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Education in Japan

by BJ Varghese on 2/7/2005 | Comments | Viewed 2445 time(s) | Full Page View
Education  

Japan operates a 6-3-3-4 system of education. This means six years of elementary school from the age of six, three years of junior high school from the age of 12, three years of senior high school from the age of 15, and four years of university from the age of 18. Compulsory education consists of the six years at elementary school and three years at junior high school for a total of nine years. Many children also attend kindergarten or nursery school before entering elementary school. For all of these institutions, the new school year starts from April.

Kindergarten

Kindergartens provide education for children from three years of age until the time they enter elementary school.

Enrollment Procedures

  1. Public Kindergartens
    (tuition payment required)
    For more information:
    Contact the relevant section of the Board of Education of your local ward or municipal office.

  2. Private Kindergartens
    Application Location:
    Directly with the particular kindergarten (tuition payment required) .

    *Tuition Subsidy System:
    Part of the tuition fee is paid through subsidies.
    Eligibility: Parents of children aged between 3 and 5 years attending private kindergartens.

    For more information:
    Contact the relevant section of the Board of Education of your local ward or municipal office.

Elementary and Junior High Schools

Foreign children are eligible for admission to public elementary and junior high schools.

Enrollment Procedures

  1. Public Elementary/Junior High Schools
    Application Location:
    The Board of Education of the local ward or municipal office where you live.
    The board of education will process this application and then notify the parents, which school the child may attend. While there is no tuition for classes, there are fees such as for school lunch.

    For more information: Contact the relevant section of the Board of Education of your local ward or municipal office.

  2. Private Elementary/Junior High Schools
    Applications for entrance to private elementary and junior high schools should be made directly to the particular school.

Senior High School

Eligibility

Applicants must be 15 years of age or older, and have plans to complete (or have already completed) nine years of school education either in another country or in an international school in Japan and currently live in Tokyo.
Persons attending junior high school in Japan need to check with the specific school of attendance.

Entrance Examinations

  1. Metropolitan High Schools
    Examination Subjects : Language (Japanese), Mathematics, English, Social Studies and Science.
    Some schools may also require an interview, essay or practical test.

    For more information:
    Contact either the particular school or the Office of Entrance Consultation Regarding Metropolitan Senior High Schools,
    Tel: 03-5320-6755

  2. Tokyo Metropolitan International Senior High School(for foreign students in Japan)
    Entrance Examination Periods:
    In January (for entrance in April) and in July (for entrance in September).
    Examination Subjects: Essay (in either Japanese or English) and interview.

    For more information:
    Contact Tokyo Metropolitan International Senior High School, Tel: 03-3468-6811

  3. Private High Schools

    For more information:
    Contact the Association of Private Junior and Senior High Schools in Tokyo,
    Tel: 03-3263-0541