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Compulsory education in Japan comprises elementary school from six to 12 years of age (six years) and junior high school from 12 to 15 years of age (three years). Most students go on to high school and study for a further three years. After graduating from high school, young people either go on to junior college (two years), university (four years), vocational school or into the workforce. More than half of children in Japan attend preschool child care or kindergarten. The school year begins in April.

Elementary school and junior high school: If you wish to enroll your children in elementary school or junior high school or apply for a transfer, you have the choice between either public or private school. Public schools are free of charge, except for costs for educational materials other than textbooks, school lunches and uniforms. To enroll in a public school, follow the admission procedure at the ward office where you live. The ward office will designate the school. In principle, children will be placed in the grade equivalent to their age, but it is possible for them to be placed one year behind in consideration of their level of Japanese language proficiency. Many schools offer special training courses in Japanese language for students with language difficulties. For details, contact the school or the city's education board.

High school: High school education is not compulsory in Japan; therefore all costs are borne by the user. Students must pass an entrance examination to be accepted into a high school. Miyagi Prefecture has a public school district system with a limited choice of schools, depending on the place of residence. Contact the school of your choice directly.

Nursery and kindergarten: There are roughly two classes of preschool services: nurseries, which provide all-day child care for children aged between zero and five, and kindergartens, which take children around the age of three to five for half-days. The kinds of programs offered by these organizations can vary greatly.

Nurseries provide child care for children who do not have a daytime carer due to their parents' work obligations or other reasons. Most of them are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. There are both public and private, and sanctioned and unsanctioned nurseries. To send your child to a sanctioned nursery, submit an application at your ward office. The fee will be determined based on your household income.

There are many kindergartens in Sendai, each with unique characteristics. Contact the kindergarten of your choice directly.

Sendai City

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Sendai City Board of Education

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Education in English: Sendai City has international schools as follows.

MeySen Kindergarten offers an immersion program.

In addition, there is a nursery, called Kawauchi Keyaki Hoikuen, for university employees in Tohoku University.