Were you aware that children of foreign nationality can enroll in public elementary schools? If you live in Nagoya City and would like your child to attend a Nagoya City public elementary school (shiritsu shōgakkō / 市立小学校) from April 2020 (the beginning of the school year), you can apply at your local ward office's Residents' Affairs Division (shimin-ka / 市民課) or the Community & Residents Affairs Division (shimin-gakari / 市民係) of your local branch office. Applications for children born between April 2, 2013 and April 1, 2014 are now being accepted.
Enrollment is based upon your area of residence and children cannot be enrolled in a school in an area where they are not a resident. After application, it will be necessary for your child to have a medical check-up on a specific date (after October 1) set by the local elementary school. In January 2020 a notice of enrollment acceptance (shūgaku tsūchi-sho / 就学通知書) will be mailed out from the local ward office.
Children who are not registered as residents may qualify for enrollment using an alternative enrolment procedure. For more information please contact the Residents' Affairs Division at your local ward office, or the Community & Residents Affairs Division of your local branch office.
Enrollment applications can also be submitted all year round. For details, please inquire at the Residents' Affairs Division at your local ward office, or the Community & Residents Affairs Division of your local branch office.