By Kristy L.
Asahi Gakuen Japanese School, which takes place at South High on Saturdays, begins at 8:45 AM and ends at 3:30 PM. Students ranging from preschool to high school learn subjects such as math, social studies, science, and Japanese language arts during class-time. The textbooks that students use for each subject are written in Japanese, and it is just like our school. The only difference is that it is taught in a different language. The school, which starts in April and ends in March the next year, also hosts a sports day for the students to participate in.
Going to school on a Saturday may seem unnecessary or boring, but these students are learning important skills that will help them throughout life. Being fluent in two or more languages opens up many opportunities for you in the future, such as a wide range of careers and traveling chances.
If you want to learn a new language it’s not too late. Incoming Eighth Graders have the option of taking a language course at South High as an elective next year, and incoming South High freshmen all need to choose a foreign language course in which to participate. In addition to Chinese and Japanese, South High also offers Spanish, French, and Korean classes. Understanding multiple languages in an extremely important and beneficial ability.