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STUDENT LIFE / DEC. 27, 2012
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Public Schools in Japan

Public Schools in Japan

Japan’s public schooling system is extremely advanced and education is taken very seriously. Japan Japan’s schooling years are separated into three categories (known as the 6-3-3 system):

  • 6 years of elementary school

  • 3 years of middle or junior high school

  • 3 years of high school

  • 4 years of university

The first nine years of schooling are compulsory after which point it is the student’s choice whether they wish to continue with higher education. Nevertheless a significant percentage of students in Japan choose to continue with their studies to university level, many choosing to continue their studies beyond a Bachelor’s degree, to achieve a masters or Doctorate degree.

The Japanese school year is divided into Summer Term, Winter Term and Spring Term. Each period is followed by a vacation period, with the school year beginning in April and ending in March the following year. Students have a one month summer vacation period during the summer.

The Japanese education system is modeled on the American 6-3-3 system, plus 4 years for university. Nevertheless there are numerous other features of the Japanese education system that are based on European models.

There are a number of reasons why students choose to send their children to public schools. One of the main reasons is due to the location of the school (in close proximity with the child’s home). Another important criterion is the selection of a school that has low bullying and truancy rates. Other factors, such as environment and hearsay, are also taken into consideration when selecting a school. 

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