A+ PROGRAM   3 – 15 years old
Program Information

A+ Program is a truly comprehensive language arts program for children ages 3 through 15 years old and represents the result of a merger between Afternoon and Evening Programs, both established more than 15 years ago. Today, as when it was founded, our highly qualified and dedicated teachers support students step by step as they master English language skills in a caring learning environment.

Our Mission:
A+ Program's mission is twofold. First, we strive to develop our students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills so they can communicate their feelings, ideas and opinions effectively. Second, we aim to create an atmosphere where our students learn how to use English as a means to open doors of opportunity in the future.

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Early Stages:
Students who attend Japanese preschools and kindergartens are more than welcome to apply to Levels 1, 2 or 3, courses specifically designed for young learners with limited or no English ability. These classes provide the perfect introduction to English with their fun and interactive approach at a comfortable pace. Over time, students master the rules of phonics and start to become more proficient and confident in their English language skills.

Next Steps:
As students enter elementary school, they advance to Level 4 or higher. Japanese students who have returned to Japan after several years of living abroad or those who have graduated from an international preschool and whose language levels might be different from those of their peers would find A+ Program both challenging and rewarding. Our teachers pay close attention to students’ needs and regularly adjust lesson plans based on these observations, which in turn helps students develop and enhance their language skills to a high degree.

Beyond A+ Program:
Graduates of A+ Program have been accepted by many prestigious educational institutions with strong English programs such as International Christian University High School, Keio Shonan Fujisawa Junior High School, The American School in Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School, Tokyo Metropolitan Toyama High School and Waseda University.


Age Group 3 − 6 Years Old
Preschool and Kindergarten Students
6 − 15 Years Old
Elementary and Junior High Students
Class Days Monday − Friday
Class Time 14:40 − 16:40 17:00 − 19:00
Class Levels
Level 1: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Level 2: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Level 3: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Levels 4 − 19
Please contact the school for details regarding levels currently being offered.
Class Size
Maximum Number of Students per Class: 12
Average Number of Students per Class: 5
Maximum Number of Students per Class: 12
Average Number of Students per Class: 6
Student Body
A majority of students attend Japanese preschools.
The student body is comprised of Japanese returnees, and graduates of both international and Japanese preschools who attend local Japanese elementary schools.
School Year
Term 1: August − December
Term 2: January − March
Term 3: April − July
Class Holidays
Winter Vacation
Golden Week Vacation
Summer Vacation*
National Holidays
*Note: Summer Fun is available for one week.
Winter Vacation
Golden Week Vacation
Summer Vacation*
*Note: Summer Fun is available for one week.
Eligibility Requirements
Students must be toilet-trained.
Students must not have separation anxiety with their guardians.
Students must be able to write upper and lowercase letters.
Application Process
Parents schedule a trial lesson.
Child attends the 2-hour trial lesson, and parents observe for 15 minutes.
The school contacts parents one or two days after the trial lesson.
Parents submit the application form.
Parents schedule a language assessment.
Child completes the language assessment, and the A+ Program Director shares information about the program with parents.
The school contacts parents one or two days after the assessment and arranges for a trial lesson.
Child attends the 2-hour trial lesson, and parents observe for 15 minutes.
Parents submit the application form.
Special Characteristics
Caring, Experienced and Knowledgeable Teachers
Distribution of Study Sheets by Term
Fun Introduction to Phonics Rules
Free Make-up Lessons
Parent Participation - 3x per School Year
Weekly Theme Activities Connected to Nature, Art, Cooking and Math
Special Events by Term
Caring, Experienced and Knowledgeable Teachers
Distribution of Weekly Lesson Plans
Mastery of Phonics Rules
Free Make-up Lessons
Progress Reports − 3x per School Year
Parent Observation Days - 1x per School Year
Parent Conferences − 1x per School Year
Variety of Special Events
Sample Time Schedule
14:40 − 14:55   Arrival Time
    Play Time
14:55 − 15:10   Circle Time
15:10 − 15:35   Phonics Time
15:35 − 15:50   Break Time: Toilet & Snack
15:50 − 16:00   Story and Song Time
16:00 − 16:40   Theme Activity Time
16:40 − 16:50   Dismissal Time
17:00 − 17:05   Greetings
17:05 − 17:15   Homework Check
17:15 − 17:45   Phonics & Spelling
    Grammar & Writing
17:45 − 17:55   Break Time: Toilet & Snack
17:55 − 18:15   Reading
18:15 − 18:55   Oral Development
18:55 − 19:00   Language Game
Program Fees
Registration Fee: 30,000 yen
Tuition Fee: 4,000 yen per 2-hour Lesson
Level 1 Learning Resource Fee: 4,500 yen
Level 2 Learning Resource Fee: 4,500 yen
Level 3 Learning Resource Fee: 1,500 yen
Registration Fee: 30,000 yen
Tuition Fee: 4,400 yen per 2-hour Lesson
Learning Resource Fee: Approximately 10,000 − 20,000 yen per School Year
Special Events
Term 1: Autumn Excursion
Term 2: Easter Egg Hunt
Term 3: Summer Picnic
Spelling Bee
Movie Nights
Enrichment Events
Summer Camp
Hawaii Homestay Program


A+ Program Umbrella:
A+ Program isn’t only about studying. It’s also about a world of experiences. Students can take advantage of a wide variety of opportunities throughout the school year to expand their horizons.

