Venice Gakuen

Welcome to Venice Gakuen

Established in 1925, Venice Japanese Language School (Venice Gakuen) is a community-based, non-profit organization that offers Japanese language classes for children K-12. Our classes meet weekly on Saturday mornings. Visit us at

Our goal at Venice Gakuen is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the Japanese language, culture and traditions.

Our instructional program is designed to meet the needs of our culturally and ethnically diverse student base whose home languages do not necessarily include Japanese.

Venice Gakuen was established in 1925 by eminent Issei pioneers of the area concerned with the preservation of the Japanese language and culture among their children.

Our program provides instruction in all areas of the Japanese language – reading, writing and conversation – for practical communication. We also emphasize familiarity with the traditions and culture of Japan. Students participate in Japanese traditional arts, Japanese literature and poetry, crafts, games, cooking, calligraphy and other cultural events throughout the year.

We currently have four classrooms – Youth Novice Levels 1 and 2, and Junior Intermediate Levels 1 and 2.

Our instructors are native Japanese speakers. All hold college degrees and teaching credentials and are experienced teachers.

School Year
Our school year begins in September and ends in June. We operate on a quarter system – fall, winter and spring. There is no instruction during the summer.

School Hours
School hours are 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. with two recess periods. The first two periods are instructional, with the third period generally set aside for activities and cultural enrichment.

Tuition and Fees

First student: $700 (payable in 10 monthly installments of $70 each)
Two students: 10% sibling discount
Registration: $10
Materials: $50
Textbooks: At cost