Exchange Program Japan
Secondary education (National and Private) includes: Lower secondary
education, three years, and Upper secondary education, three years.
Entrance to public lower secondary schools is by allocation of the
local education board, but entrance to private or national schools
is by examination. A number of private schools offer six years of
continuous education, covering the lower secondary and higher secondary
cycles. In the second and third year of lower secondary schools,
attendance at JUKU (private examination preparation schools) is
common. There are three types of upper secondary school courses:
full-time, part-time and correspondence. Entrance to upper secondary
schools is by examination or selection. In 1988 a new type of school
called 'credit-system upper secondary school' was inaugurated.
School in Japan begins
in April. However, US students may begin in September (after summer
vacation) or April. Classes generally begin at 8:30 am and finish
at 3:30 pm on weekdays, followed by an hour or two of club activities.
Classes are also held from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays! There
is a 2-week vacation at Christmas, and a 1-week spring break in
March or April. Students have 5 weeks off for summer.
The Japanese school
system is very different from its American counterpart. Japanese
students stay in the same classroom all day and the teachers move
from room to room. The average class consists of about 40 students.
The students do not choose their subjects, with the exception of
Fine Arts, Music or Calligraphy.
do not have guidance counselors, but rather a homeroom teacher who
is responsible for the students in his/her class. The English teacher
will most likely serve as a guidance counselor for Two Worlds United students.
High school in Japan has three grade levels, your placement will
be based on your scholastic performance and Japanese skills.
The three grade levels
in the Japanese high school:
The Japanese school
system is more rigorous than its American counterpart and students
should be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time (generally
3-4 hours) studying each day. Students will also find that school
rules are stricter. These rules cover eg. student's appearance:
hairstyle, shoes, socks, length of skirt, and use of make-up or
accessories. Students are expected to conform to the host school's
rules. Student Exchange Program Japan
Apr to: Mar
Long vacation from:
15 Jul to: 31 Aug
Languages of instruction: