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Japanese School

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Japanese for Kids

The Elizabethtown Japanese School (EJS) was established in 1987 for the purpose of educating children in the language of Japanese. The school is held on Saturdays so as not to interfere with students' normal school schedule. Over the years an increase in investment by Japanese companies has brought a growing number of Japanese families into this area. Several Japanese companies in the surrounding area have joined with EJS to ensure the children of their employees from 1st grade to 12th grade receive the education they will need when they return to their home country of Japan. Although most students are Japanese nationals, EJS welcomes any students who are interested in learning the Japanese language.

The Japanese School located on our campus was registered as a Kentucky based non-profit organization in 1989 and obtains a great deal of funding from Japanese companies. At the same time, EJS also became a program offering at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and receives support from ECTC, as well as the Japanese Ministry of Education, Consulate-General of Japan and the Japanese Overseas Children Education Foundation.


Our curriculum consists of two subjects, Japanese language and mathematics.  Our goals are to provide quality supplementary education for students to maintain and improve their Japanese proficiency and culture.  Classes are conducted on Saturdays at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College form 9:10 AM - 4:00 PM.  EJS also conducts various events throughout the year related to Japanese culture.


Japanese School starts in April and ends in March. The school year is divided into two semesters; 1st and 2nd. Total numbers of days/year: 38

Month Activity
April 1st term starts


  • Welcome ceremony for 1st graders
  • Standardized exam according to Ministry of Education
  • Parents meeting
June Events
  • Excursion
End of 1st term
July-August Summer break
September Events
  • Sports meeting
December Events
  • Christmas Party
January  Events
  • Japanese calligraphy lesson/Rice pounding party
March Events
  • Graduation
End of 2nd term

For more information contact:

KCTCS/Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
Japanese School
ADM 1st Floor Room 102-B
600 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY. 42701
(270) 706-8449 or (877) 246-2322 extension 68449
Contact: Shinobu May
Email: smay0092@kctcs.edu