Joy Afterschool Elementary

About Afterschool Elementary
Days: Monday - Thursday
Study Hall: 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Class Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Ages: 1st to 4th Grade
Tuition: Tuition Page
The Afterschool Elementary program at Joy to the World was created to help maintain and strengthen the English language skills of Joy graduates who moved into the Japanese school system for Elementary school. Since then, it has grown to include students who have studied abroad, as well as students who never attended Joy to the World.

Within the student body of the program is a broad range of abilities and interests. Each family also has its own set of goals for their child.

Here at Joy to the World we call this class: AE

Policy Update for AE Study Hall

August 3, 2021

A quick reminder that Study Hall is a service Joy provides for families signing up for AE which gives children an opportunity to come before class starts to work on homework, interact with other students, and be looked after as part of our program.

In the past, although Study Hall starts from 3:30, we have allowed students to come from 3:15 as a service to families. Beginning September 1, 2021, we will no longer accept children into Study Hall before 3:30. Students wishing to arrive earlier than 3:30 may use our Extended Care service. Our regular class begins at 4:00.

Please note this change and arrange your schedules accordingly to avoid any misunderstandings.

Thank you again for signing up and let’s have a great school year!
Kind Regards, Joy to the World





While responding to these various skill levels and needs, we have a crafted our program to be one that makes use of the short and valuable time we have with students. (Students moving from our Kindergarten program into Afterschool Elementary will go from approximately 850 hours of instruction to 80 - 100 hours of English immersion per year.)

Our program focuses on improving English literacy through reading, writing, and vocabulary building.

Our program is divided into four levels based on average reading levels for American Elementary Schools. Placement will be done based on students skill level, temperament, and family goals. We will also move students when necessary to be sure they are in a comfortable level based on their needs. Improving literacy will require a continued effort throughout a students academic career.

Literacy is not a set of testable skills, but is instead a dynamic set of skills that students will learn at an individual pace, improving in different areas at different times. Because of this, we do not require that students move through our program at any pre-determined pace. Often, a student can (and should) stay in the same level for more than one year. The program is not designed as a pass/fail class, instead it is a journey that students will navigate at their pace with the help of the teachers and their families.

About Literacy
Our program encourages an interest in English and builds confidence by making the students feel comfortable in an English immersion environment. These aspects of English language learning are lacking in Japanese school systems, other English programs and Jukus (cram schools). Together all of  our approaches can work together to help students reach their future goals in an increasingly international future. Improved literacy will give students a strong foundation to continue their academic growth, not only in English, but in other subjects as well.

Earth Class (Level 1) is our basics class for beginners. This class will build up foundational skills needed to learn to read and speak in English. Topics will include: phonemic awareness (rhyme, alliteration, segmentation, and syllables),  phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension. Along with these skills we will also work on learning independence and leadership within the classroom.

Rockets Class (Level 2) is for students who have most of the foundational skills and are emergent readers. Rockets Class will continue to cover topics from Earth Class, but will include more learner independence, a greater emphasis on sight words, vocabulary with comprehension, speaking in full sentences, and writing basic sentences.

The Sky Class (Level 3 and Level 4) is for our most advanced learners. This class if for students who can express themselves using only English and can read above a 2nd grade level. This class will use varied texts to introduce topics each weak and use the texts as a starting point to talk about comprehension as well as explore grammar and vocabulary. Texts and homework will be level based, but group activities and topics will be done together.

NOTES:Joined Classes (All Levels)
We will have joined classes/lessons about once each month. This time together gives students a chance to learn from each other and to focus on an activity instead of on “learning”.  Please read the AE Blog for more information.

We understand that as children get older they learn like to experiment with new and different behaviors that they learn in school. While at Joy we expect all of our students to use their best behavior. We do not tolerate bullying, fighting, or bad language in spoken or written form.If we experience any bad behavior in the in class we will take appropriate action in class and report it to parents as well.



各お子様の英語能力とレベルに対応しつつ、お子様と過ごせる限られた時間を使って英語を学べるプログラムを作りました。(Joyのキンダーガーテンからアフター・エレメンタリープログラムに移るお子様は英語環境の時間が年間850時間から80 - 100時間となります)。




Class Timeline

This is only a basic time schedule, routine and activity list that changes from time to time in order to accommodate the student numbers, their ages and their levels each day.

2:45 p.m.
Arrival Time
3:00 p.m.
Greeting and Warm-up Circle Time ( Calendar, weather, shapes, Q & A)
3:20 p.m.
Interactive Discussion ( Teachers and students talk about a specific topic. Phrase repetition and  show and tell)
ディスカッション (毎回特定のトピックについてティーチャーと子ども達が話し合います。これには様々なフレーズの反復練習が含まれており、人前で発表をしたりまたそれについて質問をし合ったりする機会もあります)
3:35 p.m.
Phonics Study ( Flashcard and Phonics related songs)
フォニックス (フラッシュカードやフォニックスにまつわる歌を用いて)
3:50 p.m.
Vocabulary Study ( Includes a flashcard game)
4:10 p.m.
Snack Time ( School provides a drink and rice cracker)
4:20 p.m.
Reading Time ( Assisted reading for beginners )
読書時間 (ビギナーズのお子様にはサポートをしながら)
4:30 p.m.
Worksheet Time ( Teachers will introduce a worksheet appropriate to each child's level)
4:40 p.m.
Worksheet Time ( Students will start to do their worksheets with teacher guidance)
4:50 p.m.
Get ready Time ( Children get ready to go home by bus or by parent pick up)

How to Apply

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Make an appointment to visit our school call our school office at 03-5684-0247  to make an appointment or fill out our Contact form: Contact Us!

Trial lessons are  from 4:15pm - 5:15pm, Monday - Thursday. Parents may observe their child for the first 30 minutes and then speak with the school about the class and other procedures.
当校のウェブサイト上にて随時お知らせいたします説明会の日にお申し込みいただきご参加いただくか、もしくはオフィス03-5684-0247までお電話いただきクラスのご見学及びトライアルレッスンのご予約をお取りください。Contact Us!

説明会は通常土曜日の10:00am - 12:00pmで開催されます。

ご見学及びトライアルレッスンは平日の4:15pm - 5:15pmで行います。保護者の方はトライアルレッスンの始めの30分ほどクラス内に入ってご見学いただき、その後ティーチャーやオフィススタッフからクラスについてやご入園に際してのお手続きの説明をいたします。
Receive an application from the office.Decide start day and turn in the application.
It will normally take one week to process.
Pay the application fee when turning in your application. All other fees and tuition by the due date which is normally before starting a class.
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Bus Requests
Bus Requests
Bus applications will take more than 1 month to process and you must reapply each term.
Joy Bus Service
Joy Bus Service is available for:
  • Joy Tots
  • Pre-Kindergarten
  • K1, K2, K3
  • Afterschool Kindergarten
  • Afterschool Elementary
  • Saturday School NEW!
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