FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Medaka no Gakko?

Medaka no Gakko, established in 1982, is a parent cooperative Japanese cultural and educational summer program for elementary school children who have completed grades K-6.  It is located at, but not associated with the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple.

The purpose of the program is to develop a greater awareness and appreciation of Japanese-American/Japanese values and culture for young children.  Some of these concepts include the importance of family, respect for elders, group harmony, simplicity, and the love of nature.  Activities include arts/crafts, language,music, cooking, social studies, literature, physical exercise, and demonstrations from local artists and performers.

Can you describe the curriculum?

Six teachers, a language/music instructor, and curriculum director(s) design and implement classroom activities.  Teachers have various interests and talents in the Japanese culture, and enjoy working with young students.

What are the hours?

Monday through Friday from 8:45am-12:30pm for three weeks during the summer, usually late June through early July.

What is a typical day like?

Taiso Exercise8:45 - 9:00 a.m.
Class Time 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Recess10:15 - 10:35 a.m.
Language10:40 - 11:00 a.m.
Class Time11:00 - 12:30 p.m.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost for the three weeks is $425 per child if you register before Feb 1, 2017 and $475 per child after Feb 1.

When do I apply?

Online applications will be emailed in January and will be due on February 1, 2017. Please contact us at MedakanoGakkoPaloAlto@gmail.com if you would like to be added to the email list for notifications. Registration will be available online only, and can be found on the registration page of this site.

Who can apply?

Medaka no Gakko welcomes children of all ethnicities who have completed K-6 grade.

Does my child need to be able to speak Japanese before enrolling? 

No.  All classes are taught in English.  We do have a fabulous Japanese language teacher who instructs the children for approximately 20 minutes  per day.

Do you have extended care (before and after class)?

We do not currently offer care before class, but do have an extended program called Kaeru which runs from 12:30-3:00pm each afternoon. Cost for Kaeru is $380.