School Partnerships

Japan Society School Partnerships (JSSPs) are long-term, multi-year partnerships with a select group of New York City public schools from underserved communities.

JSSPs connect all members of a school community—students, families, teachers and administrators—to Japan Society and its mission of promoting a deeper understanding of Japan and U.S.-Japan relations, and of celebrating diversity both within our local communities and around the globe. Partner schools have access to a wide range of programs offered at Japan Society, in schools and online, that enhance learning about Japan, spark curiosity about world cultures, encourage reflection about cultural identity and complement school curriculums.

  • School groups attend Guided Gallery Tours of Japan Society’s seasonal exhibitions, hands-on Arts & Culture Workshops, and Performing Arts Workshops..
  • Individual students are invited to multi-session after-school programs such as Japanese language and manga illustration courses. Students are also invited to volunteer at Japan Society’s cultural events to earn Community Service hours.
  • Teachers and administrators join Japan Society’s Professional Development programs on various Japan-related topics and have access to the Society’s online resources for classroom use; lead teachers also receive a complimentary Japan Society membership.
  • Families are invited to weekend arts-based family workshops as well as Japan Society’s family workshop and cultural events including New Year’s Day and Children’s Day.
  • Japan Society brings the whole school community together by inviting students, their families, teachers and administrators to an exhibition and presentation of their work in celebration of their learning and achievements.

JSSPs are founded on strong connections and collaboration with dedicated teachers and schools that share our mission. Through ongoing dialogue between Japan Society and school leaders, partnerships are tailored to serve the unique needs and goals of each school community. All programs are offered free of charge to partner schools.

For further information, please contact the Education Department at [email protected] or 212-715-1275.

2022-2023 School Year Partner Schools

PS 147 The Isaac Remsen School (K-5)

Home to New York City’s only Japanese dual-language immersion program at a public school, PS 147, located in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood, offers students a unique opportunity to study Japanese language and culture starting in kindergarten.

PS 189M The Magnet School of Inquiry and Expression (K-5)

PS 189 is a magnet elementary school in Manhattan’s Washington Heights with an arts-integrated curriculum that encourages students to explore their creativity through an interdisciplinary approach to education.

The Young Women’s Leadership School (TYWLS) of East Harlem (6-12)

TYWLS is a secondary school that serves as the model for the Young Women’s Leadership Network, a national system of all-girls public prep schools focused on empowering young women from underserved communities to succeed in college and become future leaders.

Bronx Collaborative High School (9-12)

Bronx Collaborative embraces a progressive model of education that prepares students for the college experience through varied course offerings and extended research projects. The school also promotes interest in Japan through its Japanese language program and Japan Club.

Japan Society School Partnerships are made possible by a generous grant from the MetLife Foundation and supported by the United States-Japan Foundation and MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and Shiseido Americas. Education Programs are generously supported by an anonymous donor; Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas); ORIX Corporation USA; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Masako Mera and Koichi Mera, PhD Fund for Education and the Arts; The Norinchukin Foundation; Hiroko Onoyama; and Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II.