The Japanese Speaking Society of America first made a request to the San Francisco Unified School District to establish a Japanese Bilingual and Bicultural Program in 1969.

After several years of intensive community effort, the Board of Education approved an elementary school program starting in the fall of 1973. In its initial decade, JBBP was located at a number of sites, including Cobb (Emerson), Rooftop (Twin Peaks), Alvarado, Sherman, Anza, and Columbus schools. In 1982 JBBP moved to Clarendon, sharing the site and resources with its sister program, the Second Community Program. At this new site, JBBP has steadily grown and prospered.

Our Mission:

  • To help Japanese Americans/Japanese speaking students stay connected to their heritage and to provide opportunities for non-Japanese students to learn Japanese language and culture

  • To provide indelible experiences for students so that they may become life-long learners of Japanese language and culture

  • Through opportunities and experiences, foster an appreciation for all cultures and languages amongst students and enhance their awareness of social justice and the importance of respect for all

Our Philosophy:

The Japanese Bilingual Bicultural program focuses on integrating Japanese language and culture into the school day with support from all parents, regardless of culture or background. We believe that cultural studies are essential to expanding children's awareness of the world and its rich possibilities. As such, JBBP provides students a window on global issues, international diversity, and world geography. The program is committed to a vision of education that:

  • Embraces cultural diversity and respect for others

  • Builds social and community relationships

  • Promotes emotional and physical development through sports and group activities

  • Nurtures creative expression and communication abilities through the arts

  • Fosters intellectual growth

  • Develops solid problem-solving skills