Japanese Immersion Program at Grant High School
Grant High School has been home to the Japanese Immersion program since the pioneer class entered Grant in 1998. This program is for students who have successfully completed the Japanese Magnet Program K-8 or who have demonstrated Intermediate-Mid level proficiency. We also offer Japanese 5-6 and Japanese 7-8 for those who may need more foundational practice in Japanese before advancing to the immersion courses at Grant.
Students not in the Japanese Immersion Program can take Japanese 1-2 (first-year Japanese) and advance to Japanese 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8 respectively. Japanese 1-2 and 3-4 are offered every other year. Japanese 1-2 offered 2021-22 & Japanese 3-4 offered 2022-23.
For the immersion students, we offer the following course options on a rotating basis:
Year 1 SOGO classes
9th and 10th grade: Global Perspectives or Advanced Global Perspectives
11th and 12th grade: Japanese Literature and Media or Advanced Japanese Literature and Media
Year 2 SOGO classes:
9th and 10th grade: History and Culture or Advanced History and Culture
11th and 12th grade: Japanese Society or Advanced Japanese Society
Our program provides an opportunity for students to study the Japanese Language and culture at their proficiency level for the entire four years at Grant. Students who demonstrate advanced level proficiency in Japanese by scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP Japanese Examination will be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy by the Oregon Department of Education.
Please read our Japanese Language and Cultural Studies Program Guide to learn more about these Japanese courses. Click here.
Kazuko came to Grant with the pioneer class of the Japanese Immersion Program in 1998. Since then, she has taught all levels of Japanese classes, from Japanese 1-2 to Advanced Immersion courses. Before Grant, she taught in Los Angeles and Hiroshima, Japan. She studied linguistics and pedagogy at International Christian University in Tokyo and earned her M.A. in Education at University of California at Los Angeles. On Saturdays, she runs the Japanese Heritage School of Portland, which she founded with two other Japanese teachers in 2013. She enjoys living near her husband’s extended families here in the Portland area, but she makes sure to visit her family in Tokyo and Fukuoka, Japan every year.
Japanese Language Teacher
Grant High School
503-916-5160 ext 81446