Doshisha International Elementary School to open in 2011

Watch out for Doshisha International Elementary School (provisional name) is a school in the making, currently recruiting teachers. Check out the website www.doshisha.ac.jp/ies/ for more info if interested. An affiliate of Doshisha University (see English website The Doshisha  and the history of Doshisha U), it is slated to open in April 2011 with teachers bilingual in Japanese and English. With schools of of this type and its grand affiliation, available entry places are likely to be oversubscribed by applicants in the hundreds or thousands. Below is an article from Japan Times earlier this year that gives an idea of how the school will be structured.

Doshisha International Elementary school to open in 2011 Wednesday, July 23, 2008 Japan Times  

English elementary school in works  Japan Times

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

KYOTO (Kyodo) Doshisha University plans to open an elementary school in 2011 offering classes in English chiefly targeting children of foreign researchers at Kansai Science City, university officials said Tuesday.

The school, tentatively called Doshisha International Elementary School, will be located in Kizugawa, Kyoto Prefecture, and have three classes for each grade with enrollment limited to 30 students in each class, the officials said.

One of the three classes will have an eight-year curriculum in English, while the remaining two will offer a six-year curriculum, like typical elementary schools, to accommodate Japanese students returning from abroad.

The primary language for the two shorter courses has yet to be decided, the officials said. 

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Incidentally, Doshisha is used to having returnees in schools, and has special programs for them. (One of these is the DIVE which stands for Doshisha International Vantage Education)

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