Special Events for Preschool and Kindergarten Students:
All special events for preschool and kindergarten students are completely optional, scheduled once per term, free of charge and offered on either Saturdays or Sundays. Autumn Excursion, Easter Egg Hunt and Summer Picnic are well-organized and fun events that create a community filled with strong relationships between students and teachers.
Term 1 - Autumn Excursion:
Autumn Excursion is a full-day outing in October. Students travel by school bus to a large park and enjoy playing together as they experience the natural sights, sounds and scents of the fall season.
Term 2 - Easter Egg Hunt:
Students celebrate Easter in the early spring at school by first learning about the holiday, then decorating eggs and designing Easter baskets. The wonderful day culminates with the students searching for colorful eggs during the Easter Egg Hunt.
Term 3 - Summer Picnic:
Summer Picnic is the last special event of the school year, and students take joy in preparing their own lunch. After cooking and eating their picnic feast, students can enjoy seasonal crafts and games.

Special Events for Elementary and Junior High Students:
Ranging from academic offerings such as Spelling Bee, EIKEN Juku and Hawaii Homestay Program to more leisure activities like Enrichment Events, there is an enormous depth and breadth of what’s available that extends beyond the classroom for elementary and junior high students in the A+ Program Umbrella.
Spelling Bee:
All elementary and junior high students are eligible to participate in the annual Spelling Bee, which is held in the autumn. From the beginning of Term 1, students prepare for the Spelling Bee by studying word sets each week in class and at home by orally spelling and writing them.

The Spelling Bee is an extremely valuable educational experience as students gain competency over vocabulary, which in turn helps them excel at reading and writing. The Spelling Bee also allows students to engage in healthy competition in a supportive environment. In addition, students’ confidence levels increase as they gain the courage they need to speak in public.
Enrichment Events:
Enrichment Events provide students the chance to communicate in English away from a traditional classroom setting. Whether it’s taking a hike or celebrating Christmas, we have something that everyone can be excited about.

2-Hour Events:
Students enjoy learning about common seasonal Western holidays like Valentine’s Day and Easter as well as areas of interest such as cooking and STEM. These events are great for students ages 6 through 8.


KPIS City Tours:
We take students on English-guided one-day excursions to different spots around the city. Previous tours included visits to science museums, movie theaters and aquariums.


KPIS Scouts:
Students have the opportunity to explore the great outdoors with friends during these full-day trips. Within the past few years, we have traveled to locations such as Mount Takao in western Tokyo and Enoshima in Kamakura.


Sleepover Parties:
Two fun sleepover parties are offered to all students every year. Our annual KPIS Halloween Sleepover in October and Summer Sleepover in July are wildly popular events that shouldn’t be missed.

Movie Night:
Movie Night is scheduled for an entire week once per term, so students have the opportunity to watch a movie selected by their teacher three times per school year. Students watch a movie for about 75 minutes at school with their classmates as they enjoy snacks. Afterwards, students participate in a variety of movie-related listening comprehension and vocabulary exercises meant to improve language skills.
Since its inception over a decade ago in 2008, EIKEN Juku has effectively helped students pass EIKEN exams. All coursework and instruction is conducted in English rather than in Japanese. The results speak for themselves as EIKEN Juku students have had positive outcomes. We have an amazing 100% success rate for Grade 3, Grade 4 and Grade 5 exams, and an 89% success rate for Pre-Grade 2 exams.
Summer Camp:
Students go on a 3-day, 2-night camping adventure in Japan’s rural countryside where they have fun cooking, fishing, hiking, lighting fireworks, playing games, swimming in rivers and so much more all in English! Summer Camp is an absolutely wonderful bonding opportunity for everyone.
Hawaii Homestay Program:
A+ Program students can experience an entirely new level of language immersion when they participate in Hawaii Homestay Program. Students travel to Hawaii for a week and stay with a local family for several days.

During their time in the Islands, students have the unique chance to live like a local, gain a new family, apply the English skills they learned at KPIS in real-world situations, enjoy locally made foods, observe cultural practices within the home and share Japanese culture with foreigners.

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