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School Education

更新日 2010年12月01日

Elementary and Junior High School

In Japan, there are nine years of compulsory education, consisting of six years of elementary and three years of junior high school. The school year begins in April and ends in March.

Although foreign nationals are not obligated to attend elementary and junior high schools, enrollment is possible upon request. Text books used in elementary and junior high schools are free of charge; however, there will be necessary expenses such as a school lunch fee.

Enrollment

Children having reached 6 years of age by April 1st of the current year may enroll in an elementary school. As a preparation for enrollment, the child will undergo a "pre-enrollment health checkup" offered by the city. In or about October, "prior to elementary school enrollment health checkup notice" will be sent to eligible individuals within the city (those with alien registration). Child wishing to enroll must undergo the said health checkup.
Also, a guide regarding enrollment will be sent to you in January (this will be sent to a child enrolling in junior high school as well).

If you do not receive the notice, please contact the city's General Educational Affairs Division (Kyouiku soumu ka) of the Board of Education (Kyouiku iinkai).

Procedure for School Transfer

When moving within the city

  1. After submitting an address change at the alien registration counter, proceed to make arrangements for school transfer at the Board of Education (Kyouiku iinkai). A "Transfer-Out Notice" and a "Transfer-In Notice" will be given to you.
  2. Submit the "Transfer-Out Notice" to the current school, and receive documents such as the "Student Registration Certificate" from the school.
  3. Submit the "Transfer-In Notice" and other documents received from the former school such as the "Student Registration Certificate" to the new school.

When moving in from outside of the city

  1. After submitting an address change at the alien registration counter, proceed to make arrangements at the Board of Education (Kyouiku iinkai) with documents such as the "Student Registration Certificate," which you have received from the former school.
  2. Submit to the new school, the "Transfer-In Notice" issued by the Board of Education (Kyouiku iinkai) and other documents such as the "Student Registration Certificate," which you have received from the former school.

When moving out of the city

  1. Submit the "Transfer-Out Notice" which has been processed and issued by the Board of Education (Kyouiku iinkai) to current school of enrollment.
  2. Receive documents such as the "Student Registration Certificate," and proceed to make arrangements for transfer enrollment and alien registration with the municipality in which you have moved out to.

School Expense Assistance

Partial assistance of school expenses is available for guardians having difficulties in sending their children / students to schools due to economic reasons. An application form is available at elementary and junior high schools. Those approved through a review by the Board of Education (Kyouiku iinkai) may receive assistance.

School Lunch

In elementary and junior high schools, meals prepared by the in-school kitchen or school lunch center will be eaten at lunch time. School lunches are provided through lunch fees paid by the guardians of students. Lunch fee payments may be made with cash or through withdrawal from your bank account every month. The lunch fee varies between each school.

All school lunch fees for children after the third child will be subsidized if three or more children are attending elementary and junior high schools and/or compulsory classes of special-needs schools, and there are no unpaid lunch fees.

Where to inquire

General Educational Affairs Division (Kyouiku soumu ka)
Phone: 055-282-7777