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Education in Tsukuba 


 The Japanese education system consists of 6 years of Elementary school, 3 years of Junior high school,
 3 years of High school and 2 years at College or 4 years at University. For which 9 years, Elementary
 school and Junior high school are compulsory.
 The school year begins on April 1st and ends on March 31st.

 Shot-term child care

 There are two nurserys (temporarily accepted childcare center) neare KEK. However, We recommend
 Sakura Gakuen Nursery, if you are thinking sort-term(1-2 mounth) childcare.

  Sakura Gakuen Nursery:
   Address: 1302 Ueno Tsukuba, Ibaraki. Tel: 029-863-0053

    Open : Mon.-Fri. 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.

    Per-use : principal is 3-times a week.
          ・2,800yen/ one day(included lunch and snack)
          ・1,400yen/half day(included snack)

    Procedure :
    1. Call and tell them the child’s name and age.
    2. They will tell you the date of your visit / interview
    3. You have an interview with staff and fill out the application.
     Please tell them if your child has any allergies.
     Documents required
    4. A copy of the insurance card.

    Access :
    Take the Kanto-tetsudo bus(NOT Tsuku-bus) from KEK to Kyushoku Center which nearest bus stop.
     About 520m from Bus stop. There is the map (PDF) and the Bus timetable(PDF) between KEK
    and Kyushoku Center.
    There are not many buses bound for KEK, please see the timetable in advance.

   Flower Child Nursery
     (from 1-year old to 5-year old, Capacity: 12-15child/day) 

   Your child needs some days to get used to the new environment smoothly. So as a rule, the nursery
   looks after the child for only two hours on the first and second day and gradually increase the time
   frame by judging each child's situation.
   Therefore, children will need a total of two days to complete their training with a guardian.

    Documents required :
     1. Application :Submit at the time of visit
     2. Pick-up registration(person who takes the child there)
        Submit at the time of visit
     3. Infant Physical examination form :Submit at the time of visit
     4. A copy of the insurance card
     5. A copy of the mother and child’s health handbook
     6. Parents Certificate of Employment (KEK)
   Best time for visits and interviews are around 10:00a.m.

    Fee : registration Fee --- 400 yen.
        6 hours a day- 4 times/one month---7,200 yen
        6 hours a day- 8 times/one month---14,400 yen
    While it is not known if the child will be accepted at the Childcare Center, it is a good idea to
    photos for the application.
     ・A face-photo of child.(length 5cm, width 3.5cm)
     ・A face-photo of person who will take the child to Flower Child Nursery for pick-up registration.
     (length 4,2cm, width 3.5cm)


 Children who applied for a “Moving-in Notification” to Tsukuba can enroll in the kindergarten,
 elementary, and junior high schools in Tsukuba. If you would like to enter your child to public
 kindergarten, the location of the school is specified and it is based on your residential address. Ask for
 the application form at the School or Affairs division Board of Education. Please bring your Residence
 Card and a copy of your passport.

 Google Map ya

 Kindergarten: 'youchi -en'

 Public kindergarten is for children between the ages 4 years and 5 years old.
 For the enrollment from April 1st, you have to apply after November 1st to
 November 7th of the previous year. If you come to Tsukuba after this period,
 your children may be accepted. Basic fee is 6000 yen per month with some
 additional fees (lunch etc.)
 If you are living in KEK Apartment, you apply to the Oho Kindergarten (Tel :
 029-864-0175, address is Shino zaki 557-1). Please bring your Residence
 Card and a copy of your passport.

  kindergarten enrollment application (Japanese)       


 Elementary School: 'showgatkou'


An elementary school is for children between the ages 7years old and 12 years old.
If you are living in KEK Apartment, you apply to the Ohzone Elementary School
(Kusunoki-gakuen Tsukuba CityOhzone Elementary School) .

 Kusunoki-gakuen Tsukuba CityOhzone Elementary School:
  Telephon 029-864-0166、2917 Ohzone, Tsukuba. ya(Japanese)    

 Private Kindergartens near KEK

 midori_pin Inaho kindergarten: (From 3 year old, Mon-Fri, 10:00(8:00)-15:00) ya(Japanese) 
    Telephone : 029-857-2231 / Address : 1860 Maeno, Tsukuba

 midori_pin Yoshimura Kindergarten: (From 3 year old, Mon-Fri, 9:30(8:00)-16:00) ya(Japanese)
    Telephoen : 029-865-1436 / Address : 4136 Yoshinuma, Tsukuba

 midori_pin Kids Creation (International School): From 3-year-old, Normal nuesery 10:00- 14:30.
   9:30-18:00--Weekday, 9:30-16:00--Saturday ya
   Telephoen : 029-869-5830 / Address : 1-18-1 Sakura Tsukuba.

 midori_pin Tsukuba International Nursery School : (From 0-year-old, Mon-Fri, 9:00(7:30)-17:00) ya(Japanese)
Telephone: 029-863-7210 / Address: 1047-1 Onigakubo, tsukuba

 Private Elementary School

 midori_pin Tsukuba International School : ya
   Telephone : 029-886-5447 / Address : 7821-1 kamigo, Tsukuba

 Tsukuba International School is an English-based elementary and junior
 high school in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. It was founded in 1992 in response
 to the need for an educational opportunity for English-speaking students in
 the Tsukuba area.

 Tsukuba International School are registered as an educational organization
 by Ibaraki Prefecture. This is the standard category for international schools
 in Japan that are registered as schools in their local prefecture. (It is the
 only international school registered in Ibaraki Prefecture.) We are also a
 member of the Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS).

 International researchers who work for research institutes and universities that belong to the Tsukuba
 Science City Network can benefit from reduced tuition fees. KEK is a menber of the Tsukuba Science
 City Network. Please visit the website.

  Education Fees
    1. Pre-Kindergarten, (Ages 3 to 4)
     Application Fee (one time): 20,000 yen
     Registration Fee (one time): 80,000 yen
     Activity Fee (one time): 10,000 yen
     Facilities Fee (annual): 150,000 yen
     Materials Fee (annual): 120,000 yen
     Tuition (annual): 840,000 yen — reduced 20% to 672,000 yen

    1. Grades Kindergarten, 1 to 10
     Application Fee (one time): 20,000 yen
     Registration Fee (one time): 80,000 yen
     Activity Fee (one time): 10,000 yen
     Facilities Fee (annual): 150,000 yen
     Materials Fee (annual): 180,000 yen
     Tuition (annual): 960,000 yen — reduced 40% to 576,000 yen

  In addition, international researchers whose contracts are very short(under 12 months) may apply to
  have the registration fee waived.

 midori_pin Liberty International Scool : ya  
   Telephone : 029-855-0177  / Address : 342-16 Shimohiratsuka, Tsukuba City
   E-mail: ya

 LIS admits students of any nationality, religion, ethnicity and origin. In accordance with the principle of
 equal opportunity, every child enrolled in the school, regardless of his background, will receive equal
 opportunities for educational and individual development.

 For admission, LIS requires school reports from a child’s previous school. A recommendation letter from
 the last teacher that supervised the child is also needed.

 An interview with the principal and the staff will be scheduled. It would be ideal if both parents and
 guardians could attend the interview with the student. When admission is granted, please pay tuition,
 annual fee and entrance fee.

 updated: 2019-12-03