c/o Shady Side Academy Middle School
500 Squaw Run Road East
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Phone 412-963-6358
E-mail: office@pittsburghjapaneseschool.org

The primary purpose for Pittsburgh Japanese School (PJS) is to educate children ages 4 to 18 who has Japanese language background.  PJS offer Japanese, mathematics, and social studies using Japanese textbooks.  All classes are instructed in Japanese.  We follow the guidelines and curriculum set by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan.  


In 1977, a small number of Japanese families, living in the Pittsburgh area, started "Japanese Class" to teach their children the Japanese language and the heritage. It has been growing since then, and Pittsburgh Japanese School (PJS) was established in 1993. PJS was registered as a non-profit organization in the State of Pennsylvania. Due to the limited availability of the classroom spaces in the Shady Side area, PJS was moved into the campus of Fox Chapel Area High School in the summer of 1993. After long good years in the Fox Chapel Area High School, PJS was moved into the campus of Shady Side Academy Middle School in July 2006.

There are 88 supplementary Japanese Schools in the United States. PJS is one of the three Japanese Schools in Pennsylvania. At present, there are about 100 students studying in PJS. The principal of PJS is appointed in Japan by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology and delegated to Pittsburgh.

School Calendar (2014-2015)

1st trimester
April 6, 13, 27
May 4, 11, 18
June 1, 8, 15, 22
2nd trimester
August 24
September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 23
December 7, 14, 21
3rd trimester
January 4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 15
2014-15 Events
Opening Ceremony: April 6
Field Day: June 8
Bazaar: October 26
Graduation Ceremony: March 15


Rhythm, Expression, Crafts, Culture
Japanese, Math, Social Studies (5th & 6th Grade)
Junior High
Japanese, Math, Social Studies
High School
Japanese, Math

School Day Schedule



Teacher Meeting


Student Meeting


1st Period


2nd Period


Lunch /3rd Period

 12:10pm-1:00 pm (Lunch)

12:15pm-1:10pm (3rd)

1:00pm-1:45pm (3rd)

1:10pm-1:50pm (Lunch)

4th Period


5th Period


Tuition (2015-16 School Year)

Preschool/Kindergarten: $870/Child
Elementary/Junior High: $930/Child
Senior High: $990/Child
Enrollment Fee: $165/Child

Pittsburgh Japanese School does not provide any financial support or scholarship for the applicants.

Direction to Pittsburgh Japanese School

Coming from Downtown Pittsburgh on Route 28

Take the Exit 8 to the left lane, and turn left at the first stop on Fox Chapel Road(Green Belt). Continue on Fox Chapel Road about 2 miles. Turn left on Squaw Run Road East.. Shady Side Academy Middle School is on your right.

The Pittsburgh Japanese School admits students of any race, color, nationality, and ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin in its athletic and other school administered programs.