FAQ

Q. Please give an overview of the free trial lesson.

A. At Aoba's Saturday School, parents and their child(ren) are required to take a free trial lesson before signing up for classes (time required: about 1 hour). The childlen will participate in an actual lesson, and parents will be able to see the curriculum and observe teachers and children around the class from a distance from their child in the classroom. Parents of young children can sit as close as possible to them and participate together, but after registration, the child will be a separated from his/her parents during a lesson, and parents are allowed to enter the classroom only during drop off and pick up. Please keep this in mind when signing up for a trial. The Site Manager at each campus will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the programs and fees.

Q. Are classes only held on Saturdays?

A. In addition to Saturday school, there is a seasonal summer・ winter・ spring school where children can immerse themselves in an English environment and a weekday After School Program.
For details such as contents and availability, please contact each Aoba campus directly.

Q. It states that there are 40 class held in a year. When is school closed?

A. Please check the lesson schedule on this calendar. The number of lessons varies depending on the month, but the monthly fee is fixed. Please note that there is no make-up lesson or refund if your child is absent.

Q. My child has never had any exposure to English. Is my child eligible to enter the program?

A. Yes. We have classes for beginner children. Class structure may vary from campus to campus. First, please sign up for a free trial lesson at a nearby campus.

Q. What is the teacher-student ratio?

A. The teacher- student ratio varies according to age. For students of ages 3 and younger, the ratio is 1:6. For students aged 4 and above, the ratio is 1:8. If the number of students increases, we will either separate classes or assign a teacher assistant.

Q. Are there any teachers or staff who can communicate in Japanese?

A. Each campus has staff who can communicate in Japanese. Some teachers may be able to speak Japanese but it is better to presume that many teachers cannot understand Japanese.

Q. What are the nationatlities of your Lead Teachers?

A. Our teachers have different cultural backgrounds and their nationalities vary. The main focus is their educational background and teaching experience so that the children of ALA get the best learning experience. Our teachers receive specialized training in implementing this program and continue to receive ongoing professional development.

Q. What can be done at home to retain and improve my child's English skills?

A. Language acquisition depends on a child's learning style; however, there are a few things to keep in mind:
First, the extent of exposure to English matters. Second, it is important to refresh before you forget completely. At Aoba’s Saturday School, we advise children who usually go to Japanese schools on the following two points. At Aoba’s Saturday School, we advise children who usually go to Japanese schools on the following two points.

1. It is important to immerse yourself in an English-only environment for a certain amount of time. In order to establish English in your brain, we recommend taking a course of at least 3 hours if possible.

2.To support long-term English retention, we recommend students spend at least 10 minutes a day speaking English or reviewing what they learned. Aoba’s Saturday School offers the following as a home support program to improve students’ English proficiency.

(1) An Online Learning Portal where students can review their work using a tablet or computer. (2) Audio and animated books via the free online library, “BookFLIX”.

Q. When can my child start Aoba Satuday School classes? Does it have to be at the beginning of the month?

A. Children can start at anytime. However, tuition must be paid on a monthly basis and the year-long program starts in April and ends in March.

Q. Are there any restrictions on withdrawal after joining?

A. You may withdraw anytime with 30 days prior notice.

Q. Can I apply for the child to be absent for an entire month?

A. If you wish to avail of leave of absence from the Saturday Program, you will be required to inform us via email at least 30 days before the intended leave. Leave of absence is monthly (your child cannot leave in the middle of the month). In the case of a leave of absence, half the tuition fee will be charged. The maximum limit of a continuous leave of absence is 2 consecutive months. After the third month, your child's membership will be automatically canceled, and if he/she enrolls more than one year after his/her withdrawal, admission fee will be charged again.

Q. How can I know about the details of each class?

A. Classes finish 5 minutes prior to the scheduled end of the weekly program and this is for teachers to provide feedback to parents and communicate with them.

Q. Is there an additional fee for materials?

A. For the students enrolled in the 3 years old+ classes, workbooks are issued every six months. In April and October, 1,000 yen (excluding tax) will be charged as a teaching material fee.

Q. My child has basic English conversational skills. Is there an intermediate or highr class?

A. Yes. Aoba's Saturday School offers intermediate and advanced programs. However, availability varies by campus so please contact each campus directly.

Q. Can bicycles be parked in front of the building? Is car parking available?

A. Bicycle may be parked in front of the campus for a short while, but please refrain from leaving them parked for long intervals as it could inconvenience neighbors and public passage. For cars, please use paid parking places in the vicinity.

Q. Please tell us about your school's protocol in the event of disasters and emergencies?

A. In an emergency such as a major earthquake, depending on the intensity we will either wait at the campus or evacuate to the evacuation site stipulated by local regulatory guidelines, for example an elementary school. We will contact parents and wait for the parents to pick-up the students. As each campus is an international school / bilingual school on weekdays, there are exits on the 1st floor and at some campuses on other floors too. Evacuation routes are well established. Campuses are equipped with stocks of water, food, and simple blankets

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