Learning language through culture and community

Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program ローザ・パークスJBBP

The only program of its kind in Northern California, the Rosa Parks Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP) is a Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES) program, integrating instruction by native Japanese speaking Sensei with a rigorous core curriculum taught in English by credentialed teachers. Founded in 1973 and at Rosa Parks since 2006, the result is a truly unique and rich learning experience – marked by academic excellence and proficiency in a second language* – in an environment that promotes community, diversity, and positive values. 

* After 6 years in JBBP, students can expect to meet third grade national content standards for Japanese, established by the U.S. National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project. 

Core Curriculum 基本カリキュラム

Core curriculum taught in English – language arts, math, science, and social studies are aligned with state and SFUSD requirements, with integrated Japanese language standards for each grade level.

Japanese Curriculum 日本語のカリキュラム

Japanese language is delivered through formal classroom instruction and reinforced by “teaching language through culture and community.” Japanese celebrations and cultural traditions, arts and crafts, field trips, and more, provide meaningful context that leads to deeper language acquisition. Each class receives one hour daily instruction from native Japanese speaking Sensei, reinforced throughout the day by their classroom teachers.

Cultural Activities 年間行事 

Rajio Taiso – Daily morning exercise

Keiro No Hi – Honoring Elders Day

Tsukimi – Autumn Moon Viewing

Undokai – Sports Day Competition

Ohanashi Taikai – Japanese Speech Competition 

Gakugeikai – Performing Arts Showcase 

Oshogatsu – New Year’s Celebration

Day of Remembrance – Commemoration of Japanese American Internment

Bunka No Hi – Japanese Culture Day

Hina Matsuri – Dolls’ Day

Sakura Matsuri – Cherry Blossom Festival & Parade 

Kodomo No Hi – Children’s Day

Owakareshiki – Graduation Ceremony

Rosa Parks Calendar of Events


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