聖学院アトランタ国際学校 TOPICS

International school dedicated to English, Japanese cultures
 ― 2003年9月13日グイネットデイリーポスト紙 ―

セインツの国際教育が、日米文化の交流に貢献し多くのアメリカ人が日本語を学び小さな国際人が育成されつつあることが、高く評価され、大きな一面記事に掲載されました。

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Captivated by their teacher holding the multi-colored abacus, the group of eager kindergarten students shouted out in unison the numbers she tallied with the small discs. And they shouted in Japanese.
"We are not an ordinary school," said Minako Ahearn, executive director of Seigakuin Atlanta International School located in the western corner of Gwinnett County near Doraville. "As soon as you enter the doors, you hear two languages."
he school, which moved to Gwinnett from Oglethorpe University last April, combines English and Japanese fluidly in the curriculum for children ages 3 to 12.
"We do everything in Japanese and in English. The languages have equal rights," Ahearn said with a smile.


 
2003年9月13日グイネットデイリーポスト紙

Seigakuin Atlanta International School (or SAINTS, as students and teachers call it) has a strong commitment to an international outlook, Ahearn explained.
Founded by Japanese Christians and American missionaries a century ago in Japan, Seigakuin schools have encouraged students to transcend national boundaries and to view history and their own lives in a global context.
With approximately 60 students at the school, most are Japanese Americans. But there is also a student from Taiwan, another student from Vietnam and about a dozen American students whose parents want them to grow up bilingual in today’s global society.
"This school has a fantastic reputation," said Kelley Marwede of Suwanee, whose son, Connor, is in third grade and whose daughter, Annalise, is in kindergarten.
"As you can see, I can’t get them to leave," she added with a laugh while waiting for the two to finish swinging on the playground. "And it is amazing how they really try to mix cultures — there really is a huge mix."
More and more non-Japanese families are enrolling their students at the school, Ahearn confirmed.
"There is so much diversity," she said. "Twenty percent of our students are from non-Japanese speaking families who want their children to be bilingual. For such a small school, it’s very international."
GDP Intern Ina Jee contributed to this story.