Study Hall: 3:30 - 4:00 pm
Class: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
1st - 4th Grade
Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced
Afterschool Elementary at Joy is an active and fun program that helps students gain confidence and academic skills in English.
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.
What is the goal of Afterschool Elementary?
Joy to the World is an international school, and as such teaching academics comes through embracing each child’s individual learning style, interests, and potential. Our Afterschool Elementary program was created more than 20 years ago to give students a space where they could grow in English and learn through a curriculum based on the American educational system.
Although we focus on building academic knowledge, our main goal is the connect concepts and build skills that all children will need for the future, which include:
In order to build these skills, students engage in crafts, team activities, group games and conversation, and more. By releasing each child’s creativity and linking understanding, students build critical thinking and problem solving all while in an English environment.
How can my child grow in Afterschool Elementary?
Each child starts in Afterschool Elementary at a different stage in their education, English ability, and age. Joy offers 3 levels of classes to meet the very diverse group of elementary learners in our Afterschool Elementary program. Our levels include: Earth, Rockets, and Sky Classes.
Our Earth Class is our beginner level class which teaches students the basics of English reading, writing, and speaking to prepare them for more natural conversation and academic involvement. To build these skills, students enjoy learning flash card vocabulary, phonics activities, sight words practice, reading stories, writing practice, and group speaking repetition all through fun games and activities designed to boost language acquisition.
Students who have graduated from our Earth Class, or are comfortable conversing at an intermediate English level, attend our Rocket Class. At this stage, students are more able to communicate, share their opinions, and begin learning academic topics through activity-based lessons. Students will continue to build their vocabulary and phonics skills, as well as continue learning sight words as they read simple stories and educational books. In Rockets Class we begin to learn English more by using it, which includes talking about topics such as science, geography, history, and other subjects covered in the American curricular system. As students go through the year, they can enjoy a variety of subjects and lessons in order to provide a rounded experience. Playing games, making crafts, reading stories as a class, and performing simple science experiments are just some of the ways that students enjoy the Rockets class and build their English, all while having fun!
Our Sky Class is reserved for students who are of advanced English ability and are in 2nd Grade or above. In this class, students learn about a variety of topics, as with the Rocket Class, but extend this learning to more in-depth context and understanding achieved through group projects, composition, scientific exploration, and class discussions.
Topics and themes generally last 2 to 4 weeks to provide students with a chance to experience context, contemplation, and acquisition of subject matter. Although learners have advanced language skills at this stage, as with the American education system, students continue to build their core vocabulary and spelling skills, as well as grow critical thinking ability through stories and creative writing.
We have found that students who start from elementary 1st grade, have good home support, and take more than 1 day (a week) of our Afterschool Elementary program often become the top level of Sky Class in terms of English level and academic skill. Through our three-level system, we give students a fun way to advance and grow.
Until what age can my child join Afterschool Elementary?
Students can continue our Afterschool Elementary program until 4th Grade, but through our affiliate company, Mo-T-Vate, students who meet the standards and requirements can move into a Kikokushijo Course. Click the link above to learn more.
Why should I enroll at Joy to the World’s Afterschool Elementary Program?
Joy has always prided itself on its reputation as a top-quality school where students not only learn but feel like they belong. Our welcoming and experienced teachers journey with students each step of the way as we focus on your child and how they can be successful. By making learning fun we provide students, who may be tired from a day at school, with an opportunity to continue developing their academic skills while enjoying a positive and fun space filled with growth and creativity.
Junior English Test
Joy to the World is the only kindergarten in Tokyo licensed to give the Junior English Test (JET). Our staff members are specially trained on how to administer this test.
Our families find that this is a useful tool in tracking their child’s English ability and growth. Over time, students attending our school who take this test report marked improvement, with some Joy students in our Sky Class even passing the highest level of the test.
Apply To AE
Make an appointment to visit our call our school office at 03-5684-0247 to make an appointment, or fill out our contact form: Contact Us
Trial lessons are from 3:15pm - 4:15pm. 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3:15pm - 4:25pm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.
4 Bus Requests
Bus applications will take more than 1 month to process and you must reapply each term.
Dates & Fees
Please read our Afterschool Tuition Rules and our Admissions Page to understand our tuition policies before joining.
Optional Afterschool Bus is also available!
One way: ¥750
Round trip: ¥1,200