Ritsumeikan Primary School

Strong Academic Foundation

Obtaining basic literacy and a proficiency in numeric skills is our top priority for developing children’s mental faculties.
By the end of the first stage (Grade 1 – Grade 4), the children will have built up a strong academic foundation.
One fundamental goal we aim to accomplish is the development of students’ abilities to think and express themselves in all subjects.

The number of total class-time hours is 1.2 times more than those at regular public schools.
We have lessons on alternate Saturday mornings.
The overall student-teacher-ratio is one teacher per 15 children.

Some methods used in our unique program

Daily Module Time

We have “Module Time” every morning for ten minutes, in order to stimulate the children’s brains. Children work on timed arithmetic drills, and read aloud together with a quick tempo (some days in Japanese and other days in English).



We aim to strengthen children’s calculation skills with repetitive practice:
・read numbers quickly
・calculate mentally
From second stage, students are challenged with longer calculations, beyond the national curriculum for their age.


Active Use of Japanese

We encourage children to use dictionaries for their independent learning. The students actively use the Japanese dictionary not only in Japanese lessons, but also in other subjects (from Grade 1).