Richmond elementary is incredible. We love it here. We have two children that are both are excelling in this loving, well structured, learning environment. Neither of us parents speak Japanese and we have no previous direct experience with the culture. We chose the school for the focus on academics and the incredible opportunity to learn and appreciate a language and culture so different from our own. We really like the format of the daily instruction, with half the school day in English, and the other half with a Japanese instructor supported by a full-time, college educated intern from Japan. We tried a different language school for one of our children with mixed results; Richmond, on the other hand, is an all-around great experience for our family.
My child entered Richmond at the pre-K level this year, and we are not happy with the school, at least not with the pre-K experience. I think it's important for parents to know that the school is very traditional, both in the teacher-directed learning style and especially in discipline (which is outdated and shames kids). Obedience is valued over creativity or flexibility, and this seems to work well for some kids but definitely not for others.
Our eldest entered 1st grade this year. We are very happy to be apart of the Richmond Elementary Japanese Immersion program. My son used his new language skills throughout the summer when he met folks who spoke Japanese in the community. I was so impressed, as it is his first exposure to the Japanese language and culture. His English and math skills are strong as well. He was not only ready to return to but excited school. We have two more who we plan on entering the program as well.
Having a desire to give our children a bilingual education we put our eldest ing the Richmond lottery at the PreK level. How lucky we are to have made it through! This year she enters 1st grade (her 2nd year at Richmond) and not only is has she learned an incredible amount of Japanese (we do not speak Japanese at home), but her fundamental education has been outstanding! The teachers that we have been so blessed to get have been amazing and nurturing and our daughter is excelling in reading and math. This year our son will start in pre-k and is so excited to be at the same school. There is an incredible amount of parent involvement and a true love and pride of the school. This school is 100% lottery with no neighborhood enrollment. Thus, every child attending has had a parent or guardian that chose this school for this school which, in my option, makes a huge difference on the support and involvement they will in turn provide. We have made lifelong friends through Richmond and look forward to the next several years in the Richmond JMP program.
I feel so fortunate that my daughter is not only receiving a great education, she is being exposed to another culture which is just as valuable to her growth as a person.
I love the education my grand daughter is receiving at Richmond, the sensei are great!
Wonderful environment for learning, the teachers and students are both responsible for making learning exciting.
Richmond is a wonderful place to learn and grow. My children are thriving and loving their teachers, classmates, taiko teacher and can't wait to go to school everyday. I am so thankful for the excellent teachers who consistently go the extra mile for our children.
Our school helps prepare kids for an international perspective and they get to experience a very different culture and language firsthand. The teachers are exceptional and we love our school!
Richmond offers the opportunity of a bilingual education. The Principal and the Japanese teachers go out of their way to see that the children have opportunity to succeed. Funding within the district dampens opportunities for children and pressures teachers away from creativity.
My daughter is at Richmond in the Japanese Immersion Program (JMP). This program is 18 years old, and is the immersion program that all other PPS immersion programs model after. Needless to say, we are exceedingly happy with our choice to send our daughter there. It isn't for all children, the Japanese language can be very challenging (there is no English spoken for half of the day). And, due to PPS lack of funding, our we have no music or art. The parent involvement is amazing. The sense of community can really not be rivaled. The children are diverse and caring. The teachers, principal, and parent committees work tirelessly. We are very lucky to have found Richmond.
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