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Nursery Schools

Nursery schools are child welfare facilities that provide care for children whose parents are unable to care for them at home because of daytime work, illness or other reasons. Other types of childcare such as temporary childcare and holiday childcare are also available. The former is offered on a temporary or emergency temporary basis to parents who are unable to take care of their children for such reasons as part-time work in the daytime (less than 4 hours per day and less than 4 days per week) and illness, whereas the latter is available on Sundays, national holidays and during the year-end and New Year holidays.

Eligibility Parents who meet any of the criteria below and who do not have anyone in their family to provide care for their children
  1. The child's parents work during the day on weekdays on a regular basis.
  2. The child's mother is expecting a baby or has just given birth.
  3. Either of the child's parents is ill or has a mental or physical disability.
  4. Either of the child's parents is providing constant care for a family member who is ill or has a mental or physical disability.
  5. The child's family is a victim of a disaster.
*Remember, when a nursery school child's parents have no longer met any of the criteria, the child will need to leave the school.
Location of Application Childcare Division, District Jichi Centers, Tomiya Shimin Center, Hiraishi Shimin Center, Sugatagawa Shimin Center, individual nursery schools
Daycare Fees Determined based on such factors as the family's income for the previous year and the child's age
Inquiries Childcare Division
Phone 028-632-2393

Kindergartens

Kindergartens are educational facilities that provide early childhood education to children aged 3 to 5 before they enter elementary school. There are 47 private kindergartens and one national kindergarten in Utsunomiya City. If you wish to enroll your child in a kindergarten, please contact the Association of Kindergartens in Utsunomiya or individual kindergartens.

Inquiries Association of Kindergartens in Utsunomiya
Phone 028-625-1074

Elementary and Junior High Schools

School education in Japan basically consists of six years of elementary school, three years of junior high school, three years of senior high school and four years of university (so called 6-3-3-4 system of education). The first nine years of education (elementary school and junior high school) is compulsory. The school year begins in April and ends in March of the following year. Foreign residents are eligible to enroll their children in public elementary or junior high schools if they wish to do so.
Each child is assigned to a particular elementary school or junior high school based on the child's home address. A notice of school enrollment is sent out to eligible children. If you wish to enroll your child in a municipal school, please go through the necessary procedures at the School Administration Division. If your child needs extra help learning Japanese, please contact the same division.
There is no charge for enrollment, classes and textbooks for municipal elementary and junior high schools. However, parents have to pay for school supplies, supplementary teaching materials, school lunch, school trips, field trips, and the like. If you find it difficult to bear these expenses, please consult your child's school or the School Administration Division.

Inquiries School Administration Division, Utsunomiya City Board of Education
Phone 028-632-2724

The Utsunomiya City Education Center Consultation Services provides professional counseling on truancy, school life and school attendance, among other education-related issues, for elementary and junior high school students and their parents. Parents with children not yet in school can access the school attendance counseling service.

Inquiries Utsunomiya City Education Center
Phone 028-639-4380/4381
Reception Hours 9:00 - 17:00 weekdays

School Expense Subsidy Program (Shugaku Enjo)

The City of Utsunomiya offers monetary assistance to parents of elementary or junior high school students who are recognized as having difficulty attending school for economic reasons. The assistance covers a fixed portion of basic school expenses (school supplies, school lunch, etc.).

Eligibility Parents of elementary or junior high school students residing in Utsunomiya City who meet any of the criteria below
  1. The child's household is a recipient of public livelihood assistance.
  2. The child's household has its public livelihood assistance suspended or terminated in the current fiscal year.
  3. The child's household's living standard is close to that of recipients of public livelihood assistance.
  4. The child's household's total income is low or has decreased because of illness of either of his/her parents, a disaster or other reasons.
Coverage of Assistance Households receiving public livelihood assistance:
Expenses for school trips and treatment of diseases designated by the school
Households similarly underprivileged that do not qualify for public livelihood assistance:
Expenses for items necessary to go to school (shoes, umbrellas, etc.), school supplies (for new 1st graders only), field trips, school trips, transportation, school lunch and treatment of diseases designated by the school
Application Procedure Submit a completed application form to the school. Application forms are available at schools. An application should be filed every year.
Inquiries School Attendance Section, School Administration Division
Phone 028-632-2723

