Education in Japan
The education in Japan consists of elementary school, junior high school and high school. Although, kids at age 3-5 goes in kindergarten, where they have an education as well. Students from lower and medium classes go to private schools. Children from the upper layer of society goes into private schools. Children go to school from Monday to Friday, or Saturday (depending of a school), they have two or three terms, which are separated by short holidays.
After finishing the school year, kids are having one long holiday, of 6 weeks. The education in Japan is on 4th place in the world.
Children go in elementary school from age 6 to 12-13. There are 6 grades. After finishing elementary school, they start lower secondary school (junior high school). There are three grades in this school, 7th,8th and 9th. Kids usually attend to this school from age 12 until 15. Elementary and lower secondary schools are mandatory. After completing this education, students can leave education, but only 4% does that!
After finishing junior high school, students can go to high school. According to some records, 94 for students continuing education after finishing junior high school. The upper-secondary schools aren’t free. One school year, in a public upper-secondary school costs 300.000 yen ($2.200). Private schools are two times more expensive. Upper secondary schools last only three years, so at the age 18, students can go college.
In 2010 2.8 million students started their academic education in 778 universities. There are three types of colleges in Japan: 95 local public universities, 86 national universities and 597 are private universities. They offer a 4 year training to a bachelor's degree.