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Japanese Learning Opportunities

Schools & Programs for Youth (Preschool - 12th)

  1. Japanese School of Detroit (Novi, MI) - A private Saturday-only school (Pre-12) where all instruction is in Japanese. Primarily for children of Japanese ex-pats, Japanese permanent residents, and "heritage learners" (students with exposure to Japanese through family relationships). Visit: Japanese School of Detroit (English)
  2. Momo Sensei (Ann Arbor, MI) - Offers Japanese songs and stories (live and online) for young children (ages 0-6). Visit: Momo Sensei 
  3. Michigan Japanese Heritage Center (Novi, MI) - Offers fee-based Japanese language classes in an online & hybrid format, for heritage learners (preK-12). (Visit: MJHC
  4. Ladybug Daycare (Novi, MI) - A private preschool where  only Japanese is spoken, for children 2 and half or older. Primarily targets ex-pat Japanese families, but also good for heritage Japanese learners or others seeking a headstart in developing Japanese-English bilingualism in their children. Visit: Ladybug (Note: Website is in Japanese. For assistance for non-Japanese speakers, please contact Hinoki Foundation.)
  5. Koby Learning Center (Novi, MI) - A private company providing evening and weekend Japanese classes for children (pre-12) and adults, for both non-native speakers and heritage-language learners (students with exposure to Japanese through family relationships). Private tutoring is available. Visit: Koby Learning Center
  6. Himawari Preschool (Livonia, MI) - A private preschool where Japanese is the primary language. Most patrons are families with at least one native Japanese speaker, but others enroll for the immersive environment, to promote bilingualism in their children from an early age. Visit: Himawari Preschool
  7. Niji-Iro Elementary School (Livonia, MI) - A K-6 partial-immersion public elementary school founded by the Livonia Public School District in 2014. Offers mixed-language (Japanese-English) instruction across all academic subjects. Visit: Niji-Iro Elementary
  8. FLICS (Detroit, MI) - A K-8 partial-immersion public elementary and middle school founded by the Detroit Public Schools in 2009. Offers Japanese as one of four language options, to academically qualified students. (FLICS: Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies) Visit: FLICS or its Japanese Club
  9. Hinoki International School (Farmington Hills, MI) - A K-5 dual-immersion charter school created with a Federal Charter School Program grant in 2010. Hinoki International offered mixed-language (Japanese-English) instruction across all academic subjects, until closing in 2015. Visit: Hinoki International School (Note: Now closed)
  10. Kids Explore Japan/Global Kids (Metro Detroit, MI) - Offers Japanese language classes, extra-curricular and online clubs & activities for grades K-12. Visit: Kids Explore Japan  
  11. Kumon (Novi, MI) -  A private  tutoring company that offers academic tutoring, including Kokugo (Japanese Language Arts) that targets native or heritage speakers of Japan. Visit:  Kumon
  12. Michigan Virtual (All Michigan) - Offers online courses at generally no cost for students enrolled in Michigan public schools, for grades 6-12. Visit: Michigan Virtual  
  13. Ann Arbor Bilingual (Ann Arbor, MI) - A private company offering classes and tutoring for Japanese and English learners (ESL & JSL), children from adult. Visit: AA Bilingual
  14. Ohara Language (Ann Arbor, MI) - A private company offering individual or group Japanese-language lessons for adults, teens, and upper-elementary students. Instructor is a former University of Michigan Japanese language program coordinator. Visit: Ohara
  15. Suzuki, Myers & Associates (Novi, MI) - A private company offering ESL (English as Second Language) & JSL (Japanese as Second Language) tutoring and small-group classes. Visit: Suzuki-Myers
  16. Takenoko Tutoring (Ypsilanti, MI) - A private company offering Japanese or English language instruction for elementary to middle-school students, taught by Japanese-English bilingual teachers. Hourly rates. Visit: Takenoko
  17. Athens High School (Troy, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Athens High School
  18. Cass Technical High School (Detroit, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Cass Tech
  19. Center for Advanced Studies and the Arts (CASA) (Royal Oak, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: CASA
  20. Clarkston High School (Clarkston, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Clarkston High
  21. Clarkston Junior High School (Clarkston, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Clarkston Junior High 
  22. Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences (Detroit, MI) - DAAS is a K-8 school that offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: DAAS
  23. Detroit Country Day School (Beverly Hills, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Country Day
  24. Dewitt High School (Dewitt, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Dewitt High
  25. Dewitt Middle School (Dewitt, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Dewitt Middle School 
  26. Dundee High School (Dundee, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Dundee High
  27. Everett High School (Lansing, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Everett High
  28. Garden City High School (Garden City, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Garden City
  29. Imlay City Community Schools (Imlay, MI) - Offers Japanese culture & language class for 8th grade. Visit: Imlay City
  30. International Baccalaureate High School (Farmington, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: IB High
  31. Lakeview High School (Battle Creek, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Lakeview High
  32. Monroe High School/Other Monroe County High Schools (Monroe, MI) – Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit Monroe
  33. North Farmington High School (Farmington, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: North Farmington
  34. Novi High School (Novi, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Novi High
  35. Novi Middle School (Novi, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Novi Middle School 
  36. Port Huron High School (Port Huron, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Port Huron
  37. Port Huron Northern High School (Port Huron, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Port Huron Northern
  38. Renaissance High School (Detroit, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Renaissance High
  39. River Rouge STEM Middle Academy (River Rouge, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language (Grades 6-8). Visit: River Rouge
  40. Sexton High School (Lansing, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Sexton
  41. South Lyon East High School (South Lyon, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: South Lyon East
  42. Steppingstone School (Farmington Hills, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Steppingstone 
  43. Troy High School (Troy, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Troy High
  44. Utica Academy for International Studies (Utica, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Utica Academy
  45. School Location Map - A map of Michigan and Ohio schools and colleges with Japanese programs, as of 2011, prepared by Consulate General of Japan in Detroit. Visit: School Map
  46. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test - Information on the official test for assessing Japanese-language skills. Visit: JLPT

