School Intro

Former administrator Mrs. Fukuda Masako has written an article about Grossman Academy. Please view it here. (PDF file)

School Introduction from Parents

グロスマンアカデミーの紹介文        河村明美

長男亮、次男俊、三男憲がグロスマンアカデミーで学ばせていただき、妹桃子も金曜のクラスで学ばせていただきました。 グロスマンアカデミーに入る以前も、精一杯の子育てをしてきたつもりの私達でしたが、その精一杯さが、本当に 子供達の為になっていたのかと、グロスマンアカデミーで学んでいく内に、考え直されました。考え直させて頂けた事が、出発点となれました。 厳しいグロスマン先生ではありますが、子供達はグロスマン先生の愛情、優しさに気付きます。 その先生の教え、物を読み、聞き、書くことにより、色々な事をしっかり考え始めます。考えることにより、子供達の中に大きな変化が出てくるのだと思いま す。その過程は、やはり子供達によって違うのですが、そこをしっかりグロスマン先生が把握してくださっていましたので、本当に安心できました。 考え、学ぶということは、頭を豊かにさせてくれます。その上に、人として豊かに嬉しいことは、心が感じられるようになることと思います。グロスマン先生 が、詩やさまざまなことを通し、その部分を揺さぶってくださいました。 2002年に、亮、俊、憲は同時にグロスマンアカデミーを卒業しました。日本に帰国でしたので、桃子の金曜日のクラスも終わりになりました。 今、亮は社会人、俊は大学院生、憲は大学生です。桃子は高校生で、通信でグロスマン先生から学んでいます。それぞれ進んでいる道は違いますが、互いにグロ スマンアカデミーで学んだ者同士、心の軸は同じです。そのような心の軸を持っていることは本当に幸せな事です。 グロスマンアカデミーで学べた事に大変感謝致します。

School Introductions from Grossman Academy Graduates

Grossman Academy and I        Hashimoto Tatsunori 


To be matriculated into Harvard University Neurosciences September 2007

  時々,グロスマンとは,すごい所ではないかと思う時がある。アメリカ6年目なのに日本語の書き,読みの力は欠落せず,教養も身に付いた。グロスマンとは何か?と聞かれれば、知的触媒と答えるであろう。日本語を教える以前、自分とは何か?どう在りたいか,どう在るべきかを教えてくれる。   現地校では知識さえあればいい、問一には,答一、問二には答え二、その科目が嫌いでも良い,グロスマンでは知識だけではなく,どう日本語,そして,人文学と接するべきかを教えてくれる。私が工学等に時間を取られているとき,先生は教養が無いといって本をくれる。この干渉こそがグロスマンで得られることである。

Grossman Academy and I        Natsuki Kuni


To be matriculated into UC San Diego (Mathematics, Economy) September 2007

In the world we live daily, there are more things unseen than seen. The cherry blossom holds beauty in both blooming and withering. Opposite our affluent society exists a society plagued with warfare and poverty. The actions that we take and the opinions we hold have a ideology and morality which we can never touch with our five senses.
By going to Grossman Academy, Mrs. Grossman made me realize that there exists a world which we cannot see. This Grossman Academy as well as Mrs. Grossman have something amazing and beautiful which we cannot see with our eyes.

Grossman Academy and I       Hiruma Maria


Entered UC Irvine Cognitive Psychology

For me, Grossman academy is indispensable. Every saturday from 8 there is composition, which includes poetry, analysis papers, essays, and english which has classic japanese and chinese as well as modern literature. The unique advantage of the school is the various approaches taken in these classes. (*Trans: NB. Confusing and probably invalid sentence construction). Since there are only 15 students, it is possible to ask questions and talk one on one with the teacher. Mrs. Grossman's goals of educating each person is extremely helpful. I will become a college student this september. When I needed to decide on my colleges or majors, Mrs. Grossman was able to help me with what was really necessary for me. In a way, Mrs Grossman knew me better than I did, and she helped open the way for a life that was suited to me.
I can say with pride that I am a student of the Grossman Academy. I can say that this is the starting point for my life.

