About Us 歴史

Established in 1925, by eminent Issei (Japanese immigrants), Venice Gakuen is a community-based, non-profit organization that offers fundamental Japanese language classes for children K-12. Our classes meet weekly on Saturday mornings.

Our goal at Venice Gakuen is to not only promote the understanding and appreciation of the Japanese language, but also culture and traditions.  Our instructional program is designed to meet the needs of our culturally and ethnically diverse student base whose home languages do not necessarily include Japanese.


Our program provides instruction in all areas of the Japanese language – reading, writing and conversation – for practical communication. We also emphasize familiarity with the traditions and culture of Japan. Students participate in Japanese traditional arts, Japanese literature and poetry, crafts, games, cooking, calligraphy and other cultural events throughout the year.

We currently have four classrooms – Youth Novice Levels 1 and 2, and Junior Intermediate Levels 1 and 2.

Our instructors are native Japanese speakers. All hold college degrees and teaching credentials and are experienced teachers.

Our school year begins in September and ends in June. We operate on a quarter system – fall, winter and spring. There is no instruction during the summer.

School hours are 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. with two recess periods. The first two periods are instructional, with the third period generally set aside for activities and cultural enrichment.


Classes are held at the Venice Japanese Community Center (www.vjcc.com), 12448 Braddock Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90066.  The VJCC is adjacent to the Playa Vista, Westchester, Culver City and Venice neighborhoods.


Tuition and Fees

$700 Tuition per academic year (payable in 10 monthly installments of $70 each)

$10 Registration Fee

$50 Materials Fee

Textbooks: At cost

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