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Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary School

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

Grades: K–5
2021–22 Enrollment: 272
Principal: Tom Piowaty <piowaty_t@4j.lane.edu>
Secretary: Laura Whitney <whitney_l@4j.lane.edu>

School Hours:
Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

School Meals:
Breakfast and Lunch Menu
Free for all students in 2021–22

Middle School Program: Kelly
High School Program: North Eugene

K–12 Language Immersion Program:
Yujin Gakuen is a Japanese immersion school for grades K–5. Students continue in the program at Kelly Middle School for grades 6–8 and at North Eugene High School for grades 9-12.

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. Roughly translated from Japanese, Yujin Gakuen means “happy garden of learning.” Students are taught in Japanese 50% of the day and in English for the other 50%.

School Highlights:

  • Students learn Japanese from native Japanese-speaking teachers, interns from Japanese universities and Japanese-speaking volunteers.
  • Students learn in four languages: Japanese, English, music and technology.
  • Technology is integrated 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 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

Location Note:
In fall 2020, Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary School relocated to a remodeled wing of the Kelly Middle School building at 850 Howard Ave. and connecting with the middle level grades of the Japanese immersion program at Kelly, while the new North Eugene High School building is being constructed. (The building Yujin Gakuen had been located in was removed to make way for a new North Eugene High School building.)

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