Grossman Academy and I        Graduated Grossman Academy in 20007 Kwamaura Shun


Tohoku University Information Technology Graduate, Planning to Entery Columbia University Computer Science

退屈で物足りなかった補習校を退学し、私は金曜の小論のクラスと土曜のアカデミーへ通うようになった。 グロスマン先生は今まで会ってきた人とは格別のオーラを持った人であり、とてつもないエネルギーを私は感じ取った。各生徒の内を見通す鋭い洞察力の持ち主であり、彼らの良さを引き出し、増幅してくれる。何しろ真剣に生徒一人一人のことを考え、かつ叱ってくれる。在学中、そして卒業後も先生には叱られっぱなしである。入学した大学も先生の薦めであり、大学院を米国で通うことを後押ししてくださったのも先生であった。今の私がいるのはまぎれもなくグロスマン先生のおかげであると確信している。 グロスマンアカデミーは小論、表現、英語、数学、ディベートといった幅広い分野の科目を少人数のクラスで鍛え上げることができる理想的な場である。学年に関係なく授業が構成されており、お互いに精神をぶつけ合うことで成長していく。そんな環境で勉学に励めた私は本当に幸せであるとつくづく思う。

私とグロスマンアカデミー        福田淑子  第3回卒業生(2000年)

東京大学文学部言語文化学科英語英米文学 卒業

母校グロスマンアカデミーとは、自分が本来あるべき姿を常に思い出させてくれる。なぜなら、私はグロスマンアカデミーの学校紹介で生徒作品を読み、思わず泣き、感動し、懐かしさで息苦しくなり、悔しくもなり、嫉妬で熱くなり、10年前グロスマンアカデミーに通っていた頃のように人の文章を読んで魂を揺さぶられた。そして、なにより『書きたい』という衝動に駆られた。これがグロスマンアカデミーだ。グロスマンアカデミーに通う人たちの表現力はすさまじい。人を動かす力がある。現に私は今のグロスマンアカデミーの生徒に動かされてしまった。10年前から変わらぬ普遍性を貫き、私たちがどこから来て、どうあるべきで、どこに行くべきかを明示し続けるのがグロスマンアカデミーである。どこにいても、グロスマン先生によって表現するという創造の行為に引き戻される。10年前、私はグロスマンアカデミーでアイデンティティを見つけ帰国した。根をはるべき土地を頭と心に理解させ、栄養を吸収できるよう根を太く育ててくれたのがグロスマンアカデミーだ。コミュニティーセンターにて撮影されたグロスマン先生と生徒の写真をみて生徒の表情も先生の表情も空間もまったく変わっていないのに、安心した。でも真実が変わるわけがない。グロスマンアカデミーは真理を追究する場なのだから。開校10周年、おめでとうございます

School Introductions from students

Students in Saturday class

Grossman Academy and I        Tani Noriyuki

Grossman academy is a school which produces geniuses. Though there are few students, each is distinct and interesting. Here, (though I am a middle schooler) we cover Japanese highschool level chinese and japanese classics as well as modern literature as part of our Japanese class. We recently finished "Rashomon" in modern literature. In Japanese classics, we read kenkouhoushi's essays on idleness, as well as matsuo basho's "Oku no Hosomichi" (trans: also known as "the narrow road to the deep north"), while in chinese classics we are reading the works of Li Poh as well as Du Fu.
Here I often realize that knowing one's own identity is important. I learn something each time I come to Grossman Academy, not simply classic and modern literature, but also how to live properly as a person. Knowing one's own identity is one of the things that is learnt at Grossman Academy.

