Learning Tree

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Elementary Program



Q. My child is in 1st or 2nd grade right now. Can I enroll them in your program?
A. All current Saplings 2 students and children between the ages of 6 and 8 can apply for G1 & 2 and between the ages of 8 and 10 can apply for G3.
Q. What kind of entrance exam will the students take?

A. Students will be given a math test, an English language arts test, and an interview alongside their parents. The student’s interview will be conducted entirely in English and parents can choose to speak in either English or Japanese.

Q. When is the exam offered?

A. There will be three different testing dates, January, February and March. Please see the testing schedule for exact dates. Those who fail the first test still have two more chances. One test fee covers all three test dates.

Q. If my child does not pass the entrance exam process, what are my options?

A. If a student scores low on our entrance exam for any number of reasons and is unable to bring up their score to a passing level on subsequent tests, we suggest that they be enrolled in our after school program to improve their skills. They can apply for the next year’s Grade 2.

Q. What if my child doesn't pass the end of year exam? Can they still continue to the next grade level?

A. 80% or above - pass to the next grade level, certificate will be given.
65-80% - review school year progress, passing is at the discretion of the teacher based on the behavior, participation, and maturity of the student. 65% or below - repeat grade.

Q. How are children chosen for the limited seats of the program?

A. After passing both the test and the interview, spots will be given on a first come first serve basis.

Q. Are classes only offered at the Kiba Campus?

A. We opened a class in Tsukishima in April 2018. However, students’ elementary campus will be chosen by the administration. Either way, we have a school bus (within 8 km) or sitter service (within 30 min) to help student commute.

Q. What can be done if the students need extra practice on language skills?

A. We offer supplemental classes one Saturday a month from 9:30 a.m.to 1:50 p.m. for all elementary students to get more practice. For those who need to catch up with their grade level, it is mandatory to take this class. This classes are free of charge, with a 5,000 yen registration fee required per school year.

Q. What about other commitments or taking days off?

A. Our program provides an education equivalent to elementary schools in the US but we have class for only two hours a day. As a result, class attendance is mandatory. We can only consider families who understand the commitment required by our program.

Q. Will the students receive homework?

A. Reading: 15 minutes /every night School will provide a suggested reading list.

Q. Does my child need to bring any supplies or snacks?

A. Learning Tree will provide everything , e.g. stationery, books, a snack.

Q. What materials does the program use?

A. The curriculum is based on the new Common Core standards used in the United States, but we are enhancing and expanding it where we can. In order to provide the best possible education for our students, our Head Mistress Erika DeBruhl will be hand picking and/or designing the various materials used. This will allow us to tailor the educational experience around the individual needs of the class.

Q. Are their any school events?

A. Yes, we will have welcome day, spring picnic, open-house, summer nature camp, Christmas party, movie nights, end of year exhibition and graduation ceremony (G6 only).

Q. Do parents need to volunteer?

A. Yes, it would be great if parents were able to help plan and prepare for holiday parties, events and join our yearbook committee.

Q. Will upper elementary grades be offered?

A. Oftentimes, when students enter grade four, Japanese students become busy preparing for Japanese junior high school and non- Japanese students tend to move to full time international schools. We would love to continue our program up until grade 7 as long as there is interest.