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I noticed something in anime when it comes to schools. When it comes to high school years, are there really only three years? I know that in American high schools there are four years. So, does anybody know what high school and college years are like in Japan? I'm talking about far as year levels. It's just that in anime when it comes to high school students they mention third-years but never a fourth-year student. So, that got me thinking.


Forgive me if this seems like a weird question. Can someone please explain this to me?
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qualeshia3 wrote:

I noticed something in anime when it comes to schools. When it comes to high school years, are there really only three years? I know that in American high schools there are four years. So, does anybody know what high school and college years are like in Japan? I'm talking about far as year levels. It's just that in anime when it comes to high school students they mention third-years but never a fourth-year student. So, that got me thinking.


Forgive me if this seems like a weird question. Can someone please explain this to me?


Not sure about college, but yes in Japan high school is three years. Basically what we would call a freshman year/first year in high school is the last year of middle school there.

I think it goes up to grade 6 = grade school/elementary school
grade 7,8, 9 middle school
grade 10, 11, 12 high school

after that if students continued in education they'd go to a trade school or university/college.

I could be wrong about how many years there are in middle school -- it could be 6, 7, 8, 9 I guess, but I don't think so. I am certain about there being only three years in high school.
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Yes, different countries may organize their school system in different ways. Just for instance, I'm from Argentina and our education system works in a very different way than either the US or Japan.

As far as I know, Japan has 6 years of elementary school, 3 years of middle school and 3 years of high school. Only the first 9 years of education are mandatory, but almost everybody goes to high school, anyway. I think, Japanese colleges last 4 years as American ones, but I'm not sure.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

I noticed something in anime when it comes to schools. When it comes to high school years, are there really only three years? I know that in American high schools there are four years. So, does anybody know what high school and college years are like in Japan? I'm talking about far as year levels. It's just that in anime when it comes to high school students they mention third-years but never a fourth-year student. So, that got me thinking.


Forgive me if this seems like a weird question. Can someone please explain this to me?


Not sure about college, but yes in Japan high school is three years. Basically what we would call a freshman year/first year in high school is the last year of middle school there.

I think it goes up to grade 6 = grade school/elementary school
grade 7,8, 9 middle school
grade 10, 11, 12 high school

after that if students continued in education they'd go to a trade school or university/college.

I could be wrong about how many years there are in middle school -- it could be 6, 7, 8, 9 I guess, but I don't think so. I am certain about there being only three years in high school.



That is interesting. Thanks so much.
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akai_ryu wrote:

Yes, different countries may organize their school system in different ways. Just for instance, I'm from Argentina and our education system works in a very different way than either the US or Japan.

As far as I know, Japan has 6 years of elementary school, 3 years of middle school and 3 years of high school. Only the first 9 years of education are mandatory, but almost everybody goes to high school, anyway. I think, Japanese colleges last 4 years as American ones, but I'm not sure.


Forgive my American way of thinking.


I kinda figured every country had their own way of doing things but I just wanted to know. Anyway thanks for answering my question it helped a lot.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


akai_ryu wrote:

Yes, different countries may organize their school system in different ways. Just for instance, I'm from Argentina and our education system works in a very different way than either the US or Japan.

As far as I know, Japan has 6 years of elementary school, 3 years of middle school and 3 years of high school. Only the first 9 years of education are mandatory, but almost everybody goes to high school, anyway. I think, Japanese colleges last 4 years as American ones, but I'm not sure.


Forgive my American way of thinking.


I kinda figured every country had their own way of doing things but I just wanted to know. Anyway thanks for answering my question it helped a lot.


Don't worry and sorry, really. That first sentence ended up sounding harsher than I intended.
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akai_ryu wrote:

Don't worry and sorry, really. That first sentence ended up sounding more harsh than I ntended.



It is fine and no worries.
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Thanks for the comments, cool people.
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Don't know about the rest of the country. When I was in the eighth grade in Mesa Arizona, ninth grade was in high school. The following year the ninth grade was changed to still be Jr High. So here we only have 3 grades in High School.
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let's not forget they like to go to school on Saturday and summer school is an option or work, your choice. here's an interesting link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secondary_education_in_Japan#Senior_high_issues and there's this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secondary_education_in_Japan and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Japan#Upper_secondary_school as well as this https://www.japan-guide.com/forum/quereadisplay.html?0+41944 been watching a lot more slice of life and school related things so I'm learning more about their school system when something is stated sort of thing. hope this helps some.
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niotabunny wrote:

let's not forget they like to go to school on Saturday and summer school is an option or work, your choice.


Actually that changed about 15 years ago and mandatory school became only Monday to Friday. Some schools get around that restriction by having "optional" classes on Saturday.

I only spotted that change recently with new anime where the school was regularly closed on Saturday (I can't remember which series).

I spotted a web link that says their Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is trying to reintroduce schooling on Saturday.
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