The Japanese educational system includes six years of elementary school, three years of junior high school, another three years of high school and four years of college. Elementary through junior high school is compulsory, and students have to pass entrance exams to enter high school and college.
The school year starts in April and ends in March just like the fiscal year. Students have 40 days of summer vacation from late July through August, two weeks of winter vacation around Christmas and New Year, and a two-week spring break in March and April.
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