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Since its opening in October 2001, Zoo-phonics Academy has grown to include three schools in Meguro Ward: Toritsudai, Yakumo and Jiyugaoka. It has become fondly known simply as "Zoo" to many students and families in the local community. Zoo-phonics Academy strives to help students acquire practical English skills and wider international perspectives, skills that will last a lifetime. After many years these schools needed room to grow, so in April 2022 the Yakumo and Jiyugaoka branches merged in a brand new, expanded space near Jiyugaoka Station. This newly renamed Zoo-phonics Academy Jiyugaoka and Jiyugaoka International School offers a wide range of classes and services, including a Long Daycare Program, which is open until 6pm daily, and E-Camp (click here for details), an English afterschool program that provides daily language-immersive care for elementary aged students.

A comprehensive program that nurtures the four basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Zoo Phonics Academy proudly uses the Zoo-phonics© kinesthetic approach in teaching phonics to children, a program with a long and successful track record in the United States. Our International School curricula are based around monthly themes and yearly academic targets, and we offer extended childcare options for working and busy parents. For afternoon study, we provide weekly English classes for kindergarten and elementary school aged children using our original curricula and materials, with a focus on developing the four core skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. English language skills acquired through our comprehensive learning programs significantly broaden our children's horizons and enrich their futures.

  • Mom & Baby Class is a parent-child English class for children from 1 to 2 years old. Guardians are also welcome.「Mom & Baby Class
  • International School is all English education for children from 2 to 6 years old.「International School
  • Kindergarten Class is an afternoon English class for kindergarten and nursery school aged children from 3 to 6 years old.「Kindergarten English Class
  • Kids Club is for children kindergarten and elementary children ages 3 to 7 years old (middle kindergarten to 2nd grade elementary school). In this class children learn about STEAM(*) and robot programming in English.「Kids Club
  • Elementary School Class is an afternoon ESL English class for elementary school students in grades 1 through 6.「Elementary English Class
  • Intensive English Class is for elementary school students in grades 1 through 6.「Intensive English Class for Elementary School Students
  • Advanced Elementary School Class is for international school graduates and returnees.「Advanced English Class

(*)  STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.