This school has a vast range of programs but I have been sending my son to the pre-school for over a year now and can not stop raving about it!
I am a huge advocate for teaching children foreign languages at a young age (when they actually retain it). I wanted my son to learn Japanese because I speak it (a little) and I thought it would be fun for the two of us to speak the same foreign language. But he is Caucasian and I didn't want to put him in some of the other Japanese pre-schools because he would really stick out and I was afraid he would be uncomfortable. When I found APLS I was so excited! They specialize in just this.
This was the first time I have ever left my son in the care of anyone besides friends and family and it was SO HARD, as any mom can attest to. --Nothing to do with the school itself, just the usual parent separation anxiety. But he has really thrived there and has come to form some really good relationships with his teachers, who are both nurturing and caring as well as great at teaching Japanese and Chinese.
My son (now 3 1/2) gets comments everywhere we go about how articulate he is (in English) and how he appears to be much older than he is. I attribute this to APLS for giving him such a rich curriculum. Not only does he learn Japanese, but they also work with him on regular pre-school concepts like counting, writing, drawing etc. He loves his teacher (which I think is invaluable) and now speaks, understands, and even writes a little Japanese. I am so astounded by the progress that he has made that I want to share it with everyone and encourage them to start their children in APLS preschool too!
For adults who are interested in learning Chinese or Japanese they provide classes for adults too.
For more information check out their website www.apls.org or contact me for more positive feedback!!