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Japan has a six-, three-, three-, four-year system of education. However, only nine years of schooling are mandatory: six years of elementary school (starting at age six) and three years of junior high school (from age 12). High school consists of three years and college of four, although these are not required. All schools begin their academic year in April.
Foreign residents are not required to attend school, but parents may enroll or transfer their children to municipal elementary or junior high schools if they are of age. Please contact the number below if you would like to enroll your child in a municipal school.
Inquiries: School Affairs Subsection, School Affairs Section, Board of Education (ext. 3234)
This program is for parents/guardians of children who live in Mitaka City, are enrolled in a national or public elementary or junior high school, and are having financial difficulties. (Income restrictions apply.) The subsidy can be applied to expenses for (1) school supplies, commuting to/from school, (2) extracurricular programs, (3) school lunches and (4) entrance preparation expenses.
Please obtain more information and an application form from the school and return the completed form to the school. You can apply for (4) even before your child enters school.
Inquiries: School Affairs Subsection, School Affairs Section, Board of Education (ext. 3233)