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About Eleve Education

Eleve Education is a private learning center offering individualized instruction and educational services for students of all ages. 

Our educational programs are based on the teaching philosophy and methods of Élevé Théque of Japan.

Élevé Théque was established in 1996 in Saitama, Japan. 

For over twenty years, it has promoted the learning of over 800 children from all over Japan and the U.S.  


We believe that every child, regardless of their developmental needs, must acquire and strengthen a set of skills and abilities needed for learning. 

The highest priority of our  program is to develop children's foundational ability to learn


We use the expression ability to learn to describe a child's ability to:​

  • Look and listen attentively

  • Accept instruction and assistance from others

  • Understand and follow instructions and rules

  • Engage to a variety of things, even non-preferred matters with perseverance and diligence


When children successfully acquire the ability to learn, not only do they learn more effectively, they also become able to communicate better, pursue their own interests, and ultimately find their potential. 

Words from the Founder

Our teaching philosophy is founded on developing a child's ability to learn. Before anything else, children must learn to follow instructions without constant supervision, accept help from others willingly, and pay attention to various tasks, even non-preferred ones. Children must understand right and wrong, what one must do and what one must not do. Children must learn to persevere and engage while following these rules. When a child begins to formalize these qualities and abilities and follow the rules, we know the child is able to learn. 

Our curriculum is specifically structured to teach the abilities needed in learning. The first objective is to teach our students how to maintain visual focus and actively listen in order to develop observational skills and perceptive abilities. This is the foundation of all learning.

When children work to develop the ability to learn through consistent and persistent practice with us and their parents, they make remarkable progress not only in academics, but in communication and everyday living. I must point out that this is true for all children, typically developed children as well as those with developmental concerns. We firmly believe that the process our students go through as they develop the ability to learn as the core objective leads to a better quality of life and contributes to the child's potential as the child matures. 

Eleve Theque Japan has entered its 25th year since opening in January, 1996. With our main center in Saitama and now another in Osaka, we serve students from all over Japan. 

Eleve Education was established by one of our instructors, Fumie Kishiwada Nesbit, in the United States as we approach a new phase of our development. We hope that the teaching principles and methods of Eleve prove beneficial to your child's growth and development. 

Shunichi Kono

Eleve Theque, CEO and Founder

ÉlevéThéque 12 Sets of Achievements

~Skills and Abilities We Teach~


1. Perception

  • Each child develops the ability to actively and carefully look and listen.

  • Each child hones his/her observation and analytical skills.

  • Each child acquires the aptitude to retain focus.

  • Each child gains the ability to pay attention to a variety of things, including those that are non-preferred.


2. Comprehension

  • Each child develops the ability to comprehend spoken and written words while recognizing details, similarities, and differences. 

  • Each child becomes able to understand and follow instructions, and successfully complete given tasks.


3. Self-Control

  • Each child learns to control emotional and behavioral impulses.

  • Each child produces situationally-appropriate behavior.


4. Care

  • Each child develops the ability to care for and organize personal belongings and things surrounding him/her.


5. Communication

  • Each child becomes able to effectively communicate with others, and use proper greetings in a variety of situations. 

  • Each child understands and adheres to rules and learns what is expected of him/her.


6. Autonomy

  • Each child develops independent thought and action.

  • Each child acquires awareness of when to ask for help.

  • Each child becomes able to solve problems him/herself.

  • Each child gains confidence in his/her ability.


7. Self-Determination

  • Each child takes the initiative to engage in a variety of activities.

  • Each child gains satisfaction from the pursuit of his/her own interests.


8. Responsibility

  • Each child understands and adapts to his/her role athome and at school, and within society.

  • Each child becomes able to effectively cooperate with those around him/her.


9. Participation

  • Each child actively involves him/herself in discussions.

  • Each child expresses opinions clearly and concretely.


10. Mathematics

  • Each child gains knowledge of basic mathematical vocabulary and the concept of numbers and shapes, and utilizes the knowledge in his/her daily life.


11. Literacy

  • Each child develops the skills to proficiently read and write.

  • Each child develops interest in reading.


12. Success

  • Each child utilizes the aforementioned skills and abilities, and becomes able to meaningfully and independently learn, think, and make decisions.

  • Each child successfully widens his/her perspectives and increases his/her opportunities.




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Greetings from the Director

     At Eleve Education, we are committed to teaching children the skills, abilities, and knowledge necessary to promote their learning experience. Founded on the teaching principles of Élevé Théque of Japan, our primary goal is to develop and refine children’s ability to learn.


     Our educational programs use academic learning as the main tool to improve not only academic skills but also the fundamental skills needed for learning. In our teaching philosophy, a right or wrong answer is not of great importance. We place a higher importance on foundational steps such as greeting properly, maintaining eye contact while being spoken to, keeping good posture when sitting, and writing neatly. For any child, these small accomplishments become the basis for developing the ability to learn.


      As an instructor at Élevé Théque, I saw firsthand the ways in which children can become competent learners over time. Through persistent practice of foundational steps, children not only improve their academic skills, they also conquer numerous challenges in everyday life. Before I began teaching at Élevé Theque, I had the pleasure to teach children in the U.S. and in Japan. Despite cultural and societal differences, challenges such as academic difficulties or behavioral problems faced by children and their families are the same. Nurturing children’s ability to learn plays an important role in overcoming such challenges and allowing children to thrive.


      We at Eleve Education hope to make a difference in each child's life as we strengthen and refine their ability to learn through our unique approach. By working closely with our student’s parents, family, and school teachers, we can ensure children master each foundational step allowing them to grow and discover their potential.



Fumie Kishiwada Nesbit

B.S.W. (Summa Cum Laude)

For over 12 years, Mrs. Nesbit has worked with parents and children in the private education sector in Japan and in the U.S. 

She has extensive experience working with bilingual children and children with developmental concerns, including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, intellectual and learning disabilities.

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Greetings from the Director
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