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Department of the Air Force
Aomori-ken Japan 033-0012
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.
Misawa AB has two DoDEA facilities. Further information is available on each of these schools in their respective section.
Please visit the DODEA website for more information about DoDEA and Misawa Schools.
To learn about Accreditation by the State, visit the website.
DoDEA has changed its Early Childhood Education programs entrance requirements for all DoD Schools. Age requirement are:
If you have any questions about exceptions, contact DoDEA.
Number of schools
Eligibility for DoDEA-provided transportation is based on where a family is quartered. Before selecting a house, be sure to check the location of the nearest established school bus stop on the large maps available at the Housing Referral Office and the schools. School Bus service is available for off-base students and middle/high school students living in the North Area. The DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent's Office - Transportation Branch, Misawa Student Transportation Office administers school bus transportation for Misawa AB. The Misawa Student Transportation Office (STO) will register authorized students, issue bus passes and assign students to buses, as well as manage all other aspects of school bus operations. Please call DSN 315-226-9119 or 315-226-2745, or email to Misawa.STO@pac.dodea.edu for more information.
The Exchange (formerly AAFES) provides lunch to students attending Misawa AB schools. Children who qualify under USDA guidelines may be eligible for lunch either free of charge or at a reduced rate. To apply, complete the Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application and drop it and a copy of the member’s Leave and Earning Statement off in the locked box located at the Customer Service Counter at the Base Exchange. If your spouse is also employed, a wage earning statement is required for the spouse as well. Applications are available in the main office of each school and at the Base Exchange. Contact the School Liaison with any questions or for additional information at DSN 315-226-0403.
Before and After School Programs
School Sports Programs Available
Exceptional Children Programs
Learning Specialists work with students in conjunction with the school nurse, faculty, Misawa AB schools' psychologist, Educational Developmental Intervention Services staff (EDIS), and the community. Students receiving assistance include those with achievement difficulties, memory or perceptual problems, or other learning difficulties. Sollars and Cummings Elementary Schools are also staffed with trained counselors, English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors, and speech pathologists. Additionally, both schools offer the Talented and Gifted (TAG) Gifted Education Program, in which teachers work with students to achieve optimum development of skills and mastery of knowledge by conducting assigned subject matter or grade-level(s) instruction within the school.
There are two DoDEA schools on Misawa AB: one elementary school and middle/high school:
If you are interested in obtaining Achievement Test score information, please consult the DoDEA Data Center website.
Home Schooling - the host unit for Misawa, Japan is required to report on the status of all school-aged children. This report includes a count of those students enrolled in home school programs. Accordingly, the 35th Fighter Wing School Liaison Officer will collect registration information on all students. The data collected will be controlled subject to all Privacy Act and For Official Use Only protocols. If your child is enrolled in a home school program, please contact the 35th Fighter Wing School Liaison Officer once you arrive to Misawa. DSN: 315-226-0403.
If you want your child to enroll in Japanese Public schools, you have to talk to the Misawa Board of Education. They will set up an interview to speak to your child. In the interview, they will make sure that your children speak and read primary Japanese to ensure they can keep up with classes in school. Also, families are recommended to have a Japanese translator.
Sure Start is an educational program designed to help pre-kindergarten children (4 years of age prior to 1 September) to get ready for school. Equivalent to Head Start in the United States, it is part of the National Educational goals. The target population includes children of junior enlisted sponsors (due to limited income and/or resources), single parent families, parent(s) who are not high school graduates, large families with stretched resources, and younger families stationed in isolated areas.
Sure Start strives to incorporate the many features of Head Start. These include the following:
Sure Start is made up of four equally important components. The education component offers children a variety of learning activities that encourage their socio-emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. The health component provides children with comprehensive medical, dental, mental health, and nutritional services. The social services component extends outward to families, providing referrals and linkages with all of the community resources on an installation.
The mandatory parent involvement component of the Sure Start program is based on the philosophy that children benefit most when parents become partners with teachers in their children's education.
For application and enrollment qualifications, or more information call Sollars Elementary at DSN 315-226-3933.
School starts at the end of August and goes until the middle of June. Call schools for more specific dates. Misawa AB has one elementary school, Sollars Elementary, which is located on the Main Base (Grade Levels: PreK through 6). The enrollment size at Sollars is approximately 670 students. The pupil/teacher ratio is roughly 18 students per teacher for grades Pre-K through 3rd and 23 students per teacher in grades 4-6th.
All DoDEA students in Grades 3-11 are administered the College and Career Ready Summative Assessment during the second semester. Academic subjects tested include reading, math, social studies, science, and language arts.
Middle School/High School -- School starts at the end of August and goes until the middle of June. Call the school for more specific dates. Edgren High School is the only middle and high school serving grades 6-12, on the base. The enrollment size at Edgren is approximately 350 students. The pupil/teacher ratio is roughly 18 students per teacher. If you are interested in obtaining Achievement Test scores, please consult Edgren High School's website via this link: Edgren High School Test Scores. From last year's exit survey, approximately 69% of Edgren seniors indicated they were college bound. For more information call DSN 315-226-4377.
Registration Process/Required Documentation:
Misawa has the following higher education opportunities: University of Maryland (011-81-176-77-2896) offering associates and bachelor programs, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (DSN 315-226-2723) offering associate, bachelors and masters programs, and Troy State (DSN 315-226-3748) offering a Master of Science in International Relations. Further information is available under the Advanced Education section.
Be sure to stop by the Education and Training office or the Navy College office for more information on adult education or call DSN 315-226-4201.
To enroll your child in Japanese preschool families are required to have a Japanese translator (or Japanese friends) who can speak both Japanese and English for the family to understand what's going on in their children's school. Be sure to plan in advance if this is what you want to do. The schools fill up fast and you may need to wait for a spot.
The following are the pre-schools that routinely accept American students:
Japanese Public School
Contact the Misawa Board of Education as a starting point to enroll students in Japanese Public schools. They will set up an interview to speak to your child. In the interview, they will make sure that your children speak and read primary Japanese to ensure they can keep up with classes in school.
Elementary Grading System
The DoDEA report card for Kindergarten and First Grade is broken down into 4 major areas: 1) Language Arts/Reading; 2) Mathematics; 3) Life Skills/Social Development; and 4) Motor Development. The "Marking Code" for these areas is as follows:
The areas of Art, Music, Physical Education, and Host Nation (Japanese Culture & Language) have a "Marking Code" of:
The DoDEA report card for Grades 2 and 3 is the same format (or card) except that in the academic subjects (following Mathematics) there are an additional three areas: Social Studies, Science, and Health. The DoDEA report card for Grades 4, 5, & 6 is broken down into the same areas, except that letter grades are given:
On all three report cards, there is a "Comments" section for the teacher to clarify or elaborate on the student's progress/achievement.
Middle School/High School Grading System
On the report card there is no differentiation between an A, A- or A+. However, all grades for any A will be counted as 4 points in the final grade point average in DoDEA. If a student received a 90% as a grade he/she would get an A-, but they would still acquire 4 points toward their GPA.