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United States Army
School Liaison Office
U.S. Army Garrison, Japan, Unit 45006, Bldg. 680
ATTN: IMJN-MWC-R (SLO)
APO, AP Japan 96343-5006
Each installation provides information about the types of schools and programs offered on or near your installation for your child. Learn about the types of programs, guidelines and requirements for each school. Whether you choose to send your child to a Department of Defense School, a private school or public school, your installation can help you explore all of your options to make the right decision for you and your child.
Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDs) provides tuition free school at Camp Zama. Youth assigned to Camp Zama attend two schools in the area.
DoDEA changed its Early Child Hood Education programs entrance requirements for all DoDDS in 2010. Age requirement are:
If you have any questions about exceptions, contact DoDEA.
Elementary School Children grades preK-6 attend John O. Arnn Elementary School, located in the Sagamihara Family Housing Area, about 3 miles from the main base. Special programs are available in reading improvement, english as a second language, art, music, and Japanese culture.
For Pre-Kindergarten thru 6th grade students will attend:John O. Arnn Elementary SchoolDODDS Sagamihara DHA, APO AP 96343-5006DSN 315-262-6112
Middle (Jr.) and High School Students in grades 7 through 12 share the same campus area at Camp Zama. Approximately 500 students from all the housing areas, Atsugi Naval Air Facility and surrounding off-base locations are bused to school.
For 7th thru 12th grade, students will attend:Department of the ArmyZama American Middle High School, APO AP 96343-5005DSN 315-263-3181
A typical school year for the Camp Zama area schools runs from the last week in August to the second week in June. Schedules vary for both the elementary and high schools.
It is mandatory that all returning students register for school each year. Information updates are required to ensure sufficient staff is available to support student population. Registration packets are available upon request through the schools and may be obtained before your arrival.
Required documents include:
Required courses for graduation: There are 26 minimum courses.Course Units: English - 4, Social Studies- 3, Math- 4 and Science- 3, Fine arts- 1, Health .5, Career Technical Education – 2, PE- 1.5, Electives- 5, World Language - 2.
Before and After School Programs
The DODDS in the Camp Zama area do not have Extended Day programs. Parents who must drop off their children prior to the start of the school day or cannot pick their child up at the end of the school day should enroll their child in the School-Age afternoon program. This program is sponsored by Child, Youth and School Services. Children may walk or are taken to the School-Age Care (SAC) building. Children can participate in on-going activities during this time or can be a part of the homework club. There is even a computer center with over 15 computers available for use. When children are involved in after school sports, buses will take them to their housing area. This varies, please check with the school concerning this issue.
The special education program for grades 7-12 is staffed by 2 full time teachers, a half-time speech therapist, and Para-professionals. The special education department provides primary, resource and co-teaching and pullout services for students identified as educationally impaired. Categories of impairments are: physically and health impaired, communicatively impaired, learning impaired, and emotionally impaired. Students on Individualized Education Plans (I.E.P) are to be enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) prior to placement in Japan.
Educational and Developmental Intervention Service (EDIS)
EDIS is a Department of Defense mandated program, which provides services to children with special needs in areas of DOD schools and DOD child development services. Direct, consultative, screening and community education are also available. EDIS services children from infancy to 21 months old.
Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDs) provide tuition free school at Camp Zama. Youth assigned to Camp Zama attend two schools in the area:
School Liaison Office: 011-81-46-407-3241, DSN 315-263-3241
DOD Instruction 1342.5-M-1 provides policy and procedures for the administrative and logistic responsibilities for the DODDS system. In accordance with this instruction, commanders will "encourage all educable, eligible family members who have not completed high school to attend either DODDS or a regular program of formal instruction in the local school system; enroll in a tuition school; or enroll in an independent study program by correspondence." Another alternative is for parents to educate school-age family members in a home school program.
Parents who choose to educate their children at home are urged to consult with school officials (i.e. counselors) prior to making this decision. It is essential that parents utilize and educationally recognized independent home study program.
At the end of the academic year parents are encouraged to test their child for academic achievement. A nationwide testing service is recommended. Students who are educated at home may be expected to take a DODDS administered test to ensure they are maintaining expected educational levels of learning prior to re-enrollment in a DODDS. There are three schools in the Camp Zama area: John O. Arnn Elementary School grades preK-6, Zama American Middle High School grades 7-12. For complete and up-to-date information on schools in this area, check out their web sites.
John O. Arnn Elementary School
Zama American Middle High School
The Army Education Center located at Camp Zama has qualified personnel to provide educational as well as vocational-technical guidance. Military personnel, civilians and family members on a space available basis, have many opportunities to continue their education while in Japan. Several civilian institutions offer resident credit at the Army Education Center, classes are held during off duty hours. University of Maryland University College participates in these programs.
There are Japanese schools which Americans may attend on a tuition basis. Most require the student to speak Japanese. Some children enter these schools at preschool and kindergarten level and have a home tutor to help with their Japanese language skills. The School Liaison Officer and Community Relations Office maintains information regarding these schools.