Medaka no Gakko
Medaka no Gakko is a parent cooperative Japanese culture summer program for children entering 1-5 grade. The school was established in 1982 by a group of teachers and parents living in the Bay Area who were interested in promoting awareness of Japanese-American history and Japanese culture within the community. Their goal was to help children gain an appreciation for the diversity of lifestyles that make up our society today.
The mission of Medaka is to convey the customs, values, aesthetics and approach to life of the Japanese heritage. The classroom environment is designed to encourage and guide children in the development of a self-image. A dedicated team of teachers provides a curriculum rich, hands-on learning experiences within the areas of art, music literature, cooking, social studies, language and history. The school's philosophy reflects those values, which characterize the Japanese way of life: group harmony, conservation of resources, respect for elders, and cooperative effort.
The cornerstone of Medaka is parent participation and support. Parent function as classroom aides by preparing materials and providing individual attention to children when needed, and assist with school maintenance, fundraising activities, and special event such as a luncheon for the Tomonikai, the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple seniors group and the Medaka students' grandparents. The Executive Board, which administers the school, offers parents a unique opporunity to apply their talents in affecting the overall operation of the program. Parents and children together find friendship and support from an extended network of Medaka families.
Medaka no Gakko does not discriminate in its student enrollment with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability or any other classification that is protected under applicable state or federal laws.
Medaka is a non-profit organization - tax ID number 77-0447387.
We hope to see you at Medaka no Gakko and enjoy the tradition of a great experience for your whole family.
The 2014 session will be June 23 - July 11.
The Board and Faculty