Elementary and Junior High Schools
Public Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High Schools
Elementary and Junior High Schools
To enroll school-age foreign children who have residence in Fukuoka City, you must submit an application in the year before entering elementary school, when a survey for prospective students is conducted (since school education is not compulsory for foreign children). In late September, parents/guardians will be sent a School Attendance Information Letter (Shugaku An’nai Bunsho) and a Notification of Intent to Enrol Foreign Child in School (Gaikokuseki Jido Nyugaku Kibo Todoke). If the Notification of Intent is handed in by the deadline stipulated in the Information Letter (usually around mid-October), then parents/guardians will be sent a School Attendance Notification (Nyugaku Tsuchisho) my mid-January from the Board of Education. For Japanese children who have a residence certificate, the School Attendance Notification is sent automatically. If the notice does not arrive, please contact the Educational Support Section (Kyoiku Shien-ka) of the Board of Education or the Citizen Section (Shimin-ka) of your ward office. When enrolling mid-year, first have the Citizen Section issue a School Transfer Notification (Tennyugaku Tsuchisho), and bring it, along with a Certificate of Enrollment (Zaigaku Shomeisho) from the school which your child is transferring from, to the school of your choice for subsequent procedures (including an interview with the principal). Moreover, since municipal elementary and junior high schools have school zones, schools are selected based on your address, and therefore, no entrance examination is necessary. Municipal elementary and junior high schools provide textbooks for free, and do not charge for tuition. However, fees are charged to cover actual expenses such as school lunches, school supplies, and school trips. If you have difficulty paying these fees due to economic circumstances, you can apply for the School Expense Assistance Program (shugaku enjo seido). For details, please consult the school or the School Enrollment & Finance Subsection (Gakuji-gakari) of the Educational Support Section (Kyoiku Shien-ka), Fukuoka City Board of Education.
Inquiries regarding the School Expense Assistance Program (shugaku enjo seido)
School Enrollment & Finance Subsection, Educational Support Section, Fukuoka City Board of Education
Fukuoka City Board of Education
High-School-Preparatory Guidance (Shinro Guidance)
For junior high school students and their parents whose native language is not Japanese, private support organizations called Council for Career and Higher Education in Fukuoka (Fukuoka-chiku Shinro Hosho Kyogikai) and For Living Together in Fukuoka City (Tomoni Ikiru Machi Fukuoka no Kai) hold an annual workshop in early August with hopes that these students can advance to a senior high school and make advancement decisions smoothly.
Senior High School
In Fukuoka City, there are 15 prefectural and 4 municipal senior high schools, all of which require you to pass an entrance examination to be admitted. To take the examination, you need a proof of graduation from a Japanese junior high school (or proof that you will graduate) or proof that you have attended schoolabroad for nine years.
For details, please consult the Fukuoka Prefecture or Fukuoka City Board of Education.
- School Affairs Section, Senior High School Education Department, Fukuoka Prefecture Board of Education
- Fukuoka Prefecture Board of Education
- Fukuoka Prefecture Education-Related Information
Private Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High Schools
Unlike public schools, you need to pass the entrance examination even for elementary and junior high schools. As well, tuition and other fees are quite expensive. For details, please inquire with Private School Promotion Department of Fukuoka Prefecture or the school of your choice. For entering senior high schools, it is recommended that you participate in the above-mentioned Preparatory Guidance to gain more information.
Private School Section 1, Private School Promotion Department, Fukuoka Prefecture
Education in English
In Fukuoka, there is the Fukuoka International School which is recognized by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and offers a kindergarten to senior high school curriculum in the American education system, using English. This school is also a member of the International Baccalaureate. For details, please consult the school directly.
Fukuoka International School
（3-18-50 Momochi, Sawara-ku）