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Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary School

850 Howard Avenue, Eugene, OR 97404
(541) 790-4606 Fax: (541) 790-4610

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Grades: K–5
Enrollment: 307
Principal: Tom Piowaty <piowaty_t@4j.lane.edu>
Secretary: Amy Eastman <eastman_a@4j.lane.edu>

Middle School Language Immersion Program: Kelly
High School Language Immersion Program: North Eugene

Mission Statement: 
Prepare students, through a bilingual, bicultural, integrated curriculum, to be responsible citizens in an increasingly global and technological society.

Program Description:
Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion School was the first public Japanese immersion school in the nation. Students are taught in Japanese 50% of the day and in English for the other 50%. Roughly translated from Japanese, Yujin Gakuen means “happy garden of learning.” We serve students in grades K–5 in our building and have middle and high school programs at Kelly Middle School and North Eugene High School.

School Highlights:

  • Students learn Japanese from native Japanese-speaking teachers, interns from Japanese universities, and other Japanese-speaking volunteers
  • Students learn in four languages: Japanese, English, music and technology
  • Technology integration throughout the program, with wireless internet available in classrooms, document cameras and projectors in all rooms, and class sets of iPads and laptops available for classes
  • Students present projects, plays and presentations to peers at Yujin Gakuen and sister schools in Japan, as well as at numerous school and community events including the annual Asian Celebration
  • Music is a major component of the Yujin Gakuen program, not only for teaching Japanese language acquisition, but for teaching a love of music. Students sing, dance, and perform Taiko drums and class plays to peers and families at Yujin Gakuen and to the public at numerous community events

School Improvement Goals:

  • Academic: Increase student achievement in writing
  • Climate: Continue to foster a safe, welcoming school environment for students, families and staff

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