What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children? Nearly all expats choose private international schools, as language barriers are too great at public schools. What are some examples of these schools? Canadian Academy Marist Brothers Intl School Osaka Intl School St Michael's Intl School Deutsche Schule Kobe Kansai Intl School Osaka YMCA Intl School Hiroshima Intl School Nagoya Intl School Fukuoka Intl School Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools? No, there is not a lot of competition for spots in local schools. Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)? No, pre-schools are not widely available. How are most kids transported to and from school? Most kids are transported by school bus. When does the typical school year start and end? International school - from the end of August to the beginning/middle of June Local school - from Apr 1 to the end of March Is there anything else I should know about local schools? To attend Japanese public school, fluent Japanese is required. IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.