Ages 3-18
Saturdays 9AM-12:30PM
August – June


Sawtelle Gakuin is an independently-operated, nonprofit Japanese language school located at the Japanese Institute of Sawtelle, founded in 1925 in West Los Angeles.

Our students learn Japanese language, experience and appreciate Japanese culture, and enjoy a positive learning environment.

Our school offers Japanese language classes by experienced, native-speaker teachers at 8 levels from pre-K through high school. All levels of Japanese proficiency are welcome.

Our school’s focus on education includes an annual speech contest and preparation for kanji proficiency, AP & SAT, and Credit Test.

We also celebrate Japanese culture with activities including Undokai, Setsubun, Hinamatsuri, Kodomo no hi, shodo, and field trips. Past field trips have included Tanaka Farms and the Manzanar War Relocation Center.