Greetings from the Headmaster
Keio Academy of New York has always been a leader in bilingual, bicultural education. In 2008, we started the US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience as a new initiative in this area. During the program, participants from both Japan and the United States work together in producing digital media.
Through group oriented projects, participants communicate in both Japanese and English and develop a cross cultural understanding that can contribute to international goodwill in the future. Every year, participants in this program return home with great experiences to be remembered forever.
Greetings from the Program Director
Welcome to Keio Academy of New York’s Bi-Cultural Summer Camp! My name is Anthony Dacunto, and I am serving as this year’s Camp Director. It is my honor and my pleasure to welcome you to our unique camp. Our camp is entering its second decade, and we endeavor to continue to add experiences and opportunities to enrich our campers and to create an environment which truly offers something that cannot be found anywhere else – an opportunity for students to be immersed in a bi-cultural environment filled with language learning, interesting elective course offerings and tv production!
Keio Academy of New York integrates both Japanese and American culture into a blend of classes and activities whereby students learn from each other, from a team of highly skilled teachers and from our collaboration with DCTV (Downtown Community Television). Keio Academy’s collaboration with DCTV has resulted in our campers gaining invaluable knowledge in script writing, in shooting scenes, in editing and in exploring New York City. Working in conjunction with an industry expert, our campers work in small groups and go on location in New York City to shoot short films of their own creation. Our students then edit these films, and their experiences culminate in a presentation of all films being presented to all campers and to parents at the end of camp.
However, Keio Academy of New York’s Bi-Cultural Summer Camp is more than video production. Students are afforded the opportunity to improve their English ability by taking one of three level-based E.S.L. classes that comprise of Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. These are the levels of the English Department courses that exist at Keio Academy during the academic year, so this is a wonderful opportunity to become accustomed to our school, should your camper wish to apply later. Additionally, the camp affords native English speakers two Japanese language courses – one for beginners and one for students who have some familiarity with Japanese.
Elective courses are offered in an array of areas. Courses have been offered in American Culture, Comic Book Creation, Advertising, and Harry Potter, just to name a few. The elective course offerings continue to expand, and they are another enrichment that Keio Academy of New York’s Summer Camp affords its campers.
Each evening, the campers enjoy activities facilitated by the Dorm Staff. This dedicated group of experienced resident faculty engages the campers with crafts, games, contests, movies and sports. The campers really experience a truly wonderful two weeks.
On a personal note, my stepson was a camper last summer. He loved his participation so much that he will be returning this summer. In our two weeks, campers are immersed in a caring, nurturing environment where they have fun.
You have many options for where you may have your camper spend their summer. On behalf of everyone at Keio Academy of New York’s Bi-Cultural Summer Camp, I thank you for choosing us as the place where your camper will spend two very memorable weeks.
Should you have any questions, or should you wish to contact me, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to seeing you in July!
Program Director of the US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience
Greetings from the Assistant Residential Director
Thank you for your interest in our summer program! I am John Reyes, the Assistant Residential Director. I have been with the US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience Program for six years.
Our program is aimed to keep our participants active, creative, and inspired. During your time at Keio Academy, you will participate in many classes, programs and field trips. During the evening, your Resident Faculty have fun programs to keep you and your fellow campers active and involved. We are looking forward to meeting and having fun with you this summer!
Nearly all of our participants live at Keio Academy during the program. A majority arrive with little-to-no experience living abroad and/or living in a community (residence hall) setting. Do not worry, this is OK! Our program provides a unique opportunity for participants to learn more about themselves by being away from home, in an environment where they can meet new people and create new friendships. It is my responsibility to ensure our residence life staff maintains a comfortable, safe and FUN living environment for the bicultural and bilingual world unique to Keio Academy.
What can you look forward to as a participant? I think your two weeks with us will be fun. You will learn more about yourself and about Japanese and American culture. You will also develop your language skills. You will also create memories and make friends that may last a lifetime!
I hope to see you this summer!
Assistant Residential Director