Chicago Futabakai Japanese School
The Chicago Futabakai, established by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago (JCCC), is a not-for-profit organization which administers and supervises the operations of Chicago Futabakai Japanese Day School and Japanese Saturday School. The Futabakai schools are private Japanese schools founded in an aim to provide education for children of JCCC member employees and are also financially supported by the Japanese government, Japan Overseas Educational Services, and other charitable organizations.
The Saturday School was opened in May 1966, the same year the JCCC was established. It started with 49 pupils (elementary and junior high school) and 3 teachers in space borrowed from a Baptist church. Two years after the school opened, the school building was moved to Francis W. Parker School, and at the same time, the High School was established. In 1969, the school relocated to Loyola University Chicago and started a kindergarten.
In 1978, the Day School opened, and the school building was relocated to Kenton School in Skokie and Emerson School in Niles as the school size had grown. After that, in 1998, the Chicago Futabakai rented a school building in Arlington Heights, which is in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago and continues to operate there to this day.
Our school is a Japanese government approved overseas educational facility with a configuration called “Chicago method”. This method is rare in the world, where two schools, a “Day School” and a “Saturday School,” are operated simultaneously. By creating these kinds of schools, the children of JCCC members have an opportunity to receive Japanese education while living in the United States. We aim to develop human resources who can play an active role globally in today’s diversifying world.