After-school Programs

The after-school children's class program (Hokago Kodomo Kyoshitsu) offers a variety of classes such as handicraft and sports classes for elementary school children after school is over. All elementary school children in 1st to 6th grades can join the program. In addition, after-school daycare centers (known as Kodomo no Ie or Rusu Katei Jidokai) provide a secure and enjoyable place to stay after school for elementary school 1st to 3rd graders with working parents. Children learn basic rules of society under the supervision of full-time staff. The after-school daycare program is run at 65 elementary schools in the city. For opening hours and details of the program, please contact your child's school or the Board of Education.

Inquiries Lifelong Learning Division, Utsunomiya City Board of Education
Phone 028-632-2651

Senior High Schools and Post-secondary Institutions

Most of those who have completed nine years of compulsory education go on to senior high school, and many senior high school graduates continue on to higher education. In Utsunomiya City, there are 10 prefectural senior high schools, five private senior high schools, one national university, four private universities and three junior colleges. In addition, there are a number of trade schools. For more information, please contact individual schools.

<Schools in Utsunomiya City>
Type of School Course Discipline/Faculty Yrs. of Schooling Features
Senior High School Prefectural and private Full-time General,
Specialized,
Integrated
(general+specialized), etc.
3 yrs. Classes are generally held during the day. 5-8 hours per day.
Part-time 4 yrs. Classes are generally held during evening hours as most students work during the day. About 4 hours per day.
Correspondence General 4 yrs. or more Students study at home and submit papers. They go to school several times a month to receive guidance from their teachers and participate in special activities
Trade School/ Miscellaneous School Prefectural and private Cooking,
nursing,
hairdressing, etc.
1 yr. or more As a rule, senior high school graduates are eligible to apply. Students learn a specific job.
Junior College Private Preschool
education,
music, etc.
2 yrs. Senior high school students are eligible to apply. Students study a specific subject.
University National and private Economics,
engineering,
education,
agriculture, etc.
4 yrs Senior high school students are eligible to apply. Students study a specific subject in depth.
Graduate School 2-5 yrs. University graduates pursue their specialized research. Consists of the master's course and the doctoral course.

The City of Utsunomiya provides scholarship loans and enrollment fees loans for those students who find it difficult to go on to high school or higher education for economic reasons.

  Scholarship Program Enrollment Fees Loan Program
Target Students Students who have been accepted to or currently attend senior high schools, technological schools, upper secondary departments of secondary schools, junior colleges, universities, trade schools (2 years or more) Parents of those who have been accepted to senior high schools, technological schools, upper secondary departments of secondary schools, junior colleges, universities, trade schools (2 years or more)
Eligibility Criteria Being a dependent of a Utsunomiya citizen; Having difficulty continuing his/her education for economic reasons, etc. Having a registered address in the city; Having no overdue municipal taxes, etc.
Quotas Approximately 170 Approximately 30
Loan Amount For senior high schools, etc.
In the case of living together with their parents: 17,000 yen per month
In the case of living away from home: 18,000 yen per month
For junior colleges, universities and trade schools
In the case of living together with their parents: 35,000 yen
In the case of living away from home: 45,000 yen
For senior high schools, etc.
Up to 200,000 yen
For public junior colleges, universities and trade schools
Up to 200,000 yen
For private j junior colleges, universities and trade schools
Up to 500,000 yen
Co-signer 2 1
Repayment The scholarship loan and the enrollment fees loan must be repaid by automatic bank transfer within a specific period of time. There is no interest.
Application Period Beginning of February to the end of December every year Beginning of December to the end of January every year
Location of Application Education Planning Division Education Planning Division
Inquiries Education Planning Division, Utsunomiya City Board of Education
Phone 028-632-2704