! Summer Camp is an absolutely wonderful bonding opportunity for everyone.

Hawaii Homestay Program

A+ Program students can experience an entirely new level of language immersion when they participate in Hawaii Homestay Program. Students travel to Hawaii for a week and stay with a local family for several days.

During their time in the Islands, students have the unique chance to live like a local, gain a new family, apply the English skills they learned at KPIS in real-world situations, enjoy locally made foods, observe cultural practices within the home and share Japanese culture with foreigners.

Questions
&
Answers

Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions from parents about A+ Program.

学習内容について教えてください。

会話や文法などひとつのエリアに特化することなく、総合的に学習する英語教室です。保護者の方が内容を把握出来るよう、レッスンプラン配布があり、家庭でのサポートに役立てられます。

授業料の支払い方法はどのようなかたちですか?

学期毎の請求書を発行し、振り込みでお願いしています。兄弟割引制度はありません。休学システムがあり、その間の授業料の支払いは必要ありません。

通学に制限はありますか?

ベルにより週に複数回レッスン開催があります。その場合、週に2回以上の通学が可能です。学期途中での入学、通学開始が出来ます。バス送迎サービス、時間延長預かりはありません。

先生はどのような方ですか?

外国人の資格保有者となります。デモレッスンなど複数の厳しい選考項目を通過したスタッフが採用されます。経験と知識の両方を備えた質の高い教師陣です。

クラス構成はどのようなかたちですか?

一クラス当たり最大12名ですが、極力少人数制を心掛けています。小中学生は英語学習経験者を対象としています。帰国子女の方も通学頂けます。幼稚園生では初心者の受け入れを行っています。

レベル分けはどのようなかたちですか?

幼稚園生は3レベル、小中学生は16レベルに分かれます。幼稚園生のレベルは年齢別、小中学生クラスは年齢に関係なく、英語力でクラス分けされます。

進級制度について教えてください。

小中学生クラスでは、毎年2月に進級テストがあり、普段の授業での習熟度とテスト結果から進級の可否が決まります。結果により飛び級となる場合もあります。

振替制度について教えてください。

同じレベルの開催が他の曜日にある場合、学期内で振替が可能です。同じレベルの開催がない小中学生クラスの場合、イベントクラスでの振替が可能です。テスト、参観日週間は振替を避けてください。