School info & Admission

The school was found in September, 1995 with the help of the Japan America Society of Nevada and Clark High School principal, Mr. Wayne Tanaka. The founders were Toyo Izumi and Tom Shizuma.

The school was originally established to provide Japanese curriculum to children of families temporarily residing in Las Vegas. Japanese employees usually stay in the US for 3 to 5 years. Those employees often refuse to relocate outside of Japan for fear of the readjustment of their children back into the Japanese schools. The founders also wanted the school to serve as a good cross-cultural experience. Besides Japanese language and curriculum focused on the Japanese schools system, the school also offers Japanese language classes to American children and those who do not speak Japanese at home.

As of April 2007, there are about 80 Japanese Saturday schools in the US and nearly 195 in over 50 countries around the world.


Present Situation
Currently the school has 138 students with 15 classes. Students are between 4 and 16 years old. Classes consist of Kindergarten, Language and Curriculum courses.

Tuition is $855 per year for approximately 40 school days.

School starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The school is located at Clark High School on Arville and Pennwood.



The school’s main body is called Las Vegas Nippon Kyoiku Shinkokai, which is a non-profit educational organization (【501(C) (3)】〕status was granted by IRS in April 1996 ).

Volunteers, mainly organized by parents, have operated the school. The instructors are paid monthly based on an hourly wage. The school also receives monetary contributions from the Consulate General of Japan, Japan America Society of Nevada and local companies, most of which are members of the Japan America Society of Nevada.

The uniqueness of this school is that it has Curriculum courses, which are supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education and use the exact same text used in Japan. The school year consists of three terms starting in April, September and January respectively. While Language courses teach Japanese reading, writing and speech.


Community Services
Although our school does not create many additional jobs, it supports both Japanese and American companies by providing the Japanese education to potential employees that would otherwise not relocate to Las Vegas. It is said that Schools, Banks, Japanese Super Markets, Restaurants, Bookstores and Video Stores are most important to Japanese relocating outside of Japan.
Las Vegas Gakuen/Japanese Saturday School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin and reserves the right to deny admission to any individual whose personal needs are beyond our ability to meet. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational and admissions policies.

Understanding the school policy.

Must meet minimum age criteria unless otherwise approved by board of directors.

Parents/Guardians shall be a member of the PTA and be able to help school operation as assigned helper.

Prospective applicants should complete our application forms, attach a necessary document, and submit them to the school office.

  • Registration form
  • Student family fact sheet
  • Copy of one of the followings for applicant’s Parents/Guardians, US passport or birth certificate, Green Card, I-94

It is preferable that new students enroll in Language course classes in April when the curriculum starts. If not, their knowledge of the Japanese language will be considered as a guideline for admission and given examination to determine the class level.

Upon receipt of applications, parents/Guardians will be contacted to schedule an interview/evaluation. After completion of interview/evaluation and/or examination, decision will be notified to Parents/Guardians.
Upon acceptance, submit followings to the school office as soon as possible.

  • Entry fee
  • Tuition
Tuition and Fees

Tuition  $855 annually  (Payable at $285 per each trimester.)
** Multi-child discount available. $265 per trimester for second and after child(ren).

Entry fee  $75

Textbook  Vary
** Kindergarten $15 ~ $20 each trimester
** Language $20 ~ $60 annually (For beginners about $60 plus.)
** Curriculum $40 ~ $100 annually

The PTA membership due  $15 per family annually

Please be advised that the school will NOT refund any payments once it has been made unless under reasonable circumstances and approved by the board of directors.