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Our Mission Statement
We at Orange Coast Gakuen are committed to teaching Japanese to all children, regardless of background and level of Japanese. We strive to integrate instruction in language and culture in an enjoyable and nurturing environment.
About Orange Coast Gakuen
In 2015 Orange Coast Gakuen celebrates our 40th year in existence and 5th year as an independent school. Since becoming independent in 2010 we have instituted a new and effective curriculum. Thanks to the combined efforts of our teachers and curriculum advisors, we have at the forefornt of Japanese language teaching in the region.
OCG is one of the oldest and largest Japanese language schools in Orange County. Our students range from kindergarten through Senior High School. We teach students from all backgrounds and prior exposure to the Japanese language.
We hold classes on Saturday mornings in south Huntington Beach. The majority of our families live in Irvine, Huntington Beach, and south Orange County.
OCG is a parent-run school. Our Parents Association arranges cultural events throughout the school year, and is active in raising funds for the operation of the school.
** OCG Receives Grant from the Japan Foundation
OCG thanks the Japan Foundation for giving OCG a Teaching Materials Purchase Grant. We asked for library books for our older students, and we received their maximum award amount. This is our second Materials Purchase grant from the Japan Foundation.
• OCG's New Curriculum
After becoming an independent school, OCG has been fortunate to enter into an agreement with three nationally-known experts on Japanese pedagogy from Cal State Long Beach.
These advisors, Hiroko Kataoka, Masako Douglas, and Kiyomi Chinen, are leading innovators in designing teaching methods and materials for Japanese learners from all backgrounds and at all levels. They have remade our curriculum and teaching approach, and are providing direct training for all of our teachers. They are providing exactly what we need to take OCG to the next level. For more information, take a look at our Curriculum page.
For New Families
OCG has developed an innovative and more effective curriculum for teaching the Japanese language.
- Saturday morning classes, 8:45 am to 12:30 pm, in Huntington Beach
- Basic monthly cost: $90 (tuition plus PA fee)
- Regular Classes for students 3-years old through High School
- Language classes for adults
- Cultural classes in flower arranging and calligraphy
OCG has classes that are suitable for children of all backgrounds in the Japanese language. We divide our classes into two tracks, one for near-fluent speakers and the other for those with less exposure to Japanese. Students in both tracks cover all of the core language skills.
Our curriculum is theme-based and content-driven, with lessons constructed around topics that students find interesting. The approach is interactive and FUN. Our goal is for our students to want to continue to study Japanese, hopefully for a lifetime.
For full details on our classes, instruction methods, and more, click on our Curriculum page.
The curriculum also includes numerous cultural events, which gives our children a well-rounded education. (See our Events page)
OCG is a parent-run school. We rely on parents volunteering a small amount of time. See the Parents' Role page.
If you are ready to enroll, go to the Enroll page.
1st Period: 8:45 – 9:40 am
2nd Period: 9:45 – 10:30 am
3rd Period: 10:50 – 11:40 am
4th Period: 11:45 – 12:30 pm
• Mikan Club for pre-schoolers
OCG now has a class for pre-school children. In the Mikan club children learn simple Japanese through songs, puppets, story time, crafts, and learning colors and shapes, simple kanji and hiragana. Mikan Club children also participate in the School's Cultural events.
The Mikan Club meets Saturday mornings, 9:00 am to 11:30 am. This class is for 3 and 4-year olds who are already toilet trained. Tuition of $70 per month per child ($50 per month If the child has a sibling already enrolled at OCG). Space limited.
• OCG Japanese Courses for Adults
Our Adult Japanese courses are currently held in 15-week sessions. All classes meet on Saturday mornings for one and a half hours. The intermediate class starts at 9 am and the beginning course starts at 11:00. (Classes for more advanced students may also be arranged.)
Classes are open to any adult, even if you do not have a child at OCG. Cost is $225 for the 15-week session for parents with children enrolled in OCG, and $300 for those without children at OCG. For more details, see our curriculum page.
• OCG also teaches Oshūji and Ikebana
OCG also teach two culture-related classes.
One is our long-time course on oshūji, or Japanese brush calligraphy. This popular course is taught by our veteran teacher Tajima sensei. The class is held for an hour after class, and is open only to children already enrolled at OCG. For more information, see our curriculum page.
The other class is on the art of flower arranging (ikebana), held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month. Starting in January 2015 we now have afterschool classes for OCG students, from 12:45. The class is open to adults, who practice from 9 to 11 am. This class is taught by Ogawa sensei, who has achieved the highest rank in the Ikenobo school. She is assisted by long-time OCG member, Gibo sensei., For more information, please refer to the test curriculum page.
If you have any questions, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week at OCG
Saturday, May 28, 2016
MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
NO SCHOOL THIS WEEK
Upcoming at OCG
2015-16 OCG General Meeting
Sign ups for Committees and Food Fair
|Graduation Ceremony and Graduation Party
July 30, 2016
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