Japanese Application Opportunities

Using & Strengthening Language Skills

  1. Japanese Conversation Meetup (Sterling Heights Area) - Group of Japanese-language enthusiasts - native speakers and non-native learners - who gather for social interaction and Japanese practice. Visit: Metro Detroit Japanese Language & Cultural Events Meetup
  2. Japanese Conversation Meetup (Ann Arbor Area) - Group of Japanese-language enthusiasts - native speakers and learners - who gather for social interaction and Japanese practice. Visit: Meetup Ann Arbor 
  3. Japanese Conversation Meetup (Other Areas) - Visit Meetup.com and use the search word "Japanese" to find fans of Japanese language and culture in your area. Visit: Meetup
  4. Michigan Japanese Quiz Bowl - Team-based Japanese language contest held every spring for learners of Japanese as a foreign language, grades 9 ~ 12 (some years there is also a middle-school division). Visit: MJQB
  5. Consulate General of Japan in Detroit Michigan Japanese Language Speech Contest - Annual speech contest for high-school and college learners of Japanese as a foreign language, held around March (details announced in December). Visit: Consulate General of Japan
  6. Hinoki Cup - A bilingual quiz game for 3rd- to 9th-graders, held around March. Open to both native and non-native learners of Japanese and English. Participants of all ability levels can contribute to team success. Visit: Hinoki Cup
  7. Michigan-Shiga High School Exchange (MSHSE) - Opportunity for Michigan high-school students to visit their sister-state Shiga, Japan, in a structured program. Visit: MSHSE
  8. Michigan Seal of Biliteracy - The Michigan Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school graduates who exhibit language proficiency in English and at least one additional world language. Application information in English can be found here. A brochure in Japanese can be found here

Colleges/Universities with Japanese Programs

Future Paths to Japanese Education

  1. Adrian College (Adrian, MI) - Visit: Adrian 
  2. Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI) - Visit Aquinas
  3. Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI) - Visit: EMU
  4. Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI) - Visit: Grand Valley
  5. Hope College (Holland, MI) - Visit: Hope
  6. Japan Center for Michigan Universities (Hikone, Shiga, Japan) - Visit: JCMU
  7. Kalamazoo College - Visit: Kalamazoo
  8. Kellogg Community College (Battle Creek, MI) - Visit: Kellogg Community
  9. Lansing Community College (Lansing, MI) - Offers both traditional classes and online courses in Japanese. Visit: LCC 
  10. Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) - Visit: MSU
  11. Mott Community College (Flint, MI) - Visit: Mott Community 
  12. Oakland Community College (Bloomfield Hills, MI) - Visit: Oakland Community
  13. Oakland University (Rochester, MI) - Visit: Oakland
  14. Saginaw Valley State University (University Center, MI) - Visit: SVSU
  15. University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) - Visit: U of M
  16. Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) - Visit: WMU
  17. Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) - Visit: Wayne State
  18. School Location Map: A map of Michigan and Ohio schools and colleges with Japanese programs, as of 2011. prepared by Consulate General of Japan in Detroit. Visit: School Map
  19. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test - Information on the official test for assessing Japanese-language skills. Visit: JLPT

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