Grossman Academy and I       Hiruma Masaharu


Grossman Academy is a school that changed my life. Having met with a teacher with high aspirations I became influenced and began to write each day with more confidence. I was able to reinteract with Japanese which I had neither worked at nor given up, rebuild my sense of identity, and began to equip myself with a sense of morality. I realized how fortunate it was to be able to speak two languages in an increasingly global world. Grossman academy, where I go each week to become truly bilingual as my teacher explains. Mrs. Grossman, who truly changed my life. A 74 year old granny who carries out her high minded goals. After all, a goal of creating geniuses, is not one any elderly can hold.

Grossman Academy and I         Funaki Ryo


   Three years ago, I, Funaki Ryo entered the Grossman Academy. I will never forget that day. From 1st grade to 5th grade, I went to bay area's largest Japanese Language School. In those six years there the only thing I had learned was kanji. Japanese I could speak before going to the school, Math was more advanced at my American school, History was extremely ad hoc, and no one listened in class. The fact that I spent 6 years of my saturdays learning only about 300 kanji means the only thing I learned was 50 kanji a year. Soon after Graduating that school, my friend started to go to Grossman Academy, so I, too, decided to start attending. The first year was like entering a new world. I realized that Japan was a country to be proud of , and the next two years, I grew with the Grossman Academy and realized that, this school isn't just a normal school. It is a school keeps the meaning and spirit of japan in a sea of american influence.

Grossman Academy and I       Sasajima Takuto


A mass of corrections in red casting hues on my work;
The mass of eraser debris being left behind,
the references and papers herded on my desk.
That which targets the homemade lunch,
the 12 on the clock with both hands.

Such a class,
I love.
From middle to high school,
15 brought together in a class,
Though their strengths differ,
tis strange,
they all have in common,
they all want to write!
All different and all good,
Today, too, I continue writing
Today, too, Sensei's voice rings
Such a class
is the one I love.

Grossman Academy and I     Kamihata Hiroki


   Grossman Academy. Every Saturday. From 8 to 3, continuous studying. But from 12 for thirty minutes, there is a happy time of lunch. There, every student relieves the fatigue from studying.
And I wake up every seven, and like 14 others, go to Grossman Academy. Studying from 8 to 3 like everyone else, and eating lunch at twelve.
Mrs. Grossman's goals are to make every student a genius. So Grossman Academy and the other Language schools are no comparison. Thanks to this, my brain is entirely different from before. So going and not going had made all the difference.

Grossman Academy and I        Mochinaga Taichi


Grossman Academy, is clearly not a normal school. There are very few students, with a large classroom. In many ways this school is not ordinary.
Material studied at Grossman Academy is a fusion of both Japanese and American curricula. For some reason, after Japanese and Chinese classics, there is SAT prep. According to Mrs. Grossman, this class' english is not adequate, so there is an english class. In any case, nearly everything at American and Japanese school is covered here.
The class is at a Palo Alto community center so it is fairly small. However because of the few people, the class feels quite large. An advantage to this school is that the kanji is basic. People who start Kanji start with that of a 1st grader. In other words, one is able to relearn kanji once forgotten, and while relearning, newly learning kanji.
In many ways Grossman Academy is different; there are only 15 students and though it is a japanese school it covers SAT and English. But because of that it is valuable and worth going.

Grossman Academy and I       Kamihata Saki


  The first time I attended was a friday class, about 3 years ago. To be honest, the teacher, Mrs Grossman, was more frightening than anything else. The teacher's scolding voice could be heard from outside. "Recently I hear good things about it", my friend told me excitedly. However, of course, my friend had never gone to Grossman Academy.
"This School Creates Geniuses", Grossman Academy holds such a slogan. Mrs. Grossman's friday class has 10, and saturday classes 15 students, which is the limit. Understanding each students' underlying skills, she finds a the kernel to create a genius. If everyone has the same brain, everyone can become a genius and there are endless opportunities. I was able to feel this firsthand in the few years here.
I felt I had gained much. More than at the "saniku" Japanese school I had gone from kindergarden to 6th grade, the things learned at 3 years at Grossman Academy soaked into the brain, as well as the heart. My knowledge did not escape me, but rather passed through the heart and spirit. I am learning the way I should be as a human being.

Grossman Academy and I        Osato Asaki


The reason I go to Grossman Academy:
1. If I don't go somewhere saturdays, I end up playing. I end up using the money I worked and earned, and regret it later. Also, so that my parents cant say "you play too much"
2. To not forget Japanese, because I only use Japanese once a week at Grossman Academy
3. Because I get highschool credits. Grossman Academy's credits become foreign language credit, so I don't have to take foreign language, and I can take what I want. If I have many credits, I can go to a good college, and then I can graduate Grossman Academy and become independent.

Grossman Academy and I       Suzuki Kenta


Every morning on saturday, about 15 students go to the Grossman Academy. I am one of them, and each time it benefits me. First, during composition we hone our thoughts by writing analysis papers, poetry and essays.
In Japanese class, there is classic japanese and chinese, and modern literature. In the classics there are works such as Confucious' Analects, and Kenkohoshi's Essays on Idleness.
For me, Grossman Academy is a big support. Each time I go, I learn new things about my identity and life (*). I truly feel pride at being a student of the Grossman Academy. I have grown Philosophically, Intellectually, and Spiritually, because of this school.

Grossman Academy and I        Mori Taiki


For me Grossman Academy is a place wherein I learn about Japanese and the future. Grossman sensei not only teaches Japanese but also how to succeed in the future.
Since Grossman Academy is only once a week, every saturday is valuable. Because talking with my parents is the only time I use japanese, composition on saturdays is an important time. Since the topic for composition is always from current news and events, its possible to learn both Japanese and world events.
Since Grossman Academy takes only few students, each students gets the finest education. Grossman sensei gives me various helpful advice each week, especially about college and the future. Sensei's advice comes from 74 years worth of experience as well as the experience of her past students. She is proud of all of the students, and believes that it is her responsibility to prepare them to lead a life without regret.

Friday's Class

Grossman Academy and I         Kasai Rie


I have been attending Grossman Academy for 9 months now. At Grossman academy, I write poetry, analysis, and essays every week. The topic changes every week, and each week's work is returned the next.
The class is very lively and since I can write about many things, it is very fun.
For each of the topics, we use references from newspapers, and write 2 to 3 pages. We can write whatever we want about the topic, since we can write our opinions freely, it is very interesting.
I like writing fiction the best (Trans: NB. Original syntactically incorrect). In fiction I can write whatever I want however I want, it is very free and enjoyable.
Although I can write about many things at Grossman Academy, the 4th week is free topic day, and so I can create the topics I want, and it is even more enjoyable.
(trans: last sentence also doesnt make much sense syntactically, but translated as is).

Grossman Academy and I         Nanbara Mia


  It has been several weeks since I joined the Grossman Academy. We write about varying topics each week. Before I came to the Grossman Academy I had no ide what was going on in the world. I dont read the news nor do I watch news television, so I had no idea about the world. My writing skills were not great either. Whenver there was a writing assignment at the Japanese Language school I had trouble. Because I could not write I hated writing. But I have changed since coming to Grossman Academy
I began to know more about the world and I began to like writing alot more. If my family had not encouraged me, I believe I would still be unable to write well. I would like to learn many more things at Grossman Academy each week. And I would like to learn and nourish my skills at writing reading and imagining.
To make my writing reading and imagining skills more lively, I will write about various things. Poetry, short fiction, analysis and essays. I am very happy having come here.

Grossman Academy and I         Kasai Akihiro


   I am Kasai akihiro, a student who has attended Grossman Academy for almost 9 months. I com here every week on friday to write poetry, analysis, and short fiction. When I started coming it was pretty difficult but as I kept on week after week, it began to become enjoyable and fun. I was able to write better during composition, and my vocabulary increased significantly.
Once I finish compsoition, I do about 1 hour of classics. I had just become a 3rd year in middle school this spring, and I had not done the classics at all, but now I am doing them here. Although it is very difficult, because it is exciting and I learn new things, I like it very much.
Since I am able to enjoy as well as gain various new knowelege, I love this Grossman Academy. Although it was hard at first, it soon became very fun.

Grossman Academy and I         Minamihara Serina


 Grossman academy is an interesting school which allows me to honestly show hope and dreams. When I started writing poetry, essays and analysis within two hours was extremely difficult. My sentences were disorganized, and i would be occupied by reading the references, however, little by little writing became enjoyable.
After attending Grossman Academy for one year, my writing and reading skills improved. Even in my essays and analysis, I was able to write more easily, and was filled with a sense of joy.
And, Grossman Academy's passionate teacher teaches me things that are not listed in the textbook. She teaches us lessons which apply to society, and forces all of us to think.
No matter how one thinks of it, Grossman Academy is not a normal school. Rather, it is a school far more splendid and lasting.

Grossman Academy and I         Suzuki Shin


I am suzuki maki, attending Grossman Academy every friday. Though I have been here for 8 months, I am learning and enjoying along with everyone else.
Every week at this school we write poetry, analysis, and short fiction in two hours. This is called composition, and after one week, Grossman sensei corrects in red, grades and returns it. The first time I got back my square lined paper (Trans: Couldn't find appropriate trans) I was taken back at the amount of red. But once I started working harder, I got 100s many times.
After two hours, I learn classic and modern literature. Although I felt that classic japanese and chinese literature was difficult at first, sensei teaches us highschool level material at a very understandable level.
Here, my weakness of writing slowly became a joy and I slowly improved. I intend to continue to learn more at Grossman Academy.

Grossman Academy and I         Sasajima Yui


I learned many things after coming to Grossman Academy. At the Japanese Language school, we had to write a poem. Because I had written many poems at Grossman Academy, I was able to easily write the poem.
In addition, because I write short fiction in Grossman Academy often, I like imagining, my strong point.
On square lined paper, I often write essays. Although it is in English, writing it is very easy. What I like the most is the short fiction.
Although I cannot read classic chinese literature well, I am beginning to understand it.
Because of that, I can perform better than other 4th graders when I go to Grossman Academy.

Clover Ring          Sugiura Aya


I made a Clover ring. I showed it to everyone in the class.

Aki said "Its pretty"
Shin said "Its well done"
Rie said "I couldn't make that"
Yui said "It smells good"
Serena said "You could sell that"
Kana said "how do you make that?"
Mia said "how sweet, you're giving it to your mother"
Kyoto's brother said "it matches you"
Takuto said "You're good at treeclimbing"

Grossman Academy and I         Kawamura Momoko (Tokyo - Distance education student)


Although Grossman Academy is mainly a school for japanese students in the bay area, there are students such as me who are studying by distance education. Grossman Academy's distance education consists only of composition. Each week, we recieve new assignemnts by fax. We write haiku, tanka, poetry, analysis, and essays by reading references from Japanese articles and English articles. The topics are already determined, for example, in analysis many problems are given, and we pick one to write about.
However, each month's 4th week is a free topic day, in other words, we write poetry, tanka, or haiku and analysis on a topic of our choosing. In addition, we do translation of english articles. However, recently I have also been doing problems from the SAT. Sensei reviews and grades our written peices.(*)
I started to attend Grossman Academy when I was really small. This is because I lived in America when I was really small. My Japanese was at a conversational level, and although I did attend Grossman Academy, I basically wrote elementary compositions.
I returned to Japan when I was in 6th grade, and during my 1st middle school year, all my grades except english was in an atrocious state. Because of that, Grossman sensei advised me to quit the club activity I was doing at the time. I followed her advice and quit the club, and read the books she reccomended. Listening to her advice, my grades improved significantly, and during the 3rd year I was able to get grades I'd only dreamed of during the 1st.
Sensei is a person who really thinks about her students. Because of that, one is able to talk to her about many things. If the student is passionate, sensei, too, becomes passionate. Although there are difficult times, if one works earnestly, the things learnt at Grossman Academy become the things that truly matter.