This is the Frequently Asked Questions. Please feel free to inquire.
Q How is it similar to or different from regular kindergartens (youchien)?
Like other kindergartens, children do various activities like paint, craft, song and play. At Horizon children will also learn concepts from maths, science, social studies and physical education, including an international content where appropriate. The biggest difference is that all activities are conducted in English.
Q Can children with no or very limited English also enrol?
Yes. These ages are the best times to learn a second language. Children will learn English naturally in their daily school life through repetitively listening and experiencing English in different situations.
Q Can children follow the activities without being able to understand English?
Many of our students experience an all-English environment for the first time at our school. However, they are able to follow the class activities as our teachers use a lot of visuals, acting and demonstrating other than speaking.
Q Is it OK if parents cannot speak English?
Parents are not required to be able to speak English. Our Japanese speaking staff will help with written and oral translations, and in all school documents Japanese will also be included.
Q What is an academic year, and the time for enrollment?
The school year is from April to March, and there are 3 terms in a year. Your child can enrol any time if he/she turns 3.
Q Is there an entrance examination?
When we receive the application forms, we set up an interview with the child and the parents. Interview with the child is basically to check his/her language and ability levels at the time of enrollment.
Q What are the school fees and payment method？
Please refer to the school fees page for detailed information.
Q Is the school eligible institutions for Government subsidy?
Yes. Our school is an eligible institution for the Government subsidy.
In order to be eligible for this exemption, you must apply at your local municipal office and your "Need for childcare" must be approved.
In this case, proof of employment or other requirements must be met.
References (Cabinet Office):
Q Is there any other subsidy system that parents can use?
Yes. Our school is also an eligible institution for the new benefit system that is run by Sendai-shi. If you are living in Sendai-shi and not eligible for government subsidy, you can use the new benefit system.
Q Is there any discount for school fees?
We have a discount for enrollment fee. (i.e. siblings discount, sister school discount)