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Language and Cultural Schools

Worthington is home to two schools that provide language and cultural instruction for Japanese and Chinese children whose families live in Worthington or throughout the central Ohio area.

The Columbus Japanese Language School was founded in April 1980 by Japanese parents who wanted to help their children keep up with their Japanese language skills while they lived in the U.S. It began with 14 elementary school children and three teachers. Today, 550 students gather at Granby Elementary and McCord Middle School every Saturday in an atmosphere close to their schools at home to learn the standard curriculum required of students in Japan. The school is one of 61 Japanese weekend schools in America approved by the Japanese Ministry of Education and one of the largest of its kind in the world. Most students are children of Japanese families assigned to work at an American division of Japanese-owned companies. To learn more, contact the school office at 436-5796.

The Ohio Contemporary Chinese School (OCCS) introduces the Chinese language and culture to the overseas Chinese, their children and American people. The school believes the insight of cultural diversity strengthens mutual understanding and appreciation of these cultures. The school, held on Sunday afternoons at Perry Middle School, teaches Chinese language classes on a yearly basis at the pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. The school also has math and cultural classes, which include chess, dance, drawing and flute instruction. For further information, write to: OCCS, P.O. Box 82578, Columbus, OH 43202
Higher Education

Our residents also enjoy convenient access to major institutions of higher learning and adult education including The Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, Otterbein College, DeVry University, Franklin University and more all located within minutes of Worthington.
For further information, write to: OCCS, P.O. Box 82578, Columbus, OH 43202


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