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-  Greetings from the Headmaster -

Keio Academy of New York has always been a leader in bilingual /bicultural education. In 2008, Keio started the summer program as a new initiative in this area. During the program, participants from both Japan and the United States worked together in producing digital media.

Through group oriented projects, participants communicated in both Japanese and English and developed cross cultural understanding that could contribute to international goodwill in the future. Participants in Keio’s summer program could have great experiences to remember forever.

The unique bilingual environment of Summer Program 2014 will be expanded to include more academic and culturally enriching activities.

Masashi Notsu
Keio Academy of New York


-  Greetings from the Program Director-

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It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience, a 2-week residential program for middle and high school students. Having worked at Keio Academy of New York for over a decade, I am proud of the program that has been serving local, international and Japanese students for seven years, and I invite you to explore what it’s all about!

The US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience offers a unique combination of language classes, video production workshops, field trips and activities in a bilingual setting. Students do not need to have any prior experience with Japanese language or culture; the program provides ample opportunity for language immersion and cultural enrichment. Every year, the program enrolls close to sixty Japanese and English speaking students, ensuring the chance to converse in both languages, and fostering intercultural friendships that often extend beyond the program.

A warm and energetic staff including teachers, residential life staff, administrative staff, and interns works closely with participants in a broad array of activities and classes. The student to staff ratio is low, with care and attention given to each of our student participants. The campus features such amenities as turf playing fields, tennis courts, a gymnasium, dormitories, and a full service cafeteria.

The program is conducted in collaboration with Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) in New York City, whose instructors guide small groups in the step by step process of video production, including on site filming, editing, scripting, and presenting.

The US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience offers young people a unique, unforgettable bilingual cultural environment where they will grow in knowledge and have an enjoyable time in the process.

Please peruse our website and contact us to request a DVD of the videos students made in last year’s program, or come visit us in person. Our open house will be on Saturday, April 11, 2015. You can also call to arrange a personal tour of the campus at your earliest convenience.

Thank you for considering the US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience as a possible summer enrichment program for your son or daughter this summer. We look forward to meeting you!



Laura Pochintesta
Program Director
US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience
Keio Academy